Our Team

Charles F. Flaherty

Capitol Consulting was founded in 1997 by former Massachusetts Speaker of the House, Charles F. Flaherty.  Charlie Flaherty served as Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives for five years and was a member of the House of Representatives for 30 years.  He provides clients with the highly effective government relations services that only someone with his unique background can provide.  Over the 20 years since he left office, Charlie Flaherty has successfully represented clients in varied industries, including health care, gaming, higher education, public safety and entertainment.

Charlie Flaherty was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representative in 1967. He Served as Majority Leader of the House from 1985 to 1990 and Speaker of the House from 1991 to 1996.  Before becoming Majority leader, Charlie chaired the House Committees on Counties and Taxation and, played a leadership role in the passage of myriad legislative reforms over his 30-year tenure.

Charlie Flaherty was Chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party from 1971 to 1977, and served as an Officer in the US Navy from 1962 to 1966, having been discharged honorably with the rank of Lieutenant, Jr. grade.

Charlie Flaherty is a graduate of Boston College.


Laura M. Marlin, Esq.

An attorney with than 15 years’ regulatory, administrative and legal experience on behalf of agencies and constitutional offices throughout the Commonwealth Laura Marlin assists clients with legislative, regulatory and legal matters.

As an Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office from 1999-2007, she prosecuted fraud, embezzlement, computer crime, and tax cases.  She also served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Attorney General.

In 2007, Laura Marlin was appointed Commissioner of the Division of Occupational Safety (since renamed the Department of Labor Standards).  In that capacity, she oversaw the state’s minimum wage and prevailing wage laws, regulated temporary employment agencies and asbestos and lead contractors, and protected workers’ occupational safety and health.

Laura Marlin also served as the First Deputy Auditor, managing the State’s Constitutional Office responsible for auditing all agencies of state government, investigating public assistance fraud and evaluating state laws to determine if they impose unfunded mandates on cities and towns.

Laura Marlin is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts.