About Us

Mission Statement

The Coalition to Promote Independent Entrepreneurs was formed for the principal purposes of:

  1. educating the public and elected representatives about the importance of preserving the right to work as a self-employed worker,
  2. increasing the public’s awareness of the gradual erosion of those rights that is taking place, and
  3. leading collective action to resist such erosion and to strengthen the recognition under the law of the right to work as a self-employed worker.

These rights that the Coalition was formed to protect and defend are vital to the economic well-being and continued prosperity of all citizens.

To pursue these objectives, the Coalition:

  1. develops scholarly papers and studies that document the importance of preserving the right to work as a self-employed worker, that document the recent erosion of these rights and the current developments leading to a further erosion, and that advocate in favor of preserving and strengthening the legal recognition of these rights,
  2. holds meetings and conferences to educate the public and elected representatives about the Coalition’s research and positions on these issues and to serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas on these issues by attendees,
  3. undertakes advocacy efforts to educate elected representatives about these issues,
  4. undertakes public awareness campaigns to inform the public about these issues, and
  5. drafts and submits amicus briefs in connection with pending legal cases that are determined to potentially impact the right to work as a self-employed worker.

Executive Director

Russell A. Hollrah

Russell-HollrahRussell A. Hollrah is an “AV” rated attorney with a national practice dedicated to employee-benefits, employment taxes and the specific application of those laws to contingent workers, such as independent contractors and leased employees. He advises firms on structuring relationships with contingent workers, either directly or through a third-party firm. He also defends companies against challenges to their treatment of workers as non-employees. His practice covers both federal and state laws.

Hollrah is the author of  Alternate Staffing (PJC Publishing) and When Leasing is Smarter than Hiring (Thompson Publishing Group). He has published numerous articles on contingent-worker issues and/or employee benefits issues in professional journals, and has been quoted on contingent-worker issues in publications such as NewsweekInvestor’s Business DailyHR MagazineIP MagazineTelecommute Magazine, and Tax Notes.

Hollrah served as Chair of the Employment Taxes Committee of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association (2002-2004). He received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland, beta alpha psi, a J.D. from the University of Tulsa, where he served as a Member of its Law Journal, and an LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University.

General Counsel

Patrick A. Hollrah

PAH Website PhotoPatrick A. Hollrah is an attorney with a practice dedicated to matters affecting companies that do business with independent contractors. His practice covers both federal and state laws.

Mr. Hollrah earned a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, Cum Laude in 2014, where he was the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Business & Technology Law, and a B.S. in accounting from the University of Maryland, Magna Cum Laude in 2010.