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Government: Government Relations - Nationwide

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC.

What the team is known for One of the strongest and largest practices in DC. The team is a unique combination of bipartisan lawyers and non-lawyer advisers, who all have expertise in political law and procedure.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have been excellent, given us great advice and have helped guide us through the channels and point us in the right direction. They know who the right people are to contact for various matters."  

"They have an all-around phenomenal government relations team."

Work highlights Acted for Samsung Electronics on engaging members of Congress on issues faced by the company, which include Samsung's impact on the US economy and federal policy concerning the use of technology in education.

Advised and provided guidance to the Embassy of Japan in the United States on its entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade agreement between 11 countries.

Notable practitioners  

Joel Jankowsky is highly respected by peers as "a consummate professional." His practice focuses on public policy issues within the technology, entertainment and telecom arenas. Clients say he is "very good counsel, who is very strategic and tactical, and who understands the intersection of politics and policy."

Significant clients Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the United States, Samsung Electronics America, KKR, Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform.  

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC.

What the team is known for A well-respected practice with a legislative and regulatory focus in a broad range of sectors, including tax, finance and healthcare services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A perennial powerhouse." 

"They have very deep bench strength, with contacts in both the US and international markets."

Work highlights Assisted Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation with introducing the Swap Data Repository and Clearinghouse Indemnification Correction Acts of 2012 and 2013.

Continues to act for the Association of Institutional INVESTORS, successfully challenging the proposal to seize current investor-held mortgages by assisting the client in organizing meetings with federal and local leaders, and ensuring the implementation of federal legislation.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Hale Boggs is "a real dean," say peers, and remains heavily involved in legislative and regulatory matters affecting industries such as trade, tax and healthcare. He is recognized for his ability to develop creative and effective strategies, ensuring his success before Congress, the White House and other federal agencies.  

In addition to his work as a partner at Patton Boggs, Nicholas Allard is also the dean of Brooklyn Law School. He has a wealth of experience in government advocacy, and has represented clients both nationally and internationally in areas such as IT, telecommunications and healthcare, among others.

Significant clients MARS, Wholesale Markets Brokers’ Association Americas, Denver Regional Transportation District, Clemson University, Kidney Care Partners.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Recognized for its ability to handle challenging and delicate government affairs issues on a global scale. Areas of focus include energy, transportation, financial services, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a good spread of expertise so we are able to engage them on a number of different topics."

Work highlights Assisted the ERISA Industry Council with forming a coalition against challenges to hybrid pension plans. The team successfully acted for the coalition before Congress, gaining the support of instrumental senators which resulted in the postponement of the final regulations until further notice.

Represented Qualcomm in challenging legislative and regulatory constraints contributing to the weakening of patent rights.

Notable practitioners  

Martin Gold has extensive experience in legislative, public and private policy issues. Peers affirm that he is an expert on US Senate procedure, and he has been involved in providing advocacy support to the National Association of Broadcasting. 

Practice vice chair Holly Fechner has particular strength in the fields of energy, healthcare and intellectual property, among other areas. Clients are impressed with her grasp of how Congress works: "She is extremely sophisticated and aware of the realities and practicalities of Capitol Hill."

Significant clients The 1882 Project, Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Trust, American Bankers Association, Elliott Management.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC.

What the team is known for A global regulatory practice with one of the largest teams in the field. Offers technical depth in legislative and policy matters, with particular expertise in energy exports.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have been tremendous for us."

Work highlights Advised clients including the American Gaming Association, Xcel Energy, Nissan and DTE Energy on the impact of tax reform proposals on each organization.

Continues to assist the Bowl Championship Series in communicating with Congress regarding outreach strategy for the restructuring of post-season college football.

Notable practitioners  

Michael House is highly regarded in the field and described by his peers as "a very fine lawyer and a very skilled practitioner." He regularly appears before Congress and the White House, handling legislative and regulatory matters. His clients include US corporations, multinationals, coalitions and trade associations.

Significant clients Barclays Capital, Nestlé, Occidental Petroleum, BHP Billiton, GE Oil & Gas.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC.

What the team is known for An ever-expanding practice comprising bipartisan lawyers and public policy professionals. Offers expertise in tax, high-stakes communications, energy and data privacy. Also maintains strong connections with Congress, the White House and the executive branch.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Provided exceptional service through their advice and political intelligence, which helped with our regulatory and legislative strategy decisions."

"They have a whole host of professionals who have the expertise to advise on matters which are important and critical to our diverse business."

Work highlights Provided guidance to the American Chemistry Council on a range of public policy issues. The team also successfully brought about legislation to promote federal research into lightweight plastic and composite intensive vehicles with the objective of developing more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Continues to represent the American Forest and Paper Association in regulatory and legislative issues involving energy, environmental and tax matters.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Gold heads the practice and is praised for his "political savvy." He is recognized for his ability to handle innovative matters and novel legal questions, and his areas of expertise include transportation and environment. Clients note that "he is very accessible and willing to do what it takes to get the job done."

David Whitestone is known for his work in partnering a range of organizations with federal agencies in the Department of Commerce, Department of Transportation, National Transportation Safety Board and the Department of Defense, among others.

Significant clients Alliance for Regenerative Medicine, Advanced Biofuels Association, Association of Critical Care Transport, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Dow Chemical.

Band 2 | K&L Gates

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Offers extensive government relations experience and has a broad client base within industries such as media, telecommunications, transportation, healthcare, energy and financial services. Recognized for its global capability.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a broad base of people who are very well connected with both political parties, so access has been incredible in terms of meeting directly with members of Congress."

Work highlights Continues to represent WASH Advocates, an organization focused on improving access to clean water and sanitation in the developing world, and instrumental in the passing of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act.

Continues to advise and assist the International Council of Containership Operators, a cooperative involving the world’s largest ocean shipping companies.  

Notable practitioners  

Emanuel Rouvelas is a highly regarded lawyer in the field, and well versed in political issues within the hi-tech, hospitality, telecommunications, transportation and manufacturing industries. Peers find him to be "very impressive. He is someone people know very well," and clients add: "He is crushingly smart and very committed to the public policy practice."

Bruce Heiman regularly appears before Congress, federal departments and agencies, representing companies and trade associations in various industries. Clients enthuse that "he is a brilliant man. Bruce has the ability to command and translate highly technical and legalistic concepts in a way a layperson can understand, which is critical."

Paul Stimers offers lobbying expertise in areas such as emerging technologies, IT, water technology and commercial spaceflight. He advises companies and organizations on pursuing the enactment of legislation, while appearing before Congress and federal agencies. Clients note that "he is extraordinarily disciplined - he is a broad thinker but also very detail-oriented."

Significant clients Avis-Budget Group, BNSF Railway, Brown-Forman, Boeing Employees’ Credit Union, Columbia University.  

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC.

What the team is known for A leading independent lobbying practice. Offers both governmental and technical expertise, and represents a variety of clients including companies, trade associations and institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very good on the legislative side and have a very strong presence."

"A big player." 

Notable practitioners  

Peers say Steven Hart is "a good practitioner who is strong on the Republican side." He handles regulatory and legislative issues within the employee benefits, telecommunications, tax, transportation, energy and entertainment industries.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Provides a broad range of services, from assisting with global business strategy to advising on government ethics and compliance issues. Handles legislative and policy matters within the real estate, financial services and healthcare sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are responsive and knowledgeable, and have a great network."  

"They are very good at analyzing and understanding the impact of regulatory issues."

Work highlights Represented Experian before Congress, the Department of Commerce and FTC in relation to proposed legal and policy frameworks for a number of matters pertaining to e-commerce.

Acted for The National Retail Federation before Congress and other federal agencies on matters arising in connection with corporate tax reform, internet sales tax, privacy and cybersecurity.  

Notable practitioners  

Department head Robert Jones is recognized for his handling of legislative and regulatory matters, in which he has represented a range of high-profile clients. Observers note that he is "very professional and very articulate when speaking with members of government in elevated positions."

Significant clients Navistar, Rheem Manufacturing, Autoliv, Maritz, National Geographic.  

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC.

What the team is known for A large and broad lobbying practice that is home to respected attorneys and former members of Congress. Offers expertise across the board, integrating individuals from a variety of practice groups at the firm. Acts for a strong corporate client base.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We've been impressed by their good ideas, and the good relationships they have on Capitol Hill, having set up effective meetings for us."

"A preeminent firm. They do a lot of things well."

Work highlights Advised Lloyd’s of London on regulatory and legislative issues affecting its trading positions, as well as representing it before Congress.

Acted for Energy Future Holding on challenging administrative rulings by the US EPA which have had a detrimental impact on the company.

Notable practitioners  

Martha Cochran is highly regarded by peers for her legislative work. She has extensive experience in the field of government relations, and particular expertise within the area of securities. She regularly appears before Congress, representing financial institutions and asset managers. 

Significant clients Federated Investors, Association for Advanced Life Underwriting, Dutch Association of Insurers, Railex, Coalition to Insure Against Terrorism.

Band 3 | Dentons

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Offers legislative and political strategy expertise, and maintains strong relationships with key government officials and policy makers. The team is recognized for its capabilities within fields such as banking and financial services, health, energy, trade and defense.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have good young talent." 

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner Mike McNamara is a key contact and chair of the public policy and regulation practice.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC.

What the team is known for A well-established and highly regarded state attorneys general practice group. Offers extensive experience and expertise in helping clients navigate the waters of an attorney general inquiry.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are exceptional lawyers. They understand our business and are able to educate the State Attorney General and staff about what we do. They have the ability to be persuasive because of their connections."

"Their billing is something I value. There is much-needed very high responsiveness and delivery of service and results."

Work highlights Represented DuPont in creating an attorney general strategy to combat anticompetitive practices by Monsanto. DuPont was successful in reaching a $1.75 billion settlement.

Continues to represent Pfizer, which has faced a number of litigations and investigations brought by attorneys general, with a value in excess of $1 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Bernard Nash is referred to by a client as "the godfather" of the attorney general practice. He is recognized for his excellent relationships with attorneys general and has the distinction of being able to walk both sides of the political fence, representing both Republicans and Democrats.

Clients observe that Lori Kalani is "highly regarded within the attorney general community." She is recognized for her strong litigation skills and strategic thinking, as well as her connections, with one source enthusiastically remarking: "She would qualify as an attorney general whisperer."

Significant clients US Chamber of Commerce, McAfee, MasterCard, Facebook, AT&T. 

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC.

What the team is known for A large team with significant breadth of expertise, adept at working with other practice groups within the firm when advising on multifaceted issues. Handles US federal affairs matters within the healthcare and tax sectors, among others.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very responsive and have strong relationships with members that serve on the right committees. They are well positioned."

Work highlights Represented The Northeast Maglev, a joint venture between the US and Japan Central Railroad to develop a high-speed rail system, in a matter involving legislative and regulatory expertise as well as strategic planning and the consideration of potential environmental issues.

Advised Diageo on tax and regulatory matters.

Notable practitioners  

John Merrigan offers expertise in tax-related matters such as tax writing and reform. Clients affirm that he "has excellent judgment and strong intuition in political matters." He is highlighted as a highly skilled and well-connected strategist: "He has very senior-level contacts - the direct legislators themselves."

James Blanchard is a well-known practitioner who earns client praise for his strong network: "Jim knows everybody everywhere. I have never met a person better connected," said one interviewee. Blanchard is commended for his ability to draw on his experience as a former governor and use it to provide practical solutions and advice.

Thomas Boyd has a strong focus on the financial services sector, with expertise in privacy and bankruptcy matters. He is praised for his knowledge and contacts, particularly on the Republican side. Clients are also impressed with his drafting skills: "He is very creative and can put our arguments together in a compelling way."

Significant clients Embassy of the UAE, Association of Banks in Lebanon, National Coalition on E-Commerce and Privacy, Analytical Graphics, Raytheon.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Corporate focused and able to offer diverse resources to clients. Well versed in legislative and political law compliance issues in areas such as financial services and intellectual property law, including matters of copyright and patent law. Adept at handling international export matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Across the board they have been very supportive, coming up with new ideas and new ways to approach issues. We don't have to chase them down all time."

Work highlights Represented a coalition of Medicare-participating hospital clients in providing guidance on how to mitigate the challenges posed by audits of Medicare recovery payments. The firm also assisted with developing legislative and executive branch solutions to mitigate these challenges.

Represented the Geothermal Energy Association in working to extend critical energy tax incentives during fiscal cliff negotiations. 

Notable practitioners  

Theodore Hester offers substantive experience on both sides of the political aisle. He assists clients in understanding the motivations of congressional investigations and how best to respond. Clients say he is "very calm, knowledgeable, and a great negotiator who is good at preparing the client for investigation interviews."

Sources highlight Thomas Spulak's impressive business acumen and sophisticated knowledge of congressional strategy. He offers expertise in federal election law and government ethics, and clients observe that "he knows how to be an effective advocate and substantively understands the law-making process and how to influence and implement it."

Lloyd Hand has significant experience of advising aerospace and defense clients on political compliance issues. Sources say: "He is extremely effective because of his experience, his network of contacts, and his understanding of the environment." 

Significant clients Toyota, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Embraer, Raytheon, JMC Steel Group.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Offers government relations experience at state and local levels, as well as international expertise. Strong in diverse fields, including product standards and regulation, legislative reform, healthcare, transportation and public finance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have handled significant matters for us incredibly well. They have knowledge beyond the jurisdiction in which we deal with them." 

"They are very connected in Washington." 

Work highlights Continues to act for Google on its efforts to create an autonomous car, driven by computers, by assisting with state and federal regulatory issues affecting the project. 

Continues to represent the Consumer Health Alliance, a trade association for discount healthcare plans, in connection with a wide range of regulatory issues, including the enactment of state laws regulating the discount industry. 

Notable practitioners  

John Janicik is one of the practice leaders at the firm and a key contact.

Significant clients Summit Media, Blue Shield of California, VHA Novation, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation, Careington International.  

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Offers expertise in a range of sectors, including financial services, telecommunications, energy, tax and congressional investigations. Maintains strong relationships with Congress and the executive branch, and is adept at handling international issues.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Anytime I have had a need they have proactively gone out and met it."

Work highlights Continues to advise the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers on furthering state implementation efforts of regulatory reform of the insurance industry in connection with the Dodd-Frank financial services overhaul.

Counseled clients such as Facebook and AOL on regulatory and legislative telecommunications matters, involving the provision of expertise in connection with privacy, and data and cybersecurity issues.

Notable practitioners  

Scott Sinder is highly skilled in legislative advocacy and litigation matters. "We value his services and respect his judgment. He understands our industry and our members, and works seamlessly with us and our leadership to always produce quality advice and quality work," said one particularly impressed client.

Significant clients National Association of Convenience Stores, CRE Finance Council, Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America, Kia Motors, The Travelers Companies. 

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC.

What the team is known for A boutique practice with a strong presence and reputation in government relations and policy. Offers substantive expertise in key areas, including energy, the environment, natural resources and transportation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They work well in providing substantive solutions and support."

"They have really deep expertise on energy policy and regulatory issues."

Work highlights Continues to represent McKesson in connection with the development of a new risk-based regulatory framework for healthcare information technology.

Acted for the International Bottled Water Association on the development of a federal uniform standard for bottled water quality reports.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Szabo is a key contact at the firm.

Significant clients BrightSource, Phillips 66, Consumers United for Rail Equity, Maricopa-Stanfield Irrigation and Drainage District, Coal Utilization Research Council.  

Band 3 | WilmerHale

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC.

What the team is known for A well-established team providing counsel in relation to government regulations and the interplay of business and public policy. Handles federal and state inquiries into cutting-edge legal issues.

Strength (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm has a great reputation in DC and a strong group of senior attorneys with deep knowledge of government process." 

"WilmerHale offers extraordinary judgment." 

Notable practitioners  

Jamie Gorelick is highly regarded by peers and clients as a leader in the field of government relations. Sources observe: "Jamie provides invaluable counsel on the thorniest of government issues." One impressed client praised her as "a great strategic adviser," while another added: "We trust her judgment completely."

Significant clients BP, Google, Monsanto, HSBC, CRS. 

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Sources describe Elizabeth Moeller of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP as "a consummate professional." One client praised her efficiency: "The most valuable thing about Elizabeth is her concern for everyone’s time. She works hard to ensure that time is not wasted by the client or the Congressional or agency staff, which is key to working toward a successful outcome."

Russell Smith of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP offers substantive knowledge in a range of matters, including foreign direct investment in the USA, congressional investigations, and matters relating to international trade, environmental law and financial services. Clients variously state that he is "accessible and easy to work with," and "his assessments are right on the mark - he gives us very good advice."

Foreign Experts

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Senior Statesman

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Eminent Practitioners

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Other Noted Practitioners

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