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Government: Government Relations


Government: Government Relations - Nationwide

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC. 

What the team is known for Heavyweight bipartisan government relations practice, offering clients a deep bench and a breadth of experience in the area. Establishing a strong health law and policy practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have extensive knowledge and depth of experience, as well as professionalism and responsiveness."

"Akin Gump recognize us as important clients and they respond accordingly, which reflects well on the firm."

Work highlights Advocated before Congress on behalf of UPS. The matter concerned the issue of raising the de minimis threshold in relation to the monetary value of shipments into the USA which is free from tariffs. The case successfully raised a significant amount of support in Congress with a view to gaining a majority in the House of Representatives.

Acted as legal counsel to the government of Japan in relation to its entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This involved working with its embassy in DC and providing legal advice and guidance in relation to the free trade agreement.

Notable practitioners  

Joel Jankowsky is a leading practitioner in the public policy field who is much respected for his wealth of experience and singled out as being "at the top of his profession." Areas of specialty include telecommunications, technology and entertainment.

Significant clients Samsung, American Council of Life Insurers, Honeywell, United Technologies, Cox Enterprises.  

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC. 

What the team is known for Broad public policy practice with the additional strength of regulatory expertise and experience. Offers broad-ranging industry knowledge, covering financial services, healthcare, technology and energy and natural resources, among others. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very comprehensive in scope, have an excellent reputation and are diligent and focused."

Work highlights Represented two children's hospitals in relation to the proposed elimination of funding for the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education program. The team has successfully achieved reauthorization of the bill and continues to develop a bipartisan, bicameral coalition in relation to further funding.

Squire Patton Boggs was instrumental in the implementation of the Swap Data Repository and Clearinghouse Indemnification Correction Act of 2012 in the 112th Congress and the Swap Data Repository and Clearinghouse Indemnification Correction Act of 2013 in the 113th Congress. Successfully secured approval of both pieces of legislation.  

Notable practitioners  

Jeff Turner is head of the practice and a key contact.

Significant clients MARS, Wholesale Markets Brokers’ Association, Denver Regional Transportation District, Accenture, Universities Space Research Association.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Well-respected bipartisan group developing a strong energy and environmental government affairs policy practice. Offers clients global capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is very experienced and takes a very practical approach to problems and issues."

"They have a great group of lawyers with great relationships. Many of its attorneys have come from the US government and so they have a depth of practice that appeals to us."

Work highlights Provided counsel to Microsoft in relation to government affairs and public policy matters. This included providing intelligence, lobbying and strategic advice in relation to IP, tax, immigration and privacy issues, among others areas.

Acted on behalf of the New Zealand embassy in relation to access to trade and investment visas by New Zealand nationals. The team sought the implementation of legislation that would allow for this.

Notable practitioners  

Holly Fechner represents significant clients in relation to government affairs, public policy and regulatory matters. She is recognized for her relationships in Congress and is described by the market as "a brilliant lawyer."

Significant clients Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited, Back9Network, Asiana Airlines, Qualcomm, Bombardier.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for One of the largest lobbying practice groups in Washington, DC. Recognized for its breadth across various jurisdictions and maintains particular depth in the regulatory sphere. Areas of specialty include energy exports.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Hogan Lovells have quality people with a variety of backgrounds, so they bring a diverse set of skills to the table."

"The partners and associates can provide expertise in a wide variety of fields and the communication among the partners and associates is exemplary. The convenience of this one-stop shopping is remarkable."

Work highlights Handled an array of export license applications and proposals at the Department of Energy on behalf of Dominion Resources, Delfin LNG LLC and Venture Global LNG.

Represented LightSquared in its endeavors to develop a wireless broadband communications network with satellite coverage across the USA. This proposal faced significant Congressional opposition. Hogan Lovells successfully garnered support from Congress and continues to assist the client with this matter.

Notable practitioners  

The "powerhouse" Michael House is highly regarded for his regulatory and legislative work and is described as "a top-notch guy who does a superb job for his clients." 

Significant clients Nissan, Barclays Capital, Coalition of Privacy and Free Trade, BHP Billiton, The Pew Charitable Trusts.  

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices are Washington, DC, and Atlanta.

What the team is known for Handles cutting-edge issues across a number of different industries. Areas of expertise include healthcare, energy and environmental law, among others.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"An exceptionally strong firm." 

Work highlights Acted on behalf of the Advanced Biofuels Association in relation to policy proposals concerning the advanced biofuels industry. The policies are aimed at encouraging the commercialization of the area. The team is dedicated to raising the profile of its clients on the Hill.

Provided counsel to America's Essential Hospitals in relation to health policy and legislation. The team has ensured continued federal support and reimbursement of hospitals which are essential for more vulnerable sectors of society.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Gold is head of the public policy and regulation practice and offers particular expertise in environmental and transportation issues.

Significant clients American Arbitration Association, American Chemistry Council, Dow Chemical, FirstEnergy, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee.

Band 2 | K&L Gates

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for An established and experienced government relations practice, with noted global reach and strength in depth. Offers particular expertise in the maritime industry. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"K&L Gates's knowledge of the issues is first rate, their ability to track developments and recognize trends is also very good; the group has a very good understanding of who the different players are on different issues."

"Their force lies in having established an industry position which over many years has been regarded as very professional and well respected on a global level."

Work highlights Provided counsel to the nonprofit organization, Advocates for Development Assistance. The team engaged the government to gain support for continued funding for projects concerning development assistance, and successfully secured increased funding, despite significant cuts to the budget and political pressure.

Assisted the Airport Minority Advisory Council in a variety of regulatory and legislative matters. The client is a trade association and tackles issues pertaining to large firms, airports and women- and minority-owned firms in the airport industry.

Notable practitioners  

Emanuel Rouvelas is a leading maritime expert in the government affairs and public policy context. "He has been instrumental in successfully guiding our organization on numerous regulatory and other legal issues in a very professional yet personal way," notes one impressed client.

Daniel Crowley is highly regarded in the government relations arena. Clients note that "he is very good at providing advice and very good at understanding what our goals are and how to achieve those goals." He has particular expertise in the financial services sector.

Bruce Heiman is noted for his public affairs work and clients enthuse that he is "responsive, he listens, gives great value, he is smart and we trust his guidance."

Paul Stimers is a respected public policy and government relations practitioner and is well versed in lobbying on behalf of organizations in industries such as technology, commercial spaceflight and IT.

Significant clients American Auto Logistics, Avis Budget Group, Charles Schwab, Financial Accounting Foundation, Pitney Bowes.  

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Strong group, regularly dealing with significant legislative and policy issues on behalf of major clients comprising trade associations, institutions and companies. Areas of specialty include healthcare, tax and IP.

Notable practitioners  

Steven Hart has wide-ranging expertise across industries such as energy, tax, telecommunications and transportation, among many others. He is praised by peers, one of whom notes: "He is very good - he is well informed, very professional and well connected."

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Well-respected government relations practice acting for an impressive roster of clients. Offers expertise in areas such as energy, telecommunications, and financial services; also noted for its expertise in the nonprofit sector.

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Verizon Communications in relation to a number of policy issues. These issues concerned use of telemedicine and cyber security in order to prevent Medicare fraud.

Represented Nokia in federal public policy matters. These related to patent and IP reforms. The team also tackled regulatory concerns.

Notable practitioners  

The highly-respected Robert Jones is regarded as "a strong practitioner and a very able strategist." He offers clients a breadth of experience across a number of industry sectors as well as government insight, having been counsel to the Senate.

Significant clients ConocoPhillips, Rheem Manufacturing, National Geographic Education Foundation, Goldman Sachs, Boeing Defense (Space & Security).  

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Well-respected lobbying practice, offering notable financial services expertise in the government relations context and representing an enviable client list in this area.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have seen it all and know where to look to help us get at the right answer. The group's depth of knowledge, expertise and experience has been very helpful for us."

"They provide legislative support and lobbying services, with polished professional staff who are at ease with members of Congress and their teams. The group is highly effective in advancing our strategic objectives with Congress."

Work highlights Advised the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting in relation to lobbying efforts concerning SEC rulemaking as a consequence of the Dodd-Frank Act. The team assisted with legislative and regulatory strategy.

Provided counsel to Lloyd's of London in relation to regulatory and legislative issues. Appeared before Congress and the executive branches on behalf of its client and considered factors affecting its trading position in the USA. Most recently, the team handled issues pertaining to the reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act.

Notable practitioners  

Martha Cochran handles public policy issues and government affairs for a broad variety of high-profile clients. Clients reserve particular appreciation for "her relationships with folks in the Senate and House Ethics Committees in Congress and at the state level - she knows who to call to get the right answer." She has particular expertise and experience in handling securities matters.

Significant clients Visa, Coalition to Insure Against Terrorism, International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists, Energy Future Holdings, National Association of Corrosion Engineers International.

Band 3 | Cozen O'Connor

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Since publication, Cozen O'Connor has acquired a substantial portion of Dickstein Shapiro's attorneys general group. The team regularly handles significant investigations and litigation in relation to a wide variety of policy issues and legislature. Has deep relationships with attorneys general nationwide and commands a great deal of respect from the community.

Notable practitioners  

Bernard Nash is "smart, thorough and knows the playing field," according to sources. He is regarded as a "godfather" in the state attorney general field and elicits much praise for his experience and expertise in the area.

JB Kelly is praised for his strategic ability when handling state attorney general matters. Clients say: "He has a great mind for what the attorneys general are looking at, what they want to know and when; he is good at long-term strategy."

Lori Kalani "has great relationships personally with attorneys general and is good at organizing and setting all the ground work for when we need to go in and do something," notes one impressed client.

Band 3 | Dentons

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Robust government affairs practice with strengths in advocacy at local, state and federal levels. Developing a strong state attorney general practice. Noted for its expertise in matters affecting healthcare, Indian tribes, energy, telecommunications and financial regulation, among others.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I was really impressed by the depth and the group turned around on very short notice and produced high-quality work. Dentons put their top attorneys on the project and show a commitment to us as a client."

"Dentons provides very good advice, great strategy and great access to the people we want to talk to."

Work highlights Handled lobbying efforts on behalf of St. Louis Civic Progress in relation to a tax incentive package. The package was aimed at attracting Boeing to locate the manufacturing of a commercial plane near St. Louis's Lambert International Airport. 

Secured grants from GE Healthcare, Lantheus Medical Imaging, and other pharmaceutical manufacturers for a regulatory program to promote patient care through the use of contrast ultrasound. This was as a direct response from successful outcomes that the team achieved for the ICUS in 2012.

Notable practitioners

Michael Zolandz is head of the department and a key contact.

Significant clients Credit Union National Association, Lumara Health, Time Warner Cable, Lummi Nation, Allstate.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Government affairs practice with a strong focus on regulatory issues. Offers clients expertise in a number of industries including healthcare, environmental and international trade, among others.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are incredibly creative from a tactical and strategic standpoint and the depth of the relationships the firm have on both sides of the political aisle and Congress is incredibly important to us."

"They have great skill and patience and good strategic plans." 

Work highlights Handled regulatory issues at a federal level on behalf of Al Jazeera America. Assisted with building support nationwide and provided counsel in relation to public advocacy campaigns. 

Acted on behalf of ZTE Corporation in an investigation led by the house Intelligence Committee.

Notable practitioners  

Cochair John Merrigan has strong lobbying experience and is recognized for his deep relationships in Capitol Hill. He offers particular expertise in tax issues.

James Blanchard is noted for his calm demeanor when handling federal law and policy matters. He provides a valuable insight into governmental affairs through his experience as a former governor and ambassador. 

Financial services and privacy expert Thomas Boyd offers clients a wealth of experience handling public policy and regulatory issues affecting these areas. He regularly appears before the executive branch and Congress, representing a high-profile list of clients.

Significant clients The Northeast Maglev, Diageo, Krane Distribution, First Five Year Fund, AGI.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for A legislative and political law group with a corporate focus. Areas of expertise include healthcare and financial services. Recognized for its lobbying abilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They've been very helpful and we have been very happy with them."

"They put together a very fine team."  

Work highlights Successfully advocated on behalf of the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys. Two bills related to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Technical Clarification Act of 2013 were passed.

Represented Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition in the face of statutory challenges to certain aspects of the Medicaid program. Successfully persuaded Congress to hold back from implementing changes to the law.

Notable practitioners  

Theodore Hester is well known for his abilities in crisis communications and congressional investigations. His practice is bolstered by his experience handling both sides of the political aisle. His strategic advice is greatly appreciated by his impressive roster of clients.

Thomas Spulak offers particular expertise in relation to the rules of congressional procedure. He is a skilled lobbyist and has experience handling government ethics matters and federal election law.

Lloyd Hand is a strong lobbying practitioner. His practice is strengthened from his diplomatic experience as a former ambassador. His areas of expertise include technology and defense.

Significant clients Embraer, SAP America, Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Association of Independent Claims Professionals, PathCon Laboratories.

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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 The group is well versed in handling policy issues at both a federal and international level. Offers clients an insight into the executive branch and Congress through a wealth of experience in dealing with governmental affairs. Areas of strength include media and technology, telecommunications and healthcare, among others.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Mayer Brown has very strong relationships with US government people."

Work highlights Provided counsel to Wells Fargo Securities in relation to regulatory and legislative issues. The team advised on potential challenges that could affect the satellite, cable and wireless sectors of the client's company.

Acted on behalf of Viamedia in relation to an interdisciplinary advocacy project. The team was engaged in lobbying and advocacy activities pertaining to the telecommunications industry. The team successfully presented the novel issue at hand to members of Congress and raised awareness to the relevant decision-makers. 

Notable practitioners 

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

Significant clients Google, Mitsubishi, InterPark Holdings, Studsvik.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Recognized for its deep relationships with embassies and agencies when handling policy and legislative issues. Handles sophisticated and complex matters at both a state and federal level. Areas of expertise include healthcare, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and energy, among others. Developing a strong cybersecurity element to the practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a high degree of professionalism and a talented cadre of attorneys in a variety of areas."

"We have had some pretty complex issues with the agencies and Steptoe always has someone to help us."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of the University of Oklahoma in relation to funding from the Hill. Most recently, the team successfully obtained a legislative amendment which would allow for the provision of funding to all University Transportation Centers of which applies to the University of Oklahoma.

Provided counsel to the US Travel Insurance Association in relation to the regulation of the sale of travel insurance. This involved efforts to bring about legislative reform, including meeting with state regulators and legislators, educating and testifying before them.

Notable practitioners  

Commercial and public law litigator Scott Sinder is well regarded by the government affairs community. Clients say: "Scott Sinder is uniquely talented. He's a consummate professional with strong capabilities as general counsel and a regulatory lawyer."

Significant clients Facebook, Liggett Vector Brands, Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers, KIA Motors Corporation, Las Vegas Sands Corporation.  

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Basic facts about the department 
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for A government affairs practice with a solid reputation. Offers clients federal public policy expertise in the areas of environment, transportation, natural resources and energy. The practice is bolstered by the experience of former congressional staffers and officials who provide a unique insight into the inter-workings of government agencies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"All the staff are expert in their field and conduct themselves in a very professional manner. Their attention to detail, negotiating skills and response to deadlines have been invaluable."

"Their knowledge and expertise is at an extremely high level and they provide high-quality strategic advice."

Work highlights Assisted TransCanada with continuing efforts to construct a transportation system for natural gas. The development is aimed at facilitating the delivery of natural gas from the North Slope of Alaska to consumers.

Provided counsel to BrightSource Energy in relation to policy issues challenging the client's solar power projects. The team handled the regulatory aspects before federal and state agencies as well as appearing before Congress and the executive in connection with international development projects.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Szabo is a key contact at the firm.

Significant clients McKesson, Columbia River Treaty Group, Coal Utilization Research Council, Hawaiian Electric, Shell.

Band 3 | WilmerHale

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for An established bipartisan public policy practice group with noted global capabilities. Offers clients the experience and expertise of former senior officials from across a broad range of governmental departments.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They truly understand the geopolitical issues that intersect the law."

"All our dealings with WilmerHale are highly professional and organized; the team is prompt in their services, fulfill all the deadlines, work very hard and strive to make sure they fully understand the issue."

Work highlights Provided counsel to Baker Hughes in relation to business operations in Russia. The team advised the client on issues arising from US and EU sanctions on Russia.

Assisted Google in relation to an investigation by the EU. The matter also concerned G20 strategy.

Notable practitioners  

Jamie Gorelick is valued by clients for her high-level policy advice and connections on Capitol Hill. Peers note: "She is an extraordinary lawyer and has a brilliant legal mind." She offers particular expertise in handling congressional investigations, particularly at the intersection with regulatory frameworks.

Significant clients BP, Monsanto, HSBC, CRS.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Highly regarded practitioner Gary Slaiman has recently joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP from Bingham McCutchen. "He is a very effective advocate, has a deep understanding of the issues and priorities, and can translate that into measurable actions. He has solid judgment and his candor is an asset," notes one impressed client. He represents an impressive roster of clients, including a number of Fortune 500 companies.

Elizabeth Moeller of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has developed a strong public policy practice. As one commentator enthuses: "She is extraordinary - she understands policy, clients' needs and she works very hard; she has the intellectual bandwidth to deal with complicated issues."

Craig Saperstein is a senior associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. He handles significant government relations matters and, according to clients, "is extremely effective" on Capitol Hill. Areas of expertise include energy, financial services, healthcare and transportation.

Ashley Taylor of Troutman Sanders LLP "is an extraordinary lawyer - he has great presence and a good strategic mind; he inspires confidence and can really take command of a situation," a source reports. Taylor is well versed in handling investigative matters pertaining to the financial services industry.

Russell Smith of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is praised by clients for his ability to identify issues both political and policy-related. He is also recognized for his knowledge of the latest developments which affect his clients. Clients note: "He is always there when we need him and routinely reaches out to us, on his own initiative, with valuable information and advice."

Foreign Experts

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Senior Statesman

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Eminent Practitioners

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