THE FIRM This group, already a major player on the market, received a boost in expertise, prestige and market reach with its merger last year. The group now fields one of the best-experienced and largest Congressional oversight investigation practices in the country, supported by terrific expertise in white-collar defense. In the past year the group continued to represent the Housing Finance Alliance (formerly FM Policy Focus) before Congress in relation to the restructuring of government-sponsored enterprises such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Other representative clients include Airbus Americas and TPG Capital.
Client Service "The quality of their work is unsurpassed. They're very sharp all the time, very tuned in, and they're very proactive both on the personal front and also reaching out about new legislation. They are tuned into what's happening in Washington but they also want to know what we're thinking."
Commercial Awareness "They've been excellent at advice, counsel, appropriations and strategy on research funding." "A full-range practice with international reach - without question, they're at the top."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael House is an acknowledged expert in higher education-related matters and coalition work. "He's strong and tireless: when you work with him you know you're getting the best," one source comments. Another interviewee draws attention to "his knowledge of the legislative processes, and the technical aspects of all the issues - he's an excellent strategist." John Porter makes his first appearance in the rankings this year. Sources point to his "enormous prestige in the whole biomedical research community," while one client notes his reputation as the father of National Institutes of Health doubling and "the champion of biomedical research funding." Candida Wolff also debuts in the rankings this year, and sources underline her dynamic and long-term thinking. One client explains: "There are a lot of people in DC who trade contacts around, but I look for strategy and strategic thinking - she's brought that to the table at a level that's very valuable and hard to replace."