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Perkins Coie LLP - Government: Political Law Department

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What the team is known for Stellar reputation for its representation of many of the major Democratic Party organizations and candidates. A strong track record in high-profile redistricting and Voting Rights Act litigation across the country. Also regularly provides campaign finance and ethics compliance advice to corporations, nonprofit organizations and political action committees, with additional expertise advising tax-exempt organizations.

Strengths Sources report: "The team displays impeccable client services on a daily basis. We can always count on the team to be highly responsive when we are in need of guidance on urgent matters. In politics, situations often change quickly and Perkins Coie's team always provides a thoughtful legal analysis while doing so in a very efficient manner."

Clients say: "They provide expert legal guidance, and always offer practical tips in how to implement it. Their political law practice also keeps very close tabs on new laws, guidance and other changes that can affect the regulated community, which ensures that we have all the correct information necessary to keep our compliance program current."

Work highlights Successfully represented two residents of the State of North Carolina, in the Cooper v. Harris case at the US Supreme Court, when it was ruled that when drawing two of the state's Congressional districts, North Carolina's Republican-controlled legislature unlawfully relied on race.

Achieved a victory on behalf of individual voters from the Commonwealth of Virginia at the US Supreme Court in challenging the redistricting of Virginia’s 12 majority-minority districts in the state’s House of Delegates.

Notable practitioners

"Fantastic lawyer" Robert Bauer enjoys an excellent reputation in the market for his deep expertise in political law, advising clients on a diverse array of matters involving the regulation of political activity. He draws on a wealth of experience from his distinguished career which includes advising on President Obama's 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, and serving as White House Counsel.

Political law group chair Marc Elias is lauded as "first-rate" by sources. He is regularly called upon to represent clients spanning public officials, candidates and parties to Fortune 500 corporations and tax-exempt organizations on a host of political law matters. He receives particular acclaim for his work with the Democratic Party. Clients report: "His deep knowledge of relevant law and creative insight continues to allows us to find new ways to impact and provides strategic advantages." Another enthused: "He is exceptional, he is a leader in his field and I can comfortably say the best in the business."

Clients say Rebecca Gordon "is extremely responsive and knowledgeable in both federal and state law. She explains matters in a concise matter and provides several viable options when a course of action is not recommended." Her practice includes political law compliance, including federal and state campaign finance, lobbying disclosure and gift rules. Sources further enthuse: "She knows the very complicated and niche areas of political law inside and out, and is very familiar with the political atmosphere we're operating in."

Ezra Reese specializes in advising nonprofit organizations on political law matters spanning taxation, campaign finance and ethics compliance. He is held in great esteem among market commentators, with one enthusing: "I think very highly of him; he is an excellent lawyer and very easy to work with." Another adds: "He is not just one of the finest attorneys that I have dealt with but one of the finest people."

About the Team (content provided by Perkins Coie LLP)



As the creative pioneer of modern political law and as one of the largest practices of
its kind in the country, Perkins Coie is known for its innovative approach to
campaign financing, exceptional record of election-related litigation, and
knowledge and experience in corporate political activity. We represent individuals,
candidates, parties, political committees, lobbyists, corporations, trade
associations and tax-exempt organizations seeking to effectively engage in
political activity.

Perkins Coie attorneys distinguish themselves in their bigger picture perspectives of
the political system and the depth of understanding of their clients’ needs.
Our political law team has as their sole focus the political arena and they
have built a reputation for excelling in oral and written communications and
their dedication to clients.



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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates - Government: Political Law Department

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What the team is known for Premier nonpartisan political law group with particular strength in corporate representation on gift and entertainment laws, campaign finance and lobbying disclosure rules. Also remains at the forefront of advising on federal and state pay-to-play rules. A strong choice for representing corporations in responding to sensitive Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaints. Highly adept at providing political law compliance counsel in the context of M&A transactions and media broadcasts. Clients hail from a range of industries, including financial services, energy, technology and insurance.

Strengths Clients comment: "The team as a whole has the expertise to advise on all aspects of corporate political activities, and they work together well to develop consistent approaches to issues that face their clients. The team is diverse in their areas of expertise and they are skilled at delegating to ensure efficient and excellent advice."

Sources agree: "The team is professional but also personable and pleasant."

Work highlights Advised a financial services client on conflict of interest laws concerning a US bank's loans to a senior White House adviser, as well as providing advice on conflicts laws applicable to relationships with Trump businesses.

Advised Comcast, NBCUniversal, 21st Century Fox and News Corporation on issues related to sponsorships of after parties and events associated with the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Notable practitioners

Leader of the firm's political law practice Kenneth Gross draws on a fountain of experience from his time at the FEC. His impressive roster of clients regularly call upon him for counsel on political law compliance and enforcement proceedings, including gift and gratuity rules, lobby registration provisions and securities laws. One source reports: "He knows the law and never lets clients stray over anything close to a line."

Ki Hong "is incredibly knowledgeable and always has a quick answer for us. He is always pleasant to work with and he is very skilled at explaining his analysis," according to clients. His political law practice includes advising clients on pay-to-play rules, lobbying disclosure, gift rules and campaign finance. Another client enthuses: "His sheer experience is helpful and there is rarely a situation that he hasn't seen."

Matthew Bobys' practice spans campaign finance, lobbying, government ethics and conflicts of interest, among others. He is particularly adept at advising clients on pay-to-play laws. A client attests: "He is not only impressively knowledgeable about the applicable laws, but he understands our specific issues and business, which allows for efficient and effective conversations." The source adds: "He is phenomenal at communicating, not only in his ability to analyze and explain applicable laws, but also in his ability to prioritize and communicate timing so our needs are appropriately and efficiently met."

Charles Ricciardelli is regularly called upon by clients to advise on an array of political law matters at federal, state and local level. He has particular expertise in handling matters concerning pay-to-play laws.

About the Team (content provided by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates)

Skadden provides a wide range of political law advice, with particular emphasis on campaign finance, pay-to-play, ethics, lobbying and conflicts of interest in connection with federal, state and local laws. Our work in these areas includes representation of political committees and businesses involved in the political process, corporate and trade association political action committees, independent political committees and candidate committees, as well as private individuals and entities. Skadden has represented presidential campaigns and prominent federal, state and local candidates of both major parties.

Our attorneys have extensive knowledge of the state and federal pay-to-play, ethics and lobbying laws that specifically relate to contracting with a governmental entity. We have a broad range of experience advising major banks, investment firms, manufacturers, insurance companies and energy companies, among others, on these rules. Such rules include Rules G-37/G-38 and Rule 206(4)-5, which are administered by the SEC/FINRA and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. We also advise on Rule 23.451, which is administered by the CFTC. We advise clients on the SEC’s municipal advisor rule and its registration requirements as well as the MSRB’s rules for municipal advisors. In addition, we have extensive knowledge of state laws that regulate political activity of contractors or require them to register as lobbyists. 

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Wiley Rein LLP - Government: Political Law Department

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What the team is known for Leading election law practice, with a notable focus on advising Republican candidates and party committees. Offers a wealth of experience in contentious FEC proceedings and congressional investigations. Counsels corporations, nonprofit organizations and political action committees on federal and state lobbying, campaign finance and pay-to-play rules. Expertise also spans political law issues concerning the activities of foreign nationals and overseas corporations.

Strengths A client says: "This is a great team. They are highly professional and exceptionally accessible." The interviewee adds: "They are clearly a market leader and a trustworthy source of critical guidance necessary to meet the ever-changing and ever more complicated compliance rules associated with Congress."

One source enthuses: "I can't say enough about the entire team. They are a well-oiled machine that is reliable, responsive and trustworthy, and you can't do any better than that in my estimation."

Work highlights Acted for American Action Network in the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington v. FEC case, obtaining a dismissal in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.

Successfully acted for Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies in Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies v. FEC.

Notable practitioners

Jan Baran "is a leading voice in the Washington, DC community on matters of campaign finance, lobbying, and ethics compliance," according to sources. He is widely regarded as a "dean of election law and campaign finance law," and receives praise for his "remarkable career, knowledge base and network in the field." His practice spans the gamut of political law matters.

Michael Toner is praised by clients for his "excellent knowledge of political law and superior judgment." Drawing on his background as chair of the FEC, he regularly advises clients on campaign finance and ethical compliance programs. Sources report: "He has a deep understanding of campaigns and elections, the IRS, and the FEC, and has a brilliant legal mind."

Caleb Burns "has a very expansive knowledge and thoughtful approach to client service. He gives nuanced and practical advice, and understands the realities clients face," according to clients. Others note: "He is a thorough and thoughtful attorney whose many years of experience in this field allows him to provide real-world answers to questions." He centers his practice on campaign finance, government ethics and lobbying law.

Carol Laham is best known for her work on campaign finance. Her practice also spans federal and state lobbying and ethics laws, in addition to pay-to-play law matters. One client describes her as "accessible, thoughtful, easy to work with and very thorough," and adds: "She always gets back to me in a timely manner."

Robert Walker is regarded as a leading expert on matters regarding the House and Senate Ethics Committees. Clients say: "He has the unique ability to see issues from both points of view and anticipate how the Committee will react to different responses. This allows him to quickly find out what is going on and help develop a strategy for dealing with it." He additionally counsels clients on compliance issues and Congressional investigations.

About the Team (content provided by Wiley Rein LLP)

The firm represents many of the country’s largest corporations, trade associations, nonprofit organizations, public officials, political parties, individual campaign committees, and candidates. Our attorneys regularly advise clients on the laws and rules pertaining to lobbying, political contributions, political action committees, ethics, and the use of corporate facilities for political purposes. The group also litigates First Amendment and equal-protection challenges to election laws, voting rights cases, redistricting, and ballot access disputes, and defends clients in Federal Election Commission litigation and criminal proceedings.

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Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered - Government: Political Law Department

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What the team is known for Highly respected political law group with an emphasis on campaign finance, lobbying regulations and government ethics. Experience counseling clients on both federal and state and local pay-to-play laws. Well-versed in sensitive Congressional ethics investigations. Possesses a notable strength in advising tax-exempt organizations on all aspects of compliance. Clients also include corporations and political action committees, as well as political candidates and office holders across the political spectrum.

Strengths Clients value the team for its ability to solve their most difficult and pressing matters: "I call them when I have a tough problem that needs to be solved in a creative and practical matter. And when it's urgent, they are always willing to help."

Notable practitioners

Trevor Potter enjoys an excellent reputation in the market and centers his practice on campaign finance matters, lobbying regulation, and government ethics. His clients include political candidates, corporations and nonprofit organizations.

Matthew Sanderson "provides very prompt and succinct advice," according to clients. He regularly advises businesses, nonprofits and political candidates on matters spanning government ethics, campaign finance and lobbying rules.

About the Team (content provided by Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered)

The firm regularly counsels clients on the laws pertaining to government ethics, lobbying and campaign finance. The group represents clients on both sides of the political aisle, including corporations, trade associations, political action committees, political parties, private individuals, presidential campaigns and high profile federal, state and local candidates.

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Covington & Burling LLP - Government: Political Law Department

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What the team is known for Bipartisan political law practice with strong capabilities in counseling corporations, financial institutions, tax-exempt organizations and political action committees. Substantial expertise includes campaign finance, pay-to-play rules, government ethics and lobbying disclosure. Extensive experience representing participants in sensitive Congressional investigations.

Notable practitioners

Chair of the firm's election and political law practice group Robert Kelner is lauded as a "go-to guy" who advises clients on a broad range of political law matters including federal and state campaign finance, pay-to-play, government ethics and lobbying disclosure. His clients include corporates, nonprofits and political action committees, as well as candidates and party committees.

Clients regard Robert Lenhard as "super impressive" and praise his ability to convey the major issues that they face in an "understandable, respectful and comprehensive" manner. He is particularly highly regarded for his Democratic connections, and counsels financial institutions, businesses, political action committees and advocacy groups on a broad range of political law matters.

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Allen & Overy LLP - Government: Political Law Department

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What the team is known for Fast becoming a go-to political law firm for financial institutions and corporations. Clients include banks, insurers, broker-dealers, investment funds and asset managers. Significant strengths in federal and state pay-to-play compliance. Broad geographic reach makes it a strong choice for national and international government affairs counseling. Particularly active advising businesses on the political implications of the UK's pending departure from the EU.

Strengths Sources report: "As a group they provide commercially sophisticated advice; the value in their commercial sense is the ability to get quickly to the heart of the legal issues."

Clients say: "They are very talented, willing to consider multiple ways to address an issue with an eye to cost and take a holistic approach to a problem that allows us to make a more complete and thoughtful decision."

Work highlights Advised the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and its members on the new pay-to-play rule from the FINRA concerning soliciting investment from investors from the public sector.

Has continued to advise the nonpartisan think tank Partnership for Public Service in connection with the 2016 presidential transition.

Notable practitioners

Leader of the firm's political law practice Charles Borden "is a gifted lawyer with an incredible capacity to digest detailed information. He takes the time to understand his client, and to apply the law to the facts at hand in a thoughtful, practical manner." He is particularly adept at advising multinational clients on government affairs matters. Sources highlight his "ability to identify and simplify complex legal problems for his clients."

Clients say Samuel Brown "is extremely thorough and diligent, and has an excellent understanding of all areas of political law. His experience at the FEC offers tremendous insight to his clients." He advises clients on a variety of political law compliance and enforcement matters. Clients also praise him for being "highly motivated and always available," adding: "He is delightful to deal with."

Claire Rajan is "highly attuned to client needs and provides tailored advice accordingly. She provides sophisticated legal analysis, tailoring advice to the specifics of the business at hand and communicates with great skill and judgment." She is particularly noted for her adept handling of campaign finance matters. She draws on a wealth of experience from her time as an FEC staffer, with sources praising her "valuable insight into the thinking and workings of the FEC."

About the Team (content provided by Allen & Overy LLP)

​Our Political Law Practice

We have substantial experience working with a wide variety of clients to develop comprehensive political law strategies tailored to specific business models. Our clients are frequently active on a nationwide basis, and our team has deep experience with all relevant political law regimes, from federal and state laws to municipal regulations and rules and policies governing particular public pension systems. We have experience in providing counsel to diverse clients in a range of industries, including health care providers, major financial institutions, private equity funds, real estate investment firms, insurance companies, airlines, energy corporations, extractive industry firms, and think tanks.

Our attorneys also have significant enforcement experience and regularly partner with enforcement attorneys in connection with internal investigations, government inquiries, and civil and criminal proceedings.

We counsel clients in all areas of political law, including:

  • Lobbying Regulations
  • Campaign Finance
  • Pay-to-Play
  • Gift and Entertainment Laws
  • Post-employment Restrictions



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Holtzman Vogel Josefiak Torchinsky PLLC - Government: Political Law Department

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What the team is known for Expanding boutique firm capable of handling contentious and noncontentious mandates involving lobbying regulation, campaign finance and government ethics. Experienced in high-profile redistricting litigation. Represents a strong client base featuring an impressive number of political candidates, advocacy organizations and political action committees associated with the Republican Party.

Notable practitioners

Tom Josefiak is held in high regard for the expertise he brings from his former roles as FEC commissioner and chief counsel at the Republican National Committee. He centers his practice on federal law and is regularly called upon to advise political candidates, party institutions, advocacy groups and corporations.

Jason Torchinsky's practice spans campaign finance, advocacy groups, election law and lobbying disclosure matters. He is well known in the market for his litigation expertise and has a wealth of experience acting for political candidates.

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Jones Day - Government: Political Law Department

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What the team is known for Political law practice prominent for its representation of Republican candidates and party committees, including Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Counsels businesses, advocacy groups and political candidates across a wide array of campaign finance, lobbying regulation and government ethics matters. Complementary strengths in civil and white-collar litigation make it a strong choice for contentious enforcement proceedings, including FEC complaints and congressional ethics investigations.

Notable practitioners

"Top Republican lawyer" Benjamin Ginsberg has vast experience after serving as counsel to the presidential campaigns of George W. Bush and Mitt Romney. He is regarded as a leading expert in federal and state election law matters, regularly advising and providing commentary on redistricting, vote recounts, campaign finance and government ethics.

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Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP - Government: Political Law Department

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What the team is known for California-based political law boutique with a national reputation. Advises leading corporations, tax-exempt organizations and trade associations on state election law compliance and lobbying. Substantive expertise includes campaign finance, ballot measures, government ethics, gift and lobbying disclosure.

Notable practitioners

Chip Nielsen is lauded as "one of the venerable lights of the election law Bar." He is regarded as a preeminent expert on California's uniquely complex political system and regularly advises on campaign finance, pay-to-play issues and conflict of interest matters.

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Sandler Reiff Lamb Rosenstein & Birkenstock, P.C. - Government: Political Law Department

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What the team is known for Respected boutique firm advising on campaign finance, lobbying compliance and government ethics at the federal, state and local levels. Significant strengths in election law litigation and FEC enforcement proceedings. Increasingly focused on representing corporations in addition to its traditional client base of Democratic Party institutions, candidates, office holders and advocacy groups.

Notable practitioners

Joseph Birkenstock is noted for his experience serving as chief counsel on the Democratic National Committee. His practice includes advising clients on campaign finance and pay-to-play regulations, as well as other political law compliance and enforcement matters. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations and political candidates.

Joseph Sandler is "very highly regarded" in the market. He is well known for his work with the Democratic Party. He has particular expertise handling political law litigation involving ballot initiatives, voting rights and recounts. In addition to this he advises on government ethics, lobbying regulations, campaign finance and the commercial and tax issues affecting the political law market.

Neil Reiff's practice encompasses a range of election law matters with particular expertise in campaign finance law at both federal and state level. He is praised by market sources for his knowledge of election law and regularly acts for a variety of clients including candidates, party committees and other political organizations.

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Venable LLP - Government: Political Law Department

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What the team is known for Strong choice for corporate political law compliance, with substantive expertise in campaign finance, lobbying disclosure, government ethics and gift rules at the federal, state and local levels. Extensive experience setting up and providing regulatory advice to political action committees.

Notable practitioners

Ronald Jacobs advises clients on a diverse array of political law matters including campaign finance and lobbying disclosure. He is particularly regarded for his expertise in advising tax-exempt associations and trade associations, and has a growing practice acting for political candidates and office holders.

Lawrence Norton acts for a diverse client base including nonprofits, corporations, trade associations, political action committees and individuals. He has a wealth of experience counseling clients on campaign finance and lobbying disclosure matters, including advising on pay-to-play laws.

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Wiley Rein LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jan Baran "is a leading voice in the Washington, DC community on matters of campaign finance, lobbying, and ethics compliance," according to sources. He is widely regarded as a "dean of election law and campaign finance law," and receives praise for his "remarkable career, knowledge base and network in the field." His practice spans the gamut of political law matters.

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Perkins Coie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Fantastic lawyer" Robert Bauer enjoys an excellent reputation in the market for his deep expertise in political law, advising clients on a diverse array of matters involving the regulation of political activity. He draws on a wealth of experience from his distinguished career which includes advising on President Obama's 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, and serving as White House Counsel.

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Perkins Coie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Political law group chair Marc Elias is lauded as "first-rate" by sources. He is regularly called upon to represent clients spanning public officials, candidates and parties to Fortune 500 corporations and tax-exempt organizations on a host of  political law matters. He receives particular acclaim for his work with the Democratic Party. Clients report: "His deep knowledge of relevant law and creative insight continues to allows us to find new ways to impact and provides strategic advantages." Another enthused: "He is exceptional, he is a leader in his field and I can comfortably say the best in the business."

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Benjamin L Ginsberg

Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

"Top Republican lawyer" Benjamin Ginsberg has vast experience after serving as counsel to the presidential campaigns of George W. Bush and Mitt Romney.  He is regarded as a leading expert in federal and state election law matters, regularly advising and providing commentary on redistricting, vote recounts, campaign finance and government ethics.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Leader of the firm's political law practice Kenneth Gross draws on a fountain of experience from his time at the FEC. His impressive roster of clients regularly call upon him for counsel on political law compliance and enforcement proceedings, including gift and gratuity rules, lobby registration provisions and securities laws. One source reports: "He knows the law and never lets clients stray over anything close to a line."

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Ki Hong "is incredibly knowledgeable and always has a quick answer for us. He is always pleasant to work with and he is very skilled at explaining his analysis," according to clients. His political law practice includes advising clients on pay-to-play rules, lobbying disclosure, gift rules and campaign finance. Another client enthuses: "His sheer experience is helpful and there is rarely a situation that he hasn't seen."

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Chair of the firm's election and political law practice group Robert Kelner is lauded as a "go-to guy" who advises clients on a broad range of political law matters including federal and state campaign finance, pay-to-play, government ethics and lobbying disclosure. His clients include corporates, nonprofits and political action committees, as well as candidates and party committees.

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Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Chip Nielsen is lauded as "one of the venerable lights of the election law Bar." He is regarded as a preeminent expert on California's uniquely complex political system and regularly advises on campaign finance, pay-to-play issues and conflict of interest matters.

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Wiley Rein LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Toner is praised by clients for his "excellent knowledge of political law and superior judgment." Drawing on his background as chair of the FEC, he regularly advises clients on campaign finance and ethical compliance programs. Sources report: "He has a deep understanding of campaigns and elections, the IRS, and the FEC, and has a brilliant legal mind."

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Joseph M. Birkenstock

Sandler Reiff Lamb Rosenstein & Birkenstock, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Birkenstock is noted for his experience serving as chief counsel on the Democratic National Committee. His practice includes advising clients on campaign finance and pay-to-play regulations, as well as other political law compliance and enforcement matters. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations and political candidates.

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Arent Fox LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of department Craig Engle of Arent Fox LLP "is a real leader with broad experience in Washington, DC, law and politics. A hugely talented lawyer," according to sources. He counts presidential candidates, political committees and Fortune 500 corporations among his client base. One source enthuses: "Craig is great to work with. He is always responsive, and provides great analysis and advice on the applicable ethics regulations."

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Holtzman Vogel Josefiak Torchinsky PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Tom Josefiak  is held in high regard for the expertise he brings from his former roles as FEC commissioner and chief counsel at the Republican National Committee. He centers his practice on federal law and is regularly called upon to advise political candidates, party institutions, advocacy groups and corporations.

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients regard Robert Lenhard as "super impressive" and praise his ability to convey the major issues that they face in an "understandable, respectful and comprehensive" manner. He is particularly highly regarded for his Democratic connections, and counsels financial institutions, businesses, political action committees and advocacy groups on a broad range of political law matters.

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Frederick K Lowell

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Frederick Lowell heads the political law practice at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.  He advises on a range of matters including campaign finance to ballot initiatives. Clients praise him for being "smart, strategic and service-oriented." He regularly acts for corporations, trade associations and tax-exempt organizations.

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

Practice head William Minor of DLA Piper LLP (US) specializes in matters concerning the Lobbying Disclosure Act and the Foreign Agents Registration Act. He also advises clients on government ethics and campaign finance matters. Clients say: "He is knowledgeable about the subject matter and very responsive." Others note: "He knows our company well and understands what we care about, so our interactions are seamless and productive."

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Foley & Lardner LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Cleta Mitchell of Foley & Lardner LLP acts for a range of clients including political action committees, advocacy groups and nonprofit organizations. She advises on a host of lobbying regulation and campaign finance matters and is regularly called upon to provide comment on political law issues. She is noted for her experience and expertise advising Republican party organizations.

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Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered

From the Chambers USA guide

Trevor Potter enjoys an excellent reputation in the market and centers his practice on campaign finance matters, lobbying regulation, and government ethics. His clients include political candidates, corporations and nonprofit organizations.

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Sandler Reiff Lamb Rosenstein & Birkenstock, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Sandler is "very highly regarded" in the market. He is well known for his work with the Democratic Party. He has particular expertise handling political law litigation involving ballot initiatives, voting rights and recounts. In addition to this he advises on government ethics, lobbying regulations, campaign finance and the commercial and tax issues affecting the political law market.

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Band 2

Clark Hill PLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Practice leader Charles Spies of Clark Hill PLC "is discreet, responsive, listens well and is a problem-solver," according to clients. He counsels clients on a broad array of political law matters including public policy, campaigns and ethics matters. His clients range from political candidates to political action committees. One impressed client reports: "He is a thoughtful legal advisor with immense experience. His ability to respond quickly and thoroughly is unparalleled. Our expectations have been exceeded."

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Band 2

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Thomas chairs Blank Rome LLP's policy and political law practice.  He advises clients on matters spanning campaign finance, lobbying, elections law and ethics. Sources report that "his experience is incredible," and add: "As a past FEC chairman he wrote the regulations, so he understands them. He is very knowledgeable and his breadth of expertise is unmatched."

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Band 3

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jason Abel of Steptoe & Johnson LLP has a "great command of campaign finance laws, lobbying regulation, and pay-to-play limitations, as well as a great combination of professionalism and collegiality," according to sources. His experience spans gift and ethics rules, campaign finance and the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

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Band 3

Berke Farah LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Managing partner Elliot Berke of Berke Farah LLP is regularly called upon by lobbyists, corporations and advocacy groups to advise on the gamut of political compliance and lobbying registration. He has significant experience advising key members of the Republican Party and their staffers. One client enthuses: "He knows how to communicate effectively and always keeps our goals in his mind. He is strategic and has a breadth of expertise while specializing in political law."

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Band 3

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew Bobys' practice spans campaign finance, lobbying, government ethics and conflicts of interest, among others. He is particularly adept at advising clients on pay-to-play laws. A client attests: "He is not only impressively knowledgeable about the applicable laws, but he understands our specific issues and business, which allows for efficient and effective conversations." The source adds: "He is phenomenal at communicating, not only in his ability to analyze and explain applicable laws, but also in his ability to prioritize and communicate timing so our needs are appropriately and efficiently met."

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Band 3

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Leader of the firm's political law practice Charles Borden "is a gifted lawyer with an incredible capacity to digest detailed information. He takes the time to understand his client, and to apply the law to the facts at hand in a thoughtful, practical manner." He is particularly adept at advising multinational clients on government affairs matters.  Sources highlight his "ability to identify and simplify complex legal problems for his clients."

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Band 3

Bobby R Burchfield

King & Spalding LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bobby Burchfield of King & Spalding LLP receives particular praise for his work with the Republican party and affiliated organizations. Sources say: "He is outstanding, trustworthy, extremely pragmatic and has a solid command of all issues when advising us on a very tricky situation."

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Band 3

Wiley Rein LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Caleb Burns "has a very expansive knowledge and thoughtful approach to client service. He gives nuanced and practical advice, and understands the realities clients face," according to clients. Others note: "He is a thorough and thoughtful attorney whose many years of experience in this field allows him to provide real-world answers to questions." He centers his practice on campaign finance, government ethics and lobbying law.

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Band 3

Perkins Coie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients say Rebecca Gordon "is extremely responsive and knowledgeable in both federal and state law. She explains matters in a concise matter and provides several viable options when a course of action is not recommended." Her practice includes political law compliance, including federal and state campaign finance, lobbying disclosure and gift rules. Sources further enthuse: "She knows the very complicated and niche areas of political law inside and out, and is very familiar with the political atmosphere we're operating in."

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Band 3

Venable LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ronald Jacobs advises clients on a diverse array of political law matters including campaign finance and lobbying disclosure. He is particularly regarded for his expertise in advising tax-exempt associations and trade associations, and has a growing practice acting for political candidates and office holders. 

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Band 3

Nossaman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Timothy Jenkins chairs Nossaman LLP's public policy practice group. Clients comment: "He is very bright, an outstanding communicator, provides excellent advice and counsel and is very well connected." His practice spans both federal and state political law matters with his client base including corporations, nonprofits and associations.

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Band 3

Wiley Rein LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Carol Laham is best known for her work on campaign finance. Her practice also spans federal and state lobbying and ethics laws, in addition to pay-to-play law matters. One client describes her as "accessible, thoughtful, easy to work with and very thorough," and adds: "She always gets back to me in a timely manner."

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Band 3

Lawrence H Norton

Venable LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lawrence Norton acts for a diverse client base including nonprofits, corporations, trade associations, political action committees and individuals. He has a wealth of experience counseling clients on campaign finance and lobbying disclosure matters, including advising on pay-to-play laws.

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Band 3

Perkins Coie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ezra Reese specializes in advising nonprofit organizations on political law matters spanning taxation, campaign finance and ethics compliance. He is held in great esteem among market commentators, with one enthusing:"I think very highly of him; he is an excellent lawyer and very easy to work with." Another adds: "He is not just one of the finest attorneys that I have dealt with but one of the finest people."

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Band 3

Sandler Reiff Lamb Rosenstein & Birkenstock, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Neil Reiff's practice encompasses a range of election law matters with particular expertise in campaign finance law at both federal and state level. He is praised by market sources for his knowledge of election law and regularly acts for a variety of clients including candidates, party committees and other political organizations.

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Band 3

Matthew Sanderson

Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew Sanderson "provides very prompt and succinct advice," according to clients. He regularly advises businesses, nonprofits and political candidates on matters spanning government ethics, campaign finance and lobbying rules.

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Band 3

Holtzman Vogel Josefiak Torchinsky PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Jason Torchinsky's practice spans campaign finance, advocacy groups, election law and lobbying disclosure matters. He is well known in the market for his litigation expertise and has a wealth of experience acting for political candidates.

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Band 3

Wiley Rein LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Walker is regarded as a leading expert on matters regarding the House and Senate Ethics Committees. Clients say: "He has the unique ability to see issues from both points of view and anticipate how the Committee will react to different responses. This allows him to quickly find out what is going on and help develop a strategy for dealing with it." He additionally counsels clients on compliance issues and Congressional investigations.

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Up and Coming

Katherine Belinski

Nossaman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients say that Katherine Belinski of Nossaman LLP "provides superlative advice on ethics and compliance issues and is well connected." She is noted for the expertise she brings from her time serving as senior counsel to the former chair of the FEC. She regularly advises her diverse client base on issues spanning from campaign finance to government ethics.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients say Samuel Brown "is extremely thorough and diligent, and has an excellent understanding of all areas of political law. His experience at the FEC offers tremendous insight to his clients." He advises clients on a variety of political law compliance and enforcement matters. Clients also praise him for being "highly motivated and always available,"  adding: "He is delightful to deal with."

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Up and Coming

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Melissa Laurenza of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is gaining prominence in the market for her campaign finance expertise. Her practice also encompasses lobbying rules, pay-to-play restrictions and government ethics. She draws on valuable experience from her time as a counsel and policy adviser to the FEC Chairman.

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Up and Coming

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Claire Rajan is "highly attuned to client needs and provides tailored advice accordingly. She provides sophisticated legal analysis, tailoring advice to the specifics of the business at hand and communicates with great skill and judgment." She is particularly noted for her adept handling of campaign finance matters. She draws on a wealth of experience from her time as an FEC staffer, with sources praising her "valuable insight into the thinking and workings of the FEC."

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Associates to watch

Dentons LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Benjamin Keane of Dentons LLP is regarded by clients as "a top-notch lawyer who provides responsive, high-quality research and solid practical guidance," adding: "He is knowledgeable, resourceful, highly responsive and a pleasure to work with." His clients include nonprofits, corporations, political law organizations and candidates on matters ranging from campaign finance to lobbying.

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Associates to watch

Charles Ricciardelli

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Ricciardelli is regularly called upon by clients to advise on an array of political law matters at federal, state and local level. He has particular expertise in handling matters concerning pay-to-play laws.

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