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Government Relations


Government Relations

Bipartisan 

Advocates - Policy Shapers - Coalition Builders

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Government Relations


Government Relations

Bipartisan 

Advocates - Policy Shapers - Coalition Builders

Our professionals deploy sophisticated advocacy in legislative and regulatory policy matters before the United States Congress and federal agencies.

We develop effective strategies to make sure you are heard at the right time, by the right people. We also can help you assess, in advance or in real time, what government policies could affect your business interests. 

Legislative

We inform and influence the decisions of government officials, including Members of the United States Congress and their staff, federal executive branch officials, and commissioners and staff of independent agencies.

Regulatory

We engage in efforts to achieve a desired regulatory or litigation outcome by engaging in the rule making and rule interpretation process, as well by assisting in compliance and enforcement matters.

Public Policy Due Diligence

We identify risks and opportunities created by proposed legislation and regulations that would affect business deals, such as mergers and acquisitions, financial transactions, and major construction projects, and then to respond, if necessary, by engaging in either lobbying or regulatory advocacy.

Policy Matters


Policy Matters

Policy Matters


Policy Matters

HEALTHCARE

Healthcare constitutes 18 percent of the U.S. Gross National Product, and is arguably the fastest growing and most complex industry in the nation. In part, this growth has been driven by federal and state government program expansion, technological advancement, and an aging population that demands research and development for new drugs and medical procedures. Greater government oversight, and aggressive competition in the health care arena has required the private sector to retain skilled counsel to achieve market share.

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We help clients advance their interests through our proactive involvement in state and federal legislation that will impact the Medicaid and Medicare programs, including reimbursement, coverage and coding, physician workforce shortage, graduate medical education, disproportionate share hospital payments, medical errors and liability, health information privacy, and health information technology. We advise the full range of health care entities, large and small, public and private. We represent Fortune-500 corporations, trade associations, and national, state, and local governments and organizations, including insurers, employers, physicians and providers, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers, biotechnology companies, and not-for-profit organizations before both the United States Congress and federal agencies. Our practice has a successful history of building effective coalitions in the health care sector. Further, our understanding of legislative and regulatory processes coupled with our ability to manage the coalition format has helped these clients achieve impressive victories time and again.

Federal and state governments are the largest payors of healthcare services in the United Stated. We advise clients on coverage and reimbursement matters before CMS; provide counsel to medical device and biotech clients regarding coordination of their FDA approval and CMS-reimbursement strategies; and resolve Medicaid related questions and disallowance disputes. Our professionals regularly drafts comments on behalf of clients in response to CMS proposed rules.

We are experienced in representing providers, suppliers and other entities before the key committees of jurisdiction in the United States House and Senate – including the House Ways and Means Committee, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.


TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE

Transportation is the vital link between state and local government, communities, industries and their customers. Congress and the USDOT play a continuing critical role in the funding, development, oversight, and maintenance of the country's transportation and infrastructure assets and policies. Congress is also critical in shaping future transportation policy responsible for the revitalization and modernization of those assets.

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We have an enviable record of success, and the experience necessary to help clients develop the best approach going forward. In today's budget environment, having a thoughtful strategy and appropriately matched approach to transportation funding or policy is more critical than ever to the success of the endeavor.


FINANCIAL SERVICES

We have an active financial services policy practice representing financial institutions of all sizes. The firm represents clients on virtually every aspect of banking, insurance, legislative and regulatory proposals.

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We advance client interests through a wide range of services including preparing testimony and witnesses for congressional hearings, assisting in the preparation of comment letters for regulatory agencies, and acting as liaison with Congress and the regulators. We closely follow appropriations, tax, budget, and other substantive legislation that impact market participants and advise on financial institutions mergers and acquisitions.

In addition to representing financial services clients before Congress, we have lobbied also have helped clients establish related trade associations and assisted them with developing materials for media campaigns. We collaborate with the firm’s corporate attorneys to provide counsel and advice on mergers and acquisitions and other business combinations, institutional investment, securitization and other lending transactions, as well as general government enforcement matters. Members of both our Financial Services and Litigation groups also assist clients that are subject to Congressional investigation.


ENERGY & ENVIORNMENT

Regularly representing clients before Congress and executive agencies, the firm combines proven political sophistication with years of experience, technical legislative and regulatory knowledge and a deep understanding of energy businesses and markets. This blend of policy and political credentials has helped us achieve superlative results for clients, who range from individuals and small start-up organizations to Fortune 500 companies.

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Our energy and environment clients have included: electric utilities; refiners; energy-intensive manufacturers; a solar power manufacturer, oil, refined products and natural gas pipeline operators; a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal operator; oil and gas producers and land owners.

The firm's energy and environment practice encompasses Federal policy development, lawmaking, and regulatory implementation. We have successfully represented clients interested in the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Pipeline Safety Act, and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act.

In addition, we have extensive experience working with Congress and the administrative agencies on: agricultural and commodity issues; interstate waste transportation; energy project approvals; fishery and migratory bird conservation; public land acquisition; wetlands permits; pipeline safety regulation; Superfund and hazardous waste issues; energy-related tax matters; electric utility regulation; nuclear energy issues; energy-related appropriations legislation; oil and gas development; incentives for renewable energy and advanced energy technologies; and regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.


DEFENSE & HOMELAND SECURITY

Unlike almost all other federal departments and agencies, the Department of Defense is guided by both annual authorization and appropriation legislation. This regular order process provides opportunities each year for interested parties to have a direct impact on spending levels and policy decisions that form the framework for our national defense. The Department of Homeland Security exists under a similar, regular order legislative process, which provides a consistent forum for input from affected parties.

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Since the tragedies of September 11, national security issues have risen to the forefront of public policy. With that focus, the landscape has become more cluttered and difficult to negotiate. Our firm has the experience and expertise to help clients develop and implement comprehensive strategies, and interact effectively with key decision-makers in Congress, the Administration, and relevant agencies and service branches.

We have experience in defense and homeland security issues such as: Annual Department of Defense Authorization bills, Annual Department of Defense Appropriations bills, Army Corps of Engineers projects, Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC), Contract “bundling”, Department of Defense environmental remediation, and Introduction of new technology to Department of Defense.

Navigating U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a complex and constantly changing endeavor as the department focuses on its internal processes and procedures between federal, state and local initiatives, and establishes its role within the nation’s

We understand where and how DHS decisions are made, and how current events and future plans will impact its function, composition and direction. Many DHS initiatives are actually developed and managed at the local and state level, and members of our group also have significant experience with security and public safety programs at these levels.


BUDGETS & APPROPRIATIONS

Leveraging our strong relationships with key Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and senior Administration budget officials, we work with our clients to develop comprehensive strategies to guide them from the beginning of the appropriations process through the release of federal funds. Operating under the current ban on "earmarks" has made navigating the appropriations process even more challenging. However, we have developed multiple successful strategies for aligning client interests with the appropriations process.

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We have an experienced team of professionals who are deeply knowledgeable of the appropriations process. Our team has a strong record of winning, and has the creativity needed to succeed in a challenging budget environment.

Our services include strategic planning; developing rationales and supporting documents; federal budget research; preparation for Congressional and federal agency visits; drafting testimony and floor statements; responding to committee questions; evaluating existing political assets and targeting champions; identifying the right legislative vehicles; drafting legislative language; and counseling on the timeline and calendar of legislative activities.


AGENCY REGULATIONS

The rights and interests of our clients are often affected by decisions, actions and regulations of federal and state administrative agencies.

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On the federal level, we have been instrumental in crafting solutions for clients before agencies such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, Federal Communications Commission, Department of Interior, Department of Transportation, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Federal Trade Commission, Department of Treasury, and International Trade Commission.

Our professionals represent clients on the front lines of the regulatory arena in hearings, administrative appeals, and judicial proceedings and reviews that may follow an agency's decision. We handle a wide variety of administrative law matters including:

The full range of antitrust matters that businesses face, including government review of mergers and acquisitions and state authority investigations into allegedly anti-competitive activities.


GOVERNMENT AGENCY & CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATIONS

We represent clients in congressional and agency investigations and oversight matters. While acquiring decades of experience in this area, the firm has cultivated extensive Capitol Hill contacts, and worked with virtually every congressional committee on these issues. We provide both formal and informal assistance, whether in responding to congressional document requests and subpoenas, drafting testimony for hearings, investigation and its implications.

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We begin with the premise that both politics and criminal laws are always in play during any interaction on Capitol Hill. Navigating the politics and processes on the Hill requires both policy and legal experience. Any time someone provides information to Congress—particularly sworn testimony—it is important to understand all of the potential policy and criminal implications. Our team includes former high-level Congressional staffers and federal prosecutors who together have the necessary legal and legislative experience to anticipate and counsel on all aspects of oversight and investigations.

We represent clients who are appearing before Congressional committees conducting oversight and investigations, as well as those responding to subpoenas or other requests for information. Working with members of Congress and their staff, we negotiate the extent of document requests and testimony, prepare witnesses for testimony, and navigate the political and legal minefields associated with any appearance before Congress.