Administrative & Governmental
Every year taxes, environmental regulations, health care reforms, land-use regulations and other issues are the subject of debate in state and local government. The enactment, repeal or amendment of regulatory statutes, ordinances and administrative regulations can help or hinder business. Once enacted, their application by regulatory agencies can greatly vary among regulated parties. Similarly, every year billions in government contracts are let by state and regional entities, and business seeking to work with government need to navigate a complex set of legal and technical requirements, often overlaid with political considerations.
The attorneys and consultants in our Government and Regulatory Group frequently appear before local, state and federal agencies to ensure that our clients’ voices are heard. Sometimes these issues cannot be handled informally and must be dealt with through administrative litigation at the state or local level. While we try to avoid litigation when possible, we must frequently represent clients before Administrative Law Judges in trial-type proceedings, as well as under the less-formal processes used by local governments.
The Message Matters
Making your voice heard is only part of our mission. It’s critical that your voice conveys the appropriate message — and that it is heard in the right places. The ability to develop and focus the message best able to serve a client’s objectives and that will enhance their long-term credibility with government policymakers and regulators is our focus.
While many lobbyists canvass city, county and state lawmakers, they do not participate once laws are implemented; we do. On the other hand, many lawyers litigate the meaning of laws and regulations with administrative agencies, but do not participate when laws and rules are written. Again, we do. Because members of our group interact with the firm’s other practice areas — corporate and securities, health care, international, environmental and real estate — clients have access to the resources and experience to address complex transactions or sophisticated litigation.
Our lawyers strive to resolve a client’s government relations challenges at the earliest opportunity and at the most efficient level. And, whenever possible, without acrimony — an approach that doesn’t waste valuable time and resources, and just as importantly, does not squander your goodwill or hamper your ability to act effectively in the future.