In the current economic and political climate, a thorough understanding of the interface between private business and government decision-making can influence a company’s success more than ever before. Our attorneys have experience working with bureaucracies and policy makers at the local, state, and federal levels. Using our vast experience, we work as a team to decide which government officials to approach and the most effective strategy to achieve our clients’ goals.
Our attorneys help clients wade through the complicated government contracting process, from identifying potential projects and assisting with proposals and appropriations to ongoing assistance with compliance, audits, and government inspections.
Companies often have no idea that they are subject to certain government regulations. We help identify laws and regulations that apply, and counsel our clients on the best practices for compliance. Any company that applies for government contracts, contributes to political campaigns, or is vocal on matters of public policy may easily run afoul of state and federal lobbying rules. We have extensive experience with directly influencing public policy, as well as helping our clients ensure that their own in-house efforts are conducted appropriately. As part of this process, we often conduct lobbying audits which include identifying and interviewing employees who may be involved in lobbying activities.
Our political and regulatory experience enables us to provide our clients with expert government relations services. We help interpret the impact of legislation and administrative rule making so our clients may take advantage of opportunities or challenge decisions that will be adverse to their interests. Our expertise extends to all levels of government, from local zoning commissions to the federal legislature. We help clients shape their political strategies in order to create the best possible results.
Permitting, Licensing and Entitlements
The process of procuring any type of bureaucratic approval is fraught with snares and pitfalls that can derail a project. Our attorneys are experts in navigating the governmental procedures required to obtain permits, licenses, and entitlements quickly and efficiently. Our experience includes clean air and water permits, land use entitlements, PUC certifications, and many others.