Government Relations and Public Policy
Government Relations and Public Policy
In Washington, change is constant—the right path yesterday may not work today and could be detrimental by tomorrow. Staying informed and participating in the legislative and regulatory process can have a major impact on your business.

Founded over 50 years ago—when very few law firms had lobbying practices—our government relations practice has grown from two former congressional staffers to a team of over 30 bipartisan advocates that work in partnership with companies and organizations to develop and implement strategies to change government policy.

What’s the key to our longevity?  The three hallmarks of our practice—in-depth industry knowledge, long-term relationships and an integrated approach—have served us well for over five decades, but we measure our success by the results we get for our clients.  It’s advancing their interests and solving their problems that keep us coming to work every day.

Every client has its own unique business challenges and we tailor our strategies to meet them.  We work with a diverse range of businesses and entities across many industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, technology, food, agriculture/aquaculture, defense and energy.  Many of our clients have been with us for decades—they range from global leaders in their industries to small business entrepreneurs, to trade associations and coalitions that act on behalf of an industry.

We offer comprehensive guidance and a range of services that include:

  • Legislative Advocacy.  Our team emphasizes the key components of a successful legislative advocacy campaign—deep industry knowledge combined with strategic policy and legal insight.  Our efforts range from day-to-day issue monitoring and outreach to the development and implementation of major campaigns for clients—often working to identify and involve key stakeholders and develop coalitions.  We frequently pursue a single objective through multiple fora, using law, economics, government relations, public relations and grassroots advocacy to achieve our clients’ goals.

  • Regulatory Counseling.  We represent clients before federal agencies, where decisions on the promulgation and enforcement of regulations can have an enormous impact on businesses.  Our team of attorneys and government-relations professionals represent clients in all aspects of agency advocacy, from formal submissions to informal communications.  We make sure that the agencies hear from congressional supporters of our clients, when appropriate.

  • Campaign Finance and Political Law.  We advise diverse corporations, trade associations and labor organizations on all aspects of government ethics, lobbying and campaign finance and election law compliance at the federal, state and local levels.

  • Uncovering Business Opportunities with Government Agencies.  We find opportunities for companies to offer products, services and technologies in government procurement programs.  We track agency budgets, identify departments with relevant funding, make contacts with officials, track legislative developments and participate in events to gather intelligence about programs that create opportunities for our clients.

Advertising and Consumer Protection

Together with our Advertising Law practice—one of the most respected and nationally recognized in the country—we advise our clients on consumer protection regulations, including those that are under consideration for legislative or regulatory agency action.

Agriculture and Food

We represent a wide range of companies, associations and coalitions in the agricultural and food industry.  Our team has worked on many congressional and regulatory issues on behalf of the food industry, and has advocated for clients on major federal legislation, including the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA); the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act; the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act; and the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act.  We leverage the significant experience of our Food and Drug Law practice to advise clients on congressional regulatory reform initiatives, as well as general compliance and enforcement efforts.

Appropriations

We strategically advance our client objectives, calling upon our team’s deep knowledge of the substantive issues involved with the appropriations process to help achieve our clients’ goals.  This niche is always important, as, is so often, legislation can get caught in gridlock.

Communications and Privacy

Together with the firm’s Communications and Privacy practices, we provide legislative and regulatory advocacy services to a range of clients.  Kelley Drye’s Privacy and Information Security practice group includes recognized leaders in the field, including two former directors of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Defense

Together with the firm’s Government Contracts practice, we provide legislative advocacy related to federal contracts, including defense and national security issues.  Our team has a deep understanding of the U.S. defense market with a special emphasis on military hardware and equipment, federal procurement of goods and services, policy issues associated with defense depots, and in the construction and engineering services markets.  We regularly interact with numerous parts of the federal government, including the Department of Defense, Congressional Defense Committees and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Energy

We represent a broad range of companies and associations on energy and environmental issues, and our substantive experience is bolstered by our close collaboration with the firm’s regulatory practitioners.  Our team advocates on behalf of both conventional and alternative energy producers and retailers, as well as energy consumers in a variety of industries.  From some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies to a coalition of start-up renewable energy producers, and from energy-intensive manufacturers to a high-tech producer of semiconductor solutions for energy efficiency, we have experience with a broad range of energy policy matters before Congress and the Executive Branch.

Environmental

We counsel clients on a broad range of federal legislative issues pertaining to air and water pollution, solid and hazardous waste, toxic substances, pesticides, endangered species, wetlands and biotechnology.  On the administrative level, we advise and represent our clients on participation in rule-making and policy-making activities by federal regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Fisheries and Maritime

We have one of the nation’s foremost multidisciplinary practices in fisheries litigation, regional fishery management council advocacy, regulatory procedure and government relations.  Our experience includes work on the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act, and the Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act.

Healthcare

We provide clients with strategic advice and advocacy support on healthcare legislation and regulation affecting the rapidly changing industry.  Our experience includes work on the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act; the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA); and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

Tax

Together with our Tax practice group, we advise clients on strategic tax planning issues related to current and pending legislation.  We successfully advocate on behalf of our clients to reduce their tax burden, obtaining beneficial tax credits, deductions and depreciation changes.

Technology

The role of information and communication technologies in achieving government objectives, from energy efficiency to cybersecurity to intelligence analysis in the public and private sectors, is leading to rapid growth in the deployment of technology within government and across the economy.  Our team helps clients track the trends, opportunities and barriers to adoption that are affecting technology companies today.

Trade, Tariff and Customs

For more than 40 years, Kelley Drye has been at the forefront of trade issues.  We have worked on all of the major trade legislation of the past few decades.  We offer data analysis from an in-house team of economists, which allows us to thoroughly understand the impact of trade policy for our clients.  Our experience includes work on miscellaneous tariff bills and on legislative campaigns related to trade law initiatives, including decisions by the President of the United States and U.S. Trade Representatives.

Transportation

We have experience with numerous transportation issues, including surface issues as well as Coast Guard and border security issues, as they relate to the overall transportation picture.  Our experience includes work on the Transportation Reauthorization Bill (TEA-21); the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Bill (MAP-21); the Coast Guard Authorization Act; The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act (SAFETEA-LU); and the Surface Transportation Authorization Act.

 
 

Overview

In Washington, change is constant—the right path yesterday may not work today and could be detrimental by tomorrow. Staying informed and participating in the legislative and regulatory process can have a major impact on your business.

Founded over 50 years ago—when very few law firms had lobbying practices—our government relations practice has grown from two former congressional staffers to a team of over 30 bipartisan advocates that work in partnership with companies and organizations to develop and implement strategies to change government policy.

What’s the key to our longevity?  The three hallmarks of our practice—in-depth industry knowledge, long-term relationships and an integrated approach—have served us well for over five decades, but we measure our success by the results we get for our clients.  It’s advancing their interests and solving their problems that keep us coming to work every day.

Every client has its own unique business challenges and we tailor our strategies to meet them.  We work with a diverse range of businesses and entities across many industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, technology, food, agriculture/aquaculture, defense and energy.  Many of our clients have been with us for decades—they range from global leaders in their industries to small business entrepreneurs, to trade associations and coalitions that act on behalf of an industry.

We offer comprehensive guidance and a range of services that include:

  • Legislative Advocacy.  Our team emphasizes the key components of a successful legislative advocacy campaign—deep industry knowledge combined with strategic policy and legal insight.  Our efforts range from day-to-day issue monitoring and outreach to the development and implementation of major campaigns for clients—often working to identify and involve key stakeholders and develop coalitions.  We frequently pursue a single objective through multiple fora, using law, economics, government relations, public relations and grassroots advocacy to achieve our clients’ goals.

  • Regulatory Counseling.  We represent clients before federal agencies, where decisions on the promulgation and enforcement of regulations can have an enormous impact on businesses.  Our team of attorneys and government-relations professionals represent clients in all aspects of agency advocacy, from formal submissions to informal communications.  We make sure that the agencies hear from congressional supporters of our clients, when appropriate.

  • Campaign Finance and Political Law.  We advise diverse corporations, trade associations and labor organizations on all aspects of government ethics, lobbying and campaign finance and election law compliance at the federal, state and local levels.

  • Uncovering Business Opportunities with Government Agencies.  We find opportunities for companies to offer products, services and technologies in government procurement programs.  We track agency budgets, identify departments with relevant funding, make contacts with officials, track legislative developments and participate in events to gather intelligence about programs that create opportunities for our clients.

Experience

Advertising and Consumer Protection

Together with our Advertising Law practice—one of the most respected and nationally recognized in the country—we advise our clients on consumer protection regulations, including those that are under consideration for legislative or regulatory agency action.

Agriculture and Food

We represent a wide range of companies, associations and coalitions in the agricultural and food industry.  Our team has worked on many congressional and regulatory issues on behalf of the food industry, and has advocated for clients on major federal legislation, including the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA); the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act; the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act; and the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act.  We leverage the significant experience of our Food and Drug Law practice to advise clients on congressional regulatory reform initiatives, as well as general compliance and enforcement efforts.

Appropriations

We strategically advance our client objectives, calling upon our team’s deep knowledge of the substantive issues involved with the appropriations process to help achieve our clients’ goals.  This niche is always important, as, is so often, legislation can get caught in gridlock.

Communications and Privacy

Together with the firm’s Communications and Privacy practices, we provide legislative and regulatory advocacy services to a range of clients.  Kelley Drye’s Privacy and Information Security practice group includes recognized leaders in the field, including two former directors of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Defense

Together with the firm’s Government Contracts practice, we provide legislative advocacy related to federal contracts, including defense and national security issues.  Our team has a deep understanding of the U.S. defense market with a special emphasis on military hardware and equipment, federal procurement of goods and services, policy issues associated with defense depots, and in the construction and engineering services markets.  We regularly interact with numerous parts of the federal government, including the Department of Defense, Congressional Defense Committees and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Energy

We represent a broad range of companies and associations on energy and environmental issues, and our substantive experience is bolstered by our close collaboration with the firm’s regulatory practitioners.  Our team advocates on behalf of both conventional and alternative energy producers and retailers, as well as energy consumers in a variety of industries.  From some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies to a coalition of start-up renewable energy producers, and from energy-intensive manufacturers to a high-tech producer of semiconductor solutions for energy efficiency, we have experience with a broad range of energy policy matters before Congress and the Executive Branch.

Environmental

We counsel clients on a broad range of federal legislative issues pertaining to air and water pollution, solid and hazardous waste, toxic substances, pesticides, endangered species, wetlands and biotechnology.  On the administrative level, we advise and represent our clients on participation in rule-making and policy-making activities by federal regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Fisheries and Maritime

We have one of the nation’s foremost multidisciplinary practices in fisheries litigation, regional fishery management council advocacy, regulatory procedure and government relations.  Our experience includes work on the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act, and the Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act.

Healthcare

We provide clients with strategic advice and advocacy support on healthcare legislation and regulation affecting the rapidly changing industry.  Our experience includes work on the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act; the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA); and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

Tax

Together with our Tax practice group, we advise clients on strategic tax planning issues related to current and pending legislation.  We successfully advocate on behalf of our clients to reduce their tax burden, obtaining beneficial tax credits, deductions and depreciation changes.

Technology

The role of information and communication technologies in achieving government objectives, from energy efficiency to cybersecurity to intelligence analysis in the public and private sectors, is leading to rapid growth in the deployment of technology within government and across the economy.  Our team helps clients track the trends, opportunities and barriers to adoption that are affecting technology companies today.

Trade, Tariff and Customs

For more than 40 years, Kelley Drye has been at the forefront of trade issues.  We have worked on all of the major trade legislation of the past few decades.  We offer data analysis from an in-house team of economists, which allows us to thoroughly understand the impact of trade policy for our clients.  Our experience includes work on miscellaneous tariff bills and on legislative campaigns related to trade law initiatives, including decisions by the President of the United States and U.S. Trade Representatives.

Transportation

We have experience with numerous transportation issues, including surface issues as well as Coast Guard and border security issues, as they relate to the overall transportation picture.  Our experience includes work on the Transportation Reauthorization Bill (TEA-21); the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Bill (MAP-21); the Coast Guard Authorization Act; The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act (SAFETEA-LU); and the Surface Transportation Authorization Act.

Partner
Email (202) 342-8485(202) 342-8485
Paul Rosenthal co-chairs the firm’s Government Relations and Public Policy practice.  Paul is a member of the firm’s executive committee, and previously served as managing partner...
Director of Government Relations
Email (202) 342-8608(202) 342-8608
Dana Wood co-chairs the firm’s Government Relations and Public Policy group.  Dana has been a public policy advocate for more than three decades, representing client interests before Co...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8518(202) 342-8518
Thomas Cohen’s practice focuses on providing legal counsel to further the business interests of entities engaged in the provision of wireline and wireless telecommunications, cable (video) a...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8525(202) 342-8525
Wayne advises heavily regulated companies and industries on environmental, health, safety and natural resources matters.  Wayne routinely works with clients on regulatory and compliance issue...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8648(202) 342-8648
David Frulla practices in the areas of government relations and public policy, campaign finance and political law, litigation and environmental law.  A determined advocate, effective negotiato...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8858(202) 342-8858
Bill Guerry co-chairs the firm’s Environmental Law group.  His practice focuses on environmental, renewable and alternative fuels and energy sources.  For over two decades, Bill ha...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8450(202) 342-8450
David “Skip” Hartquist’s practice is focused on international trade law and government relations.  Skip is dedicated to providing quality legal advice and strategic guidance...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8488(202) 342-8488
With a practice at the intersection of law, economics, domestic politics and international relations, John Herrmann represents clients before all U.S. trade agencies.  He counsels U.S. produc...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8834(202) 342-8834
David Hickey counsels clients on a wide spectrum of legal and legislative matters related to federal contracts, defense and national security issues.  David regularly advises on multipart iss...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8521(202) 342-8521
A member of the firm’s Government Contracts group, Will Jack represents clients at the Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and before Boards of Contract Appeal...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8530(202) 342-8530
Larry Lasoff has nearly three decades of experience helping a broad spectrum of clients navigate the complex regulatory hurdles of international trade and customs.  He is also involved in man...
Senior International Trade/Tax Advisor
Email (202) 342-8555(202) 342-8555
Gregory Mastel brings two and a half decades of experience in trade policy and government relations from both the public and private sectors.  He assists clients on tax, trade and other issue...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8410(202) 342-8410
Dorn “Bo” McGrath is a member of the firm’s Government Contracts practice group.  He has more than three decades of experience representing contractors, subcontractors, owne...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8474(202) 342-8474
Drew Minkiewicz represents commercial fishing interests and maritime shippers.  In his second decade of practice, Drew advises on regulatory issues and strategy development, legislative initi...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8875(202) 342-8875
Dustin Painter represents the interests of businesses, trade associations and other organizations before the legislative and executive branches of government.  Dustin offers his clients a com...
Senior International Trade/Government Relations Advisor
Email (202) 342-8563(202) 342-8563
Bill Reinsch is a senior international trade/government relations advisor in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Bill brings over four decades of experience in designing and enforcing intern...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8582(202) 342-8582
Sarah Roller, J.D., R.D., M.P.H., is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and chair of the Food and Drug Law practice.  She focuses her practice on the representation of U.S....
Partner
Email +(32)(2) 899-2931+(32)(2) 899-2931
Laura van der Meer is dedicated to assisting her clients in understanding and navigating complex international and European policy and legislative processes to better protect and advance their int...
Senior Government Relations Advisor
Email (202) 342-8840(202) 342-8840
Mark Anderson is a Senior Government Relations Advisor in the Government Relations and Public Policy practice.  He offers a unique perspective to his clients, which includes issues involving ...
Senior Advisor
Email (202) 342-8506(202) 342-8506
John Arnett serves as government affairs counsel for the Copper and Brass Fabricators Council.  He has worked for the Council in this capacity for nearly two decades, first as an employee and ...
Senior Advisor
Email (202) 342-8577(202) 342-8577
Joe Corrigan chairs the firm’s Government Contracts practice group.  Joe offers clients a multidimensional understanding of the procedural, regulatory and policy issues associated with ...
Senior Advisor
Email (202) 342-8638(202) 342-8638
Joan Galvin advocates on behalf of client interests before the U.S. Congress and federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Department of Agriculture, in the areas of...
Senior Advisor
Email (202) 342-8446 (202) 342-8446
Louise Hilsen is a senior government relations and public policy advisor in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.  She has more than 25 years of experience in legislative advocacy and str...
Senior Advisor
Email (202) 342-8859(202) 342-8859
Lee Terry focuses on government relations and public policy matters in the health care, manufacturing, energy, environmental, telecommunications and data privacy, and cybersecurity areas.  Fr...
Senior Advisor
Email (202) 342-8813(202) 342-8813
Michael Williams is a senior advisor in Kelley Drye & Warren LLP’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm’s Government Contracts and Government Relations and Public Polic...
Special Counsel
Email (202) 342-8574(202) 342-8574
Jeff Hunter’s practice is focused on federal and state campaign finance, lobbying disclosure and ethics rule compliance.  He advises on PAC creation, operation and reporting, as well as ...
Special Counsel
Email (202) 342-8416(202) 342-8416
For more than fifteen years, Jennifer McCadney’s practice has included a mix of law and policy.  As both a lawyer and government relations and policy strategist, Jennifer helps companie...
Senior Associate
Email (202) 342-8412(202) 342-8412
Amba M. Datta is a senior associate in Kelley Drye & Warren LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. She focuses her practice on government contracts, internal investigations, and compliance. ...
Associate
Email (202) 342-8673(202) 342-8673
Anne Hawkins is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Her practice focuses on fisheries, natural resources, environmental, and administrative law. Anne draws upon her scientifi...
Associate
Email (202) 342-8523(202) 342-8523
Leah Rabkin is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Her practice focuses on government relations. Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Leah was a law clerk for the Office of the...
Government Relations Professional
Email (202) 431-4760(202) 431-4760
Maggie Crosswy is a government relations and public policy advisor in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. She focuses her practice on monitoring and lobbying legislative issues on behalf of ...
Government Relations Professional
Email (202) 342-8896(202) 342-8896
Scott McGee is a government relations and public policy advisor in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.  He focuses his practice on monitoring and lobbying legislative issues on behalf o...

Contact Information

Paul C. Rosenthal
Practice Co-Chair
(202) 342-8485
prosenthal@kelleydrye.com

Dana S. Wood
Practice Co-Chair
(202) 342-8608
dwood@kelleydrye.com

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2017
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26
2017
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