Firms To Watch: Government relations

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's congressional investigations practice is led by Reginald Brown. Representing international and domestic financial institutions, government contractors, CEOs, and public officials, the diverse bipartisan team has seen recent investigations include advising Robinhood Markets Inc in connection with the GameStop trading issues.
Troutman Pepper‘s government relations practice maintains a nationwide regulatory and enforcement team with extensive experience across the public and private sectors running the full gamut of industries. The firm takes a proactive approach, operating intensively on state and multi-state policy with the client’s interests in mind, taking a holistic view of regulatory and policy related actions. Richmond based Ashley Taylor Jr. and Philadelphia based Michael Schwartz co-lead the team.
Vinson & Elkins LLP‘ offers clients a congressional investigations practice comprised of former high-ranking government officials. Experts in crisis management, the team has successfully prepared and represented corporate and individual clients in complex, nationally significant matters, including investigations into the attacks on the US Capitol, and high frequency retail trading in meme stocks. Washington DC based Michael DryRonald Tenpas, and Zachary Terwilliger lead the team.

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

A leader in the lobbying and public policy spaces, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP maintains one of the country’s largest and diverse bipartisan practices in the market. The Washington DC-based team fields expertise from both lawyers and advisers who have both experience in elected offices, as senior staff members of Congress, and in the executive branch of the government. The public law and policy practice at the firm also maintains close relationships with regulators and lawmakers, offering clients a full wrap-around service encompassing legal support, strategy, and lobbying. Tax, trade, health, and financial services are a key areas of expertise for the team, as well as Native American law, energy, and environment. The practice is co-led by intellectual property and and international trade dispute expert Brian Pomper; and transport, tax, and technology specialist Hunter Bates. The team has seen continued growth during 2021, adding international trade, and health and food policy expertise to the already deep bench of individuals. The firm was active in assisting clients in the healthcare sector during and post COVID-19 pandemic, and a destination for companies navigating US/China international trade matters. Arshi Siddiqui has extensive political, private-sector, and policy experience, acting as counsel for both members of the House, and corporate clients before Congress. Ed Pagano is notable for their communications, technology, antitrust, and immigration reform expertise.

Practice head(s):

Hunter Bates; Brian Pomper

Other key lawyers:

Arshi Siddiqui; Ed Pagano; Jeff McMillen


‘Akin Gump’s regulatory affairs team is fantastic. They have close relationships with relevant lawmakers/regulators and are razor sharp. They have found great success on our behalf.’

‘Brian Pomper is super responsive, very smart and has excellent intuition.’

Key clients

Southeastern Conference (SEC)

National Independent Venue Association

National Thoroughbred Racing Association

NCTA – The Internet & Television Association

University of Louisville

Alliance for Automotive Innovation

Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)

Innovation Alliance

Association of Mexican Tomato Growers

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

National Association of Theatre Owners

Business Roundtable


Work highlights

  • Advised the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) in the introduction of the bipartisan bicameral Save Our Stages Act signed into law in December 2020 allocating $16bn in funding live music venues and theaters.
  • Representing a premier American college athletic conference in developing federal legislation to address the issue of compensation for student-athletes for issues including name, image, and likeness.
  • Advising a U.S. trade association that represents large racetracks, horse owners, breeders, trainers and affiliated equine associations in its advocacy efforts involving horse safety and track maintenance legislation via The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (“HISA”) (H. R. 1754).

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs Washington DC-based public policy offering excels in providing integrated and multi-disciplinary expertise from within the firm’s international backdrop. US-China/US-Europe policy matters and relationship issues are a mainstay of the team’s expertise, which regularly advises and advocates before the executive and Congress for both corporate and sovereign clients, the latter being where the team excels. Current noteworthy work includes high-stakes work within pension reform and national cannabis legislation. Matters related peace in the Middle East and US bilateral relationships are also a focus of the team. The firm’s Capital Thinking blog – a publication offering thought leadership, public policy, and regulatory insights continues to be a valuable resource for clients, and members of the practice are regular speakers in news sources and radio as experts. Edward Newberry and Robert Kapla co-lead the practice- Newberry manages the the global public policy, investigatory, and regulatory solutions practice, trusted by and representing some of the largest companies in the world. Kapla advises multinational corporations, and is trusted by Sovereign governments as counsel for foreign investment, international trade and policy, and project development. Patricia Doersch and Carolina Mederos co-chair the team and are key contacts for transport, local government and infrastructure policy issues, particularly for transportation agencies, corporations, and municipal governments. Aubrey A. Rothrock III is counsel of choice for large domestic and multinational corporations, particularly in private sector coalitions. David Schnittger has extensive expertise in the energy, transportation, entertainment, and financial services industries. Senior associate Ludmilla L. Kasulke is also notable, building a strong practice in international goods and services trade, investment flow, and global supply chain-related mandates.

Practice head(s):

Edward Newberry; Robert Kapla

Other key lawyers:

David Schnittger; Aubrey A. Rothrock III; Patricia Doersch; Carolina Mederos; Ludmilla L. Kasulke

Key clients

Cintas Corporation

Government of US Virgin Islands

The Coca-Cola Company

SK Group

Wake Forest University Health Sciences

Alliance for Biosecurity

National Cannabis Roundtable

Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD)


National Oilheat Research Alliance

United Rentals, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented and advised the Government of the US Virgin Islands on relationship with the US federal government, particularly aimed at advancing economic recovery efforts following two Category V hurricanes.
  • Advising National Cannabis Rountable in support of its cannabis reform efforts before the US Congress, the executive branch and across federal agencies, as well as provide legal and public policy counsel on its lobbying efforts.

Arnold & Porter

The legislative and public policy practice at Arnold & Porter has seen an increase in demand for its services and practitioners. The group focuses on offering clients a cross-practice, collaborative approach to their policy, regulatory, investment, and lobbying needs. The team maintains a deep bench of former senior government officials from key government agencies, and is particularly adept at advising on trade policy issues. The healthcare, technology and communications, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, and education sectors are where the team shines. Kevin O’Neill spearheads the practice, competent and trusted across a wide range of industries, representing some of the world’s leading foreign manufacturers in the trade and technology industries, as well as the life sciences spaces. Also recommended in the team is Eugenia Pierson – head of the healthcare legislative advocacy practice.

Practice head(s):

Kevin O’Neill

Other key lawyers:

Eugenia Pierson; David Skillman


‘This practices is exceptional, regardless of issue area – they are always able to find me answers that are needed for decision making in a fast manner.’

‘They are attentive, future looking, and make sure balls are not dropped. From energy, transportation, trade, to environment – they always get projects accomplished and have a deep understanding of our needs as a client.’

‘Gregory Louer, David Skillman, and Jessica Monahan are all recommended.’

Key clients

Samsung Electronics Limited






American Geriatrics Society

Lloyd’s of London


Children’s Health System of Texas


Fraternal Government Relations Coalition (FGRC)



Work highlights

  • Represented Samsung on a variety of policy and regulatory matters related to technology, telecommunications, and international trade issues arising from federal agency initiatives.
  • Advised a biosciences company on cultiviating its presence in D.C. developing substantive policy ideas regarding proposed diagnostic reforms and ensuring awareness and support for the client’s COVID-19 work.
  • Assisted viaPhoton in lobbying Congress and provided strategic advice and counsel for a favorable political environment in support of the client’s national security and optical fiber policy agenda relative to 5G wireless deployment and infrastructure.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP’s full service public policy and lobbying practice enjoys a strong reputation, offering high-level strategic and legal counsel to domestic and international corporations, with extensive experience with both the executive and legislative branches of government. Practice head and managing partner Marc Lampkin and his team strategize and resolve complex issues in highly regulated sectors, drawing on the team’s past experience in the House and the Senate. Lampkin acts for several globally renowned corporations who lean on him for his deep expertise. Alfred Mottur is a notable Democratic strategist, with extensive Congressional and administration experience in the pharmaceutical, education, financial services, and media sectors. Will Moschella is notable for his work in financial services, legal reform, intellectual property and criminal law. Founding partner Norman Brownstein is also highly recommended, offering vast public policy experience across six different administrations.

Practice head(s):

Marc Lampkin

Other key lawyers:

Alfred Mottur; Will Moschella; Norman Brownstein

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP offers clients globally informed excellent expertise where government policy and business intersect. The team excels in advocating several major automotive manufacturers, and national industry associations. Sovereign governments also hold the firm’s practice in high-regard. Tax reform legislation is also a mainstay of the firm, representing a range of clients across the full range of issues, with particular expertise in renewable energy tax incentives. Practice head and prominent Democratic lobbyist Ivan Zapien leverages extensive experience in the private sector and Capitol Hill with strong ties to all levels of government, advising on some of the firm’s most recent high-level mandates. Alongside him, Mark Irion co-leads the public procurement practice and is the go-to for strategic communications in the firm. Former senator Norm Coleman is a key name for congressional investigations work. Energy and the financial services sectors are where Aaron Cutler is best known for. Michael Bell advises extensively on all aspects of political law compliance at all levels of government. Health lawyer and lobbyist Cybil Roehrenbeck  joined the team in March 2021, bringing with them an extensive history of advising on and influencing health policy and legislation. Counsel Ari Fridman is of note, specializing in national security and foreign policy matters.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Zapien; Mark Irion

Other key lawyers:

Aaron Cutler; Michael Bell; Cybil Roehrenbeck; Ari Fridman; Norm Coleman


‘Strong connections. Work well with clients. Very helpful’


Key clients

LG Energy Solution

SkyWater Technology


Digital Diagnostics


Nissan North America

Airbus Americas

Urenco USA Inc.

National Association of ACOs

Work highlights

  • Advised LGES in its multi-year trade secret dispute over electric vehicle batteries with SK Innovation (SKI), which has resulted in a USD $1.8bn settlement between the two companies.
  • Advised SkyWater Technology, a U.S.-based pure play semiconductor foundry and a Department of Defense (DOD)-accredited trusted supplier that specializes in custom technology development services, volume manufacturing, and advanced packaging capabilities.
  • Advising new client DocuSign, a U.S.-based company that enables organizations to manage electronic agreements, to advance government policies allowing the use of electronic and digital signatures both in private commercial transactions and in connection with all federal government agencies’ signature requirements.

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP’s public policy and regulation practice is headed up by Rich Gold and Robert Highsmith. The team has extensive experience in coalition building and management across a range of industries, including healthcare providers, pharmaceuticals, and energy. Lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Rich Gold; Robert Highsmith

Other key lawyers:

Joel Roberson; Kathryn Lehman; Charles Naftalin

K&L Gates

K&L Gates’ public policy group provides strategic counsel and policy advocacy, advancing legislative and regulatory objectives for public and private organisations across a number of industries. Offering a holistic view, the group is notable for its high-level technology expertise, particularly where it intersects in emerging areas such as commercial spaceflight, sustainability, and national defense, helping clients navigate the full policy life cycle, from legislation, to regulation, including dispute resolution. Bipartisan in its practice with a deep bench of expertise, the firm has a global reach, as well as strategic state and local presence. Emanuel Rouvelas  has enjoyed a distinguished career, often working with the executive branch and Congress on international trade and transport matters following his notable maritime law expertise. Michael Scanlon is also a leader in the maritime law space. Karishma Shah Page is the go-to practitioner for Fortune 500 companies, national trade associations, and tax exempt entities with technical policy issues. David Wochner is counsel to and represents a number and wide range of clients in the energy industry, advising on matters where federal policy and regulatory issues impact commodities and infrastructure, particularly in the natural gas, LNG, and hydrogen energy sub-sectors. Alongside the prior three, Darrell Conner is also a leader in the group. Also of note are Bruce Heiman, a cyber security and privacy policy expert; Daniel Crowley who specializes in financial services and capital markets; and emerging technology expert Paul Stimers. All practitioners mentioned are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Michael Scanlon; David Wochner; Darrell Lonner; Karishma Page

Other key lawyers:

Bruce Heiman; Daniel Crowley; Paul Stimers; Emanuel Rouvelas

Key clients

Transportation Institute (TI)

Church Alliance

Redwire Space Inc.

Quantum Industry Coalition

Coalition to advocate for 179D, the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Deduction

Avis Budget Group

Pitney Bowes, Inc.

SSL-MDA, d/b/a Maxar Technologies

California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS)

The Package Coalition

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Receivables Management Association International

Index Industry Association

American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier Group

Global Ports Group

NextDecade Corporation and NEXT Carbon Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advised California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) and guided their investment committee and board of directors on corporate governance and financial regulatory reform issues in the U.S. as well as in the EU and UK.
  • Advised Pitney Bowes on a wide range of government relations matters for over 20 years.
  • Advised Transportation Institute as outside counsel for several decades, assisting in projects in substantive areas ranging from international trade to defense to maritime industry promotion.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown’s public policy and regulatory practice is spread across Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Chicago, maintaining strong connections with both Democratic and Republican members giving the team a strategic edge in their offering. Notable is the group’s capabilities in the communications, privacy, cybersecurity, and technology industries, as well as the firm’s overall strength in global financial services. A distinguishing factor for the team is their presence in shaping privacy-related legislation and in representing transport industry clients in emerging areas such as autonomous vehicle and peer-to-peer ride-sharing matters. A triumvirate of Philip Recht in Los Angeles; Duane Layton in Washington DC; and Joseph Seliga in Chicago lead the group. Mitchell Holzrichter and Howard Waltzman are also recommended, regularly advising government contractors, private investment funds, service providers, and trade associations on campaign finance matters and compliance programs.

Practice head(s):

Duane Layton; Philip Recht; Joseph Seliga

Other key lawyers:

Mitchell Holzrichter; Howard Waltzman


‘Excellent strategic insights in navigating the legislative process.’

‘Mayer Brown developed pragmatic approach for addressing our needs with legislators and regulators. Kudos to Phil Recht and Evan Wooten for doing so and for representing our organization well before those bodies.’

Key clients

National Independent Talent Organization (NITO)

Privacy Coalition


Medline Industries

Illinois House Republican Caucus

Summit Media

Millennium Partners

Lytton Rancheria


Total Terminals Inc. (TTI)

21st Century Privacy Coalition


Work highlights

  • Representing the Privacy Coalition in seeking state and federal regulatory schemes that are workable for the industry, such as seeking amendments to and clarification of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), development of the model state privacy law by the Uniform Law Commission.
  • Represented the Illinois House Republican Caucus during legislative consideration of new statewide district maps and in the filing of a lawsuit in Chicago federal court on behalf of Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and Illinois Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie to challenge the revised legislative district boundaries.
  • Advising and acting as policy counsel to the National Independent Talent Organization (NITO), a non-profit coalition composed of talent agencies and US-based small businesses representing music artists throughout the country.

Bracewell LLP

Scott Segal and E. Dee Martin lead the Washington DC-based government relations practice which sits within the wider policy resolution group at Bracewell LLP. Known by peers and the industry for their strong environmental and energy expertise, the team assists utility companies, refiners, renewables and chemical producers in regulatory and legislative issues. The team is also renowned for their expertise in FBI policy issues, and also provides strategic media and professional communication services to its clients. Segal is a key contact in the industry for energy and environmental legislation, leading in climate change policy development. Martin regularly advises corporations, industry coalitions, trade associations, and non-profit organizations through the regulatory and public affairs aspects of governmental advocacy campaigns. Christine Wyman and Joshua Zive are also of note, focusing on policy strategy development and international trade respectively.

Practice head(s):

Scott Segal; E. Dee Martin

Other key lawyers:

Joshua Zive; Christine Wyman


‘Exceptionally attentive and interested in our company. Great breadth of knowledge and connections in Washington.’

‘Dee Martin is more dedicated and knowledgeable about our company than any consultant we work with. She is impressively available and motivated to pursue our company’s goals.’

‘The team at Bracewell is regularly available to our organization for consultation and strategy sessions. More importantly, the team is immediately available in times of crisis.’

‘Bracewell is the gold standard in Government Relations work of any firm I’ve worked with. They are deeply knowledgeable, highly strategic, and driven by compassionate commitment to the mission of their clients. That combination alongside a stellar team makes them a highly impactful in their work.’

‘I’ve worked with from Bracewell are highly intelligent intellectually and emotionally. None have been driven by ego, but instead a true commitment to our work, and our goals. They each have a unique skill-set that complements the other to make a team that I’ve learned so much from.’

‘We consistently push our ideas to test new ways of raising awareness about our cause within Congress to identify strong allies who can support us long term. The collaborative spirit they showcase in working with other firms is also something to be admired. ‘

‘They are the first to offer a call to another partner firm to get them up to speed, and also first to share ideas, information, and strategies. They come from a place of abundance than a place of scarcity.’

Key clients

FBI Agents Association

Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA)

Valero Energy Corporation

The Trevor Project

Duke Energy

Energy Forward Coalition (EF)

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

SHINE Medical Technologies

Thai Union Group PCL

Air Liquide USA, LLC

Navigator CO₂ Ventures

FBI Agents Association

Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA)

Valero Energy Corporation

The Trevor Project

Duke Energy

Energy Forward Coalition (EF)

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

SHINE Medical Technologies

Thai Union Group PCL

Air Liquide USA, LLC

Navigator CO₂ Ventures

Work highlights

  • Representing the FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) before the White House, Congress, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation on issues that include crime and terrorism prevention, federal appropriations, reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), electronic privacy, and efforts to improve suicide prevention resources for FBI special agents.
  • Advised Valero on issues relating to the manner in which the federal government establishes the compliance obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
  • Represented The Trevor Project on a pro-bono basis in its efforts to establish and implement 9-8-8 as the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and to ensure that acutely at-risk groups, including LGBTQ youth, can access specialized services.


Adept at both state and federal level public policy, Dentons’ group operates as a fully integrated national practice. Alongside a strong Washington DC practice, the group is noted for its presence in Georgia. The practice is headed by Eric Tanenblatt who splits their time between Atlanta and Washington DC. Also notable in the team are Andrew Shaw and Chris Fetzer, both based in Washington DC. Shaw focuses primarily on energy and environmental policy matters advising clients on federal legislative and regulatory issues, while Fetzer leads the firm’s national security and foreign policy team, maintaining a focus on the defense, trade and (cyber)security areas.

Practice head(s):

Eric Tanenblatt

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Shaw; Chris Fetzer


‘Strong, deep team with subject matter experts in various areas.’

Key clients

LG Chem/LG Energy Solutions

National Black Bank Foundation and the Black Bank Fund

Small UAV Coalition

Drone Alliance Europe


Jackson Healthcare

Northside Hospital


BMNT, Inc.

Bookings Holdings


Reform Alliance

Canadian Electricity Authority

Digital Content Next


DeKalb County, Georgia

The GridWise Alliance, Inc.


Colorado Communications & Utility Alliance

Work highlights

  • Represented LG Energy Solutions in a multibillion-dollar trade secret dispute against SK Innovation and SK Battery America at the International Trade Commission (ITC).
  • Assisted in the formation and creation of the non-profit National Black Bank Foundation and its investment unit, the Black Bank Fund to nurture Black-owned banks and the communities they serve.
  • Representing Jackson Healthcare, subsidiary Avant Healthcare Professionals and the healthcare staffing industry before Congress with regards to immigration legislation including work visas for certain health care professionals. Assisting with government relations connected to its purchase of the last manufacturing facility in the US authorized to produce the antibiotics amoxicillin and amoxicillin clavulanate.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP’s Washington DC-based government relations practice is recognized for its presence in the healthcare and life sciences sector. The team regularly advises for and non-profit healthcare providers, industry trade associations, medical device companies, and other similar clients, with a strong track in congressional investigation for a growing number of clients. Government ethics and lobbying specialist Thomas Spulak leads the team, advising client son the intersection of congressional procedure, federal election law, and government ethics. Also of note within the team are Lloyd Hand, a defense and technology advocacy specialist; healthcare legislation strategist David Farber. Daniel Donovan is also a key contact for congressional investigations.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Spulak

Other key lawyers:

Ted Hester; David Farber; Steven Kupka; Daniel Donovan; Alicia O’Brien; Claudia Hrvatin; Amirah Salaam; Daniel Coats; Lloyd Hand; Allison Kassir


‘Allison Kassir and Ted Hester are terriffic trusted advisors. They really do become a part of the company and put in the effort to know and understand the organization. They also maintain good relationships on the Hill are always willing to support you on any project. At the end of the day, you want to partner with a group you trust, who you know has your best interest at heart and thats Ted Hester and Allison Kassir for us.’

Key clients

Adventist HealthCare

Medicare Rights Center and MARC Coalition

National League of Cities

City of Miami, Florida

Padron Cigars

Quest Diagnostics

Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA)

Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC)

Novo Nordisk Inc.


Flagler Health +



Work highlights

  • Advising and assisting Adventist and Howard University to construct a new 225 bed Howard University Hospital, implementing a multi-year strategy to secure federal funding the construction cost.
  • Representing Quest Diagnostic before the executive and legislative branches providing the client with comprehensive counsel on issues relating to reimbursement, regulation, and health equity issues.
  • Assisting the National League of Cities (NLC) to build partnerships with federal agencies and philanthropic organizations, funding localities contained in the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s government affairs and public policy group is notable for its financial services offering, regularly advising major congressional committees, regulators, and government agencies specialist advice and counsel. The team also boasts industry leading tax policy expertise and pre-eminent experience in the energy, telecommunications, environmental and life sciences sectors. Across these areas, the team maintains a deep bench of former regulators and industry leaders able to to advise on lobbying, campaign finance, ethics, compliance, and policy issues. Scott Sinder leads the practice, and has great experience, trusted by trade associations and companies. Capitol Hill veteran James Barnette’s congressional oversight and investigations practice is well regarded by Fortune 500 companies and trade associations. Also of note is Jason Abel, who advises on campaign finance, lobbying compliance, and government ethics at local, state, and federal levels. All named practitioners are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Scott Sinder

Other key lawyers:

James Barnette; Jason Abel; Luis Fortuno; Ashleen Vicuna


‘Have been very helpful with our legislative agenda at the Capitol. Definitely know the ins and outs on connecting our organization with the right people and elected officials.’

‘The staff is very diversified on the political spectrum. Has been great for us in getting the right doors opened. When attorney opinions are needed, they have them on staff. They are very efficient.’


Key clients

Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers

Las Vegas Sands

The Carlyle Group

Assured Guaranty Municipal Corp.

Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Finance Council

University of Oklahoma, OU Medicine, Inc.

Democracy Fund Voice

Medicaid and Medicare Advantage Product Association (MMAPA)

Alliant Energy

National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors

Work highlights

  • Advising a major social media company in designing and implementing strategies in its relations with the United States Congress regarding content moderation matters in the COVID-19 era; regulation of speech leading up to the 2020 election; promotion of net neutrality legislation; and heightened attention to internet privacy, encryption, and data security.
  • Representing MMAPA to help Puerto Rico secure  federal funding to run the Medicaid program.
  • Representing Democracy Fund Voice, advocating for congressional action related to elections and voting, in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, U.S. Postal Service crisis, and election security surrounding the 2020 election.

Miller & Chevalier Chartered

Miller & Chevalier Chartered is well renowned in the market for its tax policy practice. The Washington DC-based team, under the new joint leadership of Jorge Castro and Loren Ponds, have significant experience with the inner workings of the Treasury and the IRS combining government experience with technical tax proficiency to further the goals of their clients. Ponds’ expertise lies in tax controversy before the IRS, and Castro focuses on international tax matters. Also of note in the team is Marc Gerson, who chairs the firm’s overall tax departnment. Tax policy specialist Leonard Bickwit left the firm in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Castro; Loren Ponds

Other key lawyers:

Marc Gerson


‘The team provides outstanding analysis and advice on tax legislation and regulatory matters.’

‘Loren Ponds and Rocco Femia – they both possess deep understanding of tax matters as well as the policy landscape in DC.’

Key clients

American Fidelity Assurance Company

Brown Forman Corporation

CVS Health

T-Mobile US, Inc.

HP Inc.

McDonald’s Corporation

National Philanthropy Roundtable

Nokia Corporation

The Philanthropy Roundtable

Semiconductor Industry Association

Work highlights

  • Advising the Semiconductor Industry Association, providing strategic advice and counsel with respect to tax-related legislative and policy matters.
  • Representing a leading financial guaranty insurer to secure legislation to address unintended consequence of modifications to the passive foreign investment company insurance exception enacted as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act 2017.
  • Advising a number of clients interacting with the IRS  and, as needed, the National Taxpayer Advocate Service to expedite Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (2020) refunds, which have been subject to significant delay given the lack of sufficient IRS resources as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

The government public policy and government relations group at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP is chaired by Greenville based David Wilkins, former ambassador to Canada. The group has a strong presence across the East Coast, providing assistance to advisors and advocates by leveraging deep bipartisan relationships, for a range of clients including sovereign countries, private sector clients, Fortune 500 global companies, non-profit organizations and cultural institutions. Recent instructions include transport industry representation, and advising on several major economic development projects. Korean governmental and corporate clients regularly seek out DC-based Woojin Shin in state and federal level trade issues. Raleigh-based Dennis Wicker retired in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

David Wilkins

Other key lawyers:

Stanley Jones, Jr.; Vinoda Basnayake; Woojin Shin

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s bipartisan public policy team combine substantive expertise with impressive high-level relationships with congresspeople, federal agencies, and the White House. Recent instructions for the team include representation and advice for clients in the telecommunications, financial services, cyber security, and energy/environment industries. The offering is broad-based, with expertise in federal and state lobbying, and congressional investigations. Elizabeth Vella Moeller heads the practice, with high-profile clients trusting her advice and expertise on federal funding, compliance best practices, and complex government investigations. Brian Finch’s practice combines cybersecurity and SAFETY Act experience to offer clients regulatory, cyberattack, and ransom-ware issues advice. Craig Saperstein is also recommended. All practitioners mentioned are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Vella Moeller

Other key lawyers:

Brian Finch; Craig Saperstein; Aimee Ghosh


‘High level of professionalism and expertise’

‘We work directly with Mathew Oresman who is an exceptional professional and hands on on’

‘We have worked with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP for several years and they have been vital pro bono advisers to our ambitious sustainability initiative. With our organisation we are developing a new approach to sustainability reporting hence there are a number of new challenges on which we are breaking new ground. Far from being phased the Pillsbury team has helped us address and overcome each challenge in turn and lay the foundations for large-scale systems change. Their level of commitment to this cause, general professionalism, and the collaborative nature of their team has been outstanding and we have enjoyed working with them thoroughly.’

Key clients

EDF Renewables

Sussex Royal Foundation/Travalyst

Government of Kosovo

Yoga Alliance

City of Greensboro, N.C.

Association of Cyprus Banks

Blackhawk Network

Stanislaus County

Attivo Networks, Inc.

Port City Air

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel to EDF Renewable Energy North America, representing the client before the White House, federal agencies and leaders in Congress.
  • Assisting Blackhawk Network, one of the largest providers of prepaid cards, in devising and implementing its federal and state government relations strategies.
  • Assisting Attivo Networks, Inc.  stand up its public policy function and has assisted Attivo in influencing federal cybersecurity policy.

Van Ness Feldman LLP

Washington DC-based Nancy Macan McNally and Shannon Angielski co-lead Van Ness Feldman LLP’s government advocacy and public policy group. The practice is well regarded in the areas of federal energy, natural resources, environmental law, climate change, Native American affairs and related policy. Clients include global and industrial companies, financial institutions and investment funds, trade associations, municipalities, and state and local governments, Native American and Alaskan Native entities and advocacy coalitions, all of which trust the group to provide strategic policy guidance, and advocacy. Seattle and Washington DC are both bases for Richard Agnew, who splits their time equally between the two cities and has extensive expertise relating to federal law and permits governing energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Macan McNally; Shannon Angielski

Other key lawyers:

Richard Agnew; Jonathan Simon; Andrew VanderJack

Key clients


Clean Hydrogen Future Coalition

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana

Carbon Utilization Research Council

Pacific Salmon Treaty Coalition

Sand Creek Massacre Descendants Trust


Sonoma Water

Tuolumne Utilities District

Wabash Valley Resources


WilmerHale’s public policy and legislative affairs group maintains deep regulatory strength, with antitrust and competition related matters a core capability of the group. The offering focuses on providing an integrated, substantive, policy, and political approach for clients from a multi-branch perspective where needed. Media, technology, and communications industry clients trust the team and their bipartisan experience. The team is led by Jonathan Yarowsky, who has prior senior level government experience and advises on congressional investigations. Also notable in the team is Rob Lehman, who in addition to group mainstays, has an active environmental and national security regulation practice.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Yarowsky

Other key lawyers:

Rob Lehman; Phil Beshara; Jonathan Blum; Brian Skretny; Jason Raymond


‘A diverse range of skill sets, which means I am getting thorough and well-rounded strategic advice.’

‘They also have a deep well of contacts for expertise both within the firm and through their connections on the Hill. This has served us extremely well.’

‘Jon Yarowsky, Zach Goldman, and Phil Beshara have a genuine interest in our organization and our members. Jason Raymond was also a valuable member of the team.’

Key clients

Visa, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising Visa on matters impacting global trade in electronic payment services currently advising tin connection with the negotiation of global free trade agreements; on the implementation of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA); on market access matters in various foreign countries; and in connection with the negotiations on electronic commerce at the WTO.