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Government relations in United States


Akin houses one of the largest government relations practices in the market, with deep bench of lawyers and non-lawyers advisors who have extensive experience in the political process. Especially active in representing clients in high-profile interactions with congressional committees, the executive branch and federal agencies, key areas of strength of the bipartisan group include tax, trade, healthcare, financial services, energy and environment. The group is also noted for its congressional investigations offering, having recently assisted various corporates and senior executives with high-profile inquiries into the January 6th riot and the Covid-19 crisis. Specialized in international trade and intellectual property matters, Brian Pomper is a leading international trade lobbyist. He oversees the public law policy group alongside Hunter Bates, who covers matters in the tax, healthcare, transportation, technology and financial services segments. Raphael Prober and Karen Christian jointly leads the congressional investigations team and have significant experience in both the public and private sectors. Arshi Siddiqui is noted for her political and private sector experience, serving as senior policy advisor to former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and representing corporate clients before Congress and the executive branch.

Practice head(s):

Hunter Bates; Brian Pomper; Raphael Prober; Karen Christian

Other key lawyers:

Arshi Siddiqui

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Former CDC Director

Novo Nordisk

National Independent Venue Association

Work highlights

  • Assisted a national gun violence prevention organization, in supporting the passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which was signed into law by President Joe Biden on June 25.
  • Represented the former director  of national media for the Oath Keepers, on a pro bono basis in a hearing before the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.
  • Acted for the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the Trump administration, on multiple investigations, including inquiries by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis (SSCC), the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC) and the Government Accountability Office.

Arnold & Porter

Benefiting from its deep bench of former government officials, the Arnold & Porter‘s ‘accessible and collaborative’ Washington DC-based team has strong relationships with key congressional committees and major executive branch agencies. The bipartisan group is active across a wide range of areas, most notably cybersecurity, life sciences, education, energy and environment, financial services and healthcare. Headed by Kevin O’Neill, the practice has been increasingly sought after by leading foreign manufactures in the tech space to handle complex trade matters and interactions with the US government. Mark Epley  is a key contact for tax policy, trade and Medicare matters as well as congressional investigations. Also noted is senior health policy advisor Eugenia Pierson.

Practice head(s):

Kevin O’Neill

Other key lawyers:

Mark Epley; Eugenia Pierson; Amy Davenport; Kristine Blackwood; Paul Rudolf


‘The team is accessible, collaborative and fun! I feel like they are indeed an extension of our team. I don’t feel like a client because my team and I are treated like a true partner.’

‘Amy Davenport is stellar. A smart leader and a great policy advisor.’

‘Each person brings a unique and strong expertise that we have not experienced elsewhere.’

‘The main attorneys we have worked with are Paul Rudolf for regulatory affairs and Kristine Blackwood for legislative affairs. We’ve had a very positive experience working with them. They are incredibly detail oriented, hardworking, and experts in the areas in which they focus. They are comprehensive in their review of legislative and regulatory issues that affect our members and in making suggestions for how to handle various opportunities including meetings with Members of Congress and regulatory agencies, comment letters, press releases; communications with our membership, and updates for our board of directors and executives.’

‘Every single person at Arnold & Porter who I’ve worked with took the time to learn about me and my organization. They didn’t look to put us into one of their boxes. They talked with us, listened to us, and sculpted their work and support about our needs and what would best drive our mission forward.’

Key clients

Berkshire Hathaway Energy

Samsung Electronics Limited

Coalition of Professional Non-Profit Theaters





Baylor University

Children’s Health System of Texas


Work highlights

  • Assisted Samsung Electronics USA in lobbying Congress and various administration officials to achieve a favorable environment in the US for Samsung to pursue its priorities.
  • Represented Endeavors before Congress and various administration officials, seeking to achieve a favorable environment in the US for Endeavors to pursue its priorities.

Bracewell LLP

At Bracewell LLP, the Washington DC-based government relations team combines lobbying, strategic communications and legal services expertise. The group is particularly active in assisting non-profit organizations, utilities providers, critical minerals producers and renewables companies with advocacy work, with a focus on  tax, energy and environmental issues. Notable for his work developing climate change policy and environmental legislations, Scott Segal co-heads the practice with E. Dee Martin, who is a key contact for legislative and regulatory advocacy matters related to the energy transaction, social justice and equality. Christine Wyman is a go-to lawyer for clean energy policy, having recently played a key role in the hydrogen provisions of the bipartisan infrastructure law. Clean Air Act expert Jeffrey Holmstead is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Scott Segal; E. Dee Martin

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Holmstead; Christine Wyman; Timothy Urban; Christine Wyman; Joshua Zive; Liam Donovan; Anna Karakitsos


‘The diverse areas of expertise held by the team members of Bracewell combined with their dedication to learning our business operations really helps them stand out among our other consultants.’

‘Dee Martin is impressively responsive and focused on ensuring our long-term success.

‘Tim Urban has an impressive understanding of tax policy and knows all of the key players.’

‘Christine Wyman has an exceptional level of strategy development.’

‘The team at Bracewell is so amazing to work with, especially its Policy Reconciliation Group. The team ensured the inclusion of “specialized services” for LGBTQ youth in the 988 authorizing legislation. Bracewell’s important work was underscored when 988 went into effect in July 2022.

‘Because of Bracewell’s efforts and our work together, people across the country can now dial 988 if they are experiencing a mental or behavioral health emergency. And, critically important, LGBTQ youth can connect with counselors competent in addressing LGBTQ unique needs when they dial, text, or chat 988. The firm is innovative, creative and full of hard workers that deserve all the recognition in the world.’

‘Bracewell has many amazing standout partners like Dee Martin, Josh Zive, Liam Donovan, and Anna Karakitsos. Among many standout highlights, they helped our former CEO with congressional testimonies.’

Key clients

Air Liquide USA, LLC

Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA)

Plug Power


The Trevor Project

National Brain Tumor Society


National Automotive Dealers Association

Madam Policy Podcast

Breastfeeding & Infant Development Support Alliance

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Duke Energy

Equinor Wind

FBI Agents Association (FBIAA)

PRG Pulse – Reconciliation & Infrastructure Updates

Navigator CO₂ Ventures

Work highlights

  • Assisted Air Liquide in coordinating advocacy and strategic communications services on a range of complicated matters related to the energy sector, the environment, tax policy and Covid-19-related travel restrictions.
  • Advised the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) on comprehensive federal government affairs consulting services, with an emphasis on lobbying energy tax legislation, energy policy legislation and federal clean energy programs.
  • Assisted Plug Power with comprehensive government affairs services, with a focus on clean energy tax and energy policy matters.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

With a deep bench of former senators and members of the House, executive branch officials and highly experienced lobbying specialists, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP enjoys a strong reputation in the market for its full-service government relations offering. Leading the group is Will Moschella, who is recommended for legislative reforms, with a focus on criminal law, intellectual property and the financial services industry. Drawing on his past experiences in the House and the Senate, Marc Lampkin is well known for leading various successful advocacy campaigns. Democratic strategist and lobbyist Alfred Mottur is noted for his experience in assisting major companies with complex public policy campaigns in the financial services, pharmaceuticals, education and media segments. Another key contact is founding partner Norman Brownstein, who has extensive experience in working with both sides of the aisle on public policy matters.

Practice head(s):

Will Moschella

Other key lawyers:

Alfred Mottur; Will Moschella; Norman Brownstein


With a national network of government relations specialists across all 50 states, Dentons is equipped to represent clients in Washington DC, state capitols and city halls, with key areas of focus of the practice including energy and environment, tax, defense and security, infrastructure and foreign affairs. Splitting his time between Washington DC and Atlanta, public policy expert Eric Tanenblatt heads the group. Former Squire Patton Boggs practitioner Matthew Cutts joined the team in June 2022, bringing extensive experience in tax and financial services advocacy. Other key names include Andrew Shaw, whose practice focuses on energy and US-Canada cross-border matters, and national security and foreign policy specialist Chris Fetzer. Lawyers are in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Eric Tanenblatt

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Shaw; Chris Fetzer; Matthew Cutts

Key clients

Voices for National Service



The Common Mission Project

The GridWise Alliance, Inc.

Global Laser Enrichment

NBCUniversal Media, LLC

Danaher Corporation

Republic Metropolitan (ReMet)

Washington Commanders


Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (PQHH)

Xavier University School of Medicine

Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC)

Air Methods Corporation

Work highlights

  • Assisted Cameco in successfully securing $500m in funding for high-assay low-enriched uranium in the House-passed Build Back Better Act.
  • Advised GridWise Alliance on nearly $30bn in funding in the bipartisan infrastructure bill for electric grid modernization.
  • Assisted Global Laser Enrichment in successfully securing $500m in funding for high-assay low-enriched uranium in the House-passed Build Back Better Act.

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Housing highly experienced lawyers and lobbying strategists with long-standing relationships with all levels of government, Hogan Lovells US LLP assists leading corporates, non-profit organizations and sovereign clients with matters at the intersection between US politics and international relations. Key areas of strength of the practice include tax reform legislation, international trade, and matters related to the automotive, life sciences, healthcare and financial services industries. Aaron Cutler leads the group and is a key contact for congressional investigations, having assisted various leading companies and their CEOs with testimonies before Congress. Former Senator Norm Coleman is highly regarded for his ability to rally support from both sides of the aisle. Democratic lobbyist Ivan Zapien enjoys strong ties with House and Senate Democrats and extensive experience in working with the private sector. With bipartisan connections, Cybil Roehrenbeck manages a strong healthcare lobbying practice. Michael Bell focuses on the intersection between business and government, often representing major corporations and trade associations. Counsel and former Capitol Hill staffer Ari Fridman is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Cutler

Other key lawyers:

Cybil Roehrenbeck; Ivan Zapien; Norm Coleman; Michael Bell; Ari Fridman


‘This firm does very high level work.’

‘I have especially enjoyed working with former senator Norm Coleman. He consistently offers insightful advice and works above and beyond our expectations.’

‘Truly care about the individual clients with true advocacy.’

‘Top notch providers of government relations and legal services. Strong advocacy is the key for us.’

Key clients

Tops Market



Digital Diagnostics


Nissan North America

Airbus Americas

Urenco USA Inc.

Eldridge Business Services

Work highlights

  • Successful obtained Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approval for the merger of two large grocery chains that operate in the Upstate New York and New England area, Tops Market and Price Chopper/Market 32.
  • Successfully advocated for and obtained the first-ever national Medicare payment rate for an autonomous AI service.
  • Advise Nissan on a wide variety of regulatory and legislative issues, including legislative developments and policy changes may affect the company.

K&L Gates

Highly rated for its deep bench of policy expertise coupled with a vast network of bipartisan contacts’, K&L Gates‘ Washington DC-based team assists public and private organizations with strategic advice and policy advocacy across a wide range of industries, including telecom, energy, financial services and infrastructure. Emanuel Rouvelas boasts a long-standing career in representing leading shipping companies and CEOs before Congress, the executive branch and foreign governments on matters related to international trade and transport. Another key expert in maritime matters is Michael Scanlon, who oversees the practice alongside David Wochner and Karishma Shah Page. Wochner is the go-to adviser for regulatory issues and federal policy in the energy sector, with a focus on the global energy transaction. Page acts for a diverse client roster, including Fortune 500 companies, trade associations and tax-exempt entities. Stimers is noted for his expertise in policy advocacy work related to emerging technologies. Cybersecurity and privacy policy issues are the area of expertise of Bruce Heiman, while Daniel Crowley focuses on financial services and capital markets policy matters. Leonard Bickwit joined the firm from Miller & Chevalier Chartered  in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Michael Scanlon; David Wochner; Karishma Page

Other key lawyers:

Emanuel Rouvelas; Daniel Crowley; Bruce Heiman; Lauren Flynn


‘The KLG team has fully embraced and models the culture of our organization. This makes them credible representatives of our organization as its lawyers represent us on the Hill. The team is highly strategic and helps our steering committee think through, plan and execute.’

‘Karishma Page, as the lead partner, sets the tone for our engagement. As mentioned above she reflects the culture of our organization. We cover a variety of complex topics and she demonstrates a mastery of the issues and is deliberate and thoughtful in guiding us through our challenges. Lauren Flynn supports Karishma and provides incredible support, keeping things on track and well organized.’

‘What makes K&L Gates government relations practice stand out is its deep bench of specific policy expertise coupled with a vast network of bipartisan contacts throughout the government. Whether on Capitol Hill, the Senate or House, federal government regulatory agencies or the White House, they can access those who make the ultimate decisions on critical policy matters.’

‘The K&L team knows how to weave a strategy that pulls together differing viewpoints and achieve alignment on critical issues. It’s harder and more difficult but vital when faced with complex issues.’

Key clients

Financial Accounting Foundation

Blue Origin

Quantum Industry Association

California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS)

The Package Coalition

Consumer Technology Association

Avis Budget Group

Pitney Bowes, Inc.

Global Ports Group

NextDecade Corp. and NEXT Carbon Solutions

American Roll-on Roll-Off Carrier

Story Partners

Universal Stainless & Alloy Products

Work highlights

  • Advised the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) and its investment committee and board of directors on corporate governance and financial regulatory reform issues in the US, as well as in the EU and UK.
  • Acted for Pitney Bowes on a wide range of government relations matters.
  • Assisted Transportation Institute with projects in substantive areas ranging from international trade to defense to maritime industry promotion.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP has a strong record in assisting major US and foreign companies with policy advancement, legislative reform and funding matters at federal, state and local levels. Noted for its wealth of experience in policy and regulatory issues related to the healthcare, life sciences and pharmaceutical industries, the group is also sought after by clients from the telecom, aerospace, financial services and tech segments. Thomas Spulak oversees the Washington DC-based group and has significant experience in dealing with the legislative process. David Farber is a key contact for public policy, litigation and regulatory matters. Steve Kupka is a popular choice among healthcare providers and energy companies. J Boggs, who manages the firm’s state attorneys general practice, is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Spulak

Other key lawyers:

J. Boggs; David Farber; Steve Kupka

Key clients

Adventist HealthCare

Alliance for Aging Research (AAR)

Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc.

Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA)

Flagler Health

Makana Therapeutics


Padron Cigars

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA)

Quest Diagnostics

Seaboard Corporation

Silicon Power Corporation

SiCamore Semiconductor Corporation)

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown is involved in significant and high-profile legislative and regulatory developments, demonstrating notably strength in key industries, such as cybersecurity, privacy, tech, financial services and transportation. Alongside its federal advocacy work, the group is active in representing clients at both state and international levels. Based in Los Angeles, Philip Recht is sought after to handle legislative, regulatory and enforcement matters. He jointly leads the practice with Washington-DC based Howard Waltzman and Joseph Seliga in Chicago. Highly experienced in legislation drafting and regulatory compliance, Waltzman often represents tech manufacturers and trade association in complex policy issues. Seliga is recommended for advocacy work in the infrastructure and transportation segments. Other key names include Washington-DC based Andrew Olmem, who has extensive experience in financial services regulatory reform, and Mitchell Holzrichter in Chicago, whose practice covers campaign finance compliance.

Practice head(s):

Philip Recht; Howard Waltzman; Joseph Seliga

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Olmem; Mitch Holzrichter


‘The team does a good job at confronting each challenge pragmatically. Its lawyers don’t do work just for work’s sake. They are able to identify the key issue) quickly and get to the stakeholders efficiently.’

‘Phil Recht and Evan Wooten are extremely engaged and get to understand our challenges from a business perspective.’

Key clients

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association


National Independent Talent Organization (NITO)

21st Century Privacy Coalition


Medline Industries

American Optometric Association (AOA)

Charles Schwab Corporation

Millennium Partners


Lytton Rancheria


Summit Media




Total Terminals Inc. (TTI)

Work highlights

  • Assisted Securities Industry and Financial Markets (SIFMA)’s Asset Management Group with its comment letter on the SEC’s private fund rule, which, if finalized, fundamentally changes the nature of private fund advisers’ relationships with their clients.
  • Representing the Privacy Coalition, consisting of the US’s major people search service companies in seeking state and federal regulatory schemes workable for the industry.

Miller & Chevalier Chartered

Washington DC-based firm Miller & Chevalier Chartered is noted for its premier tax policy and related advocacy work offering. The group is retained by domestic and international companies, trade associations and industry representatives to assist with representation before Congress, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service. Highly experienced in Congressional tax-writing committees, the team is jointly led by Jorge Castro, whose practice covers legislative and regulatory issues, and Loren Ponds, who offers strategic advise for tax-payers in the tech sector. Marc Gerson is especially active in promoting changes to federal tax and employment laws. Leonard Bickwit left the firm in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Castro; Loren Ponds

Other key lawyers:

Marc Gerson

Key clients

American Fidelity Assurance Company

Garmin Ltd.

Netflix, Inc.

T-Mobile US, Inc.

The Carlyle Group.

McDonald’s Corporation

Nokia of America Corporation

The Philanthropy Roundtable

Semiconductor Industry Association

The Jewish Federations of North America

Work highlights

  • Advised the Semiconductor Industry Association on tax-related legislative and policy matters.
  • Assisted one of the world’s leading financial guaranty insurers in securing legislation to address an unintended consequence of modifications to the foreign investment company insurance exception enacted as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
  • Acted for a number of clients on interactions with the key Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offices, IRS leadership, and, the National Taxpayer Advocate Service to expedite Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (2020) refunds.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

With extensive bipartisan relationships and experience, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP offers sovereign clients, multinational companies and non-profit organizations assistance with advocacy work at both federal and state levels. Headed Washington DC-based Christopher Cushing, the group is particularly active in the healthcare, education and transportation industries. In Greenville, former ambassador to Canada David Wilkins focuses on policy issues related to US-Canada interests, while Washington DC-based Woojin Shin typically advises Korean companies operating in the infrastructure, automotive, defense and consumer goods segments on US trade policies.

Practice head(s):

Chris Cushing

Other key lawyers:

David Wilkins; Woojin Shin

Key clients

Visiting Nurse Health System, Inc.

Together Georgia, Inc.

George West Mental Health Foundation, Inc.

Beacon Health Options

Georgia Psychological Association

Integrated Health Resources


Partners for H.O.M.E., Inc.

Georgia Innocence Project

Georgia Justice Project


Georgia Association for Career & Technical Education

Fluor Corporation

iHeartMedia, Inc.

Province of Saskatchewan

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

AnMed Health

DC Blox

Work highlights

  • Assisted Together Georgia, an alliance of child welfare providers, in securing a 10% rate increase for Together Georgia’s members, equating to $27.8m per year added to the State’s budget.
  • Acted for iHeartMedia, Inc. on advocacy work to ensure that Congress that does not enact new performance fees, taxes, royalties and other charges relating got the public performance of sounds recordings on local radio stations.
  • Represented the Canadian province of Saskatchewan before legislators and the executive branch regarding concerns related to carbon capture, oil and pipelines, and critical minerals.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Based in Washington DC, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP‘s government relations team maintains a strong national practice, representing clients’ policy and regulatory interests at federal, state and local levels. Noted for its strong ties with federal agencies, the executive branch and legislators from both sides of the aisle, the group is retained by leading companies, non-profit organizations and trade associations operating in a wide range of industries, including telecom, cybersecurity, education and energy. Practice head Elizabeth Vella Moeller is especially sought after to advise on federal funding and tax-related opportunities, as well as compliance programs. She works alongside cybersecurity and national security policy expert Brian Finch and Craig Saperstein, who offers regulatory advice, with a focus on the cyber and financial services industries.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Vella Moeller

Other key lawyers:

Brian Finch; Craig Saperstein


‘The Pillsbury government relations team offers great reach across the aisles of Congress and within the Administration. This non-partisan approach benefits my company, particularly when combined with the political sophistication and longstanding relationships that each person on the Pillsbury team brings to the table.’

‘I have worked closely with Brian Finch and Craig Saperstein for many years. They consistently deliver results, pull the right people into whatever initiative we are focused on, offer savvy advice, and are generally available on short notice almost 24×7.’

Key clients

EDF Renewables

Sussex Royal Foundation


Harris-Stowe State University

Yoga Alliance

City of Greensboro, N.C.

Association of Cyprus Banks

Blackhawk Network

Stanislaus County, California

Attivo Networks, Inc.

Alabama A&M University

Work highlights

  • Represented EDF Renewable Energy North America before the White House, federal agencies and leaders in Congress, recently securing an important regulatory success at the Department of Interior.
  • Advised Harris-Stowe State University on its federal government affairs strategy.
  • Acted on a pro bono basis for The Center for Judicial Excellence on the passage of a provision in the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2022 that, in exchange for grants, requires family courts to protect children from parental abuse during custody proceedings.

Squire Patton Boggs

The ‘exceptional, collaborative and strategic’ public policy practice at Squire Patton Boggs acts for a diverse roster of clients, including US state and municipal administrations, foreign governments, trade and business associations, multinational companies and non-profit organizations. Its offering spans defense and security, energy, financial services, healthcare, international trade, sanctions, ESG and cannabis legislation. The Washington DC-based group is led by trio Edward Newberry, Robert Kapla and David Stewart. Newberry heads the firm’s global public policy practice and is a popular choice for some of the largest corporates in the world. Kapla frequently acts for sovereign clients on international trade policy, business disputes and treaty negotiations. Public funding for research and development and tax reform advocacy work are the area of expertise of Aubrey A. Rothrock III. Patricia Doersch is specialized in US transportation policy, regulations, compliance and enforcement, while Ludmilla L. Kasulke focuses on international trade and policy.

Practice head(s):

Edward Newberry; Robert Kapla; David Stewart

Other key lawyers:

Aubrey A. Rothrock III; Patricia Doersch; Ludmilla Kasulke; John Boehner; David Schnittger; Thomas Andrews; Michael Driver; Dave LesStrang


‘This team, lead by Robert Kapla, combines experience with hands-on client engagement 24/7. It’s very rare to find such a big powerhouse firm like SPB with such a close link relationship and access. Also, Its capacity to build a long-term strategy, monitor implementation and conclude execution is remarkable.’

‘Working ethic, long hours of deployed work, excellent relationship capacity and reliable deliverables.’

‘The team is exceptional. The lawyers are collaborative, creative and strategic – always willing to help us advance our business.’

‘The individuals that we work with have outstanding experience, business intuition and integrity. Working with John Boehner, David Schnittger and Thomas Andrews has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my business career.’

‘The Squire Patton Boggs team has been invaluable as we work to address significant and legacy infrastructure challenges in our community. It has taken the time to become fully engaged in our region and guide us in how we can best work with our federal legislators and the appropriate larger governmental agencies to obtain support in our efforts. We would not have had the capacity or knowledge to more forward and identify the optimal solution paths without the team’s efforts. The relationships and perspective its lawyers bring to our work has been exceptional’

‘Mike Driver and Dave LesStrang  bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our efforts and have gone above and beyond in aiding our organization. For what I would imagine is a smaller entity with somewhat limited resources, they have given us time, guidance and direct assistance that more than justifies our investment. Both have been invaluable!’

Key clients

City of Detroit, Michigan

Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD)

DJI Technologies

Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

National Cannabis Roundtable

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading global ebike brand on a wide range of policy and regulatory issues, including tax, trade, and supply chain.
  • Assisted National Cannabis Roundtable (NCR) with its cannabis reform objectives in the US Congress, the White House and Executive Branch agencies, as well as strategic advice on its lobbying efforts.
  • Assisted Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) in securing changes to federal law governing the Railroad Rehabilitation and Infrastructure Finance loan program to secure the early return of $30.6m in RTD funds that the agency paid to the federal government as a deposit on a loan.

Steptoe LLP

Steptoe LLP offers an experienced team with long-standing relationships in Capital Hill, noted for its track record in handling high-profile policy matters in the financial services sector, the group represents clients before congressional committees, regulators, and government agencies. Another area of strength of the practice is tax policy reform and compliance programs. Scott Sinder heads the team and draws on deep experience in representing trade associations and companies before Congress and state legislators. Darryl Nirenberg is recommend for international trade and domestic commerce issues. Former Governor of Puerto Rico Luis Fortuno and James Barnette, who practice covers industries such as energy, telecom and consumer protection, are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Scott Sinder

Other key lawyers:

Darryl Nirenberg; Luis Fortuno; James Barnette


‘Darryl Nirenberg and the rest of the Steptoe team provide tremendous service at the highest ethical levels. Darryl provides strong insights and creative solutions to whatever government relations challenges he is helping his clients resolve.’

‘Other government relations firms just see themselves as door openers. Darryl sees himself as a problem solver. He has great access but he is also great at crafting messages that will resonate with policy makers. He has the ability and credibility to build coalitions to magnify the political strength of his clients.’

Key clients

Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers

Las Vegas Sands

Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Finance Council

Medicaid and Medicare Advantage Product Association (MMAPA)

Meta Platforms Inc.


Wacker Chemie AG

National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors

Assured Guaranty Municipal Corp.

Assured Guaranty, Ltd

Democracy Fund Voice

Alliant Energy

American Financial Exchange (AFX)


W.L. Gore & Associates

Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)

Economic Innovation Group

Point Blank Enterprises Inc.



Work highlights

  • Advised the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers on a variety of legislative and regulatory issues, including healthcare policies and regulations impacting the employer-sponsored healthcare market.
  • Assisted the Medicaid and Medicare Advantage Product Association in helping  Puerto Rico secure what is historically the highest level of federal funding to run its Medicaid program.
  • Acted for Wacker Chemie AG on engagements with Congress regarding a number of key initiatives, including the Solar Energy Manufacturing for America Act.

Van Ness Feldman LLP

Van Ness Feldman LLP maintains strong ties with both sides of the aisle, and is noted for its strong energy, natural resources, environment, infrastructure and climate change lobbying practice. Often involved in major legislative developments, the group also demonstrates particular strength in the healthcare sector, and acts for a varied client list of public sector clients, industrial companies, investment funds and trade associations. Well-known for her advocacy work on clean energy policies, Washington DC-based Shannon Angielski co-heads the team with Nancy Macan McNally, who draws on extensive government relations experience. Splitting his time between Seattle and Washington DC, Richard Agnew is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Macan McNally; Shannon Angielski

Other key lawyers:

Shelley Fidler; Jordan Smith; Rick Agnew; Sean Taylor; Jenna Peth


‘VNF provides very direct and personal service. Its lawyers have a depth of expertise that provide everything we need in one place. VNF has a special skill in creative problem solving. The team  has broad and deep relationships with government agencies and industry partners. Although our primary area of interest is energy, the team has superior capability in healthcare too. Its lawyers are fair and flexible.’

‘Shelley Fidler is an extremely skilled and experienced team member. Her extensive background and connections serve her clients well. She is always helpful and available, willing to go out of her way to help us. Nancy McNally is a dedicated professional with superior contacts and excellent suggestions. Jordan Smith is as skilled as anyone I have worked with. All three are serious, positive, dedicated, cheerful, and helpful.’

‘Van Ness Feldman provides legal assistance on federal procurement and grant management. It has fantastic technical minds. But the thing I appreciate most is its strategic thinking, ability to help us “connect the dots” and its team approach. I feel like its lawyers are an extension of our staff team. I have complete trust in them.’

Key clients

Air Products

Alaska Federation of Natives

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Commission


Carbon Utilization Research Council (CURC)

Clean Hydrogen Future Coalition (CHFC)

Drax Group PLC

Louisiana Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority

Minnkota Power Cooperative

Whatcom County Transportation Authority

Work highlights

  • Assisted Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority with strategic advice and advocacy work related to federal funding.
  • Acted for the Clean Hydrogen Future Coalition (CHFC) on advocacy work related to clean forms of energy such as hydrogen production methods.
  • Advised Minnkota Power Cooperative on how to position the company and its CO2 Capture and Storage project to successfully apply for infrastructure grant funding from the DOE.


WilmerHale is well regarded for its public policy and regulatory strength, with lawyers highly experienced in areas such as antitrust, trade, tech and life sciences. The group maintains a strong bipartisan lobbying practice, working with key members of the executive branch and congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle, and is also noted for its congressional investigations offering, often assisting major companies and senior executives with high-stakes hearings. With extensive government experience, Jonathan Yarowsky is sought after for his expertise in  legislative and regulatory strategies, as well as congressional investigations. He co-leads the team with Alyssa DaCunha and Joel Green, who together manage a broad practice, spanning crisis management, regulatory investigations and congressional inquiries.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Yarowsky; Alyssa DaCunha; Joel Green

Key clients

Moderna Therapeutics

Work highlights

  • Assisted Moderna and its president in testifying before  the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations regarding the development and production of Covid-19 vaccines.