Government relations in United States

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

A clear leader in the public policy and lobbying space, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has one of the largest and most diverse government relations practices in the market. Based in Washington DC, the firm fields a bipartisan team of lawyers and advisors who have in-depth experience in the political process, having served in elected office or as senior staff to members of Congress, Congressional Committees and in the executive branch of the federal government. Core areas of expertise include tax, health, energy, financial services, environment and Native American law, though the team has been increasingly active in international trade-related matters. The firm also played a key role in helping clients in the medical and pharmaceutical space during the Covid-19 crisis, advising on issues regarding personal protective equipment, and liaising with the FDA and other regulatory bodies. Premier international trade lobbyist Brian Pomper oversees the department with Hunter Bates, who specializes in issues pertaining to tax, health, transportation and technology. Other key contacts include Arshi Siddiqui, who has a strong background representing corporate clients before Congress and the executive branch, and Ed Pagano, a name to note for antitrust, immigration reform and communications matters.

Practice head(s):

Hunter Bates; Brian Pomper

Other key lawyers:

Arshi Siddiqui; Ed Pagano; Jeff McMillen

Key clients

Southeastern Conference (SEC)

National Independent Venue Association

National Thoroughbred Racing Association

University of Louisville

Alliance for Automotive Innovation

Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)

New Venture Fund

Legacies of War

Innovation Alliance

Alliance for Trade Enforcement

Anheuser-Busch InBev

United Parcel Service (UPS)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Business Roundtable

Work highlights

  • Representing the Southeastern Conference (SEC), a premier American college athletic conference, in developing federal legislation to address the issue of compensation for student-athletes, including for name, image and likeness.
  • Represented the National Independent Venue Association and National Association of Theatre Owners in securing passage of the Save Our Stages Act, which will provide emergency relief to independent music and arts venues, movie theaters and other small businesses across the US, as part of the Covid-19 Relief Bill.
  • Recently shepherded through Congress the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, a piece of legislation that will establish national standards to promote fairness and increase safety in thoroughbred racing, on behalf of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, a broad-based coalition of American horse racing interests consisting of leading thoroughbred racetracks, owners, breeders, trainers and affiliated horse racing associations.

Squire Patton Boggs

Based in Washington DC, Squire Patton Boggs stands out for its multi-disciplinary and truly global practice group, made up of lawyers with deep experience and expertise in US and European policy matters. The public policy team regularly partakes in advocacy representations before the US Congress and executive branch, and also showcases strengths acting for sovereign clients, and assisting with state-level lobbying and international law matters. Of late, the team has been active in market leading initiatives involving pension and tax reform, national cannabis legislation, Middle East peace and the US-China bilateral relationship. Further, the group quickly recognized the spike in public demand for reliable analyses of the actions taken by the US government in response to the pandemic and launched the blog Capital Thinking, where thought leadership and substantive analyses on a variety of policy and regulatory issues are offered to clients. Edward Newberry is the firm's global managing partner for public policy, investigatory and regulatory solutions, and receives key support from public policy practice leader Robert Kapla, who often advises sovereign governments on foreign investment and international trade. Also recommended are David Schnittger, who is counsel of choice for major companies in the energy, transportation, financial services and entertainment sectors; Margaret Daum, noted for high-profile congressional investigations; and associate Rory Murphy, who focuses on US public policy guidance, global cultural and business diplomacy. Former practice heads John Breaux and Trent Lott departed in June 2020.

Practice head(s):

Edward Newberry; Robert Kapla

Other key lawyers:

Margaret Daum; David Schnittger; Aubrey Rothrock III; Patricia Doersch; Rory Murphy


‘The SPB GR team in Washington is not only well-connected to the right stakeholders, but has great institutional knowledge of Washington and pairs that with a very responsive and client-focused approach. Responsiveness and client-focus. They proactively bring matters to our attention and they are thoughtful in considering what might impact us. Stand outs that we engage with include, Aubrey Rothrock, Beth Goldstein, Rory Murphy, Ludmilla Kasulke, Dave Stewart and Natasha Hammond.

‘SPB’s depth of policy expertise is what brings the most value from our perspective. Their combined years of experience on Capitol Hill, as well as a keen understanding of politics, policy and procedure, are a winning combination to supplement the advocacy we do on behalf of our members. I think we would be hard pressed to find another firm with the depth and breadth of DC knowledge and understanding that our SPB colleagues have. David Schnittger is what I would describe as a straight shooter – in the very best sense – in that you ask a question or make a request and get a helpful, straightforward response. He is a ballast in the often chaotic world of DC lobbying. His depth of experience and perspective on all things policy, politics and procedure is emblematic of what I’m referring to when I sing the praises of SPB’s collective experience in this area.

‘I usually hire a firm based on the individuals not necessarily the firm’s name. The partner that I work with at the firm is very good. I work directly with Patricia Doersch. There are several things that I value in working with Patty. 1. She is incredibly knowledgeable. She knows the transportation industry and I think that is because she has worked in the public sector. 2. She knows everybody. People respect her and this allows her to gain insight and access. 3. She is tenacious. She doesn’t take no for an answer and if one door closes she finds another way to get in.’

‘Squire does a great job of knowing when I really need help and dropping everything they’re doing to make sure I get help when I need it. They are a very reputable shop so I get meetings based on their name alone. Their values also align with ours. Dave Schnittger and Genevieve Bresnahan have really gone out of their way to help on the Hill and with State Governments. I value their advice and know they’re always willing to dig deeper than the competition to make sure we are well represented.’

Key clients

Huawei Technologies USA, Inc.

Cintas Corporation

Danone North America

Government of US Virgin Islands

The Coca-Cola Company

SK Group

The Pebble Partnership

Wake Forest University Health Sciences

Advanced Emissions Solutions

National Cannabis Roundtable

Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD)

Work highlights

  • Represented Huawei in navigating the restrictive policies imposed by the Trump Administration that threatened its existence to operate in the US.
  • Represented and advised the Government of the USVI on relationship with the US federal government, particularly aimed at advancing economic recovery efforts following two category five hurricanes.
  • Advises NCR in support of its cannabis reform efforts before the US Congress, the executive branch and across federal agencies.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

The full-service lobbying and public policy practice at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP has a wealth of experience liaising with both the executive and legislative branches of government. Led by political, legislative and campaign advisor Marc Lampkin, the group acts for a number of major industry-bodies and globally renowned corporations, helping them successfully navigate the politics and policy in Washington DC. The department also includes Democratic strategist and lobbyist Alfred Mottur, who is counsel of choice for clients in the financial services, pharmaceutical, education and media sectors; national tax policy practice head Russell Sullivan; and Will Moschella, who is noted for his experience working with business coalitions on myriad legislative concerns. Also recommended is founding partner Norman Brownstein, whose legal career in public policy spans more than four decades.

Practice head(s):

Marc Lampkin

Other key lawyers:

Alfred Mottur; Will Moschella; Norman Brownstein

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Drawing on a strong global regulatory practice and exceptional relationships at all levels of the government, Hogan Lovells US LLP's government relations and public affairs team handles complex matters facing all branches of the government. The firm enjoys a strong international presence and is highly-regarded for its representation of sovereign governments, but is also a popular choice among domestic automotive manufacturers and national industry associations. Practice head Ivan Zapien is a prominent Democratic lobbyist with a wealth of private sector and Capitol Hill experience, and former senator Norm Coleman is recommended for representation in congressional investigations. Aaron Cutler is a name to note for energy and financial services lobbying, and senior associate Ari Fridman specializes in national security and foreign policy issues. The group was further boosted in April 2020 by the arrival of Kelly Ann Shaw, the former deputy assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs and deputy director of the National Economic Council. Michael House left the firm in February 2020. All named practitioners are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Zapien; Mark Irion

Other key lawyers:

Aaron Cutler; Michael Bell; Ari Fridman; Kelly Ann Shaw


‘Strong government relations practice. Senator Coleman and Mike Gilliland are exceptional partners and truly care about our success. Always available and a key advocate for us.’

Key clients

Lloyd’s America




Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of Lloyds to help persuade lawmakers that the National Flood Insurance Program is still a sustainable government-backed program.
  • Advises Walmart on how to anticipate and shape both challenging and positive legislation affecting its core business in the US and abroad.
  • Acting for Airbus, and advocating on its behalf, in a wide variety of issues where policy, regulatory, political and legislative actions may impact its business.

Holland & Knight LLP

The public policy and regulation practice at Holland & Knight LLP is made up of lawyers and lobbyists with policymaking connections to both political parties. The group stands out for its extensive experience in coalition building and management covering key industries, including energy, healthcare providers and pharmaceuticals. Practice co-leader Rich Gold is a name to note in this space; he heads the department out of Washington DC with Atlanta-based Robert Highsmith. Also of note, the service group recently established a national security, defense and intelligence team, and a local government relations group that work closely with the DC office to obtain federal funding for major US cities. Joel Roberson is also recommended; his areas of expertise include tech policy, food and drug law.

Practice head(s):

Rich Gold; Robert Highsmith

Other key lawyers:

Joel Roberson; Kathryn Lehman; Charles Naftalin

Key clients



University of Southern California

Teva Pharmaceuticals


Thomson Reuters


Corteva Agriscience


InterContinental Hotels Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Smithfield in relation to USTR’s announcement of a tariff increase on European aircrafts from 10% to 15%, and secured an exception for the client’s pork imports after reaching out to USTR, several embassies and the White House on the matter.
  • Advised Burning Man on successfully moving forward with its 2019 event while continuing to make progress in ongoing negotiations with the Bureau of Land Management.
  • Assisted the Front Line Hospital Alliance—a coalition of extreme safety net hospitals with particularly high levels of uninsured and low income patients—in an extensive interaction with the Office of the HHS Secretary to successfully impact the distribution of $15bn in monies from the Covid-19 Health Care Provider relief fund.

K&L Gates

Leveraging an impressive global reach and strategic state and local presence, K&L Gates is skilled at advancing legislative and regulatory objectives on behalf of public and private organizations across a range of industry sectors. The public policy and law department maintains extensive bipartisan relationships and is equipped to represent clients in every stage of the policy life cycle, from legislation to regulation and disputes. Emanuel Rouvelas has a long and distinguished pedigree in the government relations space, having successfully represented clients before the executive and regulatory agencies, federal courts and Congress. Rouvelas is a leading figure in maritime law, which is also an area of focus for co-leader Michael Scanlon. Also in practice leadership positions are Darrell Conner, David Wochner and Karishma Shah Page, the last of whom leads policy campaigns with a special emphasis on the tax and financial services sectors. Other key contacts include Bruce Heiman who specializes in cybersecurity and privacy policy issues, financial services expert Daniel Crowley, and William Kirk who has extensive experience representing emerging businesses and investment firms.

Practice head(s):

Michael Scanlon; David Wochner; Darrell Conner; Karishma Shah Page

Other key lawyers:

Emanuel Rouvelas; Bruce Heiman; Daniel Crowley; William Kirk; Paul Stimers; Mary Burke Baker; Dennis Potter


‘The practice is unique because of the ethic of teamwork that permeates their efforts. All colleagues, at whatever level they may be within the organization, are willing to work on an effort if they have the specialized expertise that is called for in a given moment. They take the issues seriously, with professionalism, and care that can best be described as nurturing. We’ve also seen that they are careful strategists and wise in directing engagement options.’

‘We have been pleased with every aspect of the firm – quality of people, ease and flexibility of billing, the diversity of their work force, their use of technology, their willingness to collaborate internally and with us as their clients.’

Key clients

DJI, Inc.

Blue Origin

Quantum Industry Association

California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS)

The Package Coalition

Consumer Technology Association

Avis Budget Group

Pitney Bowes, Inc.

American Maritime Partnership

Global Ports Group

Transportation Institute

Church Alliance

Airport Minority Advisory Council

SSL-MDA, d/b/a Maxar Technologies

Consortium of State Maritime Academies

Midwater Trawlers Co-operative

Work highlights

  • Served as investment policy counsel for California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) and guided 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.
  • Advised Pitney Bowes on a wide range of government relations matters for over 20 years.
  • Served as outside counsel to Transportation Institute for several decades, assisting in projects in substantive areas ranging from international trade to defense to maritime industry promotion.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown is active in government regulatory work at the federal and international levels, as well as in key states and major metropolitan areas, namely Los Angeles and Chicago. With connections on both sides of the political aisle, the group helps clients from a wide range of industries—including communications and technology, transportation and financial services—navigate regulatory, legislative and policy issues affecting their businesses. Core areas of strength include assisting leading players in the new mobility movement with the development of novel legislative and regulatory schemes. The practice group is jointly led by Philip Recht in Los Angeles, Joseph Seliga in Chicago and Washington DC-based Duane Layton. Also recommended are Howard Waltzman (Washington DC), who acts for a number of trade associations, and Mitch Holzrichter (Chicago), who assists government contractors and private investment funds with campaign finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Duane Layton; Philip Recht; Joseph Seliga

Other key lawyers:

Howard Waltzman; Angela Giancarlo; Mitchell Holzrichter


‘Lawyers that have deep political experience and connections; pragmatic and realistic approach to achieving key results; trustworthy and pragmatic. Phil Recht and Evan Wooten are recommended.’

Key clients


General Motors

People Search Services Coalition

Bird Rides

P2P Alliance

Grosvenor Capital Management

Summit Media


Lytton Rancheria

Walton Street Capital

Work highlights

  • Represents coalition of the US’ major people search service companies in development, interpretation, and application of all major US privacy laws, including California Consumer Privacy Act, California Privacy Rights Act, and model state law effort by National Uniform Law Commissioners.
  • Drafted and filed an FCC petition related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act on behalf of a coalition of providers and users of P2P text messaging services.
  • Advises Grosvenor Capital Management, one of the world’s largest hedge fund managers, on compliance with a variety of political law issues.

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter brings together an integrated team of individuals with legislative, regulatory, litigation and business expertise to assist a range of clients with government-facing legal problems. The group has continued a trend of growth, with increased activity particularly for clients in the life sciences and healthcare, technology, financial services and education sectors. Based in Washington DC, the department is particularly skilled in trade policy issues, and is a popular choice for major Korean companies seeking guidance on their US lobbying efforts. Leading the practice is Kevin O’Neill, who helped several lobbying clients develop successful strategies regarding the CARES Act and other federal government actions over the past year. Also recommended are Eugenia Pierson, who heads the healthcare legislative advocacy practice, and Dana Weekes, whose areas of focus include policy matters involving privacy, workforce development, education, trade and tax.

Practice head(s):

Kevin O’Neill

Other key lawyers:

Paul Howard; Dana Weekes; Eugenia Pierson;

Key clients

Lloyd’s of London

Samsung Electronics Limited

Coalition to Insure Against Terrorism



Western Digital

American Geriatrics Society


Children’s Health System of Texas


Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP has a notable reputation in handling strategic government communications in the energy and environmental space, where it assists utilities, refiners, renewables and chemical producers with a huge variety of legislative and regulatory issues. Based in Washington DC, the team also represents industry associations in matters before the US Consumer Products Safety Commission. It also has niche strength in FBI policy issues. Scott Segal focuses on the energy sector and is particularly noted for his work on climate change policy development; Segal oversees the group with Dee Martin, a key contact for industry coalitions, trade associations and non-profit organizations seeking advice on legislative, and public affairs aspects of governmental advocacy campaigns. International trade and economic sanctions are some of Joshua Zive's core specialisms; while Christine Wyman's notable areas of activity include policy strategy development and environmental issues.

Practice head(s):

Scott Segal; Dee Martin

Other key lawyers:

Joshua Zive; Christine Wyman; Jeffrey Holmstead


‘The team at the Policy Resolution Group are personable and highly invested in our success as an organization. We have been with this firm for over 20 years. Their communications, interactions, facilities, and personnel are all top notch. Dee Martin and Josh Zive are absolutely committed to our organization and success. Not simply because we are customers, but, because they absolutely believe in our mission and the purpose for which we were created.’

‘The team is exceptionally dedicated, responsive, and has an impressively wide breadth of expertise and connections throughout the federal agencies and Congress. The stand out feature with Bracewell has been their interest in learning the operations of our company and proactively pursuing issues on our behalf. They often bring issues to our attention because they understand what we do as a company.’

Key clients

FBI Agents Association

Cornerstone Building Brands

NuStar Energy

The Trevor Project

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA)

Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)

Valero Energy

Thai Union Group PCL

Energy Forward Coalition (EF)

Helix Energy Systems

Air Liquide USA, LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Valero in a wide range of legislative and regulatory advocacy, as well as strategic coalition building from non-attorney advocates.
  • Represented Air Liquide USA, LLC in matters related to energy and the environment, international trade, and tax policy.
  • Provided pro bono representation to The Trevor Project 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.


Fielding an impressive nationwide footprint, Dentons' public policy group is comprised of professionals with local knowledge and experience managing policy issues in centers of power at the federal, state and local levels. In particular, the team is rated for its its strong presence in the State of Georgia. Headed by Eric Tanenblatt who divides time between Washington DC and Atlanta, the department balances domestic and global policy interests, handling public policy, legislative and regulatory issues on behalf of a diverse client base. Andrew Shaw in Washington DC concentrates on energy and environmental policy matters and is recommended for advice on the development of government affairs strategies. Also recommended is Chris Fetzer, who coordinates the defense and security policy department, and also has experience of trade, energy, technology and foreign affairs.

Practice head(s):

Eric Tanenblatt

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Shaw; Chris Fetzer; Gordon Giffin


‘Dentons has a big name in Georgia and is highly respected.’

‘I was impressed with their ability to quickly determine the resources necessary to complete our investigation and set up their own internal team to process the information that we provided to them. For such a large organization, they operate very efficiently.’

‘The individuals I have worked with have all been outstanding problem solvers. They are creative in proposing solutions and pragmatic in implementing them.’

Key clients

Northside Hospital

Brookfield Renewable


Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq

BMNT, Inc.


Alcoa Corp.



King Ranch

Canadian Electricity Authority

Anti-Defamation League

Jackson Healthcare

County Sheriffs of Colorado

Georgia Airport Association

Nationwide Insurance

Western Governors University

Boston Consulting Group

Georgia Aquarium

Pennsylvania Cannabis Coalition

Work highlights

  • Advocated on behalf of Anti-Defamation League for the passage of landmark hate crimes legislation in Georgia.
  • Representing Jackson Healthcare on both Georgia state and federal government affairs.
  • Serves as public policy counsel to Georgia’s largest not for profit community hospital system, Northside Hospital.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP is recognized by clients for its 'combination of legal expertise, analytic capabilities, and relationships on Capitol Hill', and is most active in the healthcare and life sciences sectors. Ethics, lobbying law and international trade are other areas of focus for the practice group, which is led by government ethics and lobbying specialist Thomas Spulak  . Contacts for congressional investigations include Daniel Donovan     and Alicia O’Brien , who recently joined from Venable LLP  and has held senior positions at the US Department of Justice. Other key figures include Claudia Hrvatin , who focuses on campaign finance, the Foreign Agents Registration Act and lobbying law compliance; and Daniel Coates , who rejoined the firm in December 2019 after serving as US Director of National Intelligence. All named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Spulak

Other key lawyers:

Ted Hester; David Farber; Steven Kupka; Daniel Donovan; Alicia O’Brien; Claudia Hrvatin; Amirah Salaam


‘We rely on the lawyers there for expertise in the rules governing PACs and lobbying. They are extremely knowledgeable. They also are helpful in finding ways to do something, in keeping with the law, as opposed to just saying why something can’t be done.’

‘Tom Spulak stands out in ethics and compliance and Ted Hester is recommended for government investigations.’

‘Extremely competent attorneys and support staff. Meticulous and thorough in their handling of client issues.’

‘Probably the most notable aspect of the firm is its breadth and ability to draw upon expertise in many legal areas. Tom Spulak stands out.’

‘The practice group’s strength is the combination of legal expertise, analytic capabilities, and relationships on Capitol Hill and with federal regulatory agencies, particularly with respect to health care, long term care, and pharmaceutical issues and concerns.’

Key clients

Adventist HealthCare

Air Ambulance Worldwide

Astellas Pharma, Inc.

Comcast Corporation


Embraer Aircraft Holding, Inc.

Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition

Novo Nordisk Inc.

Reynolds American Inc. (RAI, subsidiary of British American Tobacco)

Silicon Power

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP's government affairs and public policy group has 'incredible knowledge of political law issues' and has significant depth of expertise in legislative and policy issues affecting the financial services industry. Scott Sinder oversees the team and has recently been active in advising clients on the new federal opportunities presented by the CARES Act, as well as on other Covid-related matters. Capitol Hill veteran James Barnette handles public policy issues relating to the energy, telecoms, healthcare, consumer protection and environment sectors. Another name to note is Douglas Kantor, who stands out for his experience of legislative and regulatory issues relating to credit card interchange fees and mobile payments. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Scott Sinder

Other key lawyers:

James Barnette; Douglas Kantor; Darryl Nirenberg; Jason Abel; Kate Jensen


‘Incredible knowledge of political law issues and breadth of experience to enable the team to provide practical advice on issues that arise.’

‘Great focus on diversity and support of diversity oriented organizations.’

‘What makes them stand out is the deep understanding of political law issues and the ability to “look around corners” to predict other issues. They answer not just the question asked, but provide a broader focus to ensure that their clients are well-advised and consider other potential issues.’

Key clients

Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers

Las Vegas Sands

National Association of Convenience Stores

American Wind Energy Association

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

Work highlights

  • Serves as general counsel and legislative counsel to NACS, and its roughly 2,200 members, on a broad spectrum of public policy issues and on all aspects of campaign finance law.
  • Successfully represented Democracy Fund Voice in advocacy efforts to secure close to $1.1bn in funding for election security to prevent a repeat of the 2016 foreign hack of the US Presidential election.
  • Assisting the University of Oklahoma, the OU medical college, and OU hospital system with understanding the range of funding opportunities available to defray additional costs and economic harms associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.


Acting before Congress and various regulatory agencies, WilmerHale's public policy and legislative affairs group is noted by clients for its 'collaborative nature'. Drawing upon the firm's deep regulatory strength and senior members' previous experience as public policy advisors, the team is routinely retained by leading companies from the telecoms, media and technology sectors. Based in Washington DC, the practice is jointly led by Rob Lehman, Jamie Gorelick, who focuses on antitrust, environmental, and national security regulation, and Jonathan Yarowsky, who has a strong background in congressional investigations.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Gorelick; Jonathan Yarowsky; Rob Lehman

Other key lawyers:

David Ross; Raya Treiser


‘I am impressed by how seamlessly information moves back and forth through the team. I don’t have to worry about updating individual members of the team because they are taking care of that for me, the client. They also are respectful of each other in our group calls which is lovely to see – they defer to each other’s area of expertise, allowing me to get the best and most well-rounded advice possible.’

‘My team includes Jonathan Yarowsky, Zachary Goldman, Edgar Zoz, and Phil Beshara. Their cumulative expertise in our scope of work is unmatched. Jon’s top-tier access and institutional knowledge has made an incalculable difference in the success of our project. Zach’s deep knowledge in banking and industry regulations provides a critical sounding board. Ed’s complex understanding of, and up-to-the-minute tracking of, legislative activity ensures we are getting the information as it’s unfolding. Phil’s ability to distill the various points of activity into cohesive summaries makes it extremely easy to understand what we need to know and how it will affect our members.’

Miller & Chevalier Chartered

Miller & Chevalier Chartered stands out in the market for its 'strong tax policy legislative and regulatory team' made up of seasoned practitioners with years of experience in senior tax policy-making positions. Based in Washington DC, department head Marc Gerson is deeply involved in the tax reform process, and often represents clients before Congress, the Treasury and the IRS. Federal tax policy specialist Leonard Bickwit is another name to note in the group, as are Jorge Castro, who concentrates on international tax issues, and Loren Ponds, a key contact for tax controversy matters before the IRS.

Practice head(s):

Marc Gerson

Other key lawyers:

Leonard Bickwit; Loren Ponds; Jorge Castro


‘As the oldest dedicated tax practice in the US founded by 2 former IRS commissioners, Miller & Chevalier has a strong tax policy legislative and regulatory team that is constantly refreshed. All team members work well together. They are very strong in influencing Treasury regulations and Hill legislation in international and domestic tax areas, in addition to their strong transactional tax practice. Unlike many tax policy firms they are a one stop-shop, allowing us to use them to advice on all IRS audit, federal tax rulings, Competent Authority, Treasury regulatory issues as well as Hill tax legislative policy. My company has used them for 15 years with excellent results.’

‘The M&C tax practice is not overly pyramided, and its partners work well and efficiently together. One is never foisted off to associates, but they are used to reduce costs in a very rational manner. Their internal collaboration, and bringing together partner specialists in different areas, is without peer and atypical of many law practices. Marc Gerson is one of the best tax policy legislative strategists I have ever met. Rocco Femia is peerless on Treasury and IRS international issues. Jim Gadwood has drafted several regulations comments, is very good in blending the objectives of the client and Treasury, and takes issues and language apart like a Swiss watch repairman.’

‘M&C is very collaborative, thoughtful and creative in addressing client legislative and regulatory priorities. We work closely with hands-on M&C partners leveraging their expertise and collaborating effectively as peers.’

‘Marc Gerson and David Zimmerman, supporting us on tax technical aspects of legislative and regulatory projects, have been excellent resources and team members in addressing our priorities. They take the time to listen, understand our objectives, ask thoughtful questions and strategize on solutions. We work closely with them in drafting comments and identifying the appropriate network to advocate our objectives.’

‘The team has strong expertise in tax policy and technical tax matters, particularly as it relates to international corporate tax and related matters. We work with Rocco Femia and Loren Ponds. They both provide excellent subject matter expertise on tax matters and guidance on emerging policy developments.’

‘The Government Relations team at Miller & Chevalier has a particular expertise in the area of tax policy as it relates to US employee benefits. Some aspects of this policy are quite technical. In this regard, the team is very adept maintaining a focus on, and mastery of, the technical details while also explaining these details in a more general manner–with appropriate public policy rationale–to Congressional members’ staff, Congressional committee staff, and others.’

‘The individuals with whom I work are tireless advocates for the client. At the same time, their efforts are focused, which is important as some projects take time (years) to achieve. This focused effort insures continued “value” for the services provided.’

Key clients

American Fidelity Assurance Company

Bechtel Corporation

Brown Forman Corporation

CVS Health

T-Mobile US, Inc.

Honda Motor Co.

HP Inc.

McDonald’s Corporation

Nokia Corporation

Semiconductor Industry Association

Work highlights

  • Assisted T-Mobile US with obtaining favorable administrative guidance regarding the treatment of loss carryforwards to secure a significant tax benefit in connection with the company’s April 1, 2020 merger with Sprint Corporation.
  • Advised Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. on the US tax implications of the combination of Invesco and Oppenheimer Funds, obtaining a “substantial compliance” private letter ruling from the IRS.
  • Recently retained to serve as outside tax counsel to the SIA (the trade association that represents the United States semiconductor industry), representing the client before Congress, Treasury and the IRS.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

The government relations group at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has a long-standing presence in Washington DC and also fields dedicated teams in a variety of states across the East Coast. Among its recent highlights, the team has helped clients to obtain federal funding, minimize regulatory risks, build industry coalitions and develop policy strategies. David Wilkins co-chairs the public policy and international law practice out of Greenville, alongside Arthur Coleman in the Washington DC office. Also in DC, Woojin Shin advises Korean corporate and governmental clients on US federal and state government relations issues relating to trade policy and industry regulations. Former lieutenant governor of North Carolina Dennis Wicker is a name to note in Raleigh.

Practice head(s):

David Wilkins; Arthur Coleman

Other key lawyers:

Dennis Wicker; Stanley Jones, Jr.; Vinoda Basnayake; Woojin Shin

Key clients

State of Qatar

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


Fluor Corporation

iHeartMedia, Inc.

American Dental Association

Province of Saskatchewan

Beacon Health Options

George West Mental Health Foundation, Inc.

Visiting Nurse Health System, Inc.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's bipartisan public policy team of lawyer-lobbyists enjoys strong working relationships with top-level congressional leaders, federal agencies and the White House. The team's broad service offering covers policy developments and regulatory and compliance challenges, with areas of expertise including congressional investigations, state and federal lobbying and inter-government relations. Practice head Elizabeth Moeller is sought out for advice on federal funding opportunities and complex government investigations. Brian Finch serves as co-leader of the Covid-19 response team, which comprises over 70 attorneys from several practice areas. Also recommended is federal funding specialist Craig Saperstein. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Moeller

Other key lawyers:

Brian Finch; Craig Saperstein; Matthew Oresman; Aimee Ghosh

Key clients

Cayman Islands Department of Financial Services and Home Affairs

EDF Renewables

Sussex Royal Foundation/Travalyst

Government of Kosovo

FireEye Inc.

Yoga Alliance

Euronet Worldwide

City of Greensboro, N.C.

Binder & Binder

Association of Cyprus Banks

Work highlights

  • Advising the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest public school district in the United States, on all facets of its Covid-19 testing program designed to get 700,000 students and 75,000 staff back in the classroom.
  • Organized and now leading a coalition consisting of 40+ professional certification organizations to oppose a bill that would have prevented individuals from holding themselves out as “certified” for purposes of professional recognition.

Van Ness Feldman LLP

Van Ness Feldman LLP's bipartisan government advocacy and public policy group focuses on three core areas of practice: federal energy, natural resources and environmental law and policy. Based in Washington DC, Nancy Macan McNally and Shannon Angielski jointly manage the team, which is sought after by energy and industrial companies, trade associations, financial institutions and coalitions in relation to federal funding, legislative drafting and advocacy on cutting-edge issues like climate change and clean energy standards. Richard Agnew, who divides his time between Washington DC and Seattle, has extensive experience representing clients before Congress and federal agencies in matters involving federal permits, environmental statutes and Native American law.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Macan McNally; Shannon Angielski

Other key lawyers:

Richard Agnew; Jonathan Simon; Andrew VanderJack

Key clients

San Juaquin River Authority

Osage Nation

Shell Oil Company


Rosenwald Creek Campaign

Sonoma Water

Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

Campaign for Trauma Informed Policy and Practice

Pacific Salmon Treaty Coalition

Sand Creek Massacre Descendants Trust

Work highlights

  • Continuing to assist Louisiana CPRA with the expedited permitting of two coastal wetlands environmental restoration projects, the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Project and the Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion Project.