Regulatory and Government Affairs
Many of our lawyers and other professionals in this group have held senior elected, appointed and staff positions in all branches of the federal government and in numerous state governments. Others have important experience in the corporate world. We leverage this experience to successfully advocate for our clients before legislative and executive branch decision makers as well as independent federal agencies. There are seven sub-groups working within our Regulatory and Government Affairs group, including Communication, E-Commerce and Privacy, Environmental, Federal Law & Policy, Financial Services Regulatory, Government Contracts, Health Care Regulatory and International Trade. We also provide a number of cross-border services delivered through international sector teams and practice groups. To learn more, visit our services page.
What led you to practice in your practice group?
I first met lawyers in the Government Affairs practice when I was a staffer to a Member of Congress and the lawyers from the firm came to lobby me on an issue pending before my boss. I was impressed that they were, first and foremost, substantive lawyers who laid out the arguments on the matter, pro and con, in a fair but persuasive way. After leaving Capitol Hill and entering law school, I wanted to join a firm just like that – and I was thrilled to be invited to become a summer associate and later, a new associate in the Government Affairs group.
What do you enjoy most about practicing in your practice group?
I greatly enjoy the collaborative nature of the Government Affairs practice, and I learn from my colleagues every day. Our team includes lawyers and other professionals with an incredibly diverse range of experience and expertise. With previous positions as government lawyers, as in-house counsel, and even as elected officials, they bring new perspectives to our projects and offer creative solutions for our clients.
What do you wish you would have known when you first started practicing?
When I first started practicing, I wish I had been more cognizant of the flexibility required to navigate a legal career in this day and age. Like many young lawyers, I had my own definite ideas about how my career would progress. The reality has been different – but for the better. I would tell a young lawyer today to approach each new assignment with an open mind; it could lead to a new specialty, a new practice, even a new career.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your practice in the last two years?
Part of my practice involves advising clients on the legal implications of their government affairs work. The myriad laws, regulations and rules that apply to lobbying and political activities have proliferated at a dizzying pace, leading to a complicated patchwork of requirements. Adding to that confusion has been a growing tendency among some elected officials to vilify lobbyists – those who are simply exercising their First Amendment right to petition the government. The troubling result has been a chilling effect on government employees and officials who increasingly refuse to hear the opinions of outside groups, depriving the government of diverse viewpoints.