Practice/Industry Group Overview
The Adams and Reese Governmental Relations Practice Team understands that a broad range of public policy tools can be applied to achieving our clients’ business and other strategic objectives. Beginning with a clear understanding and articulation of a client’s needs, our attorneys and lobbyists craft and implement strategies to address those needs. Our work takes us to the legislative and executive branches at the local, state and federal level. Our approach is characterized by building coalitions, addressing public affairs challenges with cross-functional teams, and pursuing bipartisan strategies.
While our client base is increasingly national in scope, Adams and Reese remains committed to furthering the economic well-being of our region. We recognize the need for regional businesses and citizen groups to unite in their efforts to promote trade, commerce and industry. The involvement of many of our attorneys in the civic activities of the region, combined with the varied backgrounds of our governmental relations professionals, enables us to convene a regional government affairs team with many facets.
Over the years, our client base has grown from local companies and individuals to include international corporations, municipalities and other government entities, universities and varied nonprofit organizations, and regional coalitions. In Washington, our clients are drawn from many States and our commitment is to provide our clients with high-quality Federal representation in the most prompt, cost-effective and efficient manner possible.
Adams and Reese believes in substantive lobbying, working with clients to devise solutions to business and organizational challenges, and developing strategies to implement those solutions with reliance on public policy tools.
Adams and Reese has recruited seasoned lobbyists both at the federal and state level, including many former legislators and other distinguished public officials, whose collective networks and experience translate into powerful tools for addressing business and organizational challenges.
State and Local Representation
Adams and Reese represents clients at the state level in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas. Our team collaborates with clients to determine their needs and goals, working closely to devise solutions to meet their challenges and develop strategies to implement those solutions.
We interview our clients to gain a thorough understanding of their business and their legislative agenda. We designate team members to attend all scheduled committee meetings of the legislative delegation, in both the House and the Senate, and report all activity and any actions taken by these Committees to our clients.
As circumstances dictate, we provide regular updates via telephone and/or e-mail and are available to our clients by cell phone and e-mail at all times. Our team formulates plans with clients for the next steps to be taken, and we lobby members of the local delegation and other members of the House and Senate as circumstances dictate.
Our professionals track, analyze and monitor state legislation on behalf of our clients by utilizing legislative research, reviewing first readings of bills as they are introduced, engaging in regular communication with associations and trade groups, and regularly communicating with members of the legislative delegation.
We track all legislation that may potentially impact our clients and notify and advise them in regular weekly updates during all legislative sessions. We immediately contact our clients to communicate urgent matters affecting their business. When necessary, our team routinely joins forces with outside lawyers, lobbyists, event planners and other specialists to create the best approach for meeting objectives of our clients.
Many of our clients have governmental relations needs in multiple states, and we have successfully developed project teams with lobbyists and technical professionals from our offices throughout the southern United States to provide clients with the breadth and depth needed to address issues and projects that touch multiple jurisdictions.
Adams and Reese is experienced in assisting clients with interests related to the 13 annual appropriation bills, and we understand the complex process by which Congress shapes, authorizes and funds state and federal programs. In appropriations matters, Adams and Reese team members appear before members and staff on Capitol Hill, and interact routinely with the delegations of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas.
Our team has been assembled with a special focus on addressing the unique features of the process for funding today's environmental, transportation and homeland security needs. We have brought together professionals who understand the laws that shape Federal funding, and we have enjoyed measurable success in achieving appropriation earmarks and authorizing language that meets the needs of our government, private sector and nonprofit clients.
Our attorneys and staff members are available to:
- Analyze specific business and other strategic objectives
- Evaluate and manage political risks
- Promote interests before government departments, agencies and legislative bodies, in the diplomatic community and in broader policy arenas
- Undertake research and policy analysis, draft or deliver testimony, and prepare and distribute formal and informal advocacy materials
- Draft, monitor, promote and report on legislation
- Build grassroots support and address cross-jurisdictional policy issues by working with the Firm's state and local governmental relations professionals
Congressional Oversight and Investigations: We assist clients who are the subject of, or have an interest in, Congressional investigations or hearings. There are significant differences between a Congressional inquiry and traditional civil litigation, and a client’s response needs to reflect that.
Our team includes former government officials with extensive experience in responding to Congressional investigations and preparing witnesses for Congressional hearings, and we are able to work with Members of Congress and their staff to resolve an inquiry as quickly as possible.
- Agriculture and Rural Development
- Financial Services
- Health Care
- Municipalities, Counties and Parishes
- Transit Authorities
- Transportation and Logistics