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Edwards Wildman's public policy and government relations professionals have the demonstrated experience and capability to prepare successful government relations strategies in high pressure, complex, and time sensitive situations. Clients regularly look to our lawyers for advice on how best to approach policy-makers.  Having developed strong relationships with legislators and other policy-makers at all levels of both federal and state government, including the U.S. House and Senate, and throughout the Executive Branch, Edwards Wildman can use its legal and political expertise to achieve optimal policy outcomes.

When government action or inaction is at issue, sometimes the answer lies with the courts, sometimes with the legislative branch, and sometimes with executive agencies.  Frequently the best solution will involve a combination of approaches.  Determining the best course of action often requires split-second decision-making and the consequences of choosing the wrong path are often irreversible.

Clients today are faced with unprecedented legislative and regulatory challenges. Using its public policy expertise, Edwards Wildman can work closely with clients to prepare government relations strategies for advancing favorable legislation and regulations and improving client relationships with regulators and policy-makers.  As a full-service, international law firm with lawyers versed in virtually every area of the law, our Public Policy & Government Relations Department has a deep bench of legal talent available to assist in approaching policy-makers to discuss current and proposed legislation and regulations, and in creating integrated legal and public policy solutions.

Our Public Policy & Government Relations Department is comprised of a focused team of professionals with diverse backgrounds in politics, government, and law.  Our professionals understand the intersections of business and government and are skilled navigators of the often challenging operating environment created by all levels of government.

Our Public Policy and Lobbying Group can provide a wide variety of services including:

  • Monitoring and analyzing the federal and state legislative and regulatory process to ensure that all client interests are represented and to prevent surprise from adverse government action.
  • Crafting strategies for promoting, defeating, or otherwise influencing the enactment of legislation in Congress and state legislatures and the promulgation of regulations in federal and state agencies.
  • Identifying and arranging meetings with key legislators and policy-makers.
  • Acting as legislative counsel to clients advocating their position to legislators, legislative committees, and executive agencies.
  • Drafting proposed legislation and regulations.
  • Coordinating litigation, lobbying, and public affairs activities to achieve powerful results.
  • Coordinating grassroots lobbying through the organization of coalitions of businesses, industries, trade associations, and private citizens to support or oppose legislation or regulations.
  • Advising clients on compliance with federal and state campaign finance, ethics, lobbying and election laws.

 
 
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January 2014 Update on Federal Budget Sequestration Affecting Build America and Other Direct Pay Bonds
Joe E. Forrester,Christie Lombard Martin,Antonio D. Martini, January 10, 2014
On December 26, 2013, President Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, a “top line” budget package for federal fiscal years 2014 and 2015. While the enactment restores a federal budgeting process that has been on hiatus for a number of years and offers a framework for...

California Adds New Hazardous Financial Condition Regulations
Barry Leigh Weissman, December 16, 2013
Effective January 1, 2014, the California Department of Insurance has added six new regulations to Title 10 of the California Code of Regulations. These can be found at Title 10, Chapter 5, Article 22 Sections 2598 through 2598.6. The purpose of the new regulations is to provide the Insurance...

Green Gives another Reason to Self-Report Corruption
Antonio Suarez-Martinez, November 19, 2013
In October we reported on the “famous five” reasons to report self-corruption as articulated by David Green QC, the Serious Fraud Office Director. One of those reasons was the high prospect of getting caught. This week, in an interview with The Times newspaper, the Director suggested...

A Tale of Two Injunctions - A Comparison of Two Recent Competition Law Injunction Applications before the English Courts
Jo Love,Becket McGrath, November 18, 2013
It should never be easy to get an injunction, given the impact this can have on the business against which the injunction is awarded. On the other hand, the ability of a business to seek rapid relief from commercial conduct by a rival or supplier that threatens to have an irreversible impact is an...

EU Data Protection Reforms - A Move to Even More Stringent Regulations?
Sarah Pearce, November 06, 2013
The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee (“LIBE Committee”) has finally voted on the European Commission’s proposed EU Data Protection Regulation, approving all of the proposed amendments and adding further, more restrictive provisions.

New Jersey Enacts Legislation to Protect Long Term Care Residents
, October 24, 2013
On October 17, 2013, Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill protecting the rights of elderly residents in continuing care retirement communities. Some of the protections established under the law include:

UK Government Sounds the Horn for Incentivised Whistle-Blowing In the UK for Fraud, Bribery and Corruption
Neil Adams,Antonio Suarez-Martinez, October 18, 2013
The Home Office’s Organised and Serious Crime Strategy document, published on 7 October 2013 to coincide with the launch of the UK’s new National Crime Agency, made reference to the fact that the UK Government would be considering the case for incentivised whistle-blowing in instances...

Canada’s Revamped Anti-Corruption Legislation Increases the Risk for Companies Doing Business North of the Border
Gregory W. Carey,Stephen G. Huggard, October 16, 2013
Over the past decade, the U.S. government has levied billions of dollars in penalties in connection with enforcement actions involving violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), the very broad U.S. law that criminalizes the payment of bribes by U.S. citizens and...

Update on Federal Budget Sequestration Affecting Direct Pay Bonds
Joe E. Forrester,Christie Lombard Martin,Antonio D. Martini, October 07, 2013
On September 30, 2013, the office of Tax Exempt Bonds within the Internal Revenue Service (IRS-TEB) released a statement entitled Update: Effect of Sequestration on Certain State & Local Government Filers of Form 8038-CP, providing details regarding the continued implementation of the...

Employer-Sponsored Health Plans and SEPT. 23 HIPAA DEADLINE: Time for a Tune Up?
Theodore P. Augustinos,Mark E. Schreiber,David S. Szabo, October 03, 2013
Self-insured employer health plans, whether administered by the sponsor or by a third party administrator (TPA), need to be in compliance with the amended HIPAA rules, effective September 23, 2013. That date has now passed and not all employers with self-insured plans are aware of their obligations...

New UK Competition Law Landscape Begins to Take Shape with Creation of New Authority
Becket McGrath,Trupti Reddy, October 03, 2013
Today marks the legal establishment of the UK’s new competition authority, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). Although it will be another six months before the CMA formally takes over the powers of the existing competition authorities (the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and...

Draft Legislation Proposed to Reform Retransmission Consent and Repeal Cable Set-top Box Restrictions
, September 14, 2013
In advance of today’s hearing on “Innovation Versus Regulation in the Video Marketplace,” two members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee have floated drafts of legislation to amend the Communications Act. First, ranking...

California Legislature Passes Amendment to Privacy Law Affecting Online and Mobile Advertising
Alan L. Friel, September 05, 2013
The California legislature has sent to Governor Jerry Brown an amendment to the CA Online Privacy Protection Act (CA OPPA), Bus & Prof. Code 22575-22579, with respect to which the CA Attorney General has been active in threatening and bringing enforcement actions. See CA Assembly Bill 370.

Reinsurers Pressed for Compliance with Iran Sanctions
John C. Fusco,Nick Pearson, August 13, 2013
The U.S. government administers and enforces economic sanctions programs primarily against countries and groups of individuals such as terrorists, through either comprehensive or selective action, using the blocking of assets and trade restrictions to accomplish its foreign policy and national...

Key Changes to the UK Takeover Code - 30 September 2013
Shawn E. Atkinson,Andrew Overend, August 07, 2013
On 30 September 2013, a number of significant changes to the UK Takeover Code (“Code”) will come into effect. Although these changes are not sweeping reforms like the September 2011 Code changes, they are significant and relate to profit forecasts, statements about potential synergies...

House Subcommittee Approves Draft of Permanent “Doc Fix”
Eric D. Fader,Leslie J. Levinson, July 31, 2013
On July 23, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee approved draft legislation that would reform Medicare's much-criticized physician payment system. The legislation is scheduled to be considered by the full committee on July 31. The Energy and Commerce...