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The Departments of Defense (DOD) and Homeland Security (DHS) are key customers for goods and services, giving rise to thousands of lobbyists in Washington, D.C. Greenberg Traurig assists national defense and homeland security contractors in cutting through that crowd to reach key Capitol Hill and Administration decision makers. We work closely with our clients to help them secure DOD and DHS contracts and get their contracts fully funded. We also assist those entering the federal market, helping to establish them as government contractors and position them before the right decision makers.

GT has helped to pair numerous clients’ good ideas and products with the DOD and DHS requirements – with the end goal invariably being contracts, and the knowledge that everything feasible is being done to focus attention in the right places for each client’s product or service. We currently represent, in various capacities, nearly half of the National Defense Industry Association’s 100 largest contractors. In addition to these large contractors, we also represent hundreds of other companies in this market.

In advising such clients, we leverage capabilities and experience from throughout GT, including in the areas of government contracts, governmental affairs, federal marketing, export controls, intellectual property, immigration and compliance, and mergers and acquisitions (e.g., clients acquiring DOD or DHS contractors). Our team includes attorneys and governmental affairs professionals with prior military and government experience, including former Members of Congress, the former Under Secretary of the Army, General officers and key DOD staffers, including the former Chief of the Congressional Budget Liaison for the Army, as well as former team members from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Other GT professionals bring to bear wide-ranging experience from senior staff positions on key committees or with Congressional Members.

In at least two key respects, GT differs from traditional lobbying firms. First, we represent our clients’ interests not only before Congress but also before the Administration. We work directly with key Administration offices and leaders, including many long-established Pentagon and other relationships within DOD and DHS. Second, Greenberg Traurig is a multidisciplinary international law firm. We quickly team our government contractor clients’ needs with a wide range of capabilities in virtually any area of the law, not only in Washington, but across the country and throughout the world.


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Harold N. Iselin,Joshua L. Oppenheimer,Francis J. Serbaroli, December 16, 2015
On Nov. 13, 2015, the Albany County Supreme Court upheld New York Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order regarding executive compensation and administrative expenses of certain service providers (EO 38), as well as several aspects of the EO 38 regulations promulgated by the New York State...

NYS Court Invalidates Executive Compensation “Soft Cap” Regulation
Harold N. Iselin,Joshua L. Oppenheimer,Francis J. Serbaroli, December 15, 2015
On Nov. 13, 2015, the Albany County Supreme Court upheld New York Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order regarding executive compensation and administrative expenses of certain service providers (EO 38), as well as several aspects of the EO 38 regulations promulgated by the New York State...

Important New Rules Regarding New York City Lobbying Take Effect
Mark F. Glaser,John L. Mascialino,Joshua L. Oppenheimer, November 17, 2015
In 2013, six years after the last round of amendments to the New York City lobbying laws, the City enacted Local Law 129, resulting in some notable revisions to the Administrative Code’s regulation of lobbying. Among other things, the revised Administrative Code provisions broadened the...

NYS Government Ethics Agency Proposes to Restrict Campaign Fundraising
Mark F. Glaser,Joshua L. Oppenheimer, November 10, 2015
In late October 2015, the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) released a draft Advisory Opinion that would overturn a nearly 20-year-old ethics opinion regarding political activities by public office holders and their employees. This proposal could have a significant impact on...

California Approves New Mattress Recycling Fee
Thomas L. Sheehy, October 20, 2015
Mattress retailers and manufacturers face new requirements in California in 2016. Responding to attempts to over-regulate disposal of used mattresses, a coalition of manufacturers and retailers sponsored legislation to create an industry managed recycling program. The primary objective of the...

New rules governing communications with certain Mexican government officials
Nicolas Borda,Hugo López Coll,Hector D. Sanchez Fernandez, September 08, 2015
This GT Alert provides information regarding the publication of the General Guidelines for government officials that participate in government contracts and issuance of licenses, permits, authorizations and concessions.

U.S. Treasury Releases More Workable Proposed Regulations on ‘Issue Price’ for Municipal Bonds
Linda L. D'Onofrio,Vanessa Albert Lowry, July 03, 2015
On June 24, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) published in the Federal Register new proposed regulations (the New Proposed Regulations) under Section 148 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code) amending the definition of “issue price” (issue price)...

Dutch Senate Passes Bill on Data Breach Notification
Hans Urlus, June 16, 2015
On May 26, 2015 the Dutch Senate passed a bill to amend the Dutch Data Protection Act (the Bill). The Bill introduces the duty to notify the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) and affected individuals of data breaches. It will also significantly raise the fines faced by companies who fail to...

Nassau County Adopts New Lobbying Registration and Reporting Requirements
Mark F. Glaser,Joshua L. Oppenheimer, June 16, 2015
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano issued two Executive Orders on May 15, 2015, which, for the first time impose broad lobbying disclosure requirements on contractors and vendors, prospective contractors and vendors, and lobbyists. Greenberg Traurig has been informed by the Nassau County...

New York State Releases Final BitLicense Regulation
Michael A. Berlin,Steven M. Felsenstein,Carl A. Fornaris,William B. Mack,Niall E. O'Hegarty, June 15, 2015
On June 3, 2015, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) published its final BitLicense regulation. The regulation requires that firms engaged in “Virtual Currency Business Activity” that involves New York State or a New York resident apply to DFS for a BitLicense...