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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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Brexit in the Supreme Court
Addiped Cheng,Declan Grady,Gillian Sproul, February 17, 2017
The UK Supreme Court yesterday decided that a parliamentary vote is needed before the UK government can trigger Brexit, dismissing the UK government's appeal against an earlier High Court decision to the same effect. Despite the constitutional significance of the Supreme Court decision, in practice...

Iran Sanctions Extension Act Goes to President for Signature
Cyril T. Brennan,Sandra K. Jorgensen,Renee A. Latour, December 21, 2016
On Dec. 1, 2016, the U.S. Senate voted 99 to 0 to extend the Iran Sanctions Act, which is set to expire at the end of 2016, maintaining the United States’ comprehensive sanctions against Iran for 10 more years. The vote sends the bill to President Obama, who is expected to sign it into law....

The Potential for Unprecedented Use of the Congressional Review Act to Roll Back Obama Administration Rules
Charles F. Bass, December 21, 2016
Much attention has been focused of late on the impact that the incoming president will have on President Obama’s executive orders and rulemaking relative to a great number of issues where the president determined that he could not work with the Republican Congress. President-elect Trump has...

U.S. Supreme Court Holds that “Gift” of Confidential Information to Friends and Family is Sufficient to Establish Personal Benefit for Insider Trading Liability
, December 21, 2016
On Dec. 6, 2016, in Salman v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that an insider’s “gift” of confidential information to a “trading relative or friend” was sufficient to show personal benefit to the tipper necessary to establish a breach of...

2016 Florida General Election Results and Legislative Forecast
Fred W. Baggett,Agustin G. Corbella,Hayden R. Dempsey,Leslie Y. Dughi,Fred E. Karlinsky, November 25, 2016
The 2016 election cycle will most likely be remembered as one of the most combative in history - beginning long before the Primary and lasting through the General Election. The harsh criticisms levied during coarse and protracted Primary and General Election debates served to increase voter...

2016 Texas General Election Results
Thomas J. Bond,Elizabeth Ross Hadley,Karen M. Kennard,Demetrius G. McDaniel, November 25, 2016
Greenberg Traurig is pleased to provide this overview of the 2016 National & Texas General Election results. Below is a snapshot of the most closely-watched contests plus a summary of outcomes for the Texas Congressional delegation, Texas Statewide offices, and Texas House and Senate for the...

2016 Georgia Election Update
Chuck L. McMullen, November 24, 2016
Incumbent Senator Johnny Isakson (R) defeated his two challengers Democrat Jim Barksdale and Libertarian Allen Buckley and avoided a run off Senator Isakson secured 54.9 percent of the vote. Republicans will maintain a majority in the U.S. Senate and won an open seat in Indiana as well as securing...

California Elections Results
Jean-Paul Buchanan,Leslie R. Katz,Jeffrey Leacox,Thomas L. Sheehy, November 24, 2016
With the dust from more than 4 million uncounted ballots still settling, there are a small handful of close races where the outcome may remain unknown for a few more weeks. But here is what we do know.

Democrats Pick Up Super Majority in the California Assembly
Thomas L. Sheehy, November 24, 2016
The California 2016 election results for president were not surprising. Hillary Clinton easily defeated Donald Trump in the longtime Democratic stronghold. Clinton received 61 percent of the vote to Trump’s 33 percent. However, although the Nov. 8 election was historic in many respects...

New York State 2016 Election Results
Michael J. Murphy,Joshua L. Oppenheimer, November 24, 2016
New York’s only statewide race was the reelection of Senator Schumer, but all 213 of New York’s State legislators were up for election. Leading into Election Day there was no expectation for a significant shift in the make-up of the State Assembly, but there was uncertainty regarding...

2016 Illinois Election Update
Adam Braun, November 23, 2016
Illinois lived up to its profile as a solidly blue state in national elections by overwhelmingly voting in favor of Hillary Clinton. Buoyed by strong turnout of approximately 70 percent in Cook County (Chicago and suburbs), Clinton won by a 17-point margin.

2016 Nevada Election Analysis
Jonathan P. Leleu, November 23, 2016
Presidential elections generate, by far, the most interest among voters, and consequently enjoy the highest voter participation. The 2016 Presidential Election carried with it added attention in Nevada, as it was the final chapter in the historic political career of Sen. Harry Reid (D). To his...

New Emergency Rule in Florida Requires Responsible Parties to Quickly Notify Public of Pollution Spills
Maribel N. Nicholson-Choice, October 05, 2016
On Sept. 26, 2016, Governor Scott ordered the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to immediately issue an emergency rule requiring immediate notification of pollution spills to the general public, FDEP, and local governments. FDEP provides a copy of the Governor’s order and related...

New York Governor Signs New Ethics Law; JCOPE Issues Emergency Regulations Changing Disclosure Obligations, Guidance for Architects and Engineers
Mark F. Glaser,Joshua L. Oppenheimer, October 05, 2016
As we advised in our previous GT Alert issued in late June, at the close of the regularly scheduled session, the New York State Legislature enacted a bill (the Ethics Reform Legislation) making substantial changes to disclosure obligations imposed on entities that lobby, are clients of lobbyists,...

Governor Announces Special Session of Nevada Legislature
Jonathan P. Leleu, September 28, 2016
On Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, Governor Brian Sandoval issued a statement announcing he intends to call a Special Session of the Nevada Legislature to review and vote on a number of measures recommended by the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee. The statement issued by the Governor...

Nevada’s New Commerce Tax
Lawrence H. Heller,Jonathan P. Leleu,Karen D. Yardley, September 01, 2016
More than a year before the 78th Nevada Legislative Session (Session) convened, it was dubbed “The Revenue Session,” in reference to legislators’ bi-partisan acknowledgement that groundbreaking legislation was required to meet Nevada’s growing budget demands. Following four...

President Obama Signs GMO Labeling Bill into Law
Charles F. Bass,Robert Y. Maples,Alan Slomowitz, August 10, 2016
On July 29, 2016, President Obama signed into law legislation that creates a nationwide mandatory labeling regime for genetically modified organisms (GMO) in foods. The law directs the Agriculture Department (USDA) to establish, within two years, a national process to identify GMO food products or...

Brexit: Progress Report One Month In
Simon Harms,Paul Maher,Lisa Navarro,Gillian Sproul, August 05, 2016
This Alert provides a status report on progress toward Brexit over the month that has elapsed since the "Leave" vote in the UK's referendum of 23 June 2016. It is one of a series of GTM Alerts designed to assist businesses in identifying the legal issues to consider and address in...

NYS Department of Financial Services Adopts Final Rule Imposing Enhanced BSA/AML Compliance Standards on Financial Institutions
Michael A. Berlin,Carl A. Fornaris,Harold N. Iselin,William B. Mack,Niall E. O'Hegarty, July 28, 2016
On June 30, 2016, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS or the Department) announced its adoption of the final version of its new regulation (the Final Rule) setting forth the required elements of “Transaction Monitoring and Filtering Programs” maintained by New York...

NYS “Ethics Reform” Legislation Imposes New Requirements on Political Consultants, State Independent Expenditure Committees, PACs, and other Political Committees
Mark F. Glaser,Joshua L. Oppenheimer, July 11, 2016
In the final hours of the 2016 New York State legislative session, legislation summarized by the Governor and Legislative Leaders as a “5 Point Ethics Reform Plan,” was introduced at the request of the Governor. This legislation that passed at the end of the Legislative Session and is...

NYS “Ethics Reform” Legislation Overturns Ethics Commission’s Definition of Grassroots Lobbying; Changes Standards for Disclosure of Sources Funding to Lobbying and Advocacy Groups; Adjusts Commission Procedures and Penalties
Mark F. Glaser,Joshua L. Oppenheimer, July 11, 2016
In the final hours of the 2016 New York State legislative session, a bill summarized by the Governor and Legislative Leaders as a “5 Point Ethics Reform Plan,” was introduced at the request of the Governor. This legislation that passed at the end of the Legislative Session and is...

Relief for Small Businesses Targeted by ADA Lawsuits in California
Marc B. Koenigsberg, May 26, 2016
After passing unanimously out of the California Senate and the Assembly, and with the unusual support of both business groups and trial lawyers, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 269 (Roth). The bill is intended to provide some relief to small businesses sued for alleged violations of disability...

Florida Passes Legislation That Will Facilitate Public-Private Partnership (P3) Projects
Bruce H. Giles-Klein,Timothy J. Green, May 20, 2016
The State of Florida, a longtime leader among states in facilitating Public Private Partnership projects (P3s), has recently passed legislation that will expand available options for the tax-exempt financing of P3 projects. On April 4, 2016, the Governor of Florida signed into law House Bill 7027...

Nevada Real Property Tax Caps In The Cross-Hairs For The 2017 Legislative Session
Jonathan P. Leleu, April 18, 2016
America’s construction “boom” during the previous decade was particularly dramatic in Nevada, where property values skyrocketed, in some instances, several hundred percent. The escalation in assessed property value resulted in a corresponding increase in property taxes, which...

Florida Revamps and Clarifies Judgment Collection Law
Craig S. Barnett, April 14, 2016
On March 9, 2016, Governor Scott signed into law significant changes to Chapter 56, Florida Statutes, governing judgment collection, including a revised Section 56.29, which revamps proceedings supplementary completely. Until now, judgment collection law in Florida was a patchwork of related...

New Building Code Legislation Provides Relief for Existing Buildings Required to Install First Responder Radio Signal Systems
Robert S. Fine, April 13, 2016
On Friday, March 25, 2016, Governor Scott signed House Bill 535 into law. While the majority of this omnibus building code bill affects new construction or the construction permitting process, one provision will provide immediate financial relief for owners and management of existing buildings.