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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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Nicholas Nanovic Program Expert at Wills for Heroes
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...

New York Governor’s Budget Proposal Could Result in Major Expansion of State’s Lobbying Law
Mark F. Glaser,Joshua L. Oppenheimer, May 12, 2015
On Feb. 20, 2015, the Governor of New York State announced a series of ethics reforms as part of his budget proposal amendments. Most of the proposed statutory changes pertain to new disclosure obligations for public officials who maintain outside employment, and penalties for failure to comply....

Compliance with California’s Transparency in Supply Chains Act Now Under Review by the California Attorney General
David P. Callet,Anthony J. Cortez,Michelle L. Ducharme, April 22, 2015
In 2010, the California Legislature passed The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (the Act), which became effective Jan. 1, 2012. Under the Act, manufacturers and retailers of goods doing business in California with annual worldwide gross receipts over $100 million are obligated...

Expansion of New York State’s Lobbying Law Enacted
Mark F. Glaser,Joshua L. Oppenheimer, April 17, 2015
New York State’s 2015-2016 enacted budget includes a variety of changes to the State’s ethics laws, mainly pertaining to disclosure obligations for public officials who maintain outside employment and penalties for failing to comply, as well as pension forfeiture for officials convicted...

The Duty to Report Data Leaks
Jacomijn Christ,Hans Urlus, March 19, 2015
On Feb. 1, 2015, the Dutch House of Representatives voted in favor of a legislative bill introducing a duty to report data leaks. The bill, titled Duty to Report Data Leaks and the Expansion of the Administrative Penalty Competence of Dutch Data Protection Authority (Dutch DPA), will amend the...

Obama Administration Announces New Steps to Spur Private Investment in Infrastructure Projects
Diane J. Blagman,Robert S. Brams,Bruce H. Giles-Klein,Alais L. M. Griffin,Yosbel A. Ibarra, March 04, 2015
Last July, President Obama introduced the “Build America Investment Initiative,” an initiative designed to facilitate the use of innovative financing and private capital to help state and local governments deliver needed infrastructure projects. On Jan. 16, 2015, the Obama...

FAA Issues New Proposed Rules for Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones)
Alais L. M. Griffin,Jordan D. Grotzinger,Adam Siegler, February 26, 2015
The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 addressed the integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems, also known as UAS or drones, into the national airspace system. The Act requires the Secretary of Transportation to develop, among other things, a comprehensive integration plan and rules...

Summary of the Most Recent USCIS EB-5 Public Engagement (Dec. 5, 2014)
Cory A. Richards, February 17, 2015
On Dec. 5, 2014, USCIS held a stakeholder conference call for individuals interested in the EB-5 Program. Approximately 50 stakeholders attended in person, while another approximately 500 stakeholders dialed in via telephone. The engagement was attended by León Rodríguez, director,...

Beyond the Neon: Emerging Tech Opportunities in Las Vegas
Colin Seale, February 16, 2015
Though tourism and gaming will lead Nevada’s economy for the foreseeable future, businesses and government entities in Nevada, and Las Vegas in particular, have invested deeply into several areas of emerging technology.

Congress Enacts Changes to Dodd-Frank; Potential for More Changes in 114th Congress
Patrick L. Anderson,Alan Slomowitz, February 16, 2015
Prior to adjournment, the 113th Congress passed the first changes to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (P.L. 111-203, “Dodd-Frank”) since the landmark legislation was signed into law by President Obama on July 21, 2010. The changes partially repeal the...

Nazi-Looted Art: Cornelius Gurlitt and Toren v. Federal Republic of Germany and Free State of Bavaria
Kevin P. Ray, February 16, 2015
The Third Reich’s policy of seizing works of art to build the collection of a planned Fuhrermuseum to be constructed in Linz, Austria, or (for the modern works the regime deemed “entartete Kunst” (degenerate art)) is, by now, well-known. The Rape of Europa (Lynn H. Nicholas,...

U.S. Government to Expand Ukraine and Russia-Related Sanctions
Kara M. Bombach,Sandra K. Jorgensen,Julia Sorrentino, February 16, 2015
On Dec. 13, 2014, the U.S. Congress unanimously passed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act (UFSA) authorizing the president to expand sanctions against Russia and provide military aid to Ukraine. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation into law