Practice/Industry Group Overview
Greenberg Traurig’s Government Litigation Practice Group reflects the firm’s recognition that litigation against governments can be very different from litigation among private parties. The presence of policy issues, and of special sovereignty-based defenses, privileges and other issues, can pose unique challenges as well as present opportunities throughout the course of a lawsuit. And because of the power that regulatory agencies have over many businesses, the stakes in government litigation can go far beyond the particular issues in dispute. Our government litigation attorneys understand these special challenges and opportunities that can arise in litigation against governmental agencies.
Our team has a wide range of experience litigating against federal and state agencies nationwide. This broad experience with government litigation matters includes regular appearances in trial and appellate courts, and before federal, state and local administrative agencies. Our government litigators also work closely with attorneys from other relevant practices, including Environmental, Real Estate, Public Utilities, Financial Institutions, and Health & FDA Business, as well as those with experience in other heavily regulated fields. These synergies, in addition to our deep trial bench, extend our capabilities in complex regulatory disputes.
Our government litigation experience and resources include the following:
Deep Experience in a Broad Range of Government Litigation Matters
- Constitutional, statutory and other legal challenges to federal and state laws, regulations and government conduct
- Challenges to the denial of federal, state and local permits, licenses, and legal entitlements
- Administrative and regulatory litigation before federal and state administrative agencies and on judicial review
- Regulatory takings claims, and commercial and monetary disputes with government entities
- Representation of governmental interests to defend or support government action
Offices and Resources Across the Country in Major Government Centers
- Substantial government litigation capabilities in important state capitals and commercial centers across the country, including Sacramento, Boston, Albany, Denver, Tallahassee, New York, Chicago and Houston
- Established team of litigators in Washington, D.C., where substantial challenges to federal government programs and conduct are frequently litigated
- Dedicated, firm-wide litigation practice group with a focus on suing and defending governments, and which is experienced with the special problems and issues involved in such litigation
- Team of attorneys that includes dozens of former federal and state government litigators, prosecutors and officials with wide-ranging experience litigating government disputes from the inside
- A nationwide footprint enabling GT to litigate federal and state government issues in forums selected to maximize the prospects for achieving our clients’ objectives, and to provide efficient representation for clients facing related enforcement or investigation matters in multiple jurisdictions
- Ability to coordinate efforts with GT’s nationwide Government Affairs Practice at both federal and state levels to address government disputes on multiple fronts
Articles Authored by Lawyers at this office:
Are You Compliant? New Public Records Act Impacts Government Contractors in Florida
Glenn Burhans,Bridget Kellogg Smitha, September 25, 2013
Private entities contracting with governmental agencies should be aware of the newly enacted Section 119.0701, Florida Statutes, which affects the entities’ contractual obligations concerning the maintenance of, and provision of access to, public records. Florida has very broad public...
Congressional Issues Update - Summer 2013
Diane J. Blagman, August 15, 2013
As part of our continuing effort to provide information on Congressional activities, we are pleased to provide the following updates for the House and Senate.
Illinois Legislature Passes Major Changes to Illinois Employment Laws
Adam Braun,Tiffany S. Fordyce,Michael D. Karpeles, August 08, 2013
When the Illinois General Assembly adjourned the 2013 Spring Session on May 31st, it set the stage for substantial changes to Illinois employment law. The General Assembly sent six employment law related bills to Governor Pat Quinn while leaving one major piece of unfinished business on its agenda....
California Overhauls Business Tax Incentive Legislation
Marvin A. Kirsner,Norman H. Lane,Bradley R. Marsh, July 31, 2013
California has completely overhauled its tax-related economic incentive laws by repealing nearly all existing incentives, and replacing them with a new sales tax benefit and limited income tax incentives, primarily for the manufacturing sector and for certain other businesses located in enterprise...
CFDA Reform - A New Food and Drug Regulator in China
Dawn (Dan) Zhang, July 23, 2013
To deepen government reform and improve government efficiency and transparency, the State Council of the People's Republic of China recently released the Plan for Government Institutional Reform and Function Change (the Restructuring Plan), which was approved by the People’s Congress at its...
Registered Patients Groups May Thrive in China
Dawn (Dan) Zhang, July 23, 2013
In China, many patients suffering from the same disease are spontaneously forming self-help associations to share information on the effective medical treatments for such disease. Similar to the patients’ group in the United States, those associations also help communicate among patients...
New York State Governor Establishes Commission to Investigate Public Corruption
Mark F. Glaser,Joshua L. Oppenheimer, July 18, 2013
On July 2nd, in response to a series of scandals involving public officials, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order establishing the Commission to Investigate Public Corruption. The Commission has been charged with a broad mission of investigating what the Governor described as...
Update on the 83rd Texas Legislature
April Beggs,Thomas J. Bond,Elizabeth Hadley,Demetrius G. McDaniel, July 05, 2013
The Texas Government Law and Policy section is pleased to provide you with an overview of the major issues of the 83rd Texas Legislature and First Called Special Session. The Texas Legislature meets biannually for 140 days in odd-numbered years. The 83rd Legislative session began on Tuesday,...
Colorado Supreme Court Issues Decision Regarding State Education Funding System
Geoffrey N. Blue, June 06, 2013
On May 28, 2013, the Colorado Supreme Court issued an extremely consequential decision upholding Colorado’s education funding system in the case of State v. Lobato. The Lobato case arose because a number of students brought an action for declaratory and injunctive relief against the state...