Practice/Industry Group Overview
Advocacy at the Texas Capitol
For more than 80 years, McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore has played a central role in Texas government and politics. Since our firm’s founding in Austin in 1927, our lawyers have been a constant presence at the Texas Capitol, recognized as principled and dedicated advocates for their clients’ legislative interests, and as trusted advisors to succeeding generations of Texas political leadership.
We have extensive experience, both in and out of government, on both sides of the political aisle. We have represented a diverse array of clients - major corporations, industry groups, professional associations, governmental entities, coalitions, and nonprofits - giving them a voice and a seat at the table on issues that affect their interests. In the process, we have helped shape the legislative and regulatory environment in Texas for decades, and we have earned a distinctive reputation as trusted advisors to State officials and successful advocates for our clients.
Advocacy at the Capitol comes naturally for our lawyers. We have a long tradition of developing and sustaining strong working relationships with legislators and officials at all levels and branches of state government. Among us are lawyers who have served in key policy roles for leading Texas officials, including governors, legislators, attorneys general, comptrollers and supreme court justices.
Our team is experienced, and more than that, we have been on-the-ground, sleeves-rolled-up participants in generating policies, laws, rules and regulations that govern our State’s current and future business environment. From helping establish the Lower Colorado River Authority and the state’s first electric cooperatives, to helping rewrite major portions of the finance code, establish the State’s research and development tax credit, shape the Texas tax system, and revise ethics and campaign finance laws, our lawyers and clients have been at the Capitol when high-stakes issues are resolved.
Our experience includes:
- Drafting legislation and developing legislative strategy
- Guiding legislation through the legislative process
- Advocating for state appropriations and contracts
- Representing clients before state agencies
- Advising on governmental ethics and campaign finance regulations
- Establishing political action committees and advising on political contribution strategies
- Monitoring federal, state and local political developments