Practice/Industry Group Overview
Our Public Policy and Governmental Affairs team offers an extensive knowledge of how to deal with the Government on your business's issues. We advise you on how to best present your position to the appropriate departments and agencies then thoroughly and aggressively present your position to the Government.
The practice team is headed by two former elected officials: Bob Coble, mayor of Columbia, S.C., from 1990 to 2010, and Alexander “Sandy” Sands, a four-term N.C. State senator. Several other attorneys have also served in prominent government positions, and the practice is informed by Nexsen Pruet’s deep roots in the community and a long history of involvement in public affairs in the Carolinas. Our staff includes registered, experienced lobbyists.
We understand that public policy and regulatory action can be critical to a business's effectiveness and outlook. Our members are armed with experience inside and outside government, knowledge of the participants, a firm foundation in both substance and process, and the ability to communicate effectively. We are adept at identifying and creating new business potential by positioning clients to take advantage of public policy opportunities.
Our team communicates directly with federal, state, city and county officials, and their staffs, to explain and advance client goals.
Nexsen Pruet has extensive experience assembling effective coalitions of other affected stakeholders and also participates in trade associations, coalitions and joint lobbying efforts on behalf of our clients.
Legislative and advocacy materials
In addition to drafting legislation, we prepare issue papers, briefing books, comments and hearing testimony to effectively communicate client interests. The Public Policy and Governmental Affairs team also assists in preparing client representatives for appearances at hearings and testifies on behalf of clients.
Legislative and regulatory monitoring
Using both electronic tracking and traditional lobbying techniques, Nexsen Pruet analyzes and reports significant legislative and regulatory efforts impacting client interests.
Services provided by our Public Policy and Governmental Affairs practice team include:
- Positioning policy issues for successful advocacy
- Fostering governmental champions
- Managing hearings and investigations
- Preparing witnesses to deliver testimony
- Drafting proposed legislation
- Monitoring legislation
- Representing clients before regulatory agencies
- Ensuring compliance with campaign finance, ethics and lobbying laws
- Organizing and managing coalitions
- Building grassroots support
- Managing political and public relations crises
- Advising on public relations matters
- Managing internal corporate communications
- Drafting articles, press releases and speeches
- Developing political outreach
- Advising on corporate governance and best practices
Ethics and code of conduct
Participation in governmental affairs is an integral part of our country’s democratic process and is a constitutional right. Government officials make public policy decisions that affect the vital interests of individuals, corporations, religious groups, charitable institutions and others. Consequently, public officials need to receive factual information from affected interests and need to know such parties’ views to make informed policy judgments.
To help preserve and advance public trust and confidence in our democratic institutions and the public policy advocacy process, we have an obligation to act in the highest ethical and moral manner in our dealings with all parties. We adhere to South Carolina’s codified scheme regarding governmental affairs, “The Ethics, Government Accountability, and Campaign Reform Act of 1991.”