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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS & REGULATORY

We help companies navigate the rules and regulations that govern their industries. Knowing how government works, we navigate opportunities that open doors for growth, innovation and profit.

Our approach

Government regulations are complex. And every time the rules change, your company likely will face new challenges.

Nixon Peabody’s Government Relations & Regulatory practices offer the combined knowledge, experience and connections of more than 50 attorneys and professionals, many with backgrounds working for the agencies or legislative bodies governing our clients. Our team includes a former member of the U.S. Congress and attorneys who have worked in various regulatory agencies, at both federal and state levels.

From our vantage point in Washington, DC, and in commercial centers across Europe and Asia, we help companies anticipate, navigate and comply with the myriad regulations that govern their industries.

Whether you need a voice in Congress or before a local administrative board, we advocate for legislative or policy changes that align with your business strategy.

Who we work with

Public and private organizations who want to stay ahead of the competition by anticipating government legislation, regulation and policy changes.

Media Clips

  • What To Know About NY's New Cooling Tower Regulations
    Law360 | July 29, 2016
    This guest column authored by Rochester energy and environmental partner Jean McCreary and Rochester senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford focuses on final cooling tower regulations put into place by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to protect against legionella and other bacteria.
  • After Three Decades in the Spotlight, Clinton Stands on the Cusp of History
    CQ Magazine | July 22, 2016
    Washington, DC, Government Relations Senior Strategic Policy Advisor Thomas Reynolds is quoted in this article reflecting on Hillary Clinton’s rise to be the 2015 Democratic Party nominee for president.
  • Calling All Breweries: Is Your Wastewater In Order?
    Law360 | July 11, 2016
    Rochester senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford and San Francisco Energy & Environmental associate Alison Torbitt co-authored this column discussing the EPA’s national standards for industrial wastewater discharged to local publicly owned treatment works and how they affect breweries.
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  • DoD Cybersecurity: Safeguarding Unclassified Covered Defense Information
    Government Contracting Law Report | July 1, 2016
    Washington, DC, partner Vincent Napoleon and associate Harini Kidambi co-authored this column discussing steps being taken by the Department of Defense to minimize vulnerabilities and the impact of cyberattacks against defense contractors.
  • Developers add affordable units, retail to supportive-housing projects to make them more desirable
    Crain's New York Business | June 7, 2016
    New York City affordable housing strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen is quoted in this article regarding recent zoning changes designed to make mixed-use developments more feasible in the state.
  • Judge dismisses clay mine appeal
    Finger Lakes Times | March 13, 2016
    Rochester Energy & Environmental associate Amy Reichhart is mentioned as counsel for Seneca Meadows Landfill in this article about the recent appeal decision in favor of her client.
  • The FDA's Priority List For 2016
    Law360 | January 29, 2016
    Chicago Health Care associates Erica Cribbs, Gretchen Harper and April Schweitzer co-authored this column discussing the Food and Drug Administration’s priorities for the year.
  • North Korea is Newest Frontier for a Daredevil Investor
    New York Times | January 14, 2016
    Washington, DC, M&A and Corporate Transactions group partner Alexandra Lopez-Casero is quoted in this article regarding investments in North Korea that may violate American sanctions.
  • Contracting Advocates Skeptical of Proposed Regulation Revision
    Inside Defense | December 24, 2015
    Washington, DC, Government Contracts partner Vince Napoleon provides commentary in this feature story on a proposed regulation meant to reduce constant submissions of pricing paperwork which has the right intent but may not solve the problem at hand.
  • Problems in DOD Plan to Reduce TINA Regulatory Actions
    Law360 | December 21, 2015
    Washington, DC, partner and leader of the Government Contracts group Vincent Napoleon and Washington, DC, associate Nia Newton co-authored this column on the latest proposed amendments to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement seeking to reduce unnecessary and repeated submissions of certified costs or pricing data pursuant to the Truth in Negotiation Act.
  • Credit Agricole Settlement Is Warning To Foreign Cos.
    Law360 | November 2, 2015
    Washington, DC, M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Washington, DC, business department law clerk Anjali Vohra authored this column discussing a U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control settlement underscoring the high compliance expectations placed on firms, the benefit of timely and complete voluntary self-disclosures and the extraterritorial reach of the U.S. sanctions program.
  • Putting Out a Call on Added Sugars
    Food Processing | October 26, 2015
    Chicago Commercial Litigation partner Jamie Robinson, a member of the Food, Beverage & Agriculture team, authored this column looking at where the FDA will end up on 'added sugars' on the new Nutrition Facts Panel.
  • World Bank Tries Procurement Reform to Cut Corruption Risk
    Compliance Week | October 14, 2015
    Washington, DC, partner and leader of the firm’s Government Contracts team Vince Napoleon provides commentary in this piece on changes to the World Bank’s policies and procedures that will make the procurement process more consistent, transparent, and streamlined.
  • Public-Private Partnerships—Is This a New Concept in Government Contracting?
    Government Contracting Law Report | September 1, 2015
    Washington, DC, partner and leader of the Government Contracts team Vince Napoleon authored this column discussing the future of public-private partnerships (“P3s”) in government contracting. Washington, DC, department attorney Diana Vilmenay co-authored the column.
  • Are P3s The 'New' Thing in Government Contracting?
    Law360 | June 16, 2015
    Washington, DC, Government Contracts partner Vince Napoleon and Washington, DC, IP litigation staff attorney Diana Vilmenay authored this column on the rising popularity of public-private partnerships as a form of government contracting.
  • A Look at IRS Plan for Contracts with Foreign Contractors
    Law360 | May 1, 2015
    Washington, DC, partner and leader of the firm’s Government Contracts team Vince Napoleon and Washington, DC, M&A and Corporate Transactions associate Rob Trott coauthored this article discussing the Internal Revenue Service’s proposed regulations related to the assessment of a foreign contracts excise tax.
  • The Rising Tide of Suspensions and Debarments in Government Contracts
    Government Contracting Law Report | May 1, 2015
    Washington, DC, partner and leader of the firm’s Government Contracts team Vince Napoleon and Rochester Commercial Litigation counsel Kevin Saunders coauthored this column, the first of two in this series, on how the current environment is increasing the number of suspensions and debarments among government contractors.
  • 3 Political Fights That Threaten Key Tools for Property Deals
    Law360 | April 27, 2015
    New York City Affordable Housing strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen is quoted in this article discussing key political battles developers are closely watching.
  • Upstate Poised for Revitalization if Leaders Act Boldly
    The Daily Gazette | March 22, 2015
    Washington, DC, Government Relations senior strategic policy advisor Tom Reynolds, along with 46 other business and civic leaders, published this opinion piece urging the New York State Legislature and the governor's commitment of financial resources to Upstate NY to spur revitalization.
  • How changes in Cuba embargo affect travel, banking, exports, more
    Rochester Business Journal | February 13, 2015
    M&A and Corporate Transactions partners Jeff LaBarge and Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Commercial Litigation counsel Alycia Ziarno authored this column on the business implications of easing Cuba sanctions.
  • LNG Facilities Outside NYC? Not So Fast
    Law360 | February 12, 2015
    Albany Energy & Environmental partner Ruth Leistensnider and Albany Energy & Environmental counsel Pete Trimarchi co-authored this column discussing New York State Department of Environmental Conservation guidelines creating a regulatory program allowing the construction and operation of new liquefied natural gas facilities in the state.
  • Outgoing FDA Chief's Contentious Tenure Empowered Agency
    Law360 | February 5, 2015
    Washington, DC, Health Care and Life Sciences partner Areta Kupchyk is quoted in this article discussing the legacy of departing U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.
  • Real Estate Pros Brace for NYC Inclusionary Zoning Rules
    Law360 | January 16, 2015
    New York City Affordable Housing strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen is quoted in this feature article discussing New York City's long-awaited revamped inclusionary zoning rules.
  • In Twist, Tenant Who Was Forced out Will Displace One Who Moved In
    New York Times | December 19, 2014
    New York City Affordable Housing Strategic Policy Advisor Deborah VanAmerongen, a former commissioner of the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, is quoted in this feature article detailing a potentially precedent-setting New York housing case.
  • Insights on DOD's Final Counterfeit Parts Rule
    Law360 | December 15, 2014
    Washington, DC, Commercial Litigation partner Vince Napoleon and Washington, DC, IP Litigation staff attorney Diana Vilmenay authored this column discussing the Department of Defense’s counterfeit parts rule.
  • DOD Focusing On Competition: What Contractors Should Know
    Law360 | September 8, 2014
    Washington, DC, Government Contacts and Commercial Litigation partner Vince Napoleon and Washington, DC, Commercial Litigation associate Katherine Bastian discuss new Department of Defense guidelines which contain various techniques and examples for developing acquisition strategies that combat constraint on competition.
  • Cloud Computing Poses Unique Export Controls Challenges
    Law360 | August 6, 2014
    Washington, DC, Business Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero discusses how U.S. cloud users can stay compliant under the U.S. export control laws.
  • 3 Cybersecurity Steps Defense Contractors Need To Take
    Law360 | August 5, 2014
    Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin, Washington, DC, Commercial Litigation and Government Contracts partner Vince Napoleon and Washington, DC, Commercial Litigation associate Katherine Bastian discuss steps companies doing business with the government should take as they are facing new cybersecurity requirements.
  • FDA's Biggest New Policies of 2014: Midyear Report
    Law360 | July 28, 2014
    Washington, DC, Health Care and Life Sciences partner Areta Kupchyk is quoted in this forward-looking feature story on new rules and guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration making waves for drug and device makers.
  • Versar picks up J.M. Waller
    The Deal | July 2, 2014
    Client J.M. Waller Associates’ sale to Versar, Inc. is highlighted in this piece. The coverage notes J.M. Waller’s legal team led by securities practice group leader John Partigan and includes partners Brian Kopp and Christian McBurney; associate Pierce Han; and paralegal Alicia Rotella.
  • Personalized Medicine Changes the Rules of the Play (Personoitu Laaketiede Muuttaa Pelisaantoja)
    Mediuutiset (Finland) | March 21, 2014
    In this Finnish health care publication, Boston Patents counsel Leena Karttunen Contarino provides commentary on how the FDA defines personalized medicine and about the FDA’s attempts to handle personalized medicine drugs and devices in an integrated process.
  • Latest Ukraine-Related Sanctions Likely Won't Be The Last
    Law360 | March 18, 2014
    Washington, DC, Global Business & Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and Government Relations counsel Doug Dziak discuss the likely series of government sanctions in response to the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
  • People on the Move
    Washington Business Journal | February 4, 2014
    This coverage notes that Washington, DC, Commercial Litigation & Government Contracts attorney Vince Napoleon has been elected to the firm’s partnership.
  • Mass. Solar Program Sets a Shining Example for Other States
    Law360 | January 28, 2014
    Boston Energy & Environmental partner Rob Dewees discusses Massachusetts’ Solar Renewable Energy Certificate program and how it’s leading the way for other states.
  • Business News
    WBZ-AM (News Radio) | January 23, 2014
    Albany Energy & Environmental counsel Pete Trimarchi discusses a recent chemical spill in West Virginia, tips to avoid a similar incident and the cost of non-compliance.
  • Fracking Poses Threat to NY Land Values, Mortgages
    Law360 | January 9, 2014
    Albany Energy & Environmental counsel Pete Trimarchi discusses high-volume hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in New York State.
  • Massachusetts Revising SREC Program to Promote Healthy Solar Growth
    Solar Industry | January 9, 2014
    Boston Energy & Environmental partner Rob Dewees discusses Massachusetts' revised set of policy recommendations aimed to stabilize and grow the solar renewable energy certificate (SREC) program.
  • Life Sciences Regulation and Legislation to Watch in 2014
    Law360 | January 1, 2014
    Washington, DC, Health Services and Life Sciences partner Areta Kupchyk discusses FDA’s involvement in laboratory-developed testing, momentum on biosimilars, and possible further guidance on developing tailored medications.
  • Takeaways from CFIUS' Latest Win in Court
    Law360 | November 12, 2013

    This column, authored by Washington, DC, Global Business & Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Washington, DC, Government Relations & Public Policy counsel Doug Dziak, highlights important takeaways from a District of Columbia federal court decision in favor of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States in a case against Chinese-owned Ralls Corporation.

  • Shades of Green: New Department of Defense Renewable Energy Commitment Presents Significant Opportunities (and Risks) for Developers
    Contract Management | November 1, 2013
    This article authored by New York City Energy & Environmental partner Ellen Friedman and Washington, DC, Securities associate Tiana Butcher notes increasing efforts by the U.S. Army to attract private developers to construct and own large-scale renewable power projects at army installations and the inherent challenges and risks associated with federal procurement contracting.
  • Deconstruction Keeps Value and Dollars in DC's Neighborhoods
    Elevation DC | October 29, 2013
    Washington, DC, Energy & Environmental partner Elizabeth Whittle is featured in this article on “deconstructing” rather than demolishing a home. Read the full article here.
  • FDA's Stem Cell Oversight Faces Pivotal Test in DC Circ.
    Law360 | October 22, 2013
    Washington, DC, Health Services and Life Sciences partner Areta Kupchyk discusses the importance of a DC Circuit case focused on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s power to regulate stem cell therapy.
  • Structured Approach Can Help Solar Developers Fulfill Promise of Brownfields
    Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report | October 3, 2013
    Albany Energy and Environmental counsel Pete Trimarchi discusses some of the significant obstacles to the development of a utility-scale solar project on a brownfield site.

Ideas

The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill: if your company produces in the U.S., cost saving may be coming your way
Government Relations Alert | April 18, 2016

Important new changes to the Cuba sanctions
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | March 15, 2016

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CFIUS's Influence on Dealmaking
March 3, 2016

Congress stirred into action on GMO labeling
Food, Beverage & Agriculture Alert | February 29, 2016

What does "international tax reform" mean to your business? NP's Government Relations team can help you find out.
Government Relations Alert | September 22, 2015

Ban on federal election campaign contributions by federal government contractors withstands constitutional challenge: Will the Supreme Court review the ban?
Government Contracts Alert | July 9, 2015

BIS proposes new export controls on cybersecurity technologies
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | June 4, 2015

Cuba: What's new?
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | April 20, 2015

Webinar Recording: The Cuban Thaw: How will it impact your business?
Originally recorded January 20, 2015 | January 22, 2015

Christmas Comes Early to National Political Parties – Congress Expands National Party Donation Limits
Government Relations Alert | December 17, 2014

Webinar Recording: What do the recent developments in U.S. sanctions mean for your business?
Originally recorded November 20, 2014 | December 1, 2014

Builder beware! Federal court (mostly) rejects local building department's duty to enforce Fair Housing Accessibility Rules
Affordable Housing Alert | July 23, 2014

Changes to SEC Rule 701 under the Encouraging Employee Ownership Act: What you need to know
Government Relations Alert | June 16, 2014

The second shoe drops: HUD (mostly) adopts DOJ accessibility standard
Affordable Housing Law Alert | May 29, 2014

New York and several other states move closer to banning microbeads in personal care products
Products Alert | May 15, 2014

"Reprocessed" and the Berry Amendment: When Domestic Preference Turns a Blind Eye to Common Usage
May 13, 2014

McCutcheon v. FEC: The end of campaign finance law? A victory for the First Amendment? Or something in between?
Government Relations & Public Policy Alert | April 7, 2014

U.S. sanctions Russian and Ukrainian officials after Crimea vote
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | March 17, 2014

New Ukraine-related sanctions: what you need to know
Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Alert | March 6, 2014

Court delivers (another) win for CFIUS
M&A and Corporate Transactions Law Alert | October 30, 2013

Open for business: government shutdown ends
Affordable Housing Alert | October 17, 2013

Shutdown: A Q&A with former U.S. Congressman Thomas Reynolds
Affordable Housing Alert | October 9, 2013

New DOH regulations promote accountable care in New York
Health Law Alert | September 30, 2013

HUD and RD release contingency plans in light of possible government shutdown
Affordable Housing Alert | September 30, 2013

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