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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS & PUBLIC POLICY

We stay ahead of legislative and regulatory challenges, and turn them into opportunities, solving business problems with policy solutions and handling difficult issues that others can’t.

Our approach

In the fast-moving legislative and regulatory arenas, clients need more than information; they need intelligence and strategic advice. Increasingly, businesses are asking how decisions on Capitol Hill will affect their livelihood:

  • Are there important issues under discussion or examination?
  • Will the underpinnings of our successful business be modified or undermined?
  • Who are our likely champions and who are the detractors?
  • Does legislative or regulatory action help or impede our business?

We have the technical and regulatory intelligence that comes from lifetimes spent in public service and the insight that comes from staffers in both houses of Congress and on both sides of the aisle.

The efforts of our policy professionals are enhanced by 600+ attorneys, advisors and policy analysts. A former U.S. Senator and a former U.S. Congressman join former staffers, and professionals who have served in key positions in a broad spectrum of federal and state-level agencies.

Who we work with

  • The largest public and private Fortune 500 companies, teaming seamlessly with their in-house government relations staff and management teams.
  • A variety of public sector clients—state agencies, municipalities and other governmental entities.
  • Nonprofits such as health services companies, trade organizations and colleges and universities also rely on us.
  • We are passionate about helping small business and entrepreneurs including start-ups, from concept to launch.

Media Clips

  • 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.

  • Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown appointed co-chairman of new defense policy advocacy group
    The Springfield Republican | June 18, 2013

    This coverage notes that Boston Government Relations & Public Policy counsel Scott Brown has been appointed co-chairman of the Bipartisan Coalition for American Security with former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman.

  • Law Column: The JOBS Act
    Rochester Business Journal | May 24, 2013

    Rochester Global Business & Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and Washington, DC, Government Relations & Public Policy counsel Doug Dziak co-authored this column providing an update on the JOBS Act.

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  • Where the Votes are in Boston
    CommonWealth | April 9, 2013

    This contributed article co-authored by Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara focuses on how voting power in Boston has shifted geographically over the past decade.

  • Opinion: Revisiting the Ethical Road Not Taken
    Roll Call | March 19, 2013

    This column, authored by Washington, DC, Government Relations & Public Policy counsel Doug Dziak, discusses the divergent paths of the Senate and House ethics committees.

  • Ex-U.S. Senator Scott Brown Joins Nixon Peabody Law Firm
    Bloomberg BusinessWeek | March 11, 2013

    The news of former U.S. Senator Scott Brown's arrival is highlighted in this article. It is noted that Mr. Brown will join the firm's Government Relations & Public Policy practice and will work alongside other political and government officials at the firm, including Tom Reynolds, a five-term U.S. congressman who leads the firm’s Government Relations practice.

  • Former Senator Scott Brown Joins Nixon Peabody as Counsel
    National Law Journal | March 11, 2013

    This feature story notes the arrival of former U.S. Senator Scott Brown. CEO and managing partner Andrew Glincher is quoted noting that the firm is entrepreneurial and innovative and that Mr. Brown is a problem solver and will be a good fit with the firm's existing team.

  • Former Senator Scott Brown to Join Nixon Peabody
    The New York Times | March 11, 2013

    This article highlights the arrival of former U.S. Senator Scott Brown who joined the firm as counsel in the Boston office.

  • New ‘Green Guides' Set Rules for Environmental Marketing
    Rochester Business Journal | November 23, 2012

    This column, co-authored by partner Jeff LaBarge, Chief Sustainability Officer Carolyn Kaplan, and associate Alison Torbitt, discusses new “Green Guides” from the Federal Trade Commission.

  • 4 Decades After Clashes, Boston Again Debates School Busing
    New York Times | October 5, 2012

    Boston partner and former Boston City Councilor Larry DiCara is quoted in this feature story addressing Boston’s efforts to reduce its reliance on busing in a school system.

  • Report: New Mass. law may hurt hospital margins
    Modern Healthcare | September 10, 2012

    Boston counsel Jim Vallee provides commentary in this article discussing the new cost-containment law in Massachusetts.

  • Rep. James Vallee Joins Nixon Peabody Law Firm
    Boston Globe | May 1, 2012

    This coverage highlights the arrival of Massachusetts State Representative Jim Vallee who has joined the firm’s Real Estate and Government Relations practices as counsel in the Boston office.

  • Q&A with Deborah VanAmerongen: Direct Purchase Bonds
    Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits | March 1, 2012
    Affordable Housing Strategic Policy Advisor Deborah VanAmerongen is featured in this Q&A addressing changes to the industry following New York and New Jersey granting permission to issue direct purchase bonds to finance affordable housing projects.

Ideas

Bipartisan legislation on sexual assault on college campuses: what you need to know
Government Relations Alert | August 7, 2014

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

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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

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

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

Webinar Recording: HUD's RAD program: What do you need to know?
Originally recorded July 29, 2013 | July 31, 2013

Defense Contract Audit Agency's Access to Contractor Internal Audit Reports: Is Newport News Still the Standard?
Government Contracts Alert | July 9, 2013

CFIUS and Congress: a recipe for potentially costly and time-consuming delays to a transaction
M&A Advisor | June 4, 2013

Q&A with Deborah VanAmerongen: Direct Purchase Bonds
One on One: Industry Insight | March 14, 2012

NLRB Notice-posting of employee rights rule upheld … with mixed results … appeal forthcoming
Inside The Beltway | March 6, 2012

Critical developments in labor and employment law
Inside The Beltway | January 9, 2012

Critical developments in labor and employment law
Inside The Beltway | December 23, 2011

Critical developments in labor and employment law - NLRB's Representation Case Final Rule and Update on Notice Posting Litigation
Inside The Beltway Alert | December 22, 2011

Critical developments in labor and employment law
Inside The Beltway | December 1, 2011

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