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Public Policy and Law

Virtually every sector of the economy is affected by the government. Fates, futures, and bottom lines often shift substantially as a result of governmental decisions. Those who can shape decisions have a competitive edge.

To achieve their goals, companies and other organizations need timely and relevant information and the ability to identify and access the right government officials about issues and proposed legislation or regulations that affect them.

The K&L Gates public policy and law group (policy group) operates at the intersection of public policy, law, and business. Founded over four decades ago, at a time when few law firms had lobbying practices, the policy group has grown from a single lobbyist to become the largest of any fully integrated global law firm.

The group is consistently recognized by Chambers USA, Legal 500, and other publications for deep substantive knowledge and bipartisanship.

  • The group has been ranked by Chambers USA since 2011. In the 2019 guide, sources say:
    • "They are a very strong team...who are multidisciplinary experts, able to work across political divide.”
  • Since 2010, the U.S. News-Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” survey has acknowledged the team as a top-ranked firm for government relations.
  • The Legal 500 has ranked the group since 2015 stating: “clients can rely on a rapid, professional response across the public policy spectrum.”
  • The group is also consistently ranked among the top law firms in the National Law Journal's Influence 50 survey, most recently in its October 2015 publication
  • Members of the team have also been individually acknowledged as “Top Lobbyists” by The Hill newspaper.

The group has nearly 60 bipartisan lawyers and policy professionals with 500 years of combined government experience. The team’s successes are built on a philosophy that emphasizes a deeply substantive and teamwork-based approach to public policy. The goal is to understand a policy issue from every direction—substantively and politically—and to use the collective knowledge and experience of our team to help our clients achieve their objectives. The team helps clients meet their needs through the entire policy lifecycle—legislation to regulation and dispute resolution. This approach has worked for four decades, which is why the federal policy group has thrived through nine administrations and 24 Congresses. The state policy practice has a strategic geographic footprint, with regional headquarters in Pennsylvania, Texas, and North Carolina. Members of our international policy practice, based in Brussels, assist clients within capitals in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, and the Middle East.

Members include:

  • Jeff Denham, former Republication U.S. representative from California;
  • James Walsh, former Republican U.S. representative from New York;
  • Bart Gordon, former Democratic U.S. representative from Tennessee;
  • Slade Gorton, former Republican U.S. senator from Washington;
  • Emanuel Rouvelas, former U.S. Senate Commerce Committee counsel, top Democratic lobbyist, and founder of the policy group.

The team also includes numerous others, including the former general counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency, White House officials, counsels to two Speakers of the House, congressional committee counsels, senior executive branch officials, congressional chiefs of staff, leadership staff, senior counsel at various government agencies, senior gubernatorial aides, military officials, and others. Several team members were involved in the Trump campaign and the presidential transition.

A Policy Team with a Global Reach

Members of the policy group join forces with the firm’s Global Government Solutions® (GGS) practice and together, provide a uniquely effective set of capabilities to help clients deal with governments around the world. The GGS initiative brings together lawyers from various practice disciplines located in fully integrated offices in the primary political, commercial, and financial centers of North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and South America, including 11 world capitals.

This geographic reach, coupled with the depth and breadth of our practice, positions the firm to advance client interests efficiently and effectively and to develop and execute coordinated strategies in multiple locations. The widespread global network allows us the opportunity to respond to clients’ needs in a timely manner, delivering exceptional service by an experienced team not affected by cross-border limitations.

In their 2013 guide, Chambers said, “The firm's global government solutions initiative relies on smart interaction between offices worldwide. This service is ideally suited to support clients whose policy objectives extend beyond the USA.”

Defense and Homeland Security

Our firm is experienced in representing defense industry clients in federal business development, budget processes and acquisition, government contract law, and litigation. Our team has been successful in creating and implementing plans of action for clients that improve their competitive edge, effectively leveraging new opportunities, and strengthening and diversifying their business base in warfighter technologies, including aerospace, information technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, logistics, and the full range of national security policy and appropriations matters.

Our team includes the second-longest-serving secretary of the U.S. Army and his longtime advisor, as well as former Army, Navy, and Air Force officers with years of combined experience working with Congress’ Armed Services and Defense Appropriations Committees. The team also includes the former general counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency and the counselor to the secretary and deputy secretary of defense, in addition to former members of Congress. Collectively, the members of our practice have significant insight into, and are experienced with, the complex government defense interagency process.

Energy

We have a leading energy policy practice offering clients a full spectrum of legislative, regulatory, and permitting services with team members regularly appearing before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE, EPA, Coast Guard, Interior, and a host of other federal and state agencies, including those in Alaska, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington.

The firm serves as principal outside counsel for prominent investor-owned utilities on the full array of federal policy and regulatory issues concerning transmission, rates, and regulatory matters. For a broad range of industry clients, we have been active in successfully lobbying for the inclusion of amendments to most of the major energy statutes enacted over the past 25 years, including the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Our energy experience includes electricity competition and regional transmission markets; nuclear power research and development; indemnification, liability, and radioactive waste; hydropower licensing; clean coal technology; renewable energy (especially biofuels, solar, and wind, including offshore); federal appropriations for energy technologies and DOE-managed facilities; federal tax incentives for renewable energy resources; and technology development (e.g., fuels cells, hydrogen, and energy storage).

We also have substantial regulatory and policy experience in oil, natural gas, and LNG, applying our robust understanding of the industry and our clients’ specific business ventures to the development, execution, and compliance with sound regulation and legislative policy. The team has counseled major global importers and exporters, producers, marketers, traders, infrastructure developers, investment funds, and nation states and government bodies on a range of matters, including project siting and permitting, terminal and pipeline safety, interstate transportation, offshore leasing, maritime issues, and regulatory compliance and enforcement matters.

Environmental Policy

Our lawyers and policy professionals have significant legislative and administrative experience in the laws governing environmental policy. Led by a 30-year veteran with congressional and federal executive service focusing on environmental-related issues, our work includes issues concerning the cleanup, shipping, and handling of hazardous materials; the reauthorization, implementation, and enforcement of Superfund, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and federal facility agreements; cleanup of federal sites; and the Safe Drinking Water, Endangered Species, Clean Water, and Clean Air acts. In particular, we have extensive experience with policy issues relating to the storage, disposal, transportation, and management at Department of Energy (DOE) federal sites of nuclear materials, including high- and low-level radioactive waste and mixed waste, as well as regulatory and policy issues before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including actions on greenhouse gas emissions, hazardous and solid waste policies, and Superfund.

We represent clients at two of the nation’s largest and most complicated Superfund sites, Portland Harbor and the Lower Passaic River, providing both legal and policy advice at these sites, preparing comments, working with Congress, and helping to guide our clients though the complex Superfund process.

Federal Funding

We have a substantial appropriations and grants practice composed of a bipartisan team of experienced professionals. Our practice is led by a former representative and a senator who, together, served 26 years on the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and between them chaired five different Appropriations Subcommittees. Our team also includes former senior staff of House and Senate leadership, Appropriations Committee members, and staff of the Office of Management of Budget who have experience at every level of budget and appropriations processes. On behalf of numerous clients, we have helped secure federal funds through increases in appropriations and the Administration’s budget requests; directive and programmatic language; and agency grant awards, loans, and loan guarantees.

Financial Services

The financial crisis resulted in unprecedented financial services regulatory activity across the globe. Policy responses ranged from enactment and implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the most comprehensive revision of the U.S. legal and regulatory framework governing the financial services industry since the Great Depression, to pursuit of a Capital Markets Union in Europe, with similar efforts underway in the Asia Pacific region. Furthermore, the crisis enhanced the stature of international regulatory bodies and even resulted in the establishment of new ones, such as the Financial Stability Board (FSB), which has resulted in extensive consultation and coordination between U.S. and international regulators. At the same time, the UK Brexit has added a significant layer of uncertainty and complexity going forward. In sum, policymakers in the United States, EU, United Kingdom, and the Asia-Pacific region are taking different, sometimes conflicting approaches, to financial services regulation.

The global financial services policy practice is able to provide unrivaled services and insights to advance policy objectives. With financial services regulation taking an increasingly international dimension, we are well-positioned to assist our clients in engaging with domestic and foreign regulators and legislative bodies. K&L Gates’ lawyers and professionals from multiple practice areas around the globe offer a full spectrum of services relating to financial and capital markets issues, including public policy, derivatives, commodities futures, depository institutions, broker-dealers, securities trading, securitization, hedge funds, insurance, annuities, investment banking, investment management, mortgage banking, cybersecurity, and consumer finance.

In an increasingly competitive and dynamic marketplace in which the rules are changing, a multifaceted strategy is an integral part of many business plans. An effective strategy seamlessly integrates legislative, regulatory, and litigation components. We work regularly with the key Congressional committees and leadership, as well as the CFPB, CFTC, Departments of Treasury and Labor, FDIC, FINRA, FHFA, FRB, FSOC, HUD/FHA, OCC, SEC, and the White House. Our team has extensive experience in challenging agency actions and regulations in the courts. Additionally, we provide substantive and strategic counsel with regard to proposals from the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament, as well as BCBS, EBA, FSB, ESMA, EIOPA, IAIS, and IOSCO.

Government Ethics and Election Law

Our firm has provided guidance to clients on campaign finance, lobbying disclosure, and other political ethics matters. Our clients include companies and their political action committees (PACs), along with individual donors, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations, trade associations, Super PACs, and candidates for public office. We have also worked to ensure that the pertinent rules are kept in mind throughout the planning and implementation of policy projects to avoid embarrassments for clients or government decision-makers. We routinely advise clients and conduct audits on compliance with the laws regulating political activity, fundraising and contributions, and lobbying registration and disclosure. We also advise clients on the required aspects of interacting with Congress and the executive branch regarding gifts, travel, honoraria, and past employment restrictions, as well as the growing web of state and local ethics and campaign finance regulations, including “pay-to-play” restrictions affecting those engaged in state and local politics, as well as state and local contractors in often unexpected ways. More than 20 years ago, the team published the first edition of “A Guide to Political and Lobbying Activities,” designed to simplify political law compliance for the busy Washington, D.C. professional.

Health Care

Members of the health care policy group have been a part of our nation’s health care debates going back decades—from the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), to the ongoing debate to repeal, replace, or reform components of the ACA. Throughout important debates like these, we help health care stakeholders achieve success while navigating the complex statutory and regulatory framework that governs their business. We develop and execute federal and state legislative advocacy strategies, engage senior political appointees and career staff to successfully resolve administrative matters before various federal departments and agencies, and secure federally appropriated funds through Congress and grants issued by the executive branch.

We represent a broad spectrum of health care stakeholders, including hospitals and health systems, clinics, pharmacies, post-acute providers, equipment suppliers, biopharmaceutical manufacturers, health information technology companies, professional associations, universities, health plans, employers, and employer coalitions.

Our team includes two former members of Congress with extensive experience working with the legislative and executive branches on behalf of health care clients; a former secretary of the U.S. Army and congressman who worked on numerous issues affecting soldiers and their families, including treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury; his long-time chief of staff; as well as a former Capitol Hill staffer who focused on health care policy.

Our team maintains strong relationships with key members of Congress, including leadership of both political parties, chairs and ranking members of key committees, and congressional staff. We work extensively with the multiple congressional committees with jurisdiction over health care issues. Our team has also worked comprehensively and maintained long-term relationships with key executive branch officials in the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of the Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor, and the White House.

Higher Education

We represent higher education institutions across the United States on a broad range of federal policy and programmatic funding matters, as well as identifying competitive grant opportunities. We assist clients in identifying and developing federal priorities to achieve their organization’s strategic goals. Whether your institution has interest in federal public policy, competitive grant funding, the congressional appropriations process, or building relationships with federal administrative agencies, our team understands the legislative and political process from beginning to end and is well-positioned to assist colleges and universities in dealing with the dynamic funding and policy climate in Washington, D.C.

International Trade

We represent private and public clients, foreign governments, and trade associations from various countries in international trade matters before Congress, the Office of U.S. Trade Representative, and other U.S. agencies and courts, foreign tribunals, and multilateral institutions. We have extensive experience in both the legal and political elements of regional and bilateral free trade agreements and can provide governments and private clients with comprehensive counsel in all aspects of negotiations and implementation. Our team integrates lobbying and regulatory implementation, thus providing clients with a full perspective on the political and legal implications of existing and pending trade legislation and assisting them in developing successful strategies to address these implications. Our methodology is flexible and tailored to the business goals and challenges of each client.

Maritime Transportation

K&L Gates offers the U.S. and international maritime industry significant legal, transactional, legislative, and regulatory capabilities. We are nationally ranked and acknowledged as a premier firm for the maritime industry by Chambers USA where clients most recently stated: "The firm is of a high standard in terms of quality of legal work and client service. It understands the business and tries to give practical advice as opposed to dry academic conclusions on specific legal issues."

Our wealth of knowledge and experience is a valuable asset for any business or association related to the maritime industry, and collectively, we represent all major sectors of the maritime industry—vessel owners, operators, managers, underwriters, shippers, terminal operators, liquid and dry bulk, liquefied natural gas, container, roll-on/roll-off, passenger and/or cruise, and specialized vessels, such as offshore drilling units, power-generating barges, tugs, mobile offshore drilling units, offshore supply vessels, dredging, dive support, pipe and cable laying, fishing, and recreational boats. Our maritime clients include vessel owners and operators, underwriters, ports, marinas, energy companies, shore facilities, shipyards, investment and financing entities, and industry groups and associations, as well as shippers, commodities traders, and others with maritime-related needs.

Because of the firm's global presence, we offer our services throughout the world, whenever and wherever our clients’ needs may arise. However, the breadth of our experience is not reflected merely in the geographic span of our work, but also in our experience in and understanding of the maritime industry, as well as the transportation sector overall. Our team brings optimal levels of practical experience and industry insight into each engagement to help our clients manage their risks and achieve their goals.

Our cross-practice work involves all issues faced by maritime interests, including traditional admiralty matters; transactions, taxation, financing, restructuring, and bankruptcy; commercial litigation, arbitration, and dispute resolution; ports, environmental compliance and enforcement defense; public policy, regulatory, and legislative; trade; and recreational boating.

Postal

Our postal team helps clients to take full advantage of the opportunities and avoid the pitfalls of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act and the new rate-making system. We have deep experience with the unique legal and economic issues facing the mailing industry and have an active rate litigation practice before the Postal Regulatory Commission, established relationships with senior management and the legal and technical staffs at the U.S. Postal Service, and years of experience working with congressional postal committees. Our team includes a former chair of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Postal Service, who was the driving force behind the enactment of significant postal reform legislation in 2006.

State Policy

K&L Gates has a long history of developing innovative and lasting alliances with its clients in solving problems that arise before state governments. Companies and organizations often call upon the firm to manage state government-relations matters for them in multiple states or regions. Our clients can count on several things—an in-depth knowledge of the state public policy process, an advocacy strategy that is based on familiarity with the way decisions are made, and an attitude of wanting to help clients build their identity in the halls of state capitals in a positive way.

In Pennsylvania, the firm’s state legislative and executive branch lobbying team is led by a former secretary of legislative affairs to the governor, who also served in a host of senior positions within the Pennsylvania governor’s office, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, as well as a U.S. senator. The team also includes a senior corporate executive who, as president of one of Pennsylvania’s largest regulated utilities, managed successful legislative and regulatory strategies and has served as board chairman for regional and statewide business organizations. The lawyers and professionals comprising our Pennsylvania practice were involved in the creation and evolution of many of the state programs, laws, and regulations that are relevant to client priorities and, as a result, can bring particular insight to bear on behalf of the client.

In Texas, the members of the state public policy team have worked together for many years on a number of projects that have been among the most challenging that any client can face. K&L Gates’ lobbyists are well-skilled in their trade, having acquired their experience from working in prominent positions in the legislature and executive branches of the Texas government or with Fortune 500 companies. They are a group of experienced and well-known public policy advocates who are backed by a secure support system of resources, personnel, and technology.

The firm has long advocated for Pacific Northwest businesses, associations, economic development groups, public utilities, ports, cities, universities, and other public and private institutions in the U.S. capital. Our Seattle office was founded more than 130 years ago with the mission of providing the highest quality of service for people and businesses in the Pacific Northwest; today, K&L Gates has the largest public policy practice of any firm with a significant presence in the Pacific Northwest.

We also possess active state and local public policy practices in California, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, and have advised numerous clients regarding state and local public policy priorities in nearly every state. Specifically in Massachusetts, our public policy group works closely with the governor and his administration, as well as members of the legislature and their staff. The group has provided legislative analysis and development services, as well as assisted with direct lobbying to a broad range of clients.

Tax

We represent a broad spectrum of clients on a variety of tax policy matters before Congress and the administration, drawing on decades of experience on Capitol Hill, the executive branch, and federal agencies. Our clients range from small startup companies to large multinational corporations, including financial services, professional services, insurance, maritime, energy, food and retail, and employee benefits, to trade associations that span numerous sectors of the economy.

From comprehensive tax reform, international Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Rules initiatives, targeted tax proposals, tax extenders, regulatory comments, and tax administration procedures, we help clients develop and execute smart, effective legislative, regulatory, and administrative strategies to achieve their policy goals and have established a proven track record of success. We assist with preparing background and briefing materials for Congress, the administration, and the news media; drafting legislative and committee report language; writing testimony for witnesses; and helping members of Congress and staff in preparing floor and hearing statements. Our reputation, relationships, and significant knowledge allow us to serve as a resource to thought leaders in Washington, D.C., to closely monitor developments while keeping clients apprised of their significance in real time from both the policy and political perspectives and serve as a leader for numerous issue coalitions. Our team of tax policy professionals is significantly bolstered by our firm’s 80 tax lawyers who are located in offices around the world, enhancing our overall technical and practical tax prowess.

Technology and Innovation

Our firm has been deeply involved in advancing information technology issues in Washington, D.C., on Capitol Hill, before the executive branch, at the regulatory agencies, and in the courts. Our lawyers and professionals are on the leading edge of the revolutionary changes in IT that are creating unprecedented challenges to the way the government and the private sector operates. We have helped limit regulation of the internet, kept cybersecurity market-driven and industry-led, protected intellectual property rights while preventing government mandates, guarded privacy while enabling ecommerce, modernized government contracting, facilitated and protected innovative mergers, and assisted companies in developing cybersecurity policies and procedures and in responding to data breaches.

Focus on Artificial Intelligence

Lawyers and policy professionals within our group are also part of the firm’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) initiative. AI development and deployment raise legal, ethical, and policy issues that do not fit neatly into one traditional bucket. Our firm has established a firmwide cross-disciplinary AI initiative to advise and support clients that are or may be developing or incorporating AI technology in their businesses and products, as well as provide policy counsel as regulations are further incorporated as part of this ever-changing technology. The K&L Gates AI initiative harnesses the global experience of our lawyers in diverse practices and enables the firm to help clients capitalize on a broad array of technologies and applications, from process optimization, custom controls, and automation to robotics, machine learning, predictive analytics, computer vision, and Internet of things in such areas as smart cars and autonomous vehicles, home/service robots, unmanned aircraft, and intelligent tutoring and online learning systems.

Collectively, we counsel a range of clients who are utilizing and/or exploring AI technology to enhance their businesses. Our clients use or invest in drone technology, aerial filming, and data analytics in the education, energy, entertainment, and government sectors, among others. We are experienced in cross-border and national transactions, as well as complex and routine cases covering a wide range of technologies and industries. Our lawyers have decades of experience helping to develop regulatory policies and structures that facilitate, not impede, new technologies, including IT, nanotechnology, neurotechnology, and commercial space.

We have also been heavily engaged in emerging trends involving the intersection of transportation and technology. We have been at the forefront of the new wave of commercial spaceflight activity, helping commercial spaceflight companies and their industry associations ensure the creation of a supportive legal and regulatory environment while promoting safety. We helped NASA transition to a commercial approach for cargo and crew access to the International Space Station and are helping incentivize private exploration and use of outer space. The rapid growth of the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) sector has challenged the aviation industry’s existing regulatory paradigms. Among our team is a group focused on UAS. We work closely with UAS manufactures, technology trade associations, and a variety of leading companies to navigate the rapidly evolving UAS regulatory environment and help shape government regulation of this transformative industry. Furthermore, advanced technologies in motor vehicles have far-reaching implications for the transportation and technology sectors and have the potential to reshape the legal and regulatory landscape. We advise a major trade association and a leading telematics provider on legislative and regulatory developments related to autonomous vehicles and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication.

Additionally, we have helped raise the visibility and importance of nanotechnology issues among government policymakers and understand the landscape of opportunities and challenges facing nanotechnology companies. We work with a number of companies to obtain federal funding for nanotechnology research and development, manage government contracts, secure capital, handle intellectual property, and ensure regulatory compliance.

The team assists various companies that are addressing the world’s growing water problem with regard to technology. From new methods of desalination and filtering to the application of “smart grid” principles to water, we help create the legal and regulatory space for innovation in an industry that values stability.

In the field of neurotechnology, we have helped design and implement a major interagency initiative to expand and coordinate research and development of groundbreaking new drugs, devices, and diagnostics to treat or cure Alzheimer’s, amyotrophic laterals sclerosis (ALS), and other diseases of the central nervous system.

Our team advises domestic and international clients who are focused on improving sustainability through infrastructure development, energy generation, reusability, or efficiency. We help create legal and regulatory opportunities for innovative sustainable technologies to compete with less sustainable incumbent technologies on a level playing field.

Telecom, Media, and Technology

For nearly three decades, we have been a leader in advancing telecom, media, and technology (TMT) issues before regulatory and policy branches of government and courts across the globe. We offer an interdisciplinary, industry-focused TMT practice to serve the specialized needs of businesses, entrepreneurs, inventors, and investors in these converging sectors. Our TMT lawyers and policy professionals are located in offices throughout the United States, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, and the Middle East. Our TMT public policy team includes a former member of the European and Spanish parliaments and director general of Spain’s Film & Audiovisual Agency and Fund, former members of Congress, and staff members from key U.S. House and Senate committees with jurisdiction over the TMT industries, as well as a former EU official.

Collectively, we have represented clients in major U.S. communications reform debates, including the largest cable company on the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992, an association of digital technology innovators on the Telecommunications Act of 1996, a satellite distributer on the Satellite Home Viewer Act of 1999, and a premier movie channel provider on the proposed Communications Act of 2006. We also successfully advocated to ensure that satellite broadband service providers were eligible for the 2009 economic stimulus legislation’s broadband grant program. In Europe, our team has been providing advice on major legislative initiatives including the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, the ePrivacy Regulation, the Electronic Communications Code, and other policy and regulatory reforms implementing the EU Digital Single Market Strategy on such issues as big data, rules on platforms, and over-the-top content. On behalf of our clients, we are currently engaged in infrastructure funding legislation, tax legislation, emerging technologies regulation legislation, and Telephone Consumer Protection Act reform legislation, among other issues. The TMT team also monitors and provides informed analyses on a broad range of legislative and regulatory initiatives, including those dealing with net neutrality, cybersecurity, data privacy and security, and mergers of TMT companies.

Transportation and Infrastructure

The current transportation climate requires nimble policy strategies that take into account the existing statutory and regulatory regime, the ongoing infrastructure funding debate, and evolving technologies. These strategies are not limited to U.S. federal policies; regional, state, local, and international transportation and infrastructure issues impact businesses and the U.S. economy and influence policymakers in Washington, D.C.

The transportation policy team combines the necessary substantive transportation and infrastructure policy experience with sophisticated advocacy skills. We partner with clients to help advance their interests in the commercial, legislative, regulatory, and judicial arenas. We assist clients with interests in nearly all modes of transportation, infrastructure-related innovative financing, and public-private partnerships by assessing risks and opportunities and developing targeted strategies in domestic and international transportation forums.

Our group includes former members of Congress, one of whom served as a member of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; former officials from the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, the EPA, and the Port of Pittsburgh Commission; and former congressional staffers with substantial experience with relevant committees of jurisdiction including the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Collectively, the team provides a unique understanding of the internal workings of related agencies and branches of government and can help shape regulations and other decision-making processes. We advance our clients’ interests before key senior transportation policy staff, prepare formal comments and grant applications for submission, and otherwise participate in the regulatory process.

Our transportation policy engagements include leading general aviation organizations; global unmanned aircraft systems manufacturers; technology, transportation, and infrastructure industry trade associations; global providers of vehicle rental and car-sharing services; domestic and global shipping and logistics companies; a major Class 1 railroad; a water and wastewater utility; institutional investors and pension funds; and local and state government entities.

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