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Legislative and Public Policy

Our Legislative and Public Policy practice operates at the intersection of public policy and law, providing strategic advice and counsel and direct legislative and executive branch governmental affairs services on a host of issues critical to our clients' successes. Our attorneys and senior legislative advisors have served in key positions in the government and maintain strong ties with key policymakers. They bring a sophisticated understanding of the pivotal relationship between government and business to the clients they serve. The hallmark of our Legislative and Public Policy practice is our focus on clients with complex legal and public policy challenges.

In February 2017, Bloomberg Government ranked our lobbying group in the top five of all law firm lobby shops. Two of our lobbyists are recognized by The Hill newspaper as among Washington's top 100 "Hired Guns," making Arnold & Porter one of the only law firms to boast two such members. Additionally, our firm is likely the largest AmLaw 100 lobbying practice where a majority of the registered lobbyists are women. The Legislative and Public Policy practice represents a cross-section of the nation's most recognizable companies, associations, and organizations in a number of key industries and sectors, with a particularly strong focus on the healthcare/life sciences, insurance, energy, trade, high-tech, financial services, and education sectors. Our law firm, including our legislative team, has exceptionally deep experience assisting foreign sovereign states and international multilateral organizations drawing policy goals in Washington, DC. Our seasoned Legislative and Public Policy team achieves results because we offer clients:

  • Experience. We have represented clients on high-profile and often precedent-setting policy matters for more than 70 years.
  • Judgment. The complex "hot button" issues we tackle require deft political handling and sensitivity to the impact that policy battles have in other areas, such as litigation risk management, business reputation, the media, and the marketplace.
  • Seasoned Team. The Legislative and Public Policy team has extensive experience working with Capitol Hill and the administration. The group includes a former US Senator (Senator Christopher J. Dodd), Capitol Hill and administration staff. In addition, the team draws upon the substantive experience of lawyers throughout the firm.
  • Experience in Government Affairs Compliance and Oversight Investigations. We counsel clients on the rules regarding campaign activity, lobbying law, and political contributions, so clients can fully and lawfully engage in the political process. We also represent them in investigations before congressional oversight committees.

Perspectives

Supreme Court Overturns Federal Prohibition on State Authorization of Sports Wagering Under the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act
Advisory
Financial Services: A Review of Recent Legislative and Public Policy Developments
Arnold & Porter Seminar, New York, NY
Arnold & Porter Discusses How CLOUD Act Revamps Government Access to Data
The CLS Blue Sky Blog
Profile Building in Advocacy: How to Play Your Trump Card
Arnold & Porter's Insights for Nonprofit Organizations, Washington, DC
Section 301: Trump Administration Announces Proposed Targets for New Tariffs and Contemplates Investment Restrictions—and China Responds in Kind
Advisory
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Recognition

Chambers USA
Government Relations (Nationwide) (2006-2017)
The Legal 500 US
Government Relations (2017-2018)
The National Law Journal
"Best of Legal Times – Reader's Rankings" for Law Firm Government Affairs / Lobbying Group (2013)
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