Government Relations Representing Your Voice
Government policy can dramatically affect your bottom line so it’s important to make yourself heard. At Kilpatrick Townsend, we work hard to give public and private entities a voice before federal, state, and local governments. To educate elected officials and advocate for our clients, our attorneys leverage their legal skills, political experience, and day-to-day familiarity with legislative and executive branch processes and key decision makers. In doing so, we help clients realize opportunities and overcome obstacles when seeking legislative or policy changes affecting their business strategies and ultimate success.
Our attorneys provide comprehensive policy and advocacy advice to national and international individuals, companies, governments, and coalitions on issues with high-stakes consequences. When representing clients before Congress and federal, state, and local agencies, we serve many diverse industries on a wide array of subject matters. To advance our clients’ interests, we develop winning advocacy strategies; connect clients with government decision makers at the highest levels; draft and analyze legislation; counsel clients regarding compliance with laws and regulations; and prepare and accompany witnesses for testimony before government committees and in agency hearings and investigations.
Our attorneys — including registered lobbyists — have longstanding relationships with key decision makers and influencers throughout the country and in Washington, D.C. We bring a wealth of collective knowledge and experience in business and government affairs, having held senior government and related positions and appointments at all levels of government, including:
- U.S. Ambassador to the United Nation’s Human Rights Commission
- U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark
- Counsel to the Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. House of Representatives
- Member, U.S. House of Representatives (Georgia Fourth Congressional District)
- Counselor to Chairman & Deputy Chief of Staff, Securities & Exchange Commission
- Counsel to Two U.S. Senators
- Counsel to the Ways & Means Committee, U.S. House of Representatives
- Executive Positions in State/Local Agencies & Departments
NAFOA Deal of the Year
for comprehensive casino refinancing
class counsel to 500,000 to
individual Indians in the
landmark Indian trust fund lawsuit (Cobell v. Salazar)
state funding for North Carolina
commercial service airports
Drafted local public safety ordinances for tribal client, addressing issues involving timber use and fish and wildlife resources, including the unauthorized gathering and taking of resources from reservation lands.
Successfully amended U.S. tax code, allowing an exclusion of tribal-provided health care benefits.
Provide across-the-board strategic advice and advocacy services to a Native American tribe — the largest property owner in a three-city area — on labor relations; legislation allowing tax-exempt debt financing of ancillary facilities to tribal hotels and resorts; and federal and state transportation and infrastructure projects benefiting access to tribal facilities.
Represent clients on matters before Congress, the Department of Interior, and Bureau of Indian Affairs; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.; the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development; the Department of Homeland Security; and the Department of Education.
Secured more than $250 million in Congressional funding for Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association's signature legislative program, the Physical Education for Progress program (PEP).
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