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.

Reach

Political Savvy

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.

Approach

Shaping Policy

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
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Experience

Successfully drafted and facilitated the passage of an amendment to significantly curtail legislation limiting nuisance lawsuits, defeating China backed corporate lobbyists.

Secured a one-time $115M state appropriation for a commercial service airport, and successfully secured funding of $75M in each successive year.

Passed bipartisan legislation to increase banking fees for secured lending products for a state chartered bank which resulted in increased profits of close to $45M year over year for national lending products.

Provided comprehensive public affairs solutions for private equity backed franchisees to reopen their businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. Our team organized a coalition, developed and managed media efforts, passed legislation, and ultimately forced an executive order to be issued to accommodate our clients.

Collaborated with Governor’s office to issue an exclusive executive order allowing for a corporate governance change on behalf of a top 10 national bank. 

Passed a financing law for an investor client, authorizing a special assessment to reimburse private parties for costs incurred for critical infrastructure requirements – allowing the multimillion dollar project to proceed.

Raised over $3.2M for national political candidates over four election cycles, supporting a win rate of over 80 percent. Executed millions of dollars in independent expenditure campaigns focused on conservative causes across more than 25 states. 

Raised millions of dollars for state ballot initiatives, organized planning committees, polling, political structures, and authorized expenditures for lobbying, media campaigns, and political mailers.

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Charles F. McDowell

Senior Government Relations Advisor

John C. F. Loving

Senior Government Relations Advisor

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