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Government Relations

Organizations today must stay one step ahead of emerging federal, state, and local regulatory and legislative developments impacting their operations.

Overview

Our Government Relations Practice Group—comprised of highly-accomplished professionals with extensive lobbying and government relations expertise—advocates on behalf of associations and corporations in a wide range of industries at the executive, legislative and regulatory levels. We also work collaboratively with the firm’s various practice groups to ensure our clients have the latest information with respect to government proposals and other anticipated developments in Washington, D.C., as well as state, city, and municipal governments across the country.

Our bipartisan team of government relations attorneys and Directors provides sophisticated counsel informed by decades of experience working with government officials and legislators both in the context of prior government service and as trusted client representatives. We build upon our existing relationships to effectively communicate our clients’ positions to lawmakers and key officials in the executive branch in New York state, city and municipal governments. We also regularly file comments during rulemaking and represent clients in agency proceedings.  At the federal level, our various practice groups work with our Government Relations team to submit comments to regulatory agencies, including to the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the National Labor Relations Board. Our attorneys have also filed amicus curiae briefs to state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Clients from all types of industries, including health care, hospitality, energy, telecommunications, taxation, insurance, transportation, financial services, education, construction and entertainment, turn to us because of our track record of client service and excellence in this area of the law.  In addition to actively monitoring emerging developments at the federal, state and local level, we can assist clients with all of the following:

  • Articulating the client’s position to legislators and in the executive branch to clarify the issue and the importance to our client;
  • Ensuring the client’s views are considered during formal rulemakings by federal and New York state regulatory agencies;
  • Representing clients in various proceedings before New York state, city, and municipal government bodies;
  • Serving as a resource to decision-makers in federal and New York state agencies and legislatures; and
  • Advising on state budgeting processes and helping to expedite program-based appropriations on approved projects, as well as advising on the complexities of procurement law, particularly in New York State.

In all matters, we utilize our experience working closely with governmental and quasi-governmental entities to help bring about the best result for our clients.

Lobby Law Compliance

Our Lobby Law Compliance team helps to ensure that our clients—as well as our lawyers and lobbyists--are cognizant of the strident rules surrounding lobbying throughout New York State. With an increasingly complex and evolving set of compliance requirements, lobbying in today’s regulatory environment is anything but simple... Read More

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December 13, 2016

New York City Council Seeks Major Workplace Reforms for Fast Food, Retail Workers

December 13, 2016

The New York City Council has introduced six bills as part of a legislative package intended to reform scheduling and workplace practices for fast food and retail workers in New York City. The legislation, introduced on December 6, 2016, follows Mayor Bill de Blasio’s September announcement that his administration plans to... Read More

December 7, 2016

New York Adopts Pathologists’ Assistants Law

December 7, 2016

New York State has adopted a new law that establishes the profession of licensed pathologists’ assistant. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed S.7932/A.10408 into law on November 28, 2016. The new law adds Article 168 to the Education Law. What is a pathologists’ assistant? The new law defines a pathologists’ assistant... Read More

December 2, 2016

New York Adopts Advanced Home Health Aide Law

December 2, 2016

New York State has adopted new law that establishes the advanced home health aide (AHHA) job designation. The AHHA program was first recommended in 2011. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed S. 8110/A.10707 into law on November 28, 2016. The new law amends sections of Article 139 of the Education Law (relating to the practice of nursing), as... Read More

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November 21, 2016
The National Law Journal

Philip Rosen Comments on Donald Trump's Picks for Labor Board

November 21, 2016

Philip Rosen comments on Trump's upcoming appointments to the NLRB in "Trump's Picks for Labor Board Could Raise Conflicts Issues," published in The National Law Journal. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

November 15, 2016
New York Law Journal

Kenneth Shapiro Discusses the Decline of Albany's Lobbying Spending

November 15, 2016

Kenneth Shapiro discusses the recent decrease in Albany's lobbying spending in "Lobbying Spending in Albany Could Dip in 2016, Based on First-Half Reports," published by New York Law Journal. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

October 25, 2016
SHRM

Jonathan Bing and Javier Lacayo Authored "New York City Council Passes Cafeteria Worker Retention Bill"

October 25, 2016

Jonathan Bing and Javier Lacayo authored "New York City Council Passes Cafeteria Worker Retention Bill," published in SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article. Read More

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