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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Trusts and Estates Government Relations Practice Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Litigation - Patent Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Banking and Finance
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - Insurance Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law Health Care Law
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  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Real Estate Real Estate Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    International Trade and Finance Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Oil and Gas Law Energy Law Government Relations Practice Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Land Use and Zoning Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Government Relations Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Environmental Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Environmental Government Relations Practice Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Government Relations Practice Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Municipal Law
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Government Relations Practice Litigation - Municipal
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  • Location:
    Okemos, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Franchise Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Litigation - Municipal Municipal Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Government Relations Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Contracts Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Litigation - Municipal Government Relations Practice Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Administrative / Regulatory Law Land Use and Zoning Law Education Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Banking and Finance Law
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  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Government Relations Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Madison, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Government Relations Practice Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Lansing, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Gaming Law Government Relations Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Land Use and Zoning Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Government Relations Practice Economic Development Law
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  • Location:
    South Bend, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Public Finance Law Government Relations Practice Banking and Finance Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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Thomas A. Forbes was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Thomas A. Forbes

Butler Snow LLP
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Government Relations Practice
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Machree G. Gibson was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Machree G. Gibson

The Graydon Group, L.L.C.
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Government Relations Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Administrative / Regulatory Law Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Jefferson City, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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Galt Graydon was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Galt Graydon

The Graydon Group, L.L.C.
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Tax Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Contracts Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Gaming Law Government Relations Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Construction Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Reno, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Albany, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice International Trade and Finance Law
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  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Immigration Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Albany, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Government Contracts Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law Gaming Law
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Gaming Law
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  • Location:
    Johnston, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Mediation Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Albany, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    New Albany, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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Andrea Cianchette Maker was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Andrea Cianchette Maker

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Augusta, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Reinsurance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Corporate Compliance Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Litigation - Securities Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Government Relations Practice
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Richard C. Minzner was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Richard C. Minzner

Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin, & Robb P.A.
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law Government Relations Practice Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Corporate Law Government Relations Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    New Albany, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Litigation - Securities Securities / Capital Markets Law
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - First Amendment Qui Tam Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Health Care Law Qui Tam Law Litigation - Antitrust
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Trenton, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Water Law
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  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Government Relations Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law Energy Law Financial Services Regulation Law Banking and Finance Law
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Privacy and Data Security Law
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  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Food and Beverage Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Government Relations Practice Municipal Law
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  • Location:
    Topeka, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Trenton, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Admiralty and Maritime Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Environmental Law Government Relations Practice Native American Law
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  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Arbitration Mediation Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Water Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Natural Resources Law Government Relations Practice

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Practice Area Definition

Government Relations Practice Definition

Public policy and government relations practitioners represent private companies, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, and any entities and individuals with issues relating to federal and state laws, regulations and policies. They give clients a voice in Congress and before federal, state, and local administrative agencies when they seek legislative or policy change that aligns with their business strategy. Client needs in this area vary greatly, given the complex, costly, and regularly changing nature of laws, regulations, and policies. A practitioner may work with a Fortune 500 company to address its specific concerns with a piece of legislation or a government regulation, or the lawyer may work with a local or state government and a government agency to address issues with an agency’s proposed rule.

The primary roles of the public policy and government relations practitioner are education and advocacy. Unlike more traditional lawyer roles, the advocacy of the public policy and government relations practitioner spans many congressional offices and various executive branch agencies, and/or their state counterparts. Public policy and government relations practitioners air issues before members of Congress and their staffs, as well as other legislative bodies and executive agencies that may have an interest in a particular piece of legislation or regulation. They ensure their clients’ grievances are heard and advocate on their clients’ behalf to modify or stop laws or regulations that adversely affect them.

Given the differing interests of the two houses of Congress, as well as those found in other lawmaking bodies in the federal, state and local levels, finding common ground that addresses all of the various issues raised is one of the biggest challenges. The successful practitioner is able to work with clients to express to the relevant governing bodies the consequences of a particular course of action in clear, concise and understandable terms. This is often accomplished by educating the applicable branch of government, either through meetings, the submission of written comments or some combination of these efforts.

Hon. Thomas M. Reynolds, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor

Douglas Dziak, Counsel

Sally Vastola, Strategic Policy Advisor

Nixon Peabody LLP

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Public policy and government relations practitioners represent private companies, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, and any entities and individuals with issues relating to federal and state laws, regulations and policies. They give clients a voice in Congress and before federal, state, and local administrative agencies when they seek legislative or policy change that aligns with their business strategy. Client needs in this area vary greatly, given the complex, costly, and regularly changing nature of laws, regulations, and policies. A practitioner may work with a Fortune 500 company to address its specific concerns with a piece of legislation or a government regulation, or the lawyer may work with a local or state government and a government agency to address issues with an agency’s proposed rule.

The primary roles of the public policy and government relations practitioner are education and advocacy. Unlike more traditional lawyer roles, the advocacy of the public policy and government relations practitioner spans many congressional offices and various executive branch agencies, and/or their state counterparts. Public policy and government relations practitioners air issues before members of Congress and their staffs, as well as other legislative bodies and executive agencies that may have an interest in a particular piece of legislation or regulation. They ensure their clients’ grievances are heard and advocate on their clients’ behalf to modify or stop laws or regulations that adversely affect them.

Given the differing interests of the two houses of Congress, as well as those found in other lawmaking bodies in the federal, state and local levels, finding common ground that addresses all of the various issues raised is one of the biggest challenges. The successful practitioner is able to work with clients to express to the relevant governing bodies the consequences of a particular course of action in clear, concise and understandable terms. This is often accomplished by educating the applicable branch of government, either through meetings, the submission of written comments or some combination of these efforts.