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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Trusts and Estates Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property Government Relations Practice Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation Trademark Law 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:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Health Care Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Health Care Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Real Estate Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Energy Law Government Relations Practice
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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:
    Energy Law Government Relations Practice Litigation - Environmental Oil and Gas Law Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Government Relations Practice 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:
    Government Relations Practice Insurance Law 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:
    Government Relations Practice Land Use and Zoning Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Environmental Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Environmental Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Real Estate Law Government Relations Practice
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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:
    Municipal Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Municipal Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Okemos, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Government Relations Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Haddonfield, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Litigation - Municipal Commercial Litigation Municipal Law
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  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law Health Care Law
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  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Contracts Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Land Use and Zoning Law Municipal Law Government Relations Practice Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Municipal 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:
    Government Relations Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Government Relations Practice
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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:
    Government Relations Practice Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning 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:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Gaming Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Government Relations Practice Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Commercial Litigation Administrative / Regulatory Law Litigation - Banking and Finance
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Economic Development Law Land Use and Zoning Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    South Bend, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Government Relations Practice Public 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:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Government Relations Practice
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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:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Government Relations Practice Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Health Care Law
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Land Use and Zoning Law
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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:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • 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:
    Government Relations Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law Health Care Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Administrative / Regulatory Law Litigation - Antitrust
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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:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law Government Relations Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Tax Law
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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:
    Tax Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Environmental Law
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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:
    Real Estate Law Government Relations Practice Construction 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:
    International Trade and Finance Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Immigration Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Albany, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Health Care Law
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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:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Health Care Law
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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 - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Environmental 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:
    Corporate Compliance Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Reinsurance Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax Mergers and Acquisitions Law Litigation - Securities Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Government Relations Practice
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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:
    Government Relations Practice Energy Law
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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:
    Trusts and Estates Government Relations Practice Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law 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:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Litigation - Securities Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Qui Tam Law Government Relations Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Government Relations Practice Health Care Law Qui Tam Law
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Trenton, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Water Law Environmental Law Government Relations Practice Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Insurance Law Government Relations Practice Financial Services Regulation Law Energy 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:
    Privacy and Data Security Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Government Relations Practice Food and Beverage Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Topeka, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Government Relations Practice Litigation - ERISA
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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:
    Government Relations Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law Insurance Law
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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:
    Native American Law Oil and Gas Law Government Relations Practice Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Arbitration Mediation Commercial Litigation 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:
    Natural Resources Law Government Relations Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law Environmental Law Water Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Government Relations Practice Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

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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.