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Practice Area Overview
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.
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Paula Dierenfeld is a member of the Governmental Affairs Department at Nyemaster Goode. Paula’s practice is concentrated in the areas of legislative representation, administrative law, and public utilities law. Prior to joining the firm, Paula served for over 15 years in various positions in federal and state government. Paula has held positions as Staff Assistant to U.S. Senator Charles E. Grassley, Research Staff Director in the Iowa General Assembly, Legal Counsel to Iowa Governor Te...
Brad Epperly is a member of the firm's Governmental Affairs Department representing clients as a lobbyist at the state capitol before the legislature, the Governor, and regulatory agencies. His work as legislative counsel involves a broad spectrum of public policy issues, including economic development, labor and employment issues, workers' compensation, gaming, and utilities. In addition, Brad also practices in the areas of creditors' rights, construction law, and general civil litigation, r...
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