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John DiLorenzo has authored and been a primary advocate for major legislation in the areas of state and local taxation, with special emphasis on property tax, tort reform, natural resources and economic development. John also assists clients in campaign finance, government ethics, initiatives and referendums, insurance recovery actions, environmental claim responses, appellate cases and a variety of government-related litigation matters.
Drew Hagedorn is a partner at Tonkon Torp, and serves as chair of the Tonkon Torp Government Relations Practice Group. Drew is a long-time public affairs professional offering comprehensive government affairs services for Tonkon Torp’s clients at the state, local, and regulatory levels. He has represented multiple Fortune 500 companies and key industry sectors ranging from commercial construction, to hospitals, Oregon’s public universities, broadcast and telecommunications compani...
Government Relations Practice Definition
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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