Find Lawyers in Houston, Texas for Government Relations Practice
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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Lauren is an Of Counsel attorney in the Affordable Housing and Community Development practice group in the Houston Office. Lauren represents public housing authorities and developers in the development of affordable housing. Lauren has experience with a variety of financing sources and structures, including the use of 4% and 9% low income housing tax credits, conventional construction and permanent financing loans, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans, 221(d)(4) and 223(f) FHA loans, HOME funds, ...
Sam Johnson is a Director in the Public Finance section in the firm’s Houston office. Sam works with special-purpose districts, such as municipal utility districts, water control and improvement districts, fresh water supply districts, levee improvement districts, road utility districts, public improvement districts, water supply corporations and tax-increment reinvestment zones.
Laken is an Of Counsel attorney in the Public Finance section in the Houston Office. She focuses her practice on local government and public finance law, primarily representing municipal utility districts, levee improvement districts and other special districts as general counsel and bond counsel. Laken also represents commercial and residential real estate developers in the formation of special districts throughout Texas and in matters relating to the development and financing of property wi...
Taheera is an associate in the Affordable Housing and Community Development practice group and the Cannabis Business Law practice group in Houston. Her experience includes drafting high-stakes legislation for state legislators involving the regulation of real estate transactions, agencies, and personnel; the production and regulation of hemp; banking and finance regulation; corporate governance; state and local government contracting and procurement; data privacy and cybersecurity; state and ...
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