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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS & REGULATORY

We help companies navigate the rules and regulations that govern their industries. Knowing how government works, we navigate opportunities that open doors for growth, innovation and profit.

Our approach

Government regulations are complex. And every time the rules change, your company likely will face new challenges.

Nixon Peabody’s Government Relations & Regulatory practices offer the combined knowledge, experience and connections of more than 50 attorneys and professionals, many with backgrounds working for the agencies or legislative bodies governing our clients. Our team includes a former member of the U.S. Congress, a former U.S. Senator and attorneys who worked in various regulatory agencies, at both federal and state levels.

From our vantage point in Washington, DC, and in commercial centers across Europe and Asia, we help companies anticipate, navigate and comply with the myriad regulations that govern their industries.

Whether you need a voice in Congress or before a local administrative board, we advocate for legislative or policy changes that align with your business strategy.

Who we work with

Public and private organizations who want to stay ahead of the competition by anticipating government legislation, regulation and policy changes.

Media Clips

  • Cloud Computing Poses Unique Export Controls Challenges
    Law360 | August 6, 2014
    Washington, DC, Business Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero discusses how U.S. cloud users can stay compliant under the U.S. export control laws.
  • 3 Cybersecurity Steps Defense Contractors Need To Take
    Law360 | August 5, 2014
    Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin, Washington, DC, Commercial Litigation and Government Contracts partner Vince Napoleon and Washington, DC, Commercial Litigation associate Katherine Bastian discuss steps companies doing business with the government should take as they are facing new cybersecurity requirements.
  • FDA's Biggest New Policies of 2014: Midyear Report
    Law360 | July 28, 2014
    Washington, DC, Health Care and Life Sciences partner Areta Kupchyk is quoted in this forward-looking feature story on new rules and guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration making waves for drug and device makers.
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  • Versar picks up J.M. Waller
    The Deal | July 2, 2014
    Client J.M. Waller Associates’ sale to Versar, Inc. is highlighted in this piece. The coverage notes J.M. Waller’s legal team led by securities practice group leader John Partigan and includes partners Brian Kopp and Christian McBurney; associate Pierce Han; and paralegal Alicia Rotella.
  • Personalized Medicine Changes the Rules of the Play (Personoitu Laaketiede Muuttaa Pelisaantoja)
    Mediuutiset (Finland) | March 21, 2014
    In this Finnish health care publication, Boston Patents counsel Leena Karttunen Contarino provides commentary on how the FDA defines personalized medicine and about the FDA’s attempts to handle personalized medicine drugs and devices in an integrated process.
  • Latest Ukraine-Related Sanctions Likely Won't Be The Last
    Law360 | March 18, 2014
    Washington, DC, Global Business & Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and Government Relations counsel Doug Dziak discuss the likely series of government sanctions in response to the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
  • People on the Move
    Washington Business Journal | February 4, 2014
    This coverage notes that Washington, DC, Commercial Litigation & Government Contracts attorney Vince Napoleon has been elected to the firm’s partnership.
  • Mass. Solar Program Sets a Shining Example for Other States
    Law360 | January 28, 2014
    Boston Energy & Environmental partner Rob Dewees discusses Massachusetts’ Solar Renewable Energy Certificate program and how it’s leading the way for other states.
  • Business News
    WBZ-AM (News Radio) | January 23, 2014
    Albany Energy & Environmental counsel Pete Trimarchi discusses a recent chemical spill in West Virginia, tips to avoid a similar incident and the cost of non-compliance.
  • Fracking Poses Threat to NY Land Values, Mortgages
    Law360 | January 9, 2014
    Albany Energy & Environmental counsel Pete Trimarchi discusses high-volume hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in New York State.
  • Massachusetts Revising SREC Program to Promote Healthy Solar Growth
    Solar Industry | January 9, 2014
    Boston Energy & Environmental partner Rob Dewees discusses Massachusetts' revised set of policy recommendations aimed to stabilize and grow the solar renewable energy certificate (SREC) program.
  • Life Sciences Regulation and Legislation to Watch in 2014
    Law360 | January 1, 2014
    Washington, DC, Health Services and Life Sciences partner Areta Kupchyk discusses FDA’s involvement in laboratory-developed testing, momentum on biosimilars, and possible further guidance on developing tailored medications.
  • Takeaways from CFIUS' Latest Win in Court
    Law360 | November 12, 2013

    This column, authored by Washington, DC, Global Business & Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Washington, DC, Government Relations & Public Policy counsel Doug Dziak, highlights important takeaways from a District of Columbia federal court decision in favor of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States in a case against Chinese-owned Ralls Corporation.

  • Shades of Green: New Department of Defense Renewable Energy Commitment Presents Significant Opportunities (and Risks) for Developers
    Contract Management | November 1, 2013
    This article authored by New York City Energy & Environmental partner Ellen Friedman and Washington, DC, Securities associate Tiana Butcher notes increasing efforts by the U.S. Army to attract private developers to construct and own large-scale renewable power projects at army installations and the inherent challenges and risks associated with federal procurement contracting.
  • Deconstruction Keeps Value and Dollars in DC's Neighborhoods
    Elevation DC | October 29, 2013
    Washington, DC, Energy & Environmental partner Elizabeth Whittle is featured in this article on “deconstructing” rather than demolishing a home. Read the full article here.
  • FDA's Stem Cell Oversight Faces Pivotal Test in DC Circ.
    Law360 | October 22, 2013
    Washington, DC, Health Services and Life Sciences partner Areta Kupchyk discusses the importance of a DC Circuit case focused on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s power to regulate stem cell therapy.
  • Structured Approach Can Help Solar Developers Fulfill Promise of Brownfields
    Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report | October 3, 2013
    Albany Energy and Environmental counsel Pete Trimarchi discusses some of the significant obstacles to the development of a utility-scale solar project on a brownfield site.
  • 5 Takeaways from FDA's Unique Device ID Rule
    Law360 | September 27, 2013
    Washington, DC, Health Services and Life Sciences partner Areta Kupchyk comments on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s final rule on unique device identification.
  • Plan B Saga Exposes FDA to Drug-Approval Suits
    Law360 | June 19, 2013

    Washington, DC, Health Services and Life Sciences partner Areta Kupchyk discusses the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s battle against wider access to Plan B emergency contraception.

  • Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown appointed co-chairman of new defense policy advocacy group
    The Springfield Republican | June 18, 2013

    This coverage notes that Boston Government Relations & Public Policy counsel Scott Brown has been appointed co-chairman of the Bipartisan Coalition for American Security with former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman.

  • Enforcement Trends Related to Executive Liability in Health Care Investigations
    Bloomberg BNA Health Care Fraud Report | June 12, 2013

    A team of New York City attorneys, including Health Services practice group leader Michele Masucci, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partners David Feldman and Sean Haran, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense senior associate Ashley Baynham, and Commercial Litigation associate Devon Haft Little discuss recent enforcement trends under the False Claims Act and the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The article also provides guidance for corporate executives on how best to address this new enforcement focus.

  • Former Sen. Scott Brown to Discuss Business Climate at ACG Boston's Growth Conference 2013
    Mergers & Acquisitions | May 29, 2013

    This coverage notes that former Massachusetts Senator and Boston Government Relations & Public Policy counsel Scott Brown is the keynote speaker for ACG Boston’s Growth Conference 2013, New England’s largest M&A conference.

  • Law Column: The JOBS Act
    Rochester Business Journal | May 24, 2013

    Rochester Global Business & Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and Washington, DC, Government Relations & Public Policy counsel Doug Dziak co-authored this column providing an update on the JOBS Act.

  • Eastern States, DC Sue EPA Over Exemptions on Cross-border Power Plant Emissions
    SNL Power Daily | May 7, 2013

    Rochester partner and leader of the firm’s Energy & Environmental practice Scott Turner discusses a pending lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency over the agency’s move to exempt states at least temporarily from addressing in their implementation plans power plant emissions degrading air quality outside their borders.

  • FDA Cracking Down on Compounders at Historic Pace
    Law360 | April 22, 2013

    Washington, DC, health services and life sciences partner Areta Kupchyk provides commentary in this feature article discussing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s efforts to police the compounding pharmacy sector.

  • Where the Votes are in Boston
    CommonWealth | April 9, 2013

    This contributed article co-authored by Boston Real Estate partner Larry DiCara focuses on how voting power in Boston has shifted geographically over the past decade.

  • Mass. Officials See N.Y. Ruling as Impetus for Congressional Action on Online Sales Taxes
    Boston Globe | April 2, 2013

    Boston Public Finance counsel Navjeet Bal, former commissioner of revenue for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, discusses a recent New York court ruling requiring online retailers to collect state sales tax and its impact on Massachusetts and national scale.

  • Medical Apps Get the Once Over from the FDA
    Marketplace | March 29, 2013

    Washington, DC, Health Services and Life Sciences partner Areta Kupchyk discusses mobile medical apps and the FDA’s guidelines for approval.

  • Health-Care Lawyers Join Nixon Peabody in Albany Office
    Bloomberg News | March 28, 2013

    This coverage highlights the arrival of Albany Health Services partners Phil Rosenberg and Laurie Cohen.

  • Nixon Peabody Boosts Albany Team as NY Health Field Shifts
    Health and New York Law360 | March 28, 2013

    This article profiles new Albany Health Services partners Laurie Cohen and Philip Rosenberg.

  • FDA Seeks to Damp Criticism Over Mobile Health App Proposals
    Reuters | March 21, 2013

    Washington, DC, Health Services and Life Sciences partner Areta Kupchyk discusses the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s plans for regulating certain health care apps used on smartphones and tablets.

  • Opinion: Revisiting the Ethical Road Not Taken
    Roll Call | March 19, 2013

    This column, authored by Washington, DC, Government Relations & Public Policy counsel Doug Dziak, discusses the divergent paths of the Senate and House ethics committees.

  • Ex-U.S. Senator Scott Brown Joins Nixon Peabody Law Firm
    Bloomberg BusinessWeek | March 11, 2013

    The news of former U.S. Senator Scott Brown's arrival is highlighted in this article. It is noted that Mr. Brown will join the firm's Government Relations & Public Policy practice and will work alongside other political and government officials at the firm, including Tom Reynolds, a five-term U.S. congressman who leads the firm’s Government Relations practice.

  • Former Senator Scott Brown Joins Nixon Peabody as Counsel
    National Law Journal | March 11, 2013

    This feature story notes the arrival of former U.S. Senator Scott Brown. CEO and managing partner Andrew Glincher is quoted noting that the firm is entrepreneurial and innovative and that Mr. Brown is a problem solver and will be a good fit with the firm's existing team.

  • Former Senator Scott Brown to Join Nixon Peabody
    The New York Times | March 11, 2013

    This article highlights the arrival of former U.S. Senator Scott Brown who joined the firm as counsel in the Boston office.

  • Bloomberg's Washington Footprint Explodes
    POLITICO | January 29, 2013

    The article highlights New York Mayor Bloomberg’s efforts in the battle for billions of federal dollars in Hurricane Sandy relief. Washington, DC, senior strategic policy advisor and leader of the firm’s Government Relations practice Tom Reynolds is identified along with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour as lobbyists working for Mayor Bloomberg.

  • FDA's Authority to Regulate Pharmacy Compounding: Who's Responsible?
    Corporate Compliance Insights | January 16, 2013

    Washington, DC, Health Services and Life Sciences partner Areta Kupchyk authored this column on the enforcement authority of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate the creation of a particular pharmaceutical product to fit the unique needs of a patient. Click here to read the article.

  • Hot Market, Cool Reactions
    Boston Business Journal | November 30, 2012

    Boston Energy & Environmental partner Ruth Silman discusses the state of solar development in this feature article on Massachusetts’ green-energy sector.

  • New ‘Green Guides' Set Rules for Environmental Marketing
    Rochester Business Journal | November 23, 2012

    This column, co-authored by partner Jeff LaBarge, Chief Sustainability Officer Carolyn Kaplan, and associate Alison Torbitt, discusses new “Green Guides” from the Federal Trade Commission.

  • FDA Marketing Rules Stretch to Drugmakers' Media Pitches
    Law 360 | November 13, 2012

    Washington, DC, Health Services and Life Sciences partner Areta Kupchyk comments on the standard practice of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reprimand companies for any marketing efforts that seem to be unfair or misleading regardless if they are directed at consumers or the media.

  • 4 Decades After Clashes, Boston Again Debates School Busing
    New York Times | October 5, 2012

    Boston partner and former Boston City Councilor Larry DiCara is quoted in this feature story addressing Boston’s efforts to reduce its reliance on busing in a school system.

  • Report: New Mass. law may hurt hospital margins
    Modern Healthcare | September 10, 2012

    Boston counsel Jim Vallee provides commentary in this article discussing the new cost-containment law in Massachusetts.

  • Contractors Wary as DCAA Seeks More Internal Documents
    Washington Post | September 10, 2012

    Washington, DC, commercial litigation and government contacts counsel Vince Napoleon provides third-party commentary in this article on the new guidance issued by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) meant to help its auditors access contractors’ internal documents.

  • Handling an FDA inspection: Dos, Don'ts and When to Call a Lawyer
    Corporate Compliance Insights | August 20, 2012

    Washington, DC, Health Services and Life Sciences partner Areta Kupchyk authored this column discussing how to handle a facilities investigation by the Food and Drug Administration. Click here to read the article.

  • Drug, Device, and Biotechnology Manufacturing Requirements
    Corporate Compliance Insights | July 2, 2012

    This contributed article, authored by Washington, DC, Health Services and Life Sciences partner Areta Kupchyk, discusses the importance of compliance with current good manufacturing practice regulations established and enforced by the Food and Drug Administration. Click here to read the article.

  • Off-Label Communications: The FDA's Proposed Approach
    Product Liability Law & Strategy | July 1, 2012

    This article, authored by Washington, DC, Health Services and Life Sciences partner Areta Kupchyk and Buffalo Products associate Tracey Ehlers, discusses the Food and Drug Administration guidance addressing how drug, biologics, and medical device manufacturers should respond to unsolicited requests for off-label information, including—for the first time—communications via the Internet and social media.

  • Comment: FDA's Draft Guidance on Social Media and Off-Label Communications
    Bloomberg BNA Social Media Law & Policy Report | June 19, 2012
    Washington, DC, Life Sciences and Health Services partner Areta Kupchyk authored this article discussing the Food & Drug Administration’s long-awaited draft guidance on off-label use communications by drug, biologics, and device companies including, specifically, electronic communications using the Internet and social media.
  • The Park Doctrine and AIP: Two Little-Known But Powerful FDA Enforcement Tools
    Corporate Compliance Insights | April 17, 2012

    Washington, DC, Health Services and Life Sciences partner Areta Kupchyk authored this column addressing two enforcement tools used by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to violations. Click here to read the article.

  • FDA’s Draft Guidance on Social Media and Off-Label Communications
    Bloomberg BNA | January 25, 2012
    This contributed article, authored by Washington, DC, Health Services and Life Sciences partner Areta Kupchyk, discusses the draft guidance issued by the FDA about off-label use communications by drug, biologics, and device companies including, specifically, electronic communications using the Internet and social media.

Ideas

Builder beware! Federal court (mostly) rejects local building department's duty to enforce Fair Housing Accessibility Rules
Affordable Housing Alert | July 23, 2014

Changes to SEC Rule 701 under the Encouraging Employee Ownership Act: What you need to know
Government Relations Alert | June 16, 2014

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The second shoe drops: HUD (mostly) adopts DOJ accessibility standard
Affordable Housing Law Alert | May 29, 2014

New York and several other states move closer to banning microbeads in personal care products
Products Alert | May 15, 2014

"Reprocessed" and the Berry Amendment: When Domestic Preference Turns a Blind Eye to Common Usage
May 13, 2014

McCutcheon v. FEC: The end of campaign finance law? A victory for the First Amendment? Or something in between?
Government Relations & Public Policy Alert | April 7, 2014

U.S. sanctions Russian and Ukrainian officials after Crimea vote
Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Alert | March 17, 2014

New Ukraine-related sanctions: what you need to know
Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Alert | March 6, 2014

Court delivers (another) win for CFIUS
M&A and Corporate Transactions Law Alert | October 30, 2013

Open for business: government shutdown ends
Affordable Housing Alert | October 17, 2013

Shutdown: A Q&A with former U.S. Congressman Thomas Reynolds
Affordable Housing Alert | October 9, 2013

New DOH regulations promote accountable care in New York
Health Law Alert | September 30, 2013

HUD and RD release contingency plans in light of possible government shutdown
Affordable Housing Alert | September 30, 2013

Legislative proposal seeking to overhaul "misleading" food labeling
Food Safety & Litigation Alert | September 20, 2013

New York proposes regulations governing the siting of LNG facilities
Energy Alert | September 19, 2013

Webinar Recording: HUD's RAD program: What do you need to know?
Originally recorded July 29, 2013 | July 31, 2013

FDA moves urgently to restrict the use of Fecal Microbiota Transplants for the treatment of diseases
FDA Alert | July 22, 2013

Defense Contract Audit Agency's Access to Contractor Internal Audit Reports: Is Newport News Still the Standard?
Government Contracts Alert | July 9, 2013

Enforcement Trends Related to Executive Liability in Health Care Investigations
June 12, 2013

CFIUS and Congress: a recipe for potentially costly and time-consuming delays to a transaction
M&A Advisor | June 4, 2013

High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing and Home Rule: The Struggle for Control
May 3, 2013

Webinar Recording: EPA: What will the next four years bring?
Originally recorded April 25, 2013 | April 29, 2013

Step carefully when making campaign contributions: DOJ and FEC continue to prosecute improper contributions
Inside The Beltway | March 20, 2013

Webinar Recording: The First Amendment and Off-Label Promotion: Understanding the Implications of U.S. v. Caronia
Originally recorded December 5, 2012 | December 6, 2012

The new "Green Guides": Federal Trade Commission's guidance for avoiding deceptive marketing claims
Legally Green Alert | October 31, 2012

Webinar Recording: Knock Knock: Are you Prepared When the FDA Shows Up at Your Door?
Originally recorded September 27, 2012 | October 2, 2012

NLRB's final rule requiring private sector employers to post Notice of Employee Rights delayed until January 31, 2012
Inside the Beltway | October 5, 2011

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Press

Events

Environmental Regulation 2013: Hot Topics, Regulatory Developments, and Practical Guidance for Corporate Compliance
December 6, 2013

Title IX: Challenges and Opportunities for Colleges and Universities
November 14, 2013 | Boston, MA

Government Affairs Forum: What's Next for Boston in the Post-Menino Era
November 12, 2013 | Boston, MA

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