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 attorneys and advisors who have 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.

Episode #799: Corporate! Income! Tax!

Planet Money by NPR | October 11, 2017

Washington DC M&A and corporate transactions partner Ken Silverberg is interviewed in this podcast about the proposed changes to the corporate income tax.

Medicare facilities and Legionella: The requirements have extended beyond cooling towers

Bloomberg Law | July 14, 2017

Rochester energy and environmental partner Jean McCreary, professional specialist Libby Ford, and Albany health care partner Peter Millock authored this article about the memo sent to all State Survey Agency Directors from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services regarding a new requirement for certified health facilities to assess and address Legionella-related risks in their water systems.

Trump turmoil tempers law firm business forecasts

New York Law Journal | May 22, 2017

Albany energy and environmental partner Rich Cogen provides commentary in this article about how political developments under the Trump administration have affected the legal industry and certain practice areas.

A look at Trump's Labor Department

HR Executive Online | May 15, 2017

Providence labor and employment partner Andrew Prescott is quoted in this article about the new Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta and how he may impact the Labor Department rules and policies.

U.S. Supreme Court lets Cowlitz ruling stand, ‘good news’ for Taunton casino prospects

Taunton Gazette | April 03, 2017

This article focuses on a U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming that it is in the federal government’s authority to take land into trust for another tribe. The article references a case in Massachusetts about the Mashpee Tribe’s attempt to build a casino there.  Rochester commercial litigation partner David Tennant, who represents residents who are challenging the casino, is quoted.

For marijuana law, now the grown up hour

Commonwealth Magazine | March 20, 2017

Boston real estate partner Larry DiCara contributed this article about the next steps in the legislative process regarding Massachusetts adult-use marijuana laws.

Meet the judge who will hear the Boston legal challenge of Trump’s ban

Boston Globe | February 03, 2017

This article focuses on the judge who will hear Boston’s challenge of the Trump administration’s recent executive order regarding the immigration ban. Boston government investigations and white collar defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted discussing Judge Gorton’s judicial style.

Local citizens gear up for D.C. events

Democrat & Chronicle | January 15, 2017

This article focuses events in Rochester leading up to the presidential inauguration including a panel discussion that addresses potential changes to energy, infrastructure, tax policies, trade and labor and employment in a new administration. Washington DC government relations senior policy advisor Tom Reynolds, who moderated the panel, is quoted.

Recent Water-related Cases That May Impact NPDES/SPDES Dischargers

ClearWaters | December 21, 2016

A discussion of five cases that might impact wastewater permitting regulations for holders of SPDES permits, written by Rochester senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford, San Francisco Energy and Environmental associate Alison Torbitt, and Albany counsel Peter Trimarchi.

Power co. wants DC Circ. to force action on NY pipeline

Law360 | December 15, 2016

This article highlights the latest development in a case involving New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s delayed approval of a permit to start building a natural gas pipeline, which impacts upstate New York power plant developer CPV Valley LLC’s facility operations. Washington DC Energy and Environmental partner Elizabeth Whittle is noted as representing CPV Valley LLC.

GAO Bid Protest Reform by the House and Senate: Is the Process Broken?

Government Contracting Law Report | October 01, 2016

Washington DC M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Vince Napoleon authored this article discussing recent proposals from the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to reform the Government Accountability Office bid protest process.

What To Know About NY's New Cooling Tower Regulations

Law360 | July 29, 2016

This guest column authored by Rochester energy and environmental partner Jean McCreary and Rochester senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford focuses on final cooling tower regulations put into place by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to protect against legionella and other bacteria.

After Three Decades in the Spotlight, Clinton Stands on the Cusp of History

CQ Magazine | July 22, 2016

Washington, DC, Government Relations Senior Strategic Policy Advisor Thomas Reynolds is quoted in this article reflecting on Hillary Clinton’s rise to be the 2015 Democratic Party nominee for president.

Calling All Breweries: Is Your Wastewater In Order?

Law360 | July 11, 2016

Rochester senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford and San Francisco Energy & Environmental associate Alison Torbitt co-authored this column discussing the EPA’s national standards for industrial wastewater discharged to local publicly owned treatment works and how they affect breweries.

DoD Cybersecurity: Safeguarding Unclassified Covered Defense Information

Government Contracting Law Report | July 01, 2016

Washington, DC, partner Vincent Napoleon and associate Harini Kidambi co-authored this column discussing steps being taken by the Department of Defense to minimize vulnerabilities and the impact of cyberattacks against defense contractors.

Developers add affordable units, retail to supportive-housing projects to make them more desirable

Crain's New York Business | June 07, 2016

New York City affordable housing strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen is quoted in this article regarding recent zoning changes designed to make mixed-use developments more feasible in the state.

Judge dismisses clay mine appeal

Finger Lakes Times | March 13, 2016

Rochester Energy & Environmental associate Amy Reichhart is mentioned as counsel for Seneca Meadows Landfill in this article about the recent appeal decision in favor of her client.

The FDA's Priority List For 2016

Law360 | January 29, 2016

Chicago Health Care associates Erica Cribbs, Gretchen Harper and April Schweitzer co-authored this column discussing the Food and Drug Administration’s priorities for the year.

North Korea is Newest Frontier for a Daredevil Investor

New York Times | January 14, 2016

Washington, DC, M&A and Corporate Transactions group partner Alexandra Lopez-Casero is quoted in this article regarding investments in North Korea that may violate American sanctions.

Contracting Advocates Skeptical of Proposed Regulation Revision

Inside Defense | December 24, 2015

Washington, DC, Government Contracts partner Vince Napoleon provides commentary in this feature story on a proposed regulation meant to reduce constant submissions of pricing paperwork which has the right intent but may not solve the problem at hand.

Problems in DOD Plan to Reduce TINA Regulatory Actions

Law360 | December 21, 2015

Washington, DC, partner and leader of the Government Contracts group Vincent Napoleon and Washington, DC, associate Nia Newton co-authored this column on the latest proposed amendments to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement seeking to reduce unnecessary and repeated submissions of certified costs or pricing data pursuant to the Truth in Negotiation Act.

Credit Agricole Settlement Is Warning To Foreign Cos.

Law360 | November 02, 2015

Washington, DC, M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Washington, DC, business department law clerk Anjali Vohra authored this column discussing a U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control settlement underscoring the high compliance expectations placed on firms, the benefit of timely and complete voluntary self-disclosures and the extraterritorial reach of the U.S. sanctions program.

Putting Out a Call on Added Sugars

Food Processing | October 26, 2015

Chicago Commercial Litigation partner Jamie Robinson, a member of the Food, Beverage & Agriculture team, authored this column looking at where the FDA will end up on 'added sugars' on the new Nutrition Facts Panel.

World Bank Tries Procurement Reform to Cut Corruption Risk

Compliance Week | October 14, 2015

Washington, DC, partner and leader of the firm’s Government Contracts team Vince Napoleon provides commentary in this piece on changes to the World Bank’s policies and procedures that will make the procurement process more consistent, transparent, and streamlined.

Public-Private Partnerships—Is This a New Concept in Government Contracting?

Government Contracting Law Report | September 01, 2015

Washington, DC, partner and leader of the Government Contracts team Vince Napoleon authored this column discussing the future of public-private partnerships (“P3s”) in government contracting. Washington, DC, department attorney Diana Vilmenay co-authored the column.

Are P3s The 'New' Thing in Government Contracting?

Law360 | June 16, 2015

Washington, DC, Government Contracts partner Vince Napoleon and Washington, DC, IP litigation staff attorney Diana Vilmenay authored this column on the rising popularity of public-private partnerships as a form of government contracting.

A Look at IRS Plan for Contracts with Foreign Contractors

Law360 | May 01, 2015

Washington, DC, partner and leader of the firm’s Government Contracts team Vince Napoleon and Washington, DC, M&A and Corporate Transactions associate Rob Trott coauthored this article discussing the Internal Revenue Service’s proposed regulations related to the assessment of a foreign contracts excise tax.

The Rising Tide of Suspensions and Debarments in Government Contracts

Government Contracting Law Report | May 01, 2015

Washington, DC, partner and leader of the firm’s Government Contracts team Vince Napoleon and Rochester Commercial Litigation counsel Kevin Saunders coauthored this column, the first of two in this series, on how the current environment is increasing the number of suspensions and debarments among government contractors.

3 Political Fights That Threaten Key Tools for Property Deals

Law360 | April 27, 2015

New York City Affordable Housing strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen is quoted in this article discussing key political battles developers are closely watching.

Upstate Poised for Revitalization if Leaders Act Boldly

The Daily Gazette | March 22, 2015

Washington, DC, Government Relations senior strategic policy advisor Tom Reynolds, along with 46 other business and civic leaders, published this opinion piece urging the New York State Legislature and the governor's commitment of financial resources to Upstate NY to spur revitalization.

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