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.

How should discharges to groundwater be regulated?

Rochester Business Journal | November 22, 2018

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk wrote this contributed column on recent cases involving the Clean Water Act and discharges to groundwater, drawing from an alert by San Francisco partner Alison Torbitt, Albany associate Dana Stanton and senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford, all of the Affordable Housing & Real Estate group.

FDA never saw birth-defect tests on GSK drug, families say

Law360 | September 12, 2018

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partners Mark Seltzer and Brian French are mentioned in this article for their ongoing representation of GlaxoSmithKline in a suit regarding their drug Zofran.

IRS issues long-awaited guidance on donor-advised funds

Nonprofit & Government Times | June 29, 2018

Washington DC corporate partner Michael Cooney wrote this contributed article on donor-advised funds, a type of low-paperwork charitable trust, and how their use will change in light of new guidance and proposed regulations.

One more arrow in the government’s anti-corruption quiver: the Global Magnitsky Act

The Anti-Corruption Report | May 29, 2018

Corporate partners Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Isabelle de Smedt are quoted in this article discussing the business consequences of the Global Magnitsky Act, a new anti-corruption statute.

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms and Stories On Law360

Law360 | April 07, 2018

The article “Tax Reform’s Impact on Private Equity,” written by NP attorneys Sean Clancy, Shahzad Malik, Praveen Ayyagari and Brian Mahoney, was one of Law360’s most-clicked items last week.

New Hampshire Hospitals Win Challenge to Medicaid Payment Rules

Reuters | April 04, 2018

Litigation department chair Scott O’Connell is quoted in this story involving Nixon Peabody’s representation of an association of New Hampshire hospitals in its successful appeal against the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The lawsuit relates to a policy change about how Medicaid payment are calculated.

Above & Beyond: Honoring 30 of New York’s Most Remarkable Women

City & State New York | March 26, 2018

New York City affordable housing strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen has been named one of the New York’s most remarkable women for her work on housing policy.

NYCHA on the brink

Affordable Housing Finance | March 26, 2018

New York City affordable housing strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen provides thought leadership on New York City and state funding for public housing.

DC Circuit Delivers Relief, but Not Clarity, with TCPA Ruling

Law360 | March 15, 2018

Boston IP litigation associate Troy Lieberman is quoted in this article explaining how the DC Circuit Court’s ruling on the FCC’s telemarketing rules will provide some relief for businesses.

Waterfront Developers Prepare for a Sea Change

The Boston Globe | February 10, 2018

Americans rush to pay property taxes before new year

Hearst Television | December 26, 2017

Washington DC M&A and corporate transactions partner Ken Silverberg provides commentary in this news segment about which Americans benefitted from pre-paying their property taxes before the new tax legislation took effect.

What the tax bill means for the middle market

Mergers & Acquisitions | December 21, 2017

In this Q&A, New York City public company transactions partner Dick Langan discusses the new U.S. tax reform and which industries will benefit the most from the changes.

How nation’s new tax law might affect charitable organizations

Rochester Business Journal | December 14, 2017

Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk, M&A and corporate transactions counsel Anita Pelletier and Washington DC M&A and corporate transactions partner Mike Cooney authored this column about the impact of U.S. tax reform on nonprofits.

Senate passes tax bill as housing advocates work to preserve bonds

Affordable Housing Finance | December 03, 2017

Washington DC tax credit finance and syndication partner Rick Goldstein is quoted in this article on the differences between the Senate and House tax bills in their impact on affordable housing in the U.S.

How tax reform could devastate the affordable housing market

National Mortgage News | November 30, 2017

Washington DC tax credit finance and syndication partner Rick Goldstein is quoted this article on how the tax reform plan would impact affordable housing in the U.S.

Billionaire pharmaceuticals entrepreneur indicted in alleged fentanyl fraud scheme

Wall Street Journal | October 25, 2017

This article quotes Boston government investigations and white collar defense partner Brian Kelly for representing John Kapoor, the former chief executive of pharmaceutical company Insys Therapeutics, Inc. in an ongoing investigation.

Episode #799: Corporate! Income! Tax!

Planet Money by NPR | October 10, 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 13, 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 21, 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 14, 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.

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

Boston Globe | February 02, 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 14, 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 20, 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 14, 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 | September 30, 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.

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