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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 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.

Ecco perché la democrazia Usa è a rischio. Parla l’avv. Bernardini

Formiche.net | November 14, 2020

This article features an interview with Nixon Peabody partner, Charles Bernardini, regarding President Trump’s challenge to the 2020 presidential election results.

Radio 24 con Charles Bernardini

Sole 24 Ore Radio 24 | November 06, 2020

This Italian radio segment features Nixon Peabody partner Charles Bernardini discussing procedural steps involved in challenging the 2020 USA presidential election results.

SEC: Actual Notice Is Needed to Bar Broker

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | September 24, 2020

This article covers the work of Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher and associate Scott Seitz in getting the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to drop a lifetime ban for their client, after convincing the SEC that further proceedings were required. The story quotes both Rob and Scott.

Mass. Pot Co. Says Regulator Sat On Application for Months

Law360 | September 21, 2020

Manchester Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Mark Knights is quoted in this article on a Massachusetts marijuana dispensary’s lawsuit alleging the state’s Cannabis Control Commission has failed to take action on the dispensary’s license application for nearly three times the 90-day prescribed turnaround time. The article mentions Mark and Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense associate Charles Dell’Anno for representing the dispensary, Northeast Alternatives.

Increased Nursing Home Data Reporting Could Bring ‘Perfect Storm’ of Federal Lawsuits

Skilled Nursing News | September 21, 2020

This article, covering takeaways from a recent webinar on long-term care facility infection control enforcement, extensively quotes Washington DC Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Adam Tarosky, who provided several best practices for skilled nursing facilities amid increased government scrutiny.

Congress lets leniency program for antitrust criminals lapse

CQ Roll Call | June 23, 2020

Washington, DC, Complex Commercial Disputes partner Gordon Lang, who leads the firm’s Antitrust, Regulatory and Unfair Trade Practices team, is quoted on the likelihood of Congress reauthorizing a leniency program for antitrust probes and why some large companies may at times be reluctant to come forward for fear of unnecessarily exposing themselves to civil liability risks.

Compliance Hot Spots

Law.com | June 09, 2020

This roundup of white-collar, regulatory and compliance news and trends mentions Affordable Housing and Real Estate partner Harry Kelly and Corporate partner Ken Silverberg, both of Washington, DC, for representing a businessman’s estate in a new tax case before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington.

Undefining ‘WOTUS’

Water Environment & Technology | November 26, 2019

This article features analysis by Rochester senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford on a proposed replacement rule that would restrict the federal government’s jurisdiction over waterways under the Clean Water Act.

21st Century Cures Act driving FDA changes

Modern Healthcare | September 07, 2019

This article discussing the 21st Century Cures Act’s ongoing impact on the Food and Drug Administration’s approval process quotes Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Hannah Bornstein and Chicago Health Care partner Valerie Montague.

Devicemaker-doctor relationships ripe for fraud litigation

Modern Healthcare | August 23, 2019

This article quotes Washington, DC, Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Adam Tarosky for his perspective on the overlap between anti-kickback violations and False Claims Act violations when physicians are accused of accepted improper perks from medical device companies.

Boston Scientific asks judge to toss robocall suit

Law360 | July 12, 2019

This article highlights Boston Intellectual Property associate Troy Lieberman, who is representing Boston Scientific in a proposed class action suit alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

GSK gets 2nd chance to argue preemption in Zofran MDL

Law360 | July 10, 2019

The following articles mention Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partners Mark Seltzer and Brian French for their representation of GlaxoSmithKline in an ongoing matter related to the pharmaceutical company’s anti-nausea drug Zofran. One of the issues is whether federal law pre-empts state law in the case.

Judge to seek FDA’s views on Zofran birth defect cases against GSK

Reuters Legal | July 10, 2019

The following articles mention Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partners Mark Seltzer and Brian French for their representation of GlaxoSmithKline in an ongoing matter related to the pharmaceutical company’s anti-nausea drug Zofran. One of the issues is whether federal law pre-empts state law in the case.

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.

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