Government Relations & Public Policy

We stay ahead of legislative and regulatory challenges, and turn them into opportunities, solving business problems with policy solutions and handling difficult issues that others can’t.

Our approach

In the fast-moving legislative and regulatory arenas, clients need more than information; they need intelligence and strategic advice. Increasingly, businesses are asking how decisions on Capitol Hill will affect their livelihood:

  • Are there important issues under discussion or examination?
  • Will the underpinnings of our successful business be modified or undermined?
  • Who are our likely champions and who are the detractors?
  • Does legislative or regulatory action help or impede our business?

We have the technical and regulatory intelligence that comes from lifetimes spent in public service and the insight that comes from staffers in both houses of Congress and on both sides of the aisle.

The efforts of our policy professionals are enhanced by 600+ attorneys, advisors and policy analysts who have served in key positions in a broad spectrum of federal and state-level agencies.

Who we work with

  • The largest public and private Fortune 500 companies, teaming seamlessly with their in-house government relations staff and management teams.
  • A variety of public sector clients—state agencies, municipalities and other governmental entities.
  • Nonprofits such as health services companies, trade organizations and colleges and universities also rely on us.
  • We are passionate about helping small business and entrepreneurs including startups, from concept to launch.

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

Law360 | April 08, 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 05, 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 27, 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 27, 2018

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

Americans rush to pay property taxes before new year

Hearst Television | December 27, 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 22, 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 15, 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 04, 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 | December 01, 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.

Republicans unveil their tax overhaul plan

WCVB-TV (Hearst Television Affiliate) | November 02, 2017

Washington DC M&A and corporate transactions partner Ken Silverberg is interviewed in this segment about Congressional Republicans’ proposed tax code overhaul.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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