Moving Forward: The New Administration and the 115th Congress



When law and policy change, we help our clients recognize and influence what’s coming, understand the implications, plan and move forward.

Tax Reform

On November 1, 2017, the leadership of congressional Republicans released their vision for a comprehensive refashioning of the United States tax code. With more than three decades since the last extensive revamp of the system of taxation, the proposed changes, if enacted, would be sweeping—dramatically changing how, how much and from whom the U.S. government collects taxes. As the bill works through the legislative process, we’ll provide analysis and information regarding these changes and the impact they may have on our clients and their businesses.

Please see the “Ideas” section below for thought leadership about Tax Reform and other topics related to the 115th Congress.

Our approach

The election of Donald J. Trump and a majority Republican Congress presents a shifting policy landscape that will affect businesses and individuals significantly. In preparation for the new administration, we’re tapping our government relations experience, legal experience and professional networks to contribute to the conversation about what may come next for our clients and communities.

The Trump Administration, working with the new Congress, is expected to affect numerous areas of law and public policy. As these changes unfold, we’ll continue to help your businesses understand the coming changes and how they might affect business operations. We’ll also help create strategic responses to affect these changes when possible and help you plan for the change to keep your business moving forward.

In this time of great policy and legal uncertainty, we are committed to counsel our clients to position their organizations for success related to the new administration and Congress.

Potential areas of greatest impact

  • Financial Services
  • Energy & Environment
  • Immigration
  • Health Care
  • Higher Education
  • Infrastructure
  • Labor & Employment
  • Public Finance
  • Regulatory
  • Tax
  • Trade & Export Controls

 

Buffalo-area immigration lawyers see range of issues stemming from Washington

Buffalo Business First | May 19, 2018

Providence corporate counsel Courtney New is quoted in this article asking business immigration practitioners about the top issues facing their clients as the federal government has clamped down on U.S. companies attempting to hire foreign workers.

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.

Tax Reform’s Impact On Private Equity

Law360 | April 03, 2018

Washington DC public company transactions partner Sean Clancy and associate Praveen Ayyagari, Rochester M&A and corporate transactions associate Brian Mahoney and Los Angeles M&A and corporate transactions partner Shahzad Malik contributed this expert analysis column on tax reform’s impact on private equity.

The new tax plan could impact charitable giving

Hearst Television | January 01, 2018

Washington DC M&A and corporate transactions partner Ken Silverberg is interviewed in this news segment about how the new tax plan may affect charitable giving.

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.

Affordable housing developers, financiers worried about potential effects of tax reform

Bisnow | November 28, 2017

Washington DC affordable housing associate Susanna Mitchell was quoted in this article for her outlook on how a decrease in the corporate tax rate could make it more difficult to strike deals with investors for affordable housing projects.

House passes tax reform bill; Senate Finance Committee sends bill to floor

Affordable Housing Finance | November 17, 2017

This article covers Affordable Housing Finance’s recent annual AHF Live: The Affordable Housing Developers Summit in Chicago and quotes Washington, DC tax credit finance and syndication partner Rick Goldstein discussing the proposed tax reform bill.

How tax reform could devastate the affordable housing market

American Banker | November 15, 2017

Washington DC tax credit finance and syndication partner Rick Goldstein provides commentary about private activity bonds in the following coverage about how the proposed tax reform bill will impact affordable housing.

Squawk on the Street

CNBC | November 14, 2017

Washington DC tax credit finance and syndication partner Rick Goldstein provides commentary about private activity bonds in the following coverage about how the proposed tax reform bill will impact affordable housing.

Nightly Business Report

PBS | November 14, 2017

Washington DC tax credit finance and syndication partner Rick Goldstein provides commentary about private activity bonds in the following coverage about how the proposed tax reform bill will impact affordable housing.

The good and bad news about the GOP tax plan

The Real Deal | November 03, 2017

Washington DC tax credit finance and syndication partner Rick Goldstein is quoted in this article discussing how the GOP’s proposed tax reform plan will affect affordable housing.

Republican tax plan would decimate affordable housing in New York, advocates and city officials warn

POLITICO New York | November 03, 2017

Washington DC tax credit finance and syndication partner Rick Goldstein is quoted in this article about the impact of the House Tax Reform Bill on affordable housing.

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.

The U.S. is withdrawing from UNESCO—What happens now?

Artsy | October 13, 2017

Washington DC tax credit finance and syndication partner Andrew Potts, a former executive director of the United States National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites, is quoted in this article about the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from UNESCO, the United Nation’s cultural organization, by the end of this year.

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.

Revisiting Title IX process could benefit all lawyers say

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | October 05, 2017

Providence commercial litigation counsel Steven Richard provides commentary in this article about the Trump administration’s Title IX guidance document.

The war inside Trump Village

Crain’s New York | August 21, 2017

New York City affordable housing partner Erica Buckley provides commentary on the complications that arise when apartments exit affordable housing programs.

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.

International law practices see changes amid Trump transition

Buffalo Business First | May 19, 2017

Buffalo commercial litigation counsel Ben Dwyer is quoted in this article about how the Trump administration may impact international lawyers’ practices.

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.

The uncertain future of the TCPA in the Trump era

Bloomberg Law | May 08, 2017

Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane and New York City commercial litigation associate Paul Williamson contributed this article addressing the ways in which the Trump administration may affect the TCPA.

Radio broadcast segment

WNYC-FM | March 28, 2017

New York City affordable housing partner Joseph Lynch is mentioned in this radio broadcast segment discussing how the Trump Administration’s tax reform may affect affordable housing projects.

Virginia judge tees up argument over travel ban for top court

Bloomberg News | March 24, 2017

New York City commercial litigation associate Danielle McLaughlin provides third-party commentary in this article about a ruling in Virginia denying a request to block President Trump’s March 6 executive order that restricts travel to the U.S. from six countries with majority Muslim populations.

Trump's travel ban: How could Hawaii block it?

Al Jazeera | March 16, 2017

New York City commercial litigation associate Danielle McLaughlin was quoted in this article about a Hawaii federal judge’s issuance of a temporary restraining order on President Trump’s travel ban.

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.

Illinois hospitals warily watching politics court rulings in 2017

Chicago Tribune | December 27, 2016

This story previews what health care industry changes we may see in 2017.  Chicago partner and health care practice chair Lynn Gordon provides third-party commentary regarding the issues hospital systems face and the impact of potential changes to Obamacare in a Trump administration.

Law Column

Rochester Business Journal | December 09, 2016

Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk and San Francisco labor and employment associate Traci Bernard-Marks co-authored this article about impacts the Trump administration may have on labor and employment law.

Looking ahead to 2017: Bay Area foreign investment and ‘The Trump Effect'

Bisnow | November 23, 2016

San Francisco M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Jinjian Huang and director of global strategies David Kaufman are mentioned in this article about a roundtable held at the firm’s San Francisco office which covered potential effects the Trump presidency may have on Asian investments in the Bay Area.

Industry leaders cautiously optimistic post-election

Affordable Housing Finance | November 21, 2016

New York City Affordable Housing strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen is quoted in this article about impacts the election may have on the New York City affordable housing industry. In the article, Deborah emphasizes that President-elect Trump knows real estate finance, is from New York, and likely understands the importance of affordable housing programs.

Trumping Obama's employment law legacy

Law360 | November 16, 2016

Providence Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier and San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum and associate Traci Bernard-Marks contributed this article about anticipated changes in labor and employment law by President-elect Trump and Republicans in Congress.

Future of Dodd-Frank uncertain under Trump

Law360 | November 11, 2016

This piece focuses on the changes we may see in the financial industry in a Trump administration. Rochester commercial litigation partner and office managing partner Carolyn Nussbaum provides commentary throughout the article discussing the likely impact on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Volcker Rule.

Here's how labor and employment might change under Trump

Fast Company | November 11, 2016

Providence Labor & Employment partner and office managing partner Andrew Prescott is quoted discussing how President-elect Trump may reshape the National Labor Relations Board and the ways it could affect employers.

Trump spells trouble for Obama's employment legacy

Law360 | November 09, 2016

This article focuses on the labor and employment changes we could see in a Trump administration. San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum discusses the topic of equal pay.

Boston business leaders react to news of President-elect Donald Trump

Boston Business Journal | November 09, 2016

This article is a roundup of Boston-area business leaders’ reactions to the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. Boston Real Estate partner Chris Froeb comments on the impact the Trump administration may have on the Boston real estate community.

Trump, Clinton robocalls rising as Election Day looms

Bloomberg Law: Privacy & Data Security | October 19, 2016

Boston Intellectual Property Litigation associate Troy Lieberman is quoted throughout this article about increased robocalls as Election Day approaches and the TCPA implications. Click here to read the full article.

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