Government Policy

BakerHostetler’s Government Policy team helps clients resolve or avert federal and state policy-related concerns through legislative or administrative action. We craft legislation, advocate in opposition to legislation, and work with administrative agencies to develop or implement beneficial regulations that meet clients’ business and strategic goals.

Our results-driven team, which includes former members of Congress, a former U.S. Ambassador, former key congressional staff and former top government officials, routinely work with our clients to draft legislation, shape regulations, and ensure that our clients understand proposed or pending changes that might affect their bottom line.

We have the knowledge and skill to represent any private organization or public-sector concern in their policy needs – from Fortune 500 companies, U.S. multinational corporations and foreign corporations, to agricultural interests, professional sports teams and leagues, trade associations and other not-for-profit organizations.

We routinely help our clients respond to international government affairs problems and challenges, which often includes conducting high-level negotiations and fact-gathering in foreign countries.

Our lawyers counsel our clients on the potential impact of policy developments, and formulate solutions and shape the regulatory process so that our clients can get to “yes.”

We also represent foreign governments in the United States and abroad in issues related to trade, security, customs, culture, and government relations.

The Annual Legislative and U.S. Government Policy Seminar co-sponsored by BakerHostetler is widely considered to be Washington’s most prominent annual seminar on legislative policy developments.

See archives of speeches from what was called “a who’s who in politics” by The Washington Times.

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  • Advise Major League Baseball in all its important day-to-day lobbying and legislative concerns, including protecting baseball’s federal antitrust exemption, immigration, copyright protection, and security.
  • Serve as Colgate-Palmolive’s Washington office counsel on legislative and policy matters in Washington, D.C., a variety of foreign countries, and at the state and local level throughout the U.S. Our international engagements span the five continents.
  • Represent a number of states on Voting Rights and redistricting matters.
  • Serve as legislative counsel to the Children’s Hospital Association – which includes over 200 children’s hospitals – to further develop Medicaid policy for children.
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Professionals

Name Title Office Email
Darin R. Bartram Partner Washington, D.C.
E. Mark Braden Of Counsel Washington, D.C.
Hilary S. Cairnie Partner Washington, D.C.
Lucy J. Calautti Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.
Donna S. Clark Partner Houston
Brian P. Durdle Senior Advisor Cleveland
Geraldine E. Edens Partner Washington, D.C.
Andrew M. Grossman Associate Washington, D.C.
Susan Feigin Harris Partner Houston
Lori A. Herf Senior Advisor Columbus
Nicole S. Jefferson Associate Washington, D.C.
Daniel A. Kohl Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.
Richard B. Levin Counsel Denver
B. Scott McBride Partner Houston
Tom McDonald Partner Washington, D.C.
Michael G. Oxley Of Counsel Washington, D.C.
Peggy A. Peterson Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.
Sally Yuanyuan Qin Associate Washington, D.C.
Matthew S. Raymer Associate Washington, D.C.
David B. Rivkin Jr. Partner Washington, D.C.
Kathleen P. Rubinstein Healthcare Policy Analyst Houston
William H. Schweitzer Partner Washington, D.C.
Richard W. Siehl Partner Columbus
Tyler M. Thompson Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.

Experience

  • Advise Major League Baseball in all its important day-to-day lobbying and legislative concerns, including protecting baseball’s federal antitrust exemption, immigration, copyright protection, and security.
  • Serve as Colgate-Palmolive’s Washington office counsel on legislative and policy matters in Washington, D.C., a variety of foreign countries, and at the state and local level throughout the U.S. Our international engagements span the five continents.
  • Represent a number of states on Voting Rights and redistricting matters.
  • Serve as legislative counsel to the Children’s Hospital Association – which includes over 200 children’s hospitals – to further develop Medicaid policy for children.
  • Serve as legislative counsel to a non-profit health care entity. On behalf of this entity, we helped with the creation of the Council for Ohio Health Care Advocacy (COHCA), a non-profit, trans-disciplinary policy organization of health care professionals focused on patient-centered health care policy, the first association of its kind.
  • Serve as legislative counsel to a major insurance company/annuities provider at the federal and state level. In that regard, we were heavily involved in shaping the Dodd-Frank law.
  • Provide representation for the nation’s largest independent regulator in the financial sector.
  • Assisted a large, international telecommunications company with a variety of issues with the U.S. Government, including a high-profile investigation.
  • As part of a team, advised a large, multinational company on issues surrounding compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The matter was resolved with a satisfactory settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Worked with a unique coalition of the nation's largest freestanding children's hospitals; developed options in Medicaid policy for children nationally, including drafting legislative language and responding to specific legislative interest by Congress, the Congressional Budget Office, and CMS.
  • Served as legislative counsel to a leading global beauty company to ensure that the company qualified for a $4 million dollar incentive from the state of Ohio. Our representation resulted in the creation of 500 jobs.
  • Provided Capitol Hill representation to a high-technology company seeking to raise its public profile and to support the passage of the JOBS Act to benefit startup businesses. Our engagement ultimately resulted in the company’s CEO testifying before Congress on the difficulties faced by new, innovative businesses.
  • Worked with a children’s hospital to establish a strategic plan and implement a federal legislative program that included consultation on DSH funding, Medicaid reimbursement, pediatric ACO development, and other potential workforce funding opportunities established meetings with key congressional members; and analyzed, counseled and drafted alternatives to legislative language.
  • In support of our client’s case before a state supreme court, we coordinated the submission of an amicus brief from a nationally known nonprofit.
  • Developed a risk-based payment mechanism in Medicaid tied to the creation of a pediatric medical home; analyzed whether imposition of a coordinated care model can provide Medicaid savings; and created and carried out legislative strategy.
  • Worked with clients to establish hospital models for medical homes and ACOs, including the development of a medical home for chronically ill children suitable for a state waiver; facilitated an interface with CMMI officials relating to the consideration of differing sites of service for certain cardiac catheterization procedures as a means to increase quality outcomes while saving costs; and advised client on federal grant proposals.

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