Federal Policy

Overview

BakerHostetler’s Federal Policy team includes two former Members of Congress – one Republican, one Democrat – as well as former senior congressional and committee staff, as well as former Executive Branch officials. We provide a full range of government affairs, public policy and lobbying services to businesses of all sizes. Global corporations and startup firms turn to us because we provide clients with careful, competent counsel, and because of our solid record of accomplishment advocating to shape policy outcomes on Capitol Hill and in the Trump administration.

The 2016 addition of former Congressman Mike Ferguson as leader of BakerHostetler’s Federal Policy team affirmed our reputation as a pre-eminent policy firm among Washington decision-makers. Congressman Ferguson represented New Jersey for nearly a decade in the House, including serving as a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, which has broad jurisdiction over telecommunications, healthcare and energy policies. He also served on the Financial Services Committee.

Our value proposition is straightforward: We leverage the combined experience and diverse backgrounds of these former government officials to deliver value-added government affairs consulting services, including around-the-corner policy insight that provides clients with visibility into the politics, processes and personalities that impact future legislative and regulatory actions.

We routinely help clients recognize and inventory their vulnerabilities and opportunities in Washington – and take action to minimize the vulnerabilities and maximize the opportunities. We identify and develop potential legislative champions, draft legislation and lobby to shape legislative outcomes, and work with agencies to implement regulations that meet clients’ business and strategic goals.

Representative clients include AbbVie Inc., Alibaba Group, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Cardinal Health, Facebook, Inc., Gilead Sciences, Nasdaq, PhRMA, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prudential Financial and more.

In the spring of 2019, we will host the 30th annual BakerHostetler Legislative Seminar, widely considered Washington’s premier annual showcase on legislative policy developments. This year’s participants featured Washington’s top policymakers in both parties, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, who provided our clients with valuable insight into the latest developments on energy policy, tax reform, infrastructure, healthcare, immigration, government spending and more.

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  • Serving as the principal Washington office for several life-sciences research firms, developing their outreach strategy, identifying risks and opportunities, and targeting legislative champions on Capitol Hill.
  • Serving as legislative counsel to the Children’s Hospital Association, which includes more than 200 children’s hospitals nationwide, to assist in developing Medicaid policy for children.
  • Leading Washington- and state-based government affairs efforts for a major medical technology manufacturer, including advocating repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s medical device tax, playing a key role in successfully mitigating its initial impact and ultimately securing a suspension of the tax.
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Experience

  • Serving as the principal Washington office for several life-sciences research firms, developing their outreach strategy, identifying risks and opportunities, and targeting legislative champions on Capitol Hill.
  • Serving as legislative counsel to the Children’s Hospital Association, which includes more than 200 children’s hospitals nationwide, to assist in developing Medicaid policy for children.
  • Leading Washington- and state-based government affairs efforts for a major medical technology manufacturer, including advocating repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s medical device tax, playing a key role in successfully mitigating its initial impact and ultimately securing a suspension of the tax.
  • Assisting a large international engineering company in addressing a variety of issues with the federal government, including a high-profile investigation.
  • Completing projects for a blue-chip pharmaceutical manufacturer to ensure patient access to the company’s lifesaving medicines. Our work has included successfully advocating against a harmful, punitive policy that could have threatened the safety of the company’s leading blood-cancer medicine.
  • Providing Capitol Hill representation to a high-technology company seeking to raise its public profile, including securing an invitation for the company’s CEO to testify before Congress.
  • Representing one of the nation’s leading equity markets, including founding and leading a coalition to provide lawmakers and congressional staff with in-depth analysis of key market issues.
  • Managing and growing political action committees (PACs) for several individual corporate clients.
  • Developing stakeholder coalitions that include patient groups, physicians and industry to achieve policy goals, including legislation to promote patient access to lifesaving therapies.
  • Performing wide-ranging consulting and advocacy services for a major energy and utility provider in the Northeast.
  • Advocating in multiple state capitals regarding initiatives in energy, transportation, financial services and healthcare policy, among other areas.
  • Advising, supporting and directly participating in political campaigns for candidates of both major parties, ranging from presidential and congressional to state and local races.

Recognition

  • Chambers USA:Tax
    • Tax in the District of Columbia (2010 to 2018)
      • Band 3
    • Recognized Practitioner: Nationwide Tax: Controversy (2014 to 2018)
  • Chambers USA: Natural Resources and Environment 
    • Natural Resources & Environment in Ohio (2007 to 2017)
    • Recognized Practitioner: Natural Resources & Environment in Colorado (2014 to 2018)
    • Recognized Practitioner: Environment in the District of Columbia (2015 to 2018)
    • Recognized Practitioner: Environment in Florida (2015 to 2018)
  • Recognized as one of the top law firms for client service, BakerHostetler was named to the 2019 BTI Client Service 30 for the fifth consecutive year.

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The Weekly Hill Update
July 22, 2019
Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, posted when Congress is in session. HEADLINES • Negotiators are seeking to wrap up an agreement on raising the debt limit and budget caps, with the House in its final week before a...
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Capitol Hill Healthcare Update
July 22, 2019
Below is this week’s “Capitol Hill Healthcare Update,” which is posted on Mondays when Congress is in session. MAJOR HEALTH POLICY UNLIKELY IN POTENTIAL DEBT-SPENDING DEAL As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the Trump...
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Capitol Hill Healthcare Update
July 15, 2019
Below is this week’s “Capitol Hill Healthcare Update,” which is posted on Mondays when Congress is in session. SENATORS RACE TO FINISH DRUG PRICING BILL AS TRUMP PLANS STALL With only 15 legislative days before a scheduled monthlong...
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The Weekly Hill Update
July 15, 2019
Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, posted when Congress is in session. HEADLINES • The House will vote to hold in contempt Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and will also vote on raising the...
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Government Contractors Could Benefit if Congress Quickly Finishes Spending Bills – But That's a Big ‘If'
By W. Barron A. Avery, Christian B. Jones
May 8, 2018
Republican lawmakers in the coming weeks hope to begin voting on several spending bills as the first step toward avoiding a politically embarrassing budget crisis before this fall’s midterm elections. For years, Congress’ chronic inability...
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