Federal Policy

Overview

BakerHostetler’s Federal Policy team provides a full range of government affairs and lobbying services to businesses of all sizes, from global corporations to startup firms. Financial, telecommunications and biotechnology firms; blue-chip manufacturers; and trade associations have turned to BakerHostetler because of our Federal Policy team’s solid record of accomplishment in providing careful, competent counsel and value-added government affairs services.

Our Federal Policy team includes former elected congressional officials and senior congressional and Capitol Hill committee staff. Our team also relies on the counsel of BakerHostetler attorneys who have served as staff at the White House, the Department of the Treasury, the Food and Drug Administration and other executive agencies, as well as in the U.S. diplomatic corps. We leverage our national relationships with policymakers in Washington and in state capitals nationwide, including with members of Congress, senior officials in the executive branch and governors.

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 decision-makers in Washington. Congressman Ferguson represented New Jersey for nearly a decade in the House, including serving as a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, where he was an active lawmaker in healthcare, telecommunications and energy policy.

Our value proposition is straightforward: We leverage the combined experience and diverse backgrounds of these former government officials to deliver value-added federal and state 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 their risks and opportunities in Washington and in state capitals, identify and develop potential legislative champions, and take action to minimize those risks or maximize those opportunities. We craft legislation and advocate for legislative outcomes, seek advice from current policymakers regarding future initiatives, and work with agencies to implement regulations that meet clients’ business and strategic goals.

Our representative government affairs clients include Alibaba, the American Chemistry Council, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Charter Communications, the Children’s Hospital Association, Celgene, Facebook, FINRA, Genentech, Nasdaq, PhRMA, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Prudential Financial.

Our Federal Policy team is renowned for providing legislative, regulatory and tax strategic counsel to a diverse set of clients. This year BakerHostetler will sponsor its 28th annual Legislative Seminar, widely considered Washington’s premier forum on policy and political developments.

Select 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.
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Professionals

Name Title Office Email
Partner Washington, D.C.
Of Counsel Washington, D.C.
Senior Advisor Cleveland
Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.
Of Counsel Washington, D.C.
Partner Washington, D.C.
Senior Advisor Columbus
Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.
Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.
Partner Washington, D.C.
Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.
Of Counsel Washington, D.C.
Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.
Associate Washington, D.C.
Partner Washington, D.C.
Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.
Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.

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, we were named to the 2018 BTI Client Service 30 for the fourth consecutive year.

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Ohio Clock
The Weekly Hill Update
By Adam J. Higgins
July 9, 2018
Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, published each Monday that Congress is in session. HEADLINES • President Trump at 9 p.m. Monday is scheduled to announce his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. •...
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Ohio Clock
Medicaid Expansion Boon to Families, but Cost Could Trigger Backlash
By Tyler M. Thompson
June 26, 2018
Earlier this month, Virginia became the 33rd state to expand its Medicaid program, and voters in Idaho, Montana and Utah are expected to decide in November ballot initiatives whether to join them. Medicaid provides health coverage to...
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Ohio Clock
The Weekly Hill Update
By Adam J. Higgins
June 25, 2018
Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, published each Monday that Congress is in session. HEADLINES • The House intends to try again on immigration legislation, which it punted last week. Even amid the increased scrutiny over...
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Ohio Clock
The Weekly Hill Update
By Adam J. Higgins
June 18, 2018
Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, published each Monday that Congress is in session. HEADLINES • President Donald Trump on Wednesday will hold a rally in Duluth, Minnesota. • The House plans again to take up several bills...
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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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