Federal Policy

Overview

Our Federal Policy team includes two former Members of Congress – one Republican, one Democrat – as well as former senior congressional and committee staff and 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 when 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 preeminent 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.

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 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 others.

In 2019, we hosted the 30th annual BakerHostetler Legislative Seminar, widely considered Washington’s premier annual showcase of legislative policy developments. Vice President Mike Pence keynoted this seminar, and in previous years we have featured top policymakers from both parties, who provided our clients with valuable insight into the latest developments on energy policy, tax reform, infrastructure, healthcare, immigration, government spending and more.

Select Experience

  • We serve as the principal Washington office for several life-sciences research firms, developing outreach strategies, identifying risks and opportunities, and targeting legislative champions on Capitol Hill.
  • We have advised multiple client CEOs, including executives whose companies were the subject of congressional investigations, on congressional testimony.
  • We advocated for a client with significant offshore energy production activities against an adverse department rulemaking.
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Professionals

Name Title Office Email
Counsel Washington, D.C.
Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.
Senior Advisor Atlanta
Senior Advisor Columbus
Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.
Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.
Senior Advisor Atlanta
Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.
Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.
Counsel Washington, D.C.
Chairman Washington, D.C.
Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.
Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.

Experience

  • We serve as the principal Washington office for several life-sciences research firms, developing outreach strategies, identifying risks and opportunities, and targeting legislative champions on Capitol Hill.
  • We have advised multiple client CEOs, including executives whose companies were the subject of congressional investigations, on congressional testimony.
  • We advocated for a client with significant offshore energy production activities against an adverse department rulemaking.
  • We represent one of the nation’s leading equity markets, including founding and leading a coalition of equity markets, and lobby to shape policy outcomes to revitalize the market for small public companies, promote initial public offerings and market transparency, and reduce conflicts of interest in the proxy advisory industry.
  • We lead Washington- and state-based government affairs efforts for major medical technology manufacturers, including lobbying for the 2019 repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s medical device tax.
  • We successfully protected a blue-chip pharmaceutical manufacturer from adverse legislation that would have jeopardized patient access to one of its oncology treatments.
  • We provide Capitol Hill representation to a high-technology company that is seeking to raise its public profile, including securing an invitation for the company’s CEO to testify before Congress.
  • We manage and design strategies to grow political action committees for several corporate clients.
  • We perform wide-ranging consulting and lobbying services for a major energy and utility provider in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

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 2020 BTI Client Service 30 for the sixth consecutive year.

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Democrats Face Key Test Vote on COVID-19 Relief Bill
By Christian B. Jones
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Daunting Deadlines: Congress' To-Do List on Expiring Laws
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The Senate on Friday took the first step toward advancing filibuster-proof legislation that congressional Democrats hope to enact by mid-March that would include $1.9 trillion in COVID-19 relief and other policy priorities. Democrats are...
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Congress Grants SEC New Authority in Securities Fraud Cases
By Christian B. Jones
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Congress voted to give the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sweeping new authority to prosecute violations by creating a 10-year statute of limitations for the agency to seek disgorgement of ill-gotten gains from securities fraud...
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2021 BakerHostetler Congressional Calendar
By Gerald J. Ferguson
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Congressional leaders finalized the 2021 legislative calendar, which lists the days during the year when the House and Senate are scheduled to be in session, as well as days when House committees are scheduled to hold hearings but with no...
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