Federal Policy

Overview

Global corporations and startup firms turn to BakerHostetler for government affairs advocacy services because we provide clients with careful, competent counsel and because of our solid record of accomplishment lobbying to shape policy outcomes on Capitol Hill and in the Biden administration.

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.

The 2016 addition of former Congressman Mike Ferguson as leader of our Federal Policy team affirmed BakerHostetler’s reputation as a preeminent policy firm among Washington decisionmakers. Congressman Ferguson represented New Jersey for nearly a decade in the House, including serving as a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and 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 policy insight that provides clients with visibility into the politics, processes and personalities that impact future legislative and regulatory actions.

We help clients recognize their risks and opportunities, identify and develop potential legislative champions, and take action to minimize those risks or maximize those opportunities. We draft legislation and lobby to shape legislative outcomes, seek insight from current policymakers regarding future initiatives, and work with agencies to implement regulations that meet clients’ business and strategic goals. We also advise CEOs and other executives preparing to testify before congressional committees, including participating in mock hearings.

Representative clients include AbbVie, Alibaba, Cardinal Health, Facebook, Nasdaq, the New York Stock Exchange, PhRMA, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prudential Financial and more.

BakerHostetler’s 2021 Annual Legislative Seminar marks the 32nd consecutive year our firm has hosted what has become Washington’s premier annual showcase on legislative policy.

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 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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Congress Pushes on Corporate Disclosure Mandates
By Kevin R. Edgar
July 20, 2021
The House recently approved legislation that would trigger a series of disclosure mandates on public companies, underscoring escalating interest from the Democratic-controlled Congress and the Biden administration on requiring corporations...
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Not so Fast: Why Congress May Not Raise Taxes This Year
By Christian B. Jones
May 26, 2021
When Democrats won the Georgia Senate elections in January, giving the party control of Washington for the first time in more than a decade, progressive lawmakers began promoting a series of sweeping tax increases that they said would help...
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House Democrats Urge Funding Boost for Wall Street's ‘Cop on the Beat'
By Kevin R. Edgar
May 10, 2021
House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters is calling on Congress to increase funding for Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) oversight of Wall Street’s “regulatory and market structure weak points.” With SEC Chairman...
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The Future of SEC Enforcement Under the Biden Administration
By Kevin R. Edgar
April 19, 2021
With Gary Gensler confirmed as the new chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Democratic-run regulatory agency will prioritize policies that focus on investor and consumer protections. The Federal Policy team’s Kevin...
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Democrats Face Key Test Vote on COVID-19 Relief Bill
By Christian B. Jones
February 22, 2021
House Democrats plan to vote as soon as Friday on their $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, a key initial hurdle as they race to renew federal unemployment benefits, provide stimulus checks to millions of Americans and inject billions...
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