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 federal 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 executive branch.

BakerHostetler has a decadeslong commitment to ensuring distinguished former members of Congress – including former representatives Mike Oxley and Mike Ferguson, among others – lead our Federal Policy team.

The 2023 addition of former Rep. Peter Roskam as leader of the Federal Policy team affirmed our reputation as a preeminent policy and lobbying firm among Washington decision-makers. Roskam served for more than a decade in the House and played leadership roles in key legislative milestones, including the enactment of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. He served on the House Ways and Means Committee, including as chairman of three separate subcommittees: Tax Policy, Health and Oversight. He also served in the House leadership, chosen by then-Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy as his chief deputy whip.

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Roskam’s policy and political experience – along with his deep relationships with current lawmakers on both sides of the aisle – provides our clients with unprecedented legislative insights, access to policymakers and needle-moving advocacy services.

We leverage the combined experience and diverse backgrounds of our team’s former government officials to deliver value-added government affairs consulting services, including around-the-corner policy insights that provide 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.

Leveraging Roskam’s experience as the former chairman of a key oversight subcommittee, the Federal Policy team represents clients in congressional investigations. Our team includes attorneys and investigators who previously managed oversight investigations during their congressional careers. We also advise CEOs and other executives called to testify at congressional hearings, including on all facets of witness preparation and organizing mock hearings.

Representative clients include AbbVie, Alcon Vision, the American Bankers Association, Nasdaq, the New York Stock Exchange, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prudential Financial and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, among others.

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  • We serve as a principal federal lobbying firm for an international online retailer for which we have created meeting opportunities with White House officials and successfully advocated for policy and regulatory outcomes in executive branch departments and agencies.
  • On behalf of a major financial services stakeholder, we have held meetings with senior White House officials and the Treasury Department, and we successfully advocated for a favorable tax ruling.
  • 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 directly advised multiple client CEOs, including executives whose companies were the subject of congressional investigations, on congressional testimony.
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Professionals

Name Title Office Email
Partner 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.
Partner Washington, D.C.
Chairman Washington, D.C.
Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.
Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.

Experience

  • We serve as a principal federal lobbying firm for an international online retailer for which we have created meeting opportunities with White House officials and successfully advocated for policy and regulatory outcomes in executive branch departments and agencies.
  • On behalf of a major financial services stakeholder, we have held meetings with senior White House officials and the Treasury Department, and we successfully advocated for a favorable tax ruling.
  • 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 directly 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 executive branch 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 successfully lobbying to eliminate an industry-specific 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 provided 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.
  • 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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Ohio Clock
The Weekly Hill Updatem January 30, 2023
By Adam J. Higgins
January 30, 2023
Below is this week’s congressional update by BakerHostetler’s Federal Policy team. We’ll continue to post in weeks when both chambers of Congress are in session. HEADLINES HOUSE SENATE WHITE HOUSE… Continue Reading
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Ohio Clock
The Weekly Hill Update, January 23, 2023
By Adam J. Higgins
January 23, 2023
Below is this week’s congressional update by BakerHostetler’s Federal Policy team. We’ll continue to post in weeks when both chambers of Congress are in session. HEADLINES HOUSE SENATE WHITE HOUSE… Continue Reading
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Ohio Clock
The Weekly Hill Update - Jan. 3
By Adam J. Higgins
January 3, 2023
Below is a condensed congressional update by BakerHostetler’s Federal Policy team, as the 118th Congress begins. We’ll continue to post in weeks when both chambers of Congress are in session. HEADLINES… Continue Reading
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The Weekly Hill Update, December 19, 2022
By Adam J. Higgins
December 19, 2022
Below is a condensed congressional update by BakerHostetler’s Federal Policy team, as Congress wraps up its work for the year in an abbreviated week. We’ll continue to post in weeks when both chambers of Congress are in session. HEADLINES…...
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2023 BakerHostetler Congressional Calendar
By Adam J. Higgins
December 14, 2022
Congressional leaders finalized the 2023 legislative calendar, and once again we’re pleased to share with you the 2023 BakerHostetler Congressional Calendar. Click here to download your ready-to-print, one-page combination House and Senate...
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