Manatt has a strong governmental affairs practice, including government contracts, legislative and regulatory representation on the local, state and national levels. As one of the few firms with offices in Washington, D.C., as well as the state capitals of Albany and Sacramento, we are able to maintain close contact with policymakers and staff, keep abreast of legislative negotiations on a daily (even hourly) basis, and respond quickly to ongoing developments in the legislative and regulatory arenas. The Albany office is strategically located near the state capitol and is within walking distance of the state governmental complex.
Areas of Expertise and Representative Clients
Our attorneys and professionals bring significant government experience and a network of strong relationships with key legislative and executive branch personnel on both sides of the aisle. Many on our team held prominent positions in government, including serving in key roles in state government dating from the 1980s. In particular, the Albany team includes former senior advisors to several recent governors; several senior legislative staff; and top officials from important regulatory agencies.
Our rich and diverse experience includes expertise in a broad range of industries, including healthcare, insurance, environmental, energy, education, technology and economic development. We also have a track record of successfully navigating matters involving the intersection of the private and public sectors. This wealth of experience allows us to address our clients' legal, business and fiscal issues with carefully tailored government affairs strategies that have included advancing and securing legislative enactments and holding government agencies to the letter and spirit of those laws through regulatory advocacy and, when necessary, bringing successful legal challenges to abuses of government authority. Our success on behalf of our clients is a direct result of our ability to clearly communicate our clients' needs and concerns to decision makers at all levels within the complex financial, regulatory and political environments in which they operate.
We also provide strategic legal and policy advice for individuals and companies that market and sell products and services to state and local governmental entities. Our services include advising clients regarding complex government procurement requirements and restrictions and representing clients related to bid protests and performance disputes. Our goal is to produce solutions to ensure our clients' success.