February 01, 2012

Government Relations at Faegre Baker Daniels: An Expanded Array of Services

For 30 years, Faegre & Benson's government relations practice has represented regional and national clients on a full range of public policy issues in Minnesota. Clients on whose behalf we have worked know us for our expertise, integrity and ability to achieve their goals.

With the new year and the combination between Faegre & Benson and Baker & Daniels that has given rise to the firm of Faegre Baker Daniels, our capacity and the range of our government relations services has expanded dramatically. We will offer not only the combined experience and skill of the two legacy law firms but also a powerful resource in the form of FaegreBD Consulting, a leading advocacy and advisory firm in Washington, D.C.

Geographical Expansion

The combination of our government relations capabilities means extended geographical coverage for the new firm. We can now offer well-established practices in Minnesota and Indiana, where the firm offers the same broad scope of services – from legislative and executive branch lobbying and procurement to campaign finance and ethics compliance. And with the Washington, D.C.-based FaegreBD Consulting, we are positioned at the very nerve center of the nation's legislative, regulatory, and political activity and able to provide a full spectrum of services to clients who require an integrated state-federal approach.

Industry-Focused Solutions at the Federal Level

In Washington, DC, FaegreBD Consulting employs more than 40 professionals who provide interdisciplinary services for growth sectors of the U.S. economy. Each practice group has a unique set of capabilities designed to meet the needs of clients in a particular industry or sector. These specialties include:

  • Higher Education and Research
  • Energy and Environment
  • Health and Biosciences
  • Insurance and Financial Services

Starting out as a full-service federal relations group, FaegreBD Consulting has added technical analysis, regulatory affairs, and strategic communications skills that complement and support our advocacy strengths.

Access and Influence in Regulatory and Legislative Spheres

We have cultivated an extensive network of contacts with state and federal agencies that affect the industries we focus on; these contacts, in turn, allow us to exert influence at the critical points in the often complicated regulatory and legislative processes. This has proved beneficial for clients in the energy, environment, insurance and financial sectors. We help clients shape individual regulations and broader regulatory agendas across a wide range of federal agencies. Based on our extensive knowledge of the process, our team of experts undertakes a range of work, including:

  • Drafting clients' official comments in formal rule-makings
  • Working directly with agency staff to make sure these positions are clear
  • Using long-standing relationships with federal and state elected officials and their staffers to help cut through the bureaucracy and solve problems quickly and efficiently
  • Drafting legislation and supporting materials for lobbying efforts

New Opportunities to Serve Clients

Our government relations work has always been marked by strategic savvy, integrity and determination to achieve client goals. We continue to cultivate these qualities at Faegre Baker Daniels—now with the added benefits of deeper and more varied expertise, dramatically increased capacity to serve our clients, and an expanded sphere of our influence on the state and federal level. Contact your Faegre Baker Daniels government relations professional to discover how we may put these resources to work on your behalf.

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