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Government Relations

The Policy Resolution Group (PRG) at Bracewell is a unique team of lawyers, lobbyists and strategic communications professionals with decades of experience operating in Washington, D.C. Recognized as the top performing lobbying/law firm in 2015 by Bloomberg Government, PRG is the only group among its competitors to make this list for the previous four consecutive years.

PRG includes a bipartisan team of former senior officials in both the legislative and executive branches, former press secretaries and journalists, as well as nationally recognized lobbyists and strategic communications practitioners. We provide services and solutions for our clients that span legislative and regulatory advocacy, comprehensive strategic communications services including crisis communications and reputation management, coalition development and management, and support for Congressional investigation.

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Our team members’ experience on Capitol Hill and in numerous government agencies provides our clients with an insider’s view of how to get business done in Washington. PRG’s federal advocacy focuses on two goals: (1) helping members of Congress and staff, regulators and other policymakers understand and act on the positions of our clients; and, (2) matching our clients’ priorities with the concerns of legislators and regulators. We develop legislative strategies, help clients manage relations with the executive branch and relevant federal agencies, and create coalitions and strategic partnerships to advance our clients’ regulatory or legislative initiatives.

From our office in Washington, D.C., we work closely with clients, regulators, legislative committees, federal agencies and law-enforcement officials in all areas of PAC creation and operations, political fundraising and congressional gifts rules. Bracewell’s election law lawyers assist individuals, companies and business associations in successfully pursuing their objectives in the campaign finance arena, consistent with the intricate and often-confusing laws that govern political contributions and related activities. We offer guidance on the permissibility of corporate contributions, acceptable contribution limits, in-kind contributions, and restrictions on contributions from Political Action Committees (PACs) and tax-favored institutions.


Recent Notable Matters

Broad-based coalition of electric utilities — government relations and strategic communications to ensure continued viability of diverse, affordable and reliable electric power supply in the United States

Credit rating agency — advocacy throughout the passage of The Dodd-Frank Act, as well as continued work on Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) compliance issues since the legislation was enacted

Energy company — government relations, stakeholder relations, strategic communications and legal representation for client seeking to develop off-shore wind projects in the United States

Industrial gas company — legislative and regulatory matters, as well as strategic communications and crisis communications support

Major retailer — represented in a wide variety of reputation and communications projects, including cybersecurity and data breaches, product recalls, and trade issues

Manufacturing association — manage interactions with Congress and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) and provide strategic communications and media relations for client that focuses on corded window covering safety issues

Multitude of energy, oil and gas, and private equity clients — reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), with experience in structuring and negotiating agreements to mitigate any potential foreign ownership, control or influence issues that may arise in connection with transactions that are subject to CFIUS review

National cancer advocacy organizations — Advocacy before the U.S. Congress and the White House on a range of issues, including personnel and national security. Specific issues have included pensions, retirement plans, appropriations, the Patriot Act, electronic privacy and crime and terrorism prevention.

National law enforcement association — advocacy before the U.S. Congress and the White House on a range of issues, including personnel and national security. Specific issues have included pensions, retirement plans, appropriations, the Patriot Act, electronic privacy and crime and terrorism prevention.

Numerous consumer product companies and associations — product safety issues (including product recalls) related to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Services include government relations, strategic communications, media relations and reputation management.

Pipeline company — media and community relations outreach, as well as consultation with mayors, city councils, state regulatory agencies, community groups, labor unions, environmental groups and local residents across several states

Renewable energy companies — advocacy on issues related to the U.S. Department of Energy in a range of issues including pursuing an Energy Star rating, and in navigating and pursuing financing under such incentives, including loan guarantees, automotive technology loans and efficiency-based programs

Waste company — tax, environmental, appropriations and transportation advocacy at the federal and state levels. Advocacy is related to the company’s renewable energy portfolio, and federal transportation issues.