Public Policy

Orrick's Public Policy practice helps our clients develop and execute proactive strategies for all levels of government. Our lawyers and legislative experts have spent their careers at the intersection of law and public policy. We draw on skills and strategies honed in the courtroom and in government to achieve our client's most important political and regulatory objectives.

Simply put, we are not your typical Public Policy practice. Our value is not defined by our expertise on a particular issue or our access to a particular state legislature. Instead it is the unique process that we have developed to ensure that our clients' most important issues are being handled by the most powerful lobbyists in the most compelling and strategic way possible.

The Orrick Approach to Public Policy

The first step is understanding the client. We learn everything we can about the client's business and the factors that are most important to the success or failure of their issues. Based on this information, we identify the public policy forums—whether federal, state or local—that present the greatest threat or opportunity. We call upon our premier network of state and federal lobbyists to develop an innovative national strategy that is tailored to the relevant audience.

When it comes time to implement this strategy, our team coordinates every aspect of the campaign, identifying potential allies, looking for powerful grassroots and grasstops opportunities, selecting the right message, and identifying and cultivating relationships with the key decision makers and thought leaders. We draft and deliver hard-hitting testimony and talking points, and drawing upon our experience as litigators and appellate lawyers, deliver those messages at hearings before state legislatures and Congress.

Our work, however, doesn't end with the legislative session. We continually refine the key messages, proactively educate legislators on our client's issues, coordinate with lobbyists, and monitor bills and national conferences for potential issues in the future.

Our Services

State Legislative Affairs

We help devise and implement multi-state legislative strategies for clients to achieve a myriad of business objectives, including defending against new taxes, reducing the cost of complying with a patchwork of regulations, preventing competitors from legislating our clients out of business and obtaining funding and other incentives to invest in innovation.

Our state legislative practice is not limited to a particular issue or state. Instead, we provide clients with strategic advice in all 50 state legislatures on all types of issues, including taxes, tort reform, alternative energy, municipal finance, education and financial products, among others.

Federal Affairs

We represent U.S. and international businesses and trade associations in the technology, energy, consumer and financial services industries, among others, on their most important federal issues—whether in Congress or before federal agencies.

Our team is composed of lawyers with extensive government experience, including a former U.S. Attorney and other senior government officials in the United States and the European Union, with an extensive network of contacts.

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