State Attorneys General Continue to Flex Muscles During COVID-19 Pandemic
As their states’ chief law enforcement officers AGs are enforcing state laws in wide-ranging areas including consumer protection, data privacy, antitrust, and environmental law, and they influence important state policies and laws affecting the high-technology, energy, and healthcare sectors. As their states’ chief legal advisors, AGs also challenge federal laws, regulations, and policies in order to defend their states’ right to govern themselves against federal overreach.
In an arena where many state AG practices have lawyers with little or no actual AG office experience, the core of Orrick’s team is former Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, former Wisconsin Chief Deputy Attorney General Andrew Cook and Erica Sechrist, Executive Director of the Republican Attorneys General Association and Finance Director of the Republican State Leadership Committee.
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Our AG office experience with enforcing consumer protection laws ranges from cybersecurity to tort liability, unfair competition to Medicaid fraudulent billing matters. Our legal and policy experience includes working with state legislators and state agencies to draft, implement or amend state law; approving indictments and negotiating settlements; and overseeing state appellate strategy, including arguing on behalf of states in significant cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.