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Government Relations

 

OVERVIEW

Every day, legislative and regulatory changes occur that directly impact the course of business for all types of entities. Capitalizing on the strong track record of our attorneys and policy advisors to effect change, Waller represents the interests of our clients before federal, state and local decision-makers. We support clients through administrative and legislative advocacy and strategic counsel, in Tennessee, Alabama and Washington, D.C.  We care deeply about client outcomes and are personally invested in their efforts. 

Clients choose Waller for our:

  • Previous experience in key government positions
  • Relationships with federal, state and local government staff, other lobbyists, legislators and executive branch officials
  • Multi-disciplinary approach, ensuring a high level of client representation on cross-practice-area matters
  • Strategic messaging and skillful communication of issues to stakeholders, regulators, elected officials and the public
  • Awareness of the economic factors that influence local, regional and national real estate markets for companies wishing to relocate
  • Depth of health law expertise and background in healthcare policy development 
  • Broad-based expertise in financial services, hospitality, real estate, manufacturing and other business-related areas
  • Experience negotiating legislation and administrative rules
  • Experience as former staff of elected officials
  • Bipartisan relationships with lawmakers and their staff
  • Experience as counsel for elected officials and political organizations
  • Track record of positive results

Waller attorneys and policy advisors are:

  • A strong lobbying force before the Tennessee General Assembly, the executive branch and the many departments of the Tennessee state government, local governments and agencies
  • Skilled advocates before Alabama lawmakers, elected leaders, regulatory agencies and local governments
  • Experienced in representing governmental, quasi-governmental, not-for-profit and for-profit organizations and providers
  • Known for our in-depth work in highly regulated industries such as healthcarefinancial services, information technology, manufacturing and telecommunications

 

Administrative and Legislative Advocacy 

Waller's government relations team supports clients through lobbying, monitoring of legislation and compliance counseling. Those efforts include:

 

Lobbying

  • Promote, oppose or amend specific legislation and administrative rulemaking proceedings for clients
  • Legislative and regulatory drafting services
  • Represent clients at legislative committee meetings and hearings
  • Represent clients at administrative rulemaking proceedings, including drafting comment letters and navigating the administrative process
  • Provide and coordinate public testimony
  • Prepare public comments to proposed administrative rules and regulations
  • Attend one-on-one meetings to advocate our clients' interests
  • Participate in stakeholder groups and processes for or on behalf of clients
  • Develop messaging strategy for clients

Monitoring

  • Track federal, state or local legislation and proposed regulations of interest to clients
  • Review proposed legislation to identify bills and proposed laws that may impact clients
  • Daily review of status changes on selected bills
  • Attendance at committee hearings, public hearings and debates
  • Timely reports to clients
  • Develop messaging strategy for clients 

Advocating on Regulatory Issues

  • Coordinate messaging with trade associations and other coalitions
  • Draft amicus briefs for attorney general opinion requests
  • Liaison with regulatory agencies and licensing boards
  • Represent clients in administrative proceedings and processes

Political Action Committee (PAC) and Election Finance Compliance Counseling

  • Counsel regarding PAC contributions and limits
  • Assist with PAC governance and compliance with federal and state campaign finance laws
  • Review proposed state and local political contributions
  • Advise corporations or PACs on potential ramifications of contributions
  • Regularly and successfully represent clients before the Tennessee Ethics Commission and Tennessee Registry of Election Finance

 

Relocating and Expanding Business - Economic Development and Incentives

Because the Southeast is an especially popular region for companies seeking to relocate or expand their businesses, Waller attorneys have significant experience facilitating those deals.

We are known for our:

  • Representation of many of the most significant companies relocating to, or expanding within, the Southeast
  • Interdisciplinary team of attorneys skilled in the many nuances of relocation, expansion and incentives programs
  • Ability to assist clients with both discretionary incentives available to relocating or expanding businesses negotiated on a case-by-case basis, and those established by statute
  • Nationally recognized state taxation practice essential to an understanding of potential business cost savings of a proposed move or expansion, and the maximization of relocation and expansion incentives

 

Representing Healthcare Providers Before State Legislatures and Agencies 

In light of sweeping changes in healthcare regulations at both the federal and state levels, Waller attorneys routinely represent healthcare clients before the legislatures in Tennessee and Alabama.

Our extensive legislative and administrative lobbying experience includes initial, direct and multi-year participation and leadership in the passage of high-profile legislation. Example bills include those which:

  • Provide significant tort reform for providers in the state of Tennessee
  • Limit who can be named in medical malpractice lawsuits
  • Make certain healthcare surveys, inspections or investigations by governmental agencies inadmissible as evidence in medical malpractice cases
  • Enable mental health providers with statutory tools for more seamless admissions and operations

Our team of government relations professionals has drafted numerous legislative documents – including bills and summaries, policy papers,  and amendments – and has a proven track record in securing capable, well respected legislative sponsors for successful passage of bills. We also serve as a liaison to and work in concert with a number of different trade and professional associations and interest groups concerning legislation. In the states that require it, our attorneys also counsel our provider clients through the Certificate of Need (CON) application and hearing process.

We are known for our:

  • Representation of hospitals on complex financing issues and Medicaid managed care
  • Involvement in negotiation of legislation and rules regarding new models of care
  • Experience as former staff of elected officials 
  • Bipartisan relationships with lawmakers and their staff
  • Ability to assess legal implications of legislation and assist with legislative drafting on a wide range of health law issues
  • Representation of providers in matters of federal and state surveys and certifications, licensure, Medicaid reimbursement and health planning
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