Share
Share

Government Relations

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, Texas, 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 of the Tennessee state government, and local governments and agencies
  • Effective advocates before the Texas Legislature and the executive branch of Texas state government
  • 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 healthcare, financial 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 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

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

In light of sweeping changes in healthcare regulations at both the federal and state levels, Waller attorneys routinely represent healthcare clients before legislatures in Tennessee, Texas and Alabama.
 
Texas has a particularly tenuous regulatory climate for healthcare providers; each session in recent years has seen efforts to rein in costs, increase agency oversight, and avoid implementation of federal healthcare reform.  These factors often make business as usual unusually difficult.  Currently, the Sunset Commission is reviewing the Health & Human Services Commission and several other state agencies that regulate providers and healthcare programs in Texas.  We are closely monitoring this process in anticipation of significant proposals for change in the next legislative session.
 
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
 

 

    On-Demand Brochure
    Add this page to PDF Brochure
    Add Page to Brochure
    ServicesGovernment Relations
    Current Brochure Pages
    Download Brochure