Administrative & Legislative Advocacy
Legislative advocacy and government influence can often be the deciding factor in an organization's economic development expansion plan. Knowing how to properly navigate the ever-changing landscape of federal, state and local government is crucial for success.
Waller's government relations team supports clients through lobbying, monitoring of legislation and compliance counseling. We are seasoned professionals with an unparalleled knowledge of the most effective ways to work with lawmakers and regulatory bodies at every level to gain support for initiatives and organizations.
Lobbying provides Waller clients access to government officials, acts as an educational tool and allows individual interests to gain power in numbers. From developing messaging strategies to preparing public comments for proposed administrative rules and regulations, to attending one-on-one meetings to advocate our clients' positions, Waller is a go-to resource. Waller attorneys will:
Our government relations team tracks federal, state and local legislation and proposed regulations of interest to our clients. Other services include:
Advocating on Regulatory Issues
Our goal is to work with government officials on behalf of our clients by putting our knowledge and experience into action. Waller attorneys can:
Political Action Committee (PAC) and Election Finance Compliance Counseling
Waller regularly and successfully represents clients before the Tennessee Ethics Commission and Tennessee Registry of Election Finance. As a part of this representation, we advise clients on how they may legally take an active part in the election process. Services include:
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:
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.
Advised and led on special legislation that allowed several restaurants to serve beer, wine and spirits in the two acre Glenn Miller Gardens at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel.
Negotiated a filing process for a local liquor store to gain their liquor license amid changes in legislation which could have prevented them from qualifying and thus terminating their project.
Assisted the Nashville International Airport in conceptualizing, drafting, advocating and implementing new administrative rules that allows the airport to serve alcoholic beverages hours before normal alcohol service hours.