Federal Public Affairs

Improving public infrastructureThe prospect of forming partnerships in Washington is daunting for most – but for members of McGuireWoods Consulting’s Federal Public Affairs team networking and building consensus on Capitol Hill is second nature. We help our clients shape the legislative and regulatory environment that affects their businesses every day.

Led by Paul Reagan, who served as chief of staff to Virginia’s former Governor Terry McAuliffe and former U.S. Senator Jim Webb, we offer clients the talents of a deep bench of former federal legislators, chiefs of staff, advisors, and government affairs professionals, who collectively draw upon their Capitol Hill experience and insights to promote our clients’ best interests in federal policy and legislation. We regularly engage congressional committees, regulatory agencies and members of the executive branch influencing the issue at hand to garner bipartisan support. In addition, our team serves clients across a full spectrum of industries – from agriculture, aviation emerging technology and energy to food and beverage, Native American policy, healthcare, transportation, and trade.

We proactively identify where federal action could harm client interests, and then strategically deploy our team to build widespread support for positive initiatives and fend off proposals that jeopardize a sound policy environment. We devise unique strategies for businesses to achieve their goals in Washington, leveraging the strength of our contacts, our familiarity with policy issues, and our knowledge of the legislative and administrative process.

McGuireWoods Consulting works closely with the attorneys of McGuireWoods LLP on all matters of legal and ethical compliance under federal law. This collaboration reinforces and solidifies our ability to offer high quality policy advice on a variety of topics, including  congressional investigations.

National Multistate Strategies

One differentiating asset of our federal public affairs team is our reach far beyond the Washington beltway – our national multistate strategies team and 50-state network allow our firm to leverage state government relationships to our client’s advantage. Our ability to maintain relationships with members of state congressional delegations and key committees of interest to our clients makes us a one-stop resource for businesses with operations in multiple states. We also have a depth of experience assisting businesses that wish to expand their geographic reach – whether to another area of the country or in the U.S. for the first time.

PAC Engagement Services

Political action committees (PACs) are an essential tool to the success of organizations of all sizes. From Fortune 500 companies to state trade associations and advocacy groups, successful PAC programs can make the difference in developing key relationships and building the platform to share your story with public policy makers. McGuireWoods Consulting is uniquely positioned to help you create and implement a strategy to build a strong PAC with an engaging message while staying compliant. Our team can build a customized, comprehensive and compliant PAC campaign that will help your organization reach its long-term strategic goals, with services including PAC campaign and program development, long-term growth strategies and donation due diligence.

Native American Policy and Advocacy

Mike Andrews, former staff director and chief counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, leads McGuireWoods Consulting’s policy work on matters impacting Native American tribes, with a particular focus on federal Indian law, energy, compliance, healthcare, housing, gaming, self-governance, 477 and government investigations. During his tenure on Capitol Hill, Andrews was instrumental in passing over 50 bipartisan bills signed into law on issues such as federal recognition, increased appropriations, land into trust, energy, water settlements and economic development, among others.

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