Government Relations

Overview

AGG’s Government Relations team is an interdisciplinary group formed to bring professional experience, insight and expertise to government relations, government procurement, regulatory issues and public policy. This expertise enables our clients to interact effectively with all levels of government within their respective industries.

Our team members have years of experience in both public and private sectors, including former federal, state and local government leaders. The team offers direct lobbying support, as well as aids clients in developing a strategy to best marshal resources and facilitate relationships with elected officials and senior policy makers. Our team members pride themselves on their ability to provide direct, personal attention to each client.

Our attorneys serving on the team have held positions at the White House, in the Congress, as state legislators, at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice and many other federal, state and local entities. Our attorneys have ongoing interaction with dozens of federal and state agencies, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Justice, the Treasury Department, the Federal Communications Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Commerce and the Social Security Administration.

These individuals have broad knowledge about the inner workings of government. AGG interdisciplinary teams design strategies customized to each client’s specific federal, state or local public policy challenges and opportunities. Our approach helps our clients obtain the best possible outcome in their legislative and executive branch public policy programs.

For businesses, associations and other organizations presented with complex public policy challenges and opportunities, our Government Affairs team delivers services related to the following:

  • Advocacy networks
  • Appropriations
  • Bill and regulatory monitoring/tracking
  • Biometrics and bio-technology
  • Bond and public financing assistance
  • Coalition development
  • Communications training
  • Consumer regulatory
  • Crisis communications
  • Economic development assistance
  • Environmental and other government permits
  • Financial services, such as banking, credit and debt sectors
  • Grassroots and opinion leader mobilization
  • Healthcare
  • Information services
  • Internet strategies
  • Issues management
  • Lobbying
  • Local government programs
  • Policy research and development
  • Planning and zoning assistance
  • Privacy advocacy
  • Procurement assistance
  • Speechwriting and testimony development
  • Strategic counseling
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications

Experience

  • Successfully defended public and private companies in actions under the federal False Claims Act, including over a half dozen declined interventions by the Department of Justice in the past two years.

  • Provides expert witness testimony in a Fair Credit Reporting Act matters, including Chex v. MicroBilt, which made new law regarding the privacy of credit report information.

  • Provided ongoing advice to Senate leadership on various health policy matters.

  • Provided ongoing advice to the Senate Judiciary Committee on a number of policy matters.

  • Provide federal election law advice and FEC representation for numberous congressional candidates.

  • Frequently work with clients preparing their witnesses for congressional testimony.

  • Successfully represented clients in federal action alleging violations of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 associated with redistricting plan with allegedly retrogressive effect on racial minorities.

  • Prepared and submitted public comments on behalf of an international trade association for non-bank financial institutions in response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed rule to supervise debt collection agencies with annual receipts of more than $10 million.

  • Provided counsel and strategic advice to non-profit organization representing graduate business and management programs on international student visa issues before the U.S. Congress and Department of Homeland Security.

  • Provided counsel and strategic advice to the mobile amusement industry with respect to their participation in the J-1 Summer Work Travel program administered by the State Department.

  • Advised a publicly traded corporation regarding the potential jurisdiction of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau over the operations of multiple subsidiaries. Work included assessments of whether subsidiaries were “covered persons”, whether subsidiaries may be considered to be “larger participants” subject to CFPB supervision, and authority the CFPB may exercise over the company and its subsidiaries under consumer protection statutes for which full or partial authority was transferred to the CFPB.

  • Drafted legislative language on behalf of a non-profit organization that provides background checks and other personnel surety solutions at chemical facilities nationwide. Outreach to Hill staff and other advocacy efforts led to the language, which was favorable to the client, ultimately being incorporated by amendment into a federal bill that passed the House.

  • Advised client on legal and practical implications of proposed Atlanta Sustainability Ordinance and assisted in developing strategy to lobby against adoption of the new law; strategy was successful in raising awareness of inadequacies of law resulting in rejection by the Atlanta City Council.

  • Represented a large consumer information company in one of the nation’s first high profile data breaches. In addition to representing the client before the Federal Trade Commission, we also advised the client on consumer breach notification issues, congressional testimony, and enhancements to the client’s internal controls.

  • Represented a national credit reporting system in a seven year effort to amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to enhance privacy protections and identity theft prevention protections in the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA).

  • Led coalition of data companies working on amendments to the Drivers Privacy Protection Act.

  • Served as lead amicus counsel, working with the Solicitor General’s Office in a landmark Supreme Court Freedom of Information Act/privacy decision, Reporters’ Committee for Freedom of the Press v. the Department of Justice.

  • Drafted the initial model conservation easement used by selected governmental organizations within the State of Georgia and has negotiated/implemented conservation easements in 11 states for major private landowners.

  • Provided counsel and strategic advice to the background screening industry on employment and tenant screening issues before the U.S. Congress and multiple federal agencies.

  • Retained by Clayton County Board of Commissioners to conduct internal investigation of county’s Finance Department.