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Government Relations

Navigating government is a frequent source of frustration for both businesses and nonprofits.  We advise clients on how they can best position themselves to benefit from relevant local and state government programs and contracting opportunities.  Similarly, we provide strategic advice to our clients in cases where government poses an obstacle to reaching their objectives.  In addition, we lobby on behalf of clients when legislative actions affect their interests.

Sub Specialities

  • Business Development
  • We work with clients proactively to identify potential government and quasi-government business relationships.  In some instances, this requires educating public sector entities about services that might benefit them.  Due to our familiarity with the decision makers and their operations, we are able to assist clients by maximizing their chances of success through specific processes, whether it be requests for qualifications, requests for proposals, or negotiated contracts.  Supported by strategic planning, our clients are best positioned to take advantage of the “right” opportunities when they arise.

  • Government Litigation
  • Litigation for or against government – whether local, state or federal – requires skill and experience beyond most law firms, but not Kleinbard.  Kleinbard regularly represents government agencies, high public officials, and even entire branches of government in matters that run the gamut from constitutional litigation to criminal defense.  Kleinbard lawyers are equally comfortable litigating against government in both traditional litigation and in regulatory matters.  A particular strength of the Firm’s government litigation lawyers is litigation and oral advocacy in Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court and Commonwealth Court.

  • Legislative Monitoring and Analysis
  • We regularly monitor the consideration, drafting, and introduction of legislation.  Having information early in the legislative process can be critical to strategic action.  We help clients understand the implications of potential legislative actions so that they can act promptly and effectively.

  • Lobbying
  • We advocate for or against legislative proposals within both the legislative and executive branches.  Our goal is to have input at the earliest stages of the legislative process, when ideas are first formulating and the opportunity for influencing the drafting process is optimal.  We also assist clients in building and coordinating coalitions to strengthen their message’s impact.

  • Strategic Counseling
  • We help clients position themselves in this marketplace through the creation and implementation of strategic plans.  We assist with message development and facilitate relationship building with key government, political, business, and civic leaders.