With first-hand knowledge and insight into the federal government, our Washington strategic government relations and counseling team crafts and executes strategies for navigating complex legal, regulatory, and legislative challenges. We help clients anticipate—and succeed amid—US legislative and regulatory change in a heightened congressional oversight environment. Our practice unifies strategic planning and advocacy for complete government relations representation. Lawyers with senior-level executive branch and regulatory agency backgrounds form our core.
Our experience working both for and with elected officials enables us to foresee congressional actions, monitor and analyze legislation and hearings, build strategies that enable favorable outcomes for our clients, and create a dialogue between our clients and Capitol Hill. The team’s experience includes working in senior roles on congressional committees and, within the executive branch, spans a number of US agencies, including the Department of Justice (DOJ), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Labor (DOL), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Our strategic government relations team advises clients on US government affairs and guides them through crisis management. We counsel corporate and individual clients on an array of legal and policy issues. Our group is well versed in managing competing objectives and minimizing risk while working in the public spotlight. We regularly represent clients in government investigations, and we prepare witnesses for congressional hearings.
Backed by a team of former senior congressional staff, federal prosecutors, and other regulatory lawyers, our multidisciplinary practice includes alumni from both Republican and Democratic administrations. Our lawyers have held leadership or high-level positions in the White House and US Congress and at field and headquarters divisions of the DOJ, DOL, SEC, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This allows us to effectively engage with these and other agencies to advance our clients’ business objectives.
Morgan Lewis closely follows legislative and regulatory developments, identifying and interpreting emerging trends. This enables clients to anticipate upcoming government policies and craft effective advocacy responses and business plans in a timely manner. We advise clients on a diverse list of legislative priorities, including infrastructure, taxes, financial services, healthcare, energy, employee benefits, financing, pension and healthcare reforms, and labor-management relations.
We represent many companies, as well as their corporate officers, directors, and senior management, in sensitive and high-profile US congressional and independent commission–led investigations. We also work with clients in parallel investigations instigated by other federal and state executive branch enforcement agencies.
Clients turn to us because we are trained in navigating such investigations and inquiries, and we also are attuned to potentially damaging collateral matters. These issues can lead to further litigation risks, such as enforcement actions and shareholder litigation, as well as create potential public relations problems.
Our environmental team is anchored by a team of former high-level US government agency attorneys and veteran environmental lawyers. These lawyers deliver customized counseling on compliance, strategic policy, government relations, risk avoidance, crisis management, and litigation matters. We also advise global corporations on:
As one of the first environmental practices established at a major US law firm, we combine a powerful historical perspective on evolving public and legislative policy with experience across a range of industries. These include the energy, transportation, chemicals, manufacturing, and real estate sectors.
Our environmental team closely monitors regulatory and legislative developments. We act as counsel to three cross-industry trade organizations that focus on EPA rulemakings, guidance, and policy statements under the Clean Air Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund). In addition to producing rulemaking comments and handling litigation challenges, we offer clients crucial updates and analyses on major regulatory and legislative developments.
Our energy group represents clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, state public utility commissions, other US federal and state agencies, and federal and state courts across the United States.
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We represent clients in high-level policy meetings with the US Department of State, US Department of Energy (DOE), and other agencies. We also help clients capitalize on government funding programs through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
We regularly represent and advise employers on all aspects of labor and employment law related to the DOL, the NLRB, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and other federal agencies. This breadth gives us the capacity to monitor, anticipate, assess, and respond to issues from the US Congress, federal agencies, and the White House. These include matters such as labor law reform and the impact of US healthcare policy changes, both of which can affect the collective bargaining process.
Along with our senior DOL and NLRB alumni, the team includes a former senior policy advisor to the assistant secretary for the DOL’s Employment Standards Administration and a former deputy director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
With a large and well-established healthcare practice, Morgan Lewis takes a collaborative and integrated approach when representing industry clients. The lawyers on our FDA team and our life sciences and healthcare team assist clients with monitoring, influencing, and interpreting US federal rules and regulations, congressional legislation, and policies issued by the executive branch.
Many of our lawyers have government backgrounds at federal agencies with jurisdiction over the US healthcare industry. Our experience and extensive government and industry contacts inform and strengthen our representations, enabling us to analyze developments and provide the timely guidance critical to our clients’ businesses.
Our tax policy team closely follows developments at the US Department of the Treasury and the IRS, as well as the DOJ’s Tax Division. On behalf of our clients, we regularly appear before these agencies to obtain private letter rulings or to seek changes in published guidance. We also advise clients in crises with the IRS and litigate tax disputes in the US Tax Court, the US Court of Federal Claims, and federal district and appellate courts.
Our multidisciplinary team represents some of the world’s largest firms and financial institutions, as well as their senior executives and other employees. We advise on a host of matters, including regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings conducted by:
Anchoring our practice are lawyers who have served with the SEC, the DOJ, FINRA, the CFTC, and the IRS—many in senior positions.
We represent public companies and their senior executives in SEC investigations and enforcement proceedings, including those focusing on accounting issues and insider trading. Our interdisciplinary practice brings together lawyers familiar with US federal and state securities laws, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Internal Revenue Code, commodities regulations, federal and state banking and insurance laws, and non-US securities laws.
Our team advises industry clients on transportation infrastructure, environment and climate change, energy supply, safety, labor and employee benefits, pensions, taxes, and national security. We work for some of the major transportation associations and companies, understand the challenges our clients face, and are able to advise them on advocacy efforts.