When you need Congress to prioritize an important issue, you want a seat at the table. That calls for the right strategy and guidance. With strong relationships on the Hill and deep subject-matter knowledge, we work with your organization’s leadership to find the best approach to achieving your goals. You can rely on us to work effectively to steer your message to its target.
Alston & Bird is uniquely positioned to advise clients in a bipartisan, bicameral manner on public policy matters. Spearheading Alston & Bird’s Legislative & Public Policy Group are former Congressional leaders: Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-KS) and former Congressman Earl Pomeroy (D-ND). These leaders are supported by a full-service team of strategic lawyers and counsel with unparalleled industry expertise and insight. We are able to offer our clients decades of experience in the intricacies of how Washington makes policy and deliver our clients the highest level of service and results.
Senator Dole, the 1996 Republican candidate for president, former Senate Finance Committee chairman and Senate Majority Leader who served longer in a Senate leadership role (Minority and Majority) than any other Republican in U.S. history, has an enormous reservoir of knowledge and expertise—based on more than 40 years at the pinnacle of political life in Washington—that has proven to be invaluable to Alston & Bird’s clients, who have turned to him and the firm for representation in our nation’s capital.
Former Representative Earl Pomeroy has decades of experience and record of leadership on a full range of domestic and foreign policy issues. Congressman Pomeroy served as a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee and its Trade Subcommittee.
Joining Senator Dole in the Legislative and Public Policy Group are numerous other former senior officials from every administration since Ronald Reagan was inaugurated in January 1981, with service in the White House; both houses of Congress; Justice, State and Treasury; the Office of the Trade Representative; the National Security Agency; and a panoply of regulatory agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, the Food and Drug Administration and the Office of Thrift Supervision, among others.
Alston & Bird’s Legislative & Public Policy attorneys provide a full range of services to help our clients participate in and shape public policy debates before, rather than after, decisions are made; we also provide guidance in how to respond to decisions once they are made. We are among the most visible and respected voices in political Washington on global business strategies, privacy and data security, tax policy and regulation, and telecommunications. We represent clients before Congress, the executive branch and regulatory agencies in Washington, as well as throughout the country at the state and local level. We are frequently consulted by Congress on legislative matters, testify on a wide range of issues and prepare our clients when they are called upon to testify. We work directly with members and staff on Capitol Hill and with senior officials in federal agencies to help craft legislative and regulatory language that harmonizes the needs of our clients with the other relevant stakeholders.
Alston & Bird’s Legislative and Public Policy group has been ranked in the top tier of firms for government relations by Chambers USA since 2009.
The Washington Business Journal ranked us among the top 7 law firms with lobbying practices in 2013. We were ranked among the top 12 for all lobbying firms.
In 2012, Roll Call named Alston & Bird among the top 12 lobbying firms in the nation and among the top 7 for lobbying law firms.
Alston & Bird’s Legislative and Public Policy Group has been ranked among the top 20 lobbying firms in the country by Opensecrets.org since 2009.
National Public Radio ranked us “one of the top lobbying firms in D.C.” in April 2010.
Alston & Bird is regularly ranked among the top 10 lobbying law firms by the Center for Responsive Politics.
The National Law Journal regularly ranks Alston & Bird among the top 20 lobbying firms in the nation.
Alston & Bird COVID-19 Response & Relief Team
Press ReleaseMarch 18, 2021
Alston & Bird Adds USDA Senior Advisor Kristi Boswell as Public Policy Counsel in Washington, D.C.
Alston & Bird has expanded its legislative and public policy capabilities with the addition of counsel Kristi Boswell, a former senior advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) who also served in the White House and as the director of congressional relations for one of the country’s largest agricultural trade groups. Based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, she will advise agricultural and food clients on complex regulatory and legislative issues.
Press ReleaseMarch 10, 2021
Alston & Bird Expands Bipartisan Health Care Policy and Regulatory Practice in Washington, D.C.
Alston & Bird has expanded its health care policy and regulatory capabilities with the addition of James “JP” Paluskiewicz, former Republican chief health counsel for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health, and a strategic alliance with Neleen Rubin, a past Democratic member of the Senate Finance Committee health policy team. Both will be key senior policy additions to the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.