Government Relations

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has a proven track record helping clients successfully navigate the maze of politics and policy in Washington, D.C. and at the state and local levels. When the stakes are high, clients rely on our bipartisan team to overcome their public-policy challenges. Our political professionals include: veteran strategists, campaign operatives, a former Cabinet Secretary, a party chair, former senior House and Senate Capitol Hill staff, former career and appointed senior executive branch officials, state elected officials and former high ranking federal and state attorney’s general staffers in addition to a bevy of experienced lobbyists. When you demand results, our government relations specialists deliver.

We are a full-service lobbying, public policy and legal representation practice that helps companies, associations, non-profits and other organizations interpret federal government actions, solve challenges and seize opportunities through interaction with government officials. Our work includes legislative consulting, lobbying, policy development, public relations strategy, political messaging and representation in front of the Congress, federal agencies and regulatory bodies. With seasoned government relations professionals in every Brownstein office, we are able to provide comprehensive service at the federal, state and local levels throughout the country.


Chambers USA, 2020
Nationwide: Government Relations

What the team is known for: Expanding bipartisan team well connected on both sides of the political aisle. Acts for a diverse range of clients including both corporates and nonprofit organizations, among others. Impressive bench including former government officials. Offers broad sector expertise spanning financial services to gaming.

    Representative Matters
    • Counsel to a non-profit organization representing consumer-owned electric systems that purchase federal hydropower and resources before Congress and the Administration.

    • Successfully represented the Blackfeet Nation in the Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act, which Congress authorized in 2016. The Act ratifies the Tribe's water compact and authorized over $420M in federal funding for the Tribe's water-related infrastructure projects.

    • On behalf of a national legal reform organization of Fortune 500 companies and civil defense firms, advocate for amendments to the federal rules of civil procedure to reduce the cost and burdens of civil discovery.

    • Brownstein team for a major corporate client during a very intense period of crisis management when the company was under scrutiny from the Congress, including Hill outreach and extensive hearing preparation. This resulted in two successful hearings on Capitol Hill.

    • Represents the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform, the nation’s preeminent legal reform organization.

    • On behalf of an association representing private insurance services, Brownstein successfully managed Congressional passage of a federal insurance program reauthorization. This reauthorization was the first in 12 years.

    • Counsel to the MusicFirst Coalition on a copyright

    • Represent the Electronic Payments Coalition, a coalition of electronic services companies concerned about regulation of the electronic payments market.

    • On behalf of an association representing private insurance services, Brownstein successfully managed Congressional passage of a federal insurance program reauthorization. This reauthorization was the first in 12 years.

    • Brownstein advocated on behalf of DISH Network Corporation (DISH) for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to remove outdated regulations and grant terrestrial flexibility for most of the AWS-4 band. The FCC's actions directly facilitated wireless competition and innovation.

    • Counsel to a major sports league on a copyright piracy matter.

    • Represented the Mexican Embassy on an international Treaty matter.

    • On behalf of a coalition of Colorado water districts, was successful in securing passage of federal legislation that secured federal funding for the Upper Colorado and San Juan Fish recovery programs (P.L. 112-270).

    • Engaged Congress and the Department of Justice in forming a relationship with one of the largest non-profits in the United States focused on girl’s and women’s issues. Collaboration yielded the successful development and funding of three programs at the Department of Justice, focused on serving girls in non-traditional settings.

    • Prevented the expansion of foreign trade that created a competitive advantage for a rival metals producer.

    • Successfully represented oil & gas association in federal district court matter related to the Endangered Species Act, resulting in dismissal of underlying action.

    • Represent largest agricultural water district in the United States in connection with a dispute regarding the Department of the Interior's management of the district's water supply.

    • Working with a utility and a trade association to develop and implement a strategy in response to Clean Air Act rules.

    • For a utility client, worked to modify onerous EPA regulations and coordinated a strategy to amend those rules, including meetings with senior agency officials and other Administration policy makers. Also enlisted a congressional strategy that brought together a coalition of Members to push for a more favorable outcome in the rules. Ultimately, the EPA amended the rules in a way that saved our client hundreds of millions of dollars.

    • Served as the independent examiner charged with reviewing a component of an agreement between the State Attorneys General and a prominent Internet social networking company.

    • Spearheaded a successful negotiation involving a telecommunications company and two federal agencies resulting in a favorable outcome for the client, thereby preserving its business model.

    • Worked to pass a temporary provision of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that allowed for a ten year deferral of cancellation of indebtedness income on behalf of a large coalition of diverse companies and industries.

    • Represented a sporting venue/event center in a Title III challenge under the American Disabilities Act.

    • Assisted a small pharmaceutical company in obtaining appropriate reimbursement rates under new health reform law.

    • Represented a western electrical utility with a large coal generation base regarding laws and proposals dealing with climate change. Advised the client regarding the economic and environmental issues relating to potential federal and state climate change laws. Representation included regulatory advocacy and advice on corporate climate change policy.

    • Represented U.S. mortgage company in congressional and related criminal investigations. Persuaded Congress not to hold hearings or otherwise investigate the matter.

    • Provided strategic advice and organization to an informal coalition of companies concerned about the makeup of the Federal Judiciary, resulting in legislation to modernize judicial salaries passing both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees.

    • Amending the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to eliminate frivolous lawsuits against private contractors working on behalf of hundreds of America’s district attorneys.

    • Represent one of the largest water districts in the State of Arizona in connection with the NEPA review of a coal-fire powered plant.

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    Meet The Team

    Norman Brownstein Founder and Chairman T 303.223.1101
    Alfred E. Mottur Shareholder T 202.872.5284
    Russell W. Sullivan Shareholder T 202.383.4423
    Ed Royce Policy Director T 202.216.4863
    Marc S. Lampkin Shareholder T 202.652.2341
    Douglas J. Friednash Shareholder T 303.223.1221
    Zachary S. Mauldin Compliance Manager T 202.216.4871
    Brian Burns Counsel T 202.383.4708
    Katelynn Bradley Shareholder T 202.383.5903
    Gregory W. Berger Shareholder T 303.223.1158
    Jason Buckner Shareholder T 202.216.4868
    Melissa Kuipers Blake Shareholder T 303.223.1164
    Rosemary Becchi Strategic Advisor and Counsel T 202.383.4421
    Chris Frahm Shareholder T 619.702.6917
    David P. Cohen Shareholder T 202.872.5286
    Emily Felder Shareholder T 202.216.4861
    Elisabeth L. Esposito Associate T 916.594.9717
    Michael F. Feeley Shareholder T 303.223.1237
    Julian R. Ellis, Jr. Associate T 303.223.1142
    Harold Hancock Shareholder T 202.383.4422
    Kristina R. Kleist Policy Advisor and Associate T 702.464.7007
    Marckia L. Hayes Associate T 202.383.5915
    Peter M. Goodloe Consulting Attorney T 202.747.0506
    Reese Goldsmith Policy Advisor and Associate T 202.747.0505
    Christopher O. Murray Shareholder T 303.223.1183
    Jia D. Meeks Policy Advisor and Associate T 303.223.1208
    R. James Nicholson Senior Counsel T 202.652.2344
    Kristin Lee Shareholder T 307.263.1325
    Sarah M. Mercer Shareholder T 303.223.1139
    Travis J. Norton Shareholder T 202.872.5287
    William J. McGrath Shareholder T 202.383.4703
    William E. Moschella Shareholder T 202.652.2346
    Andrew Spielman Shareholder T 303.223.1250
    Anne C. Starke Policy Advisor and Associate T 202.872.5297
    Hal Stratton Shareholder T 505.724.9596
    Mark L. Pryor Shareholder T 202.383.5910
    Michael H. Pryor Shareholder T 202.383.4706
    Ryan A. Smith Shareholder T 202.747.0507
    Steven O. Sims Shareholder T 303.223.1149
    Neal Tomlinson Shareholder T 702.464.7043
    Annmarie Conboy-DePasquale Policy Analyst T 202.216.4865
    Araceli Gutierrez Policy Advisor T 202.383.4714
    Ari Zimmerman Senior Policy Advisor T 202.747.5516
    Barry Jackson Strategic Advisor T 202.652.2342
    Brian T. McGuire Policy Director T 202.383.4704
    Brian M. McKeon Shareholder T 202.872.5283
    Brian Wild Policy Director T 202.872.5295
    Charlotte Carstens Policy Analyst T 202.383.5909
    Charlie A. Iovino Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel T 202.383.4424
    Carmencita N. M. Whonder Policy Director T 202.652.2343
    Denise M. Freeman Senior Policy Assistant T 307.369.2880
    Daniel Joseph Policy Advisor T 202.216.4864
    Drew C. Littman Policy Director T 202.383.4702
    Douglas M. Maguire Policy Director T 202.872.5289
    David H. Reid Senior Policy Advisor T 202.652.2347
    Elizabeth A. Maier Policy Director T 202.872.5299
    Francisco Morales Policy Advisor T 702.464.7099
    Geoffrey G. Burr Policy Director T 202.872.5296
    Greta H. Joynes Senior Policy Advisor T 202.383.4701
    Gloria Walker Policy Advisor T 202.383.5908
    Gianna Setoudeh Policy Advisor T 916.594.9719
    Timothy Jackson Policy Analyst T 202.747.0518
    Joan Coplan Policy Director T 303.223.1452
    Jon Hrobsky Policy Director T 202.872.5294
    John Sonsalla Strategic Consulting Advisor T 202.652.2357
    LaKeitha Anderson Policy Director T 202.383.5914
    Luke D. Johnson Policy Director T 202.747.0513
    Lori Harju Policy Director T 202.747.0519
    Laura Johnson Senior Policy Advisor T 202.652.2349
    Mark P. Begich Strategic Consulting Advisor T 202.872.5288
    Mimi Burke Senior Policy Advisor T 202.872.5290
    Michael B. Levy Policy Director T 202.872.5281
    Michael P. Marn Policy Analyst T 202.652.2355
    Osiris Morel Policy Analyst T 202.383.4705
    Michael J. Stratton Senior Policy Director T 202.872.5293
    Nadeam A. Elshami Policy Director T 202.383.4426
    Richard J. Burness Strategic Consulting Advisor T 860.916.1222
    Radha Mohan Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel T 202.383.4425
    Samantha A. Carl-Yoder Policy Director T 202.383.5916
    Sean T. Callahan Senior Policy Advisor T 202.383.5918
    Sara Martin Policy Advisor T 303.223.1438
    Sage Schaftel Policy Advisor T 202.383.4716
    Teresa A. Cooke Policy Director T 916.594.9715
    Victoria Barba Policy Advisor T 619.702.6916
    Heather Wadyka Policy Analyst T 202.383.5907
    Zachary S. Pfister Policy Director T 202.652.2345