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Government & Regulatory Affairs

Our attorneys have experience with the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government at all levels; federal, state, and local; and government agencies and commissions. We provide effective counsel, comprehensive strategy, and practical information and insight on legislation and regulations that are important to our clients and to the future of our state and region.

Our attorneys regularly advise clients on issues and strategies related to:

  • Direct contact with governmental agencies and personnel
  • Crafting, introducing, and guiding legislation through the process toward passage
  • Participating in the state legislative committee process, including providing testimony at hearings and organizing support of or opposition to proposed legislation
  • Advocating for our clients in state agency hearings, task forces, and committees to assist in crafting administrative rules that conform with statutory authority and protect clients' interests
  • Monitoring and reporting on business matters affected by governmental action, including taxation, trade and business, financial regulation, labor and employment, land use, health care, environmental regulations, and natural resources

Our attorneys have worked with a variety of clients, including oil, natural gas, wind, solar, and other renewable energy manufacturers and developers; Internet, cable, and wireless communication companies; tribal entities; medical providers and research facilities; computer system manufacturers; financial institutions; school districts and institutions of higher education; construction companies; the auto industry; insurance and other major national and international corporations; and trade associations.

Representative Experience

Represented Cities of Lake Oswego and West Linn in a successful challenge to the inclusion of the Stafford basin area within the Metropolitan Urban Growth Boundary.
Presented, testified on, and helped amend Oregon's Business Energy Tax Credit program and other financing mechanisms for renewable energy projects.
Assisted cities and counties with amendments to their home-rule charters.
Led a coalition that defeated class-action legislation that would have removed 40 years of class-action procedural rules protecting parties to such litigation.
Negotiated complex development agreements on behalf of private developers and municipalities.