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The Federal Government Relations and Policy group is bipartisan and comprised of lawyers and professionals, many of whom practice exclusively on legislative and regulatory matters and have a deep understanding of policy, politics, and process.

A number of the group's professionals have worked on U.S. Senate Committees, elected leadership offices of the U.S. House of Representatives, and served as CEOs and senior lobbyists for major trade associations. They spend their time actively working with federal policymakers and senior personnel in federal agencies on behalf of clients to achieve measurable results.

The group also hires and manages local and state political counsel for clients and leads grass-tops, grass-roots, and issue advocacy campaigns, enabling them to help affect federal legislative and regulatory policy in Washington, D.C. from the state and local levels.

Engaged in political activities in both major U.S. parties, Calfee's Federal Government Relations and Policy team members support the political needs and goals of our clients in the nation's capital, across the U.S., and globally.

Calfee's Federal Government Relations and Policy team collaborates to deliver strategic advice and lobbying services to clients. This approach allows clients to benefit from the knowledge and experience of Washington veterans, who have more than 75 years of combined experience in shaping policy.

The Government Relations group represents Fortune 500 and 100 U.S. corporations, small and mid-sized companies, governmental agencies, and trade associations.


  • Appropriations
  • Aviation
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare
  • Housing Mortgage Finance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Pension and Retirement Issues
  • Securities
  • Tax
  • Technology and Innovation


Chambers USA Leading Law Firm Rankings 

Calfee has been recognized by Chambers USA as a Leading Law Firm in Government Relations: State & Local in Band 1 in USA - Nationwide (2023-2024).

Clients interviewed by Chambers USA researchers stated, "We are very happy with the level of professionalism, knowledge, responsiveness, and value of the work product we receive from Calfee's attorneys. They are the utmost professionals, always helping clients achieve the stated goal; they are extremely well-connected within Ohio state and local politics. Calfee's government relations team is amazing and includes high-powered lobbyists as well as extremely detailed attorneys who analyze legislation; the group is multitalented and will use all of those resources to help the client. The team is tremendously experienced and brings a wealth of knowledge to its work. It is filled with an incredible number of people who bring federal, state, and local government experience, which lends itself to them providing workable, realistic solutions to problems.

Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Rankings

Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2024 "Best Law Firms" rankings in Government Relations Practice (Regional Tier 1 Columbus).


Although many of the professionals in Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation group are attorneys, the non-licensed professionals in this group are not authorized to engage in the practice of law. Accordingly, our non-licensed professionals' advice should not be regarded as legal advice, and their services should not be considered the practice of law.




We act as zealous advocates for all clients across various industries, including:

  • Associations
  • Banking, financial services, and insurance
  • Environmental and natural resources
  • Gaming and hospitality
  • Healthcare
  • Higher education
  • Manufacturing
  • Real estate
  • Retail organizations
  • Technology and Innovation



Calfee partners with our clients to deliver superior services that result in success, including:

Legislative Lobbying

  • Develop legislative strategy
  • Draft legislation
  • Prepare testimony
  • Build legislative support
  • Testify before legislative committees
  • Foster legislative relationships with clients
  • Monitor legislative activity

Executive Agency Lobbying

  • Develop lobbying strategy
  • Prepare supporting materials and briefings
  • Foster executive agency relationships with clients

Public Policy Advocacy

  • Analyze policy and political perspectives
  • Develop grass-roots support
  • Create coalitions among stakeholders
  • Coordinate and analyze media and public relations

Government Contract / Executive Agency Procurement

  • Monitor procurement opportunities
  • Develop business relationships
  • Counsel on competitive bid requirements
  • Assist with public records requests
  • Truth-In-Negotiations Act issues
  • Specification requirements

Agency Regulatory Matters

  • Analyze regulations
  • Prepare legal and political arguments
  • Attend hearings on behalf of clients
  • Ensure Executive Order compliance
  • Assist with permit and licensing regulations and applications
  • Develop compatible required legislation

Administrative Rulemaking Process

  • Monitor administrative agencies
  • Draft administrative rules
  • Impact rule-making process
  • Represent clients in public and administrative hearings

Political Action Committees (PACs)

  • Review laws and regulations
  • Develop strategies for PAC contributions
  • Facilitate legal formation
  • Handle regulatory functions
  • Monitor campaign finance limitations

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"We are very happy with the level of professionalism, knowledge, responsiveness, and value of the work product we receive from Calfee's attorneys."

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