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Since 1988, Calfee’s Government Relations and Legislation practice has been respected for its political savvy and effectiveness, legal expertise, honesty, and relationships with all levels of local, state and federal government on both sides of the political aisle.

Calfee’s Government Relations and Legislation team spans across the Midwest and nationally, including Washington, D.C. We are continuously building and strengthening relationships with key decision makers, from legislative aides to top lawmakers and officials, to advocate for our clients and work with them to provide sophisticated solutions for their business needs.

Many of our lawyers and lobbyists have formerly served in governmental positions, including capacities such as the mayor of a major city, director of a state cabinet-level agency, and member of the U.S. Congress. Our collective knowledge and experiences allow us to analyze the law and political climate, anticipate how it may affect businesses, and execute a plan that will help clients communicate and work effectively with all levels of government.

As one of the top law firms in Ohio, Calfee lobbyists also have the legal background and immediate resources of lawyers in offices across the state and in Washington, D.C. who provide a variety of specialized services. We are able to analyze the law for our clients, anticipate how it may impact their business, and strategize and execute a plan of action. 

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
  • Support State Term Schedule applications
  • Counsel on competitive bid requirements
  • Assist with public records requests
  • Truth-In-Negotiations Act issues
  • Buy American / Buy Ohio
  • 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 Rule-Making 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



Calfee NOW 

Calfee NOW episodes are brief conversations with policymakers and industry leaders offering insights on Noteworthy topics, associated Opportunities and trends to Watch for in the near future. View all episodes here (https://www.calfee.com/blog?results).


Noteworthy

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Rankings

Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2022 "Best Law Firms" rankings by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in Government Relations Practice (Regional Tier 1 Columbus, Regional Tier 2 Cincinnati).

Disclaimer

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.

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Experience

Experience

Calfee is proud to lobby for clients such as:

  • Alliance for Automotive Innovation
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Diageo
  • Gilead Sciences
  • JACK Entertainment
  • KeyBank
  • Ohio Apartment Association
  • RPM International Inc.

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
  • Health care
  • Higher education
  • Manufacturing
  • Real estate
  • Retail organizations
  • Technology

Webinars

Webinars

6.15.2020 – An Analysis of Ohio's COVID-19 Immunity Legislation With Senator John Eklund

Calfee attorneys Michael VanBuren (Partner, Health Care Regulation), Matthew Mendoza (Partner, Litigation) and moderator Raymond Tarasuck (Senior Counsel, Government Relations and Legislation) were joined by Senator John Eklund, Chair of the Ohio Senate’s Judiciary Committee for a discussion and analysis of Ohio's COVID-19 Immunity Legislation.

View a transcript of this webinar. 



6.11.2020 – Webinar With Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague

Leah Pappas Porner (Chair, Government Relations and Legislation) and Blake Beachler (Practice Leader, Public Finance) were joined by Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague where they discussed the impact of COVID-19 on the state of financial systems, the fiscal health of the State of Ohio and local governments, and the initiatives the Treasurer is working on to help individuals, businesses and government entities weather this crisis.

View a transcript of this webinar. 



6.09.2020 – Roundtable Discussion With Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and Former Mayor Charlie Luken

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley was joined by former Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken (Senior Counsel, Calfee Government Relations and Legislation) for a discussion regarding leading through unrest on the heels of a pandemic.

View a transcript of this webinar. 



6.02.2020 – Roundtable Discussion With Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish joined Ray Tarasuck and Michael Bowen, attorneys with Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation practice group for a discussion regarding Cuyahoga County’s response to COVID-19.

View a transcript of this webinar. 



5.06.2020 – Roundtable Discussion With Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Brent Ballard, Calfee Managing Partner, and Ray Tarasuck and Michael Bowen, attorneys with Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation practice group, hosted a webinar roundtable discussion with Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson where the Mayor discussed the city's strategic COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

View a transcript of this webinar. 


4.24.2020 – Webinar With Ohio State Senator Matt Huffman

Leah Pappas Porner, Chair, and Josh Sanders, Vice Chair of Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation practice group, hosted a roundtable discussion webinar with Ohio State Senator Matt Huffman in which he discussed the Senate’s efforts to help Ohio through the COVID-19 crisis, including steps the Chamber has already taken and efforts they are currently pursuing for future legislative action.

View a transcript of this webinar.

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