Government Relations

Severe budget cuts, the end of earmarked funding and a significant decrease in government funding opportunities have made effective legislative, regulatory and policy advocacy critical for those competing for resources.
 
As public and private entities attempt to operate in this new environment, Best Best & Krieger LLP is helping them navigate the challenges, influence policy and get their voices heard and respected.

An Unrivaled Team
Recognizing that public policy matters involve a complex mix of legal, legislative and regulatory considerations, often at multiple levels of government, BB&K’s Government Relations team is structured as a multi-disciplinary, bi-partisan group. We bring together legislative advocates, policy advisors, subject matter-focused attorneys and litigators who skillfully manage the interplay of laws, policies, regulations, economic circumstances and competing interests to promote and protect our clients’ position. Our model enables clients to rely on one integrated team to devise creative solutions and move their issues through Congress, federal and state agencies and the legal system. Further, it assures that we have all the bases covered.
 
Team members have held high-ranking positions in the White House, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, at the Federal Communications Commission and at the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as in state government, industry trade and local government advocacy organizations, and in the private sector. We see both sides of issues, readily identify hurdles and overcome them. With decades of experience, longstanding relationships with government leaders and a deep knowledge across many disciplines, including politics, government, business, law and science, BB&K’s Government Relations professionals are respected and highly effective. This holds true even in heavily regulated areas such as telecommunications, water and environmental and natural resources matters generally — all areas where we have extensive experience.

Our Services
BB&K’s Government Relations team synthesizes, distills and presents our clients’ positions on complex public policy issues to decision makers. We devise innovative funding techniques and help clients develop actionable goals and implement strategic legislative action plans. Additionally, we assist clients by:

  • Enhancing client relationships with federal and state officials, staff and administrators
  • Advising on the development of legislative positions and priorities
  • Protecting clients’ interests potentially affected by changing laws, regulations and policies
  • Identifying projects and programs eligible for federal or state funding, assisting in securing funds and grants and facilitating the process
  • Communicating and advocating our clients’ interests to elected representatives, key committee members, agencies and other individuals, as needed, garnering their support and resolving conflicts, issues and concerns
  • Monitoring and analyzing existing and proposed legislative and regulatory actions, policies, programs and initiatives throughout their development and implementation
  • Advising on and representing clients at legislative, executive branch, regulatory meetings and hearings and preparing clients to testify
  • Handling strategic communications with those in government, the media and the public

As a nationally recognized leader on water issues and environmental and natural resources issues generally, BB&K has worked on all of the major national environmental legislation, successfully advocated for new laws and obtained unprecedented funding for client projects.

How Can Government Relations Help You?

Environmental, water, telecommunications and transportation projects by both public agencies and businesses can benefit from our advocacy services. Let us help you be heard!


 

Notable Accomplishments
BB&K’s Government Relations professionals’ achievements for clients include:

  • Helped secure $500,000 in federal funding for water reclamation and reuse projects and studies for the Las Virgenes-Triunfo Joint Powers Authority's Pure Water Project.
  • The only amendment ever to the Federal Clean Water Act for a public agency in Texas, resulting in significant reduction of toxic emissions at a lower cost  
  • $40 million for Title XVI water reclamation for a Northern California city
  • $100 million appropriations for rural water supply in South Dakota
  • $100 million grant for Los Angeles agencies to construct secondary treatment facilities and comply with court and regulatory orders
  • $7.6 million to fund airport project in South Texas
  • $61.6 million from the General Services Administration to be invested in two Texas ports of entry to ease traffic and congestion
  • Secured one of the nation’s largest BTOP telecom grants worth $7.5 million
  • Procured more than $7 million to fund various public safety projects
Joseph P. Byrne

Joseph P. Byrne

Partner

(213) 617-7496

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Water
Syrus Devers

Syrus Devers

Director of Governmental Affairs

(916) 329-3681

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Relations | Telecommunications
John D. Freshman

John D. Freshman

Senior Director of Governmental Affairs*

(202) 370-5301

Areas of Focus: Air Quality | Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Relations | Hazardous Waste | Water
T. Brent Hawkins

T. Brent Hawkins

Partner

(916) 551-2086

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Environmental Litigation | Government Relations | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
James R. Hobson

James R. Hobson

Of Counsel

(202) 370-5305

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Relations | Municipal Law | Public Safety | Telecommunications
Gerard Lavery Lederer

Gerard Lavery Lederer

Partner

(202) 370-5304

Areas of Focus: Business | Government Relations | Municipal Law | Real Estate | Telecommunications
Nicholas P. Miller

Nicholas P. Miller

Partner

(202) 370-5309

Areas of Focus: Business | Government Relations | Municipal Law | Telecommunications
Marnie A. Prock

Marnie A. Prock

Paralegal*

(916) 551-2089

Areas of Focus: Government Relations | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Gregory Rodriguez

Gregory Rodriguez

Of Counsel

(202) 370-5308

Areas of Focus: Government Relations | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Transportation
Ana D. Schwab

Ana D. Schwab

Assistant Director of Governmental Affairs*

(202) 370-5311

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Relations | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Water
Joseph Van Eaton

Joseph Van Eaton

Partner

(202) 370-5306

Areas of Focus: Government Relations | Municipal Law | Public Safety | Telecommunications
Event Jul 11-14, 2017

Federal Advocacy and Policy

ACM 2017 Annual Conference

Event Jun 28, 2017

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UPDATE: Real Fight Begins Over SB 649 in California Assembly

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Event May 25, 2017

Self-Driving Cars: Legal Impact and Issues

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Legal Alerts May 25, 2017

NO DEAL! SB 649 Passed Out of Appropriations Committee Without Amendment

This Small Cell Bill Curtails Local Discretionary Review and Rates

Ana D. Schwab Joins BB&K as Assistant Director of Governmental Affairs
Press Releases May 25, 2017

Ana D. Schwab Joins BB&K as Assistant Director of Governmental Affairs

Firm’s Government Relations Team Continues to Grow

BB&K Government Relations Team Helps Client Secure Federal Grant for Water Project
Client Successes May 15, 2017

BB&K Government Relations Team Helps Client Secure Federal Grant for Water Project

Las Virgenes-Triunfo JPA Pure Water Project Receives Funds

Event May 8, 2017

Proactive Planning for Driverless/Shared Mobility

APA National Planning Conference

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BB&K Attorney Gregory Rodriguez Discusses Municipalities’ Relationships with Driverless Cars with CityLab

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Press Releases Apr 24, 2017

Telecommunications Law Attorney Joseph Van Eaton Selected to Super Lawyers D.C.

Washington, D.C.-Based Partner Recognized for Communications

Event Apr 21-24, 2017

IMLA’s 2017 Mid-Year Seminar

International Municipal Lawyers Association

California Small Cell Bill Curtails Local Discretionary Review and Rates
Legal Alerts Apr 18, 2017

California Small Cell Bill Curtails Local Discretionary Review and Rates

Local Governments Need to Voice Their Concerns Before April 26 Hearing

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Legal Alerts Apr 11, 2017

Final California Water Conservation Plan and Proposed Legislation Released

Urban Water Suppliers Face Far-Reaching Consequences

Driverless Car Technology Speeds Along
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Driverless Car Technology Speeds Along

Sustainable City Network Discusses Autonomous Vehicles with BB&K Attorney Gregory Rodriguez

Event Feb 28, 2017

Webinar: Wireless Siting Rules

MyLawCLE Event Co-Sponsored with the Federal Bar

BB&K In the News Feb 13, 2017

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Press Releases Feb 1, 2017

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Authored Articles & Publications Jan 26, 2017

Op-Ed: Partnering on Automated Vehicle Pilots and Ensuring Two-Way Streets to Success

ENO Transportation Weekly Op-Ed by BB&K Attorney Gregory Rodriguez

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Legal Alerts Jan 25, 2017

WOTUS Rule on Hold in Sixth Circuit

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The Trump Infrastructure Plan
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The Trump Infrastructure Plan

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Waters of the U.S. Rule to Go to Supreme Court
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Waters of the U.S. Rule to Go to Supreme Court

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Event Jan 17, 2017

Webinar: Telecommunications Issues in the Trump Administration

Virginia Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

BB&K Advocacy Brief: Proposition 54 and Local Governments
Legal Alerts Dec 14, 2016

BB&K Advocacy Brief: Proposition 54 and Local Governments

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Event Nov 29 - Dec 2, 2016

Bringing Water Together

ACWA's 2016 Fall Conference & Exhibition

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Legal Alerts Nov 15, 2016

The Future of U.S. Infrastructure and Local Control Amid Post-Election Uncertainty

Post-Election Opportunities for Local Government Agencies

Op-Ed: Automated Vehicles and Minding the Looming Infrastructure Gap
Authored Articles & Publications Nov 11, 2016

Op-Ed: Automated Vehicles and Minding the Looming Infrastructure Gap

BB&K Attorney Gregory Rodriguez Opines About How to Move Forward

County Counsel Teamwork: The Exide Story
BB&K In the News Sep 23, 2016

County Counsel Teamwork: The Exide Story

BB&K Part of Team Supporting Clean Up of Former Battery Recycling Site

Federal Autonomous Vehicles Policy Released by NHTSA
Legal Alerts Sep 21, 2016

Federal Autonomous Vehicles Policy Released by NHTSA

60-Day Comment Period Provides Important Chance to Have Local Voices Heard

The Forever Drought
Videos Sep 15, 2016

The Forever Drought

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert

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Using Nature's Technology in Response to Drought

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Reimagining the Cadillac Desert: Welcome and Opening Remarks

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Videos Sep 15, 2016

Modern Urban Living in the Dry Age

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert

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Where Will Water Come From?

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert

Water and Technology
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Water and Technology

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert

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Reimagining the Cadillac Desert

BB&K's Inaugural Premier Event

How are Cities Looking at Water
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How are Cities Looking at Water

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California State Water Board Releases Revised Drinking Water Fee Regulations
Legal Alerts Jul 20, 2016

California State Water Board Releases Revised Drinking Water Fee Regulations

Public Comments Due July 29th

E-Rate Program Proposed Expansion
Legal Alerts Jun 30, 2016

E-Rate Program Proposed Expansion

FCC Looking to Increase Eligibility for Reimbursement

HUD Proposes Two New Rules on Broadband Infrastructure and Consolidated Planning
Legal Alerts Jun 27, 2016

HUD Proposes Two New Rules on Broadband Infrastructure and Consolidated Planning

Failure to Comply Could Impact HUD Funding

FCC’s Lifeline Order
Legal Alerts Jun 22, 2016

FCC’s Lifeline Order

Opportunities for Public Housing Residents and Local Government Agencies

Event Jun 13-14, 2016

California Water Law & Policy

Argent Communications

Event Apr 27, 2016

Wait! Who is Driving that Car?: The Autonomous Vehicle Revolution and our Transportation Infrastructure

IMLA Webinar

BB&K Partner Successfully Testifies About Homeless Bill
Press Releases Apr 11, 2016

BB&K Partner Successfully Testifies About Homeless Bill

Marco Martinez Appeared Before California Senate Committee on SB 876

The State of Our Autonomy is... Moving Fast, Optimistic and Filled with Regulatory Questions
Legal Alerts Mar 17, 2016

The State of Our Autonomy is... Moving Fast, Optimistic and Filled with Regulatory Questions

Cities Need to Climb on Board or Be Left Behind

March 15 Deadline Approaches For California Water Suppliers to Apply for Adjustments to Water Conservation Requirements
Legal Alerts Mar 11, 2016

March 15 Deadline Approaches For California Water Suppliers to Apply for Adjustments to Water Conservation Requirements

Climate, Growth and Water Supply Adjustments Ease Conservation Burden in Some Communities

Client Successes Feb 26, 2016

BB&K Team Helps L.A. County Get State Funding for Exide Contamination

Board of Supervisors gives commendation to attorneys John Holloway and Gene Tanaka

Sixth Circuit Exercises Jurisdiction over Federal Clean Water Rule Challenges
Legal Alerts Feb 22, 2016

Sixth Circuit Exercises Jurisdiction over Federal Clean Water Rule Challenges

Nationwide Stay of WOTUS Rule Remains in Effect

DWR Releases Draft Emergency Regulations for Groundwater Sustainability Plans in California
Legal Alerts Feb 19, 2016

DWR Releases Draft Emergency Regulations for Groundwater Sustainability Plans in California

Proposed Regulations Include Required Plan Elements and Criteria for State Review

California State Water Board Issues Directive on Submitting Information to Adjust Conservation Standards
Legal Alerts Feb 10, 2016

California State Water Board Issues Directive on Submitting Information to Adjust Conservation Standards

Climate, Population Growth Among New Factors For Mandatory Drought Restrictions

City Ordinance Banning New Outdoor Billboards, but Authorizing Relocated Ones, Upheld by California Court
Legal Alerts Feb 1, 2016

City Ordinance Banning New Outdoor Billboards, but Authorizing Relocated Ones, Upheld by California Court

Authorizing Relocated Ones Upheld by Court; Constitutional Challenges Rejected; Injunction Order to Remove Billboard Affirmed

Press Releases Jan 26, 2016

BB&K Ranked No. 8 on Top Sacramento Law Firms List

Firm Moves Up Notch on Sacramento Business Journal’s Annual List

PEG Fees Set by Ordinance Under California Video Franchise Law Are Not Taxes Subject to Prop. 26
Legal Alerts Jan 22, 2016

PEG Fees Set by Ordinance Under California Video Franchise Law Are Not Taxes Subject to Prop. 26

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Shasta Lake Water Levels Subject of New Litigation
Legal Alerts Jan 21, 2016

Shasta Lake Water Levels Subject of New Litigation

Water Contractors Challenge SWRCB Order Potentially Restricting Water

California State Water Board Releases Proposed Text of Emergency Water Conservation Regulation
Legal Alerts Jan 20, 2016

California State Water Board Releases Proposed Text of Emergency Water Conservation Regulation

Public Comments Due Jan. 28

Press Releases Jan 19, 2016

New Additions to Washington, D.C. Office Enhance Services

Of Counsels Drew Clark and Greg Rodriguez Round Out BB&K’s Newest Office

Surface Transportation: Be Informed and Heard
Legal Alerts Oct 21, 2015

Surface Transportation: Be Informed and Heard

New Federal Bill for Transportation Funding on the Road to Passage

Client Successes Oct 19, 2015

Critical Ecosystem Restoration Contract Secured by BB&K Team for Texas City

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Deadline Fast Approaching for Positive Train Controls
Legal Alerts Oct 6, 2015

Deadline Fast Approaching for Positive Train Controls

Failure to Implement Safety Measures Will Result in Interrupted Railway Service

BB&K Event Aug 26, 2015

New EPA Definition of Waters of the U.S.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. PT | Webinar

Event Aug 12, 2015

ReDiscover Community Media

Alliance for Community Media's 2015 Annual Conference

Press Releases Mar 4, 2015

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Legislative Water Update
Legal Alerts Jan 15, 2015

Legislative Water Update

Conversations Among Federal Lawmakers May Lead to New Water Legislation

Press Releases Jan 7, 2014

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