Now more than ever, businesses need a partner that not only knows the ins and outs of California's complex and frequently changing laws and regulations, but that also understands how to get things done in a timely manner.
Even in the face of seemingly intractable problems, we help clients achieve their goals.
We ensure that you understand the implications of a proposed law, know how to comply with an agency decision, opinion or regulation and how best to meet overlapping, and in some cases conflicting, federal, state and local regulatory regimes.
We can advance your legislative agenda, whether it be for the passage, amendment or defeat of a bill or law. Our understanding of all forces at play, our ability to see all sides of an issue and reach a satisfactory compromise, and our high level of credibility with lawmakers, as one of the state's premier business firms, mean we can help shape the law for you rather than letting the law shape your organization.
Experienced in state government and policymaking
Our professionals have held state and local elected or appointed offices, served as top advisors to officeholders, and bring other professional expertise or industry experience important to our wide-ranging client base.
Several members of our team continue their public service on key state policy boards and commissions, and many play leading roles in philanthropic and community organizations.
Advocacy at the municipal, county and regional levels
Our lobbying and advocacy team is intimately involved in all aspects of municipal, county and regional governmental processes, including land use and environmental issues, procurement and regulatory matters, as well as special district governance.
Generalists—and proud of it
Elected officials recognize that to tackle issues large or small requires big-picture thinking advanced through focused approaches.
Manatt has gained credibility and trust among elected officials, reinforced by developing communications strategies that focus not only on how a bill or policy would further the interests of our client, but how it accords with the official's own principles and the interests of his or her constituencies. We develop and execute effective legal and political solutions to your most challenging business issues.
Who we work with
Our team has been involved in the creation and implementation of legislative and regulatory policy and budget proposals for clients in many sectors, including the following:
- Renewable energy and natural resources
- Government procurement
- Financial services
- Local government
What we do
We provide advocacy and advice on issues such as these:
- Land use
- Environment and CEQA
- Public contracting compliance, protests and administration of contracts
- State and local funding issues
- Healthcare policy and decisions
- Information technology policy