• Government and Regulatory

    Protecting Your Interests in an Increasingly Regulated World
    The regulatory environment has become more rigorous for businesses everywhere, with government involvement in virtually every industry and sector. Frustration and cost have increased as compliance has become more difficult and expensive. And as federal, state and local governments continue to add new regulations and adopt a stricter enforcement posture, it’s more important than ever to have a partner that can help you understand, anticipate and quickly respond to regulatory challenges.

    Manatt’s Government and Regulatory group has successfully advised, guided and represented clients in areas where law, business and government intersect. The practice features top-level professionals in Washington, D.C., California (including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento) and New York (including New York and Albany) whose focus is to lobby for our clients’ vital interests in administrative and legislative hearings, rulemaking and regulatory proceedings, and in connection with government contracts and funding agreements.

    The competitive advantage our Government and Regulatory group has over their counterparts at pure lobbying firms is the ability to draw on the comprehensive resources of a national law firm to develop broad-based solutions to clients’ most complex business challenges, merging the operational and market knowledge of corporate and commercial attorneys with the public policy and political acumen of our government affairs professionals. The combination enhances our ability to strategically assess and resolve the legal, governmental and political challenges our clients face.

    Public and Private Sector Backgrounds
    We know how government works and—more important—what makes government processes work to the advantage of our clients.

    Manatt’s Government and Regulatory professionals draw upon experience gained in elective offices, on legislative and executive staffs, and in senior positions at every level of government. Our professionals have served in all areas of local, state and national government, and maintain ongoing contact with members of Congress and staff, officials at the Executive Branch departments and agencies, and state and local elected and appointed officials. As a result, we are able to effectively communicate our clients’ interests and concerns directly to those responsible for policy decisions on the issues that are most important to them.

    The backgrounds of our Government and Regulatory professionals also include work for public and privately owned companies, nonprofit organizations, and trade and professional associations, including serving as senior executives, general counsel and board members for companies in energy, entertainment, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, real estate and construction industries, among others. Knowledge of the business and regulatory environment in which our clients operate gives us an understanding of what drives their business decisions and enhances the effectiveness of our public policy advocacy.

    Areas of Focus

    Contracts and Procurement

    Manatt professionals have the breadth and depth of experience to provide strategic insight into public contracting for our clients. They are able to assist clients in obtaining and retaining public sector contracts at the federal, state and local levels. In addition, Manatt professionals have a wide range of experience with all auxiliary government contract issues, including protests, appeals, disputes, suspension and debarment procedures and qui tam litigation.

    Public Finance

    Manatt professionals develop, structure, and implement innovative financing programs that utilize federal, state and municipal debt to support projects for private and public entities.

    • Private sector clients. Creating innovative approaches to access federal programs and tax-exempt and taxable capital markets to fund projects and programs that serve a public purpose. Our knowledge and understanding of government revenue streams enables us to identify and develop opportunities.
    • Public sector clients. Manatt's experience with corporate and nonprofit projects offers advantages for public sector entities seeking innovative ways to access capital.

    Public Policy Advocacy

    Manatt professionals work vigorously to shape government and public policy to advance client interests. Manatt's range of experience includes finding unique and often unprecedented solutions to clients' issues, designing advocacy strategies, directing lobbying of elected and appointed officials, and orchestrating coalitions of business, labor, not-for-profit entities, community-based organizations and other "grassroots" groups to support lobbying initiatives.


    Designing and implementing legislative solutions, including lobbying campaigns, strategy development, and coalition building, as well as securing authorizations, appropriations and other outcomes in a wide range of areas including, but not limited to:

    • Legislative drafting 
    • Hearings 
    • Amendments 
    • Authorizations 
    • Appropriations

    Regulatory Relief

    Manatt represents clients before federal and state administrative agencies, including drafting and proposing new regulations; developing support or opposition to implementation of regulations in cooperation with client goals; and shaping regulations and policy interpretations for trade associations, professional organizations, not-for-profit entities, and publicly and privately held businesses.

    Manatt professionals routinely advance clients' interests before a wide array of federal agencies, including:

    • Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
    • Department of Defense (DOD)
    • Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
    • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
    • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
    • Department of the Interior (DOI)
    • Department of Transportation (DOT)
    • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    • Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
    • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
    • Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)
    • Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
    • Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
    • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
    • General Services Administration (GSA)
    • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
    • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
    • Small Business Administration (SBA)
    • Surface Transportation Board (STB)
    • United States Trade Representative (USTR)

    In California, our experience allows us to affect decisions in virtually every area, including entities such as the State Lands Commission, Department of Industrial Relations, CalEPA, CalTrans, the Board of Equalization, HHS, Resources Agency, Food and Agriculture, Trade and Commerce, Business, Transportation and Housing Agency and the Coastal Commission.

    White Collar, Enforcement and Parallel Proceedings

    Manatt professionals protect client interests in every forum and have the unique ability to provide guidance in the area of parallel proceedings where clients may face a series of aggressive government action, whether administrative, civil and/or criminal prosecution.

    Attorneys & Professionals

    Alazraki, Marcia D. Albany 518.431.6794
    Ang, Tina Washington, D.C. 202.585.6567
    Belfort, Robert D. New York 212.830.7270
    Bernstein, William S. New York 212.830.7282
    Bocian, Joshua New York 212.790.4537
    Bonham, James J. Washington, D.C. 202.585.6535
    Brown, Kathleen L. Los Angeles 310.312.4142
    Carney, McKay S. Sacramento 916.552.2335
    Christ, Rose New York 212.790.4634
    Clay, Delilah L. Sacramento 916.552.2330
    Coony, Steve Sacramento 916.552.2380
    Costantino, Jon Sacramento 916.552.2365
    Costigan, III, Richard S. Sacramento 916.552.2370
    De la Cruz, Victor Los Angeles 310.312.4305
    DeHart, June Langston Washington, D.C. 202.585.6510
    Donnaruma, Julia New York 212. 790.4637
    Dutton, Melinda J. New York 212.790.4522
    Evans, Jack Washington, D.C. 202.585.6533
    Fabry, Anne Saunders Washington, D.C. 202.585.6655
    Grable, Roger A. Orange County 714.371.2537
    Gribow, Gina Los Angeles 310.312.4118
    Gyory, Bruce Albany 518.431.6790
    Hodjati, Shawn Washington, D.C. 202.585.6536
    Hori, Susan K. Orange County 714.371.2528
    Huard, David L. San Francisco 415.291.7430
    Jamison, Robert Washington, D.C. 202.585.6564
    Jones, James R. Washington, D.C. 202.585.6560
    Keen, Randall W. Los Angeles 310.312.4361
    Kieffer, George David Los Angeles 310.312.4146
    Laffer, C.J. Los Angeles 310.312.4155
    LeRoy, Bryan C. Los Angeles 310.312.4191
    Lytle, James W. Albany 518.431.6704
    Marshall, Phyllis A. Sacramento 916.552.2350
    Matsler, Sean Orange County 714.371.2534
    McGrath, Erin Albany 518.431.6791
    McMorrow, Thomas R. Sacramento 916.552.2310
    Medina, Alfredo Sacramento 916.552.2315
    Moyer, Craig A. Los Angeles 310.312.4353
    Niblack, Preston New York 212.790.4636
    Oakley, David J. Albany 518.431.6705
    Pfister, Helen R. New York 212.830.7277
    Polan, Steven M. New York 212.830.7292
    Ray, John L. Washington, D.C. 202.585.6565
    Salinas, Che J. Sacramento 916.552.2320
    Schwab, Katie New York 212.790.4532
    Schwartz, James R. Los Angeles 310.312.4182
    Specht, Lisa Los Angeles 310.312.4298
    Thomas, Reggie New York 212.790.4674
    Turovsky, Ronald B. Los Angeles 310.312.4249
    Ustin, Mark R. Albany 518.431.6795
    Walsh, James S. Albany 518.431.6717
    Weiss, Lenard G. San Francisco 415.291.7460
    Whang, Nancy S. Los Angeles 310.312.4377
    Wolff, Bruce S. Washington, D.C. 202.585.6590
    Yacoubian, Vahe Los Angeles 310.312.4389
    Young, Brandon D. Los Angeles 310.312.4181

    Government & Regulatory

    Selected Clients

    • Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority
    • AT&T
    • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
    • Honeywell
    • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    • New York University
    • Oracle USA
    • Siemens Corporation
    • State Compensation Insurance Fund
    • Toyota Motor North America