A new era of advocacy
With national elections centering on partisan gridlock and discontent with the old ways of doing business in Washington, lobbying and policy advocacy are undergoing dramatic changes. In today’s environment of hyperscrutinized decisions and actions, unprecedented partisan standoffs, and social media, only the most politically astute Washington lawyers, representatives and consultants stand a chance to succeed.
Our successes are rooted in our government backgrounds. We have enjoyed highly successful runs in public service—as political advisors, top staff or nationally recognized operatives. We enjoy the benefit of a team that includes a former Counsel to the President of the United States, and professionals who have served as chief counsels to Senate subcommittees, senior legal advisor to Senate leadership, chair of a Congressional caucus and general counsel to a Senator (including during his presidential campaign), and in other Hill positions. Running just as deep are our relationships with elected officials and appointees in the White House and at the agencies.
We believe clients are best served by a bipartisan government affairs team. We’ve developed and implemented winning strategies on the Hill regardless of which party holds a majority in the House or Senate. And we’ve enlisted Administration support regardless of which party holds the presidency.
Our team is known for strategic thinking and the ability to execute. It’s a product of our public service careers, an arena where the standard of success is the ability to develop and formulate a strategy, from conception to endgame, and then deliver on it. We will do the same for you.
The political process
We monitor key U.S. regulatory and legislative developments, from new bills and resolutions to regulatory guidance and communications to committee meeting minutes and “podium policy” moments, and share the important developments, along with our analysis of their potential impact on your business operations or bottom line.
It is often a practical necessity to carefully monitor and, at times, participate in the political process. We maintain memberships, through our own bipartisan PAC, with all the national party committees and important coalitions and also participate in congressional caucus events and policy forums, such as the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute. Through individual pursuits, including a prominent presence in the media, our team remains active as highly visible players in the Washington political scene. Our principals are frequent guests on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC and are regularly asked for analysis by major print media outlets.
Who we work with
Manatt has devised and implemented winning strategies in Congress and the Executive Branch for some of the world’s best-known companies, trade associations and not-for-profits.
Our clients’ industries include:
- Consumer goods and services
- Banking and financial services
- Real estate and infrastructure
- Traditional and renewable energy
- Health care
- Media and entertainment
- State, local and foreign governments
What we do
- Advocacy, including lobbying Congress, the White House and federal agencies; coalition and alliance building; international representation; procurement support; and appropriations and funding
- Issue tracking, including policy briefings; legislation review and analysis; and monitoring new bills and resolutions, regulatory guidance, and committee meetings
- Advisory services, including political guidance and fundraising; strategic media and communications support; and drafting of legislation, amendments and position papers