Government Relations, Public Policy & Regulatory Compliance
In today’s political world, it is critically important for businesses, trade associations, industry groups and community advocates to stay ahead of the game. With term limits, Lansing is constantly evolving. Things move quickly, and it’s imperative to stay on top of these changes.
The members of Plunkett Cooney’s Government Relations, Public Policy & Regulatory Practice Group work with their clients as they strategize, communicate, streamline and attack political issues efficiently and effectively to influence public policy, legislation and regulatory issues. As one media outlet described it, government relations and lobbying services are like insurance for your business.
Group members include attorneys with significant experience in government matters. This includes the former Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, the former counsel to the Michigan Senate Majority Leader, past elected and appointed officials and two former members of the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. This experience makes Plunkett Cooney well qualified to tackle legislative and regulatory issues.
Leading the Government Relations, Public Policy & Regulatory Practice Group is Tom Leonard, a former Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives. As the former Speaker, Tom understands the legislative personalities. He has been in the caucus room and has worked alongside the state’s top elected and appointed officials. He has built their trust, allowing Tom to do what few can - mesh the policy and politics together. This gives Plunkett Cooney’s team a strong advantage when tackling legislative and regulatory issues.
With offices throughout Michigan, Plunkett Cooney’s government relations attorneys are positioned to provide professional assistance on complex matters before regulatory agencies and on a broad range of local governmental matters. The expertise of group members includes the following:
- Providing strategic advice to clients as they navigate complex political and policy issues with state and local governments
- Ensuring that clients make appropriate connections and form the right relationships with key legislators and other government officials to effectively tackle legislation and stay ahead of the political game
- Researching and monitoring legislation to keep clients on top of any proposed changes of law that may impact them or their industry
- Building coalitions and relationships with elected officials, companies, associations and community leaders to ensure collaboration on client policy initiatives
- Facilitating messaging for clients with legislators, stakeholders and the media to assist with public opinion legislative issues
- Advocating for the approval of zoning and planning requests before local governments and the negotiation of development agreements
- Representing clients during legislative hearings on legislation and with local, county and state regulatory agencies
- Working with clients to acquire state and local governmental incentives for development
- Preparation of legislation and assistance with its introduction
- Assisting clients with implementation of new state laws and regulations such as those related to Michigan’s medical cannabis law
Whatever the challenge may be for your business, association, industry or municipality at any level of government, the members of Plunkett Cooney’s Government Relations, Public Policy & Regulatory Practice Group are prepared to assist. They have helped develop creative solutions to meet the challenges of dealing with local, county and state government.
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- Partner, Practice Group LeaderEmail | (517) 324-5616
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“BAMF Health is building the world’s most advanced diagnostic, therapeutic, and research facility for cancer and neurodegenerative disorders in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Bringing this cutting-edge health care to the state introduced unforeseen regulatory hurdles that required approvals before we could proceed. In Michigan, that meant navigating and achieving Certificate of Need approval during a global pandemic. We chose Plunkett Cooney to help us engage the Michigan Legislature to expedite that process. Their knowledge of the process and policy issues resulted in SB440 being passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor in record time. Due to this partnership, we will be opening our state-of-the-art Radiopharmacy, Molecular Imaging Clinic, Theranostics Clinic, and Corporate Headquarters on the Medical Mile in downtown Grand Rapids in June of 2022.”
- Dr. Anthony Chang, CEO/Founder
“As an association that represents over 400 member companies in Michigan, my priority is working to advance their interests. That includes making sure the Administration and Legislature know what we’re working on and where we might need some help. Maintaining relationships with 110 Representatives and 38 Senators can also be a challenge, so that’s why I work with the Government Relations team at Plunkett Cooney. They have the policy knowledge, political insight, and personal relationships that allow me to focus on better serving my membership. They’ve saved me and my staff countless hours and have become like an extension of our Association.”
- Mark Griffin, President
Michigan Petroleum Association / Michigan Association of Convenience Stores