Government Relations + Lobbying

In the world of politics and government, experience is key but being there is everything. Robinson+Cole has a team of lobbyists with decades of experience, who are everywhere government is when our clients need them to be there.

There's an adage that says "if you know one state, you know one state." We know two: New York and Connecticut, and whether you face similar or different issues in each of them, there's a real benefit to knowing you have capable advocacy, on the ground in both state capitols ready to help you develop and implement the strategy you need to succeed.

Our strength is in our people, a team composed of highly skilled professionals who work to do the following:

  • cover all the issues
  • excel at strategic thinking
  • consistently achieve results for our clients, helping them get from point A to point B efficiently

While we welcome and are proud of our record of handling many big, tough issues for our clients, decades of experience has taught us that it's the little things that pay the biggest dividends for our clients. The depth of our team, coupled with their knowledge of the people and processes involved in the creation of legislation, and a constant presence in the halls government, positions us to be effective advocates for our clients on a daily basis.

We are practical, issue-based advocates with deep relationships developed from working with people over a long period of time on a variety of issues. We explain government and politics, and what drives policy, to our clients, and we learn from them about their business and their goals. Then, we explain them to government officials so they understand where the goals of governmental policy and business align. We strive to build trust so that, when the big issues do arise, it's the trust that helps us through the negotiations to mitigate the damage a client might suffer so we can achieve the best possible outcome given the political climate.

Our services encompass all aspects of administrative and legislative lobbying, issue and crisis management, press and public relations, and grass roots organizing. Time after time, clients have found that Robinson+Cole's lobbyists help them achieve their objectives, whether the passage, defeat, or modification of legislation or regulations; financial assistance for a development project; or state or local government procurement of client products and services. We have successfully lobbied on a variety of issues including insurance, economic development, tax, labor, health care, public utility, environment, banking, finance, transportation, and gaming.

We're not your father's lobbying firm—changes to campaign finance laws have diminished the influence of money. The representation needed today is the kind we provide: people who know you, people who develop issue-based strategies with you, and people who engage in conversations that result in positive outcomes for you.

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    • Experience
      • Representation of Westchester County Industrial Development Agency concerning a tax incentives project to locate a large pharmaceutical research corporation in three newly constructed buildings in a biomedical complex in Greenburgh, New York, resulting in 600 jobs retained or created in Westchester County.
      • Representation of Westchester County Industrial Development Agency concerning a tax incentives project to locate a large pharmaceutical research corporation in a vacant biotech complex in Greenburgh, New York, resulting in 550 jobs retained or created in Westchester County.

      • Secured funding for one of the single largest open space acquisitions by a northeastern state.
      • Successfully lobbied for the electric industry in the negotiations to deregulate Connecticut's retail electric market.
      • Lobbied for an international subsidiary of a major Connecticut aerospace company to get the state legislature to extend favorable state corporate tax treatment to match the tax treatment available to this subsidiary’s competitors overseas.
      • Developed and implemented, on behalf of all of the HMOs in Connecticut, a political and lobbying strategy that defeated several waves of legislation harmful to Connecticut's insurance industry.
      • Enabled, in collaboration with other advocates, the elderly nutrition program line item of the budget to receive an unprecedented increase during the 2000 Legislative Session.
      • Helped a private university obtain financial support on the state and local levels to expand its facilities for its performing arts school for graduate and undergraduate students.
      • Representing a major Connecticut municipality successfully working with the city’s administration and legislative delegation to pass legislation creating a special development zone for a potential $800 million commercial development project, and authorizing up to $150 million in potential state and local direct funding and financing for the project.
      • Served as chief negotiators for a Native American tribe, operators of the world’s largest casino, in discussions with the Connecticut Governor and his staff over the right to operate slot machines at the tribe’s casino.
      • Introduced and had passed special legislation waiving deadlines for filing property tax exemption requests for two manufacturing companies, preserving the exemptions worth hundreds of thousands of dollars for those companies and ensuring state reimbursement of those exemptions for the municipalities in which the companies were located.
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    • News
      • October 19, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • October 21, 2013

        Super Lawyers® Names 61 Robinson & Cole Attorneys to 2013 List

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      • January 25, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Expands Government Relations Group in Hartford and Providence

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    • Publications + Presentations
    • "A Summary of Environmental Laws Enacted in Rhode Island This Year" (11/12/2013)

      "RI General Assembly Review" (09/16/2013)

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