State and Local Government Relations

State and Local Government Relations 2017-12-10T00:36:37+00:00

Overview

The Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P State and Local Government Relations team is second to none. We have a strong record as success­ful advocates because we listen to our clients and find strategic and creative ways to meet their needs. With strong, long-term, per­sonal connections with lawmakers and agency staff in Minnesota, North Dakota, and throughout the Midwest, our team members collaborate across practice areas to offer our clients comprehen­sive services in the boardroom, the courtroom, and at the capitol.

LGN executes a multifaceted approach to representing our clients’ needs, including grassroots organization, association/coalition management, and public relations as integral parts of a successful legislative strategy. Working together, LGN attorneys, lobbyists, organizers, and communicators represent and engage our clients in the legislative process. We also are uniquely positioned to pro­vide comprehensive services to governmental entities as well as trade associations and coalitions made up of such entities.

Local governments, associations, Indian tribes, and businesses of every size must be prepared to quickly and positively influence the legislative process at both the state and federal levels. The Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. team helps our clients:

  • respond to public policy changes that affect them every day
  • identify opportunities for action at the Capitols in St. Paul, Bismarck, and Washington, D.C.
  • organize, educate, and mobilize stakeholders at the grassroots level
  • communicate clearly and persuasively
  • achieve long-term success
It is our goal to strategically assist our clients with state policy leaders. We work with our clients to formulate a thoughtful and effective strategy to implement their legislative and administrative agenda while responding quickly and effectively to lawmakers and decision-makers’ questions and concerns to maximize their influence on public policy.

We work closely with our clients to develop a strategic action plan that anticipates and avoids real and potential problem. We manage oral and written communications with key agencies, legislators, and stakeholders to best position you at the State Capitol. Additionally, we compile and analyze the political landscape relevant to your objectives to ensure the plan we develop together utilizes the necessary relationships and political strategy to accomplish your goals.

The State Government Relations team at Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. has a wide variety of experience and knowledge on issues before the legislature. The breadth and depth of our team’s understanding of budget and policy issues allows our clients to effectively serve our clients’ needs before the legislature.

Health Care

The Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. State Government Relations team has a long tradition of comprehensive and successful representation of health care clients before the legislature in St. Paul. LGN has represented large hospital systems, academic medical centers, specialty physician organizations, ancillary health care providers, and public health organizations on a variety of issues before the legislature.

Our state government relations team has the unique combination of substantive issue expertise and political strategy that allows us to get the most successful results for our health care clients on a yearly basis. Few in St. Paul can match LGN’s depth of knowledge and understanding to successfully navigating the intricacies of health care practices, policies, and politics. Our team has decades of experience working in and with the legislature and multiple governors’ administrations. This familiarity of issues and collegiality with key players has led to proven and measurable result for our clients, including successful efforts to increase funding for graduate medical education, defeat harmful scope of practice changes, and pass countless anti-smoking initiatives.

Education: Higher Education & E-12

The Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. State Government Relations team has comprehensive experience in developing and implementing successful public policy advocacy on behalf of our higher education clients and E-12 education. Our state government relations team has decades of experience working in and with the governor’s administration and the state legislature. This familiarity with issues and collegiality with key players has led to proven and measurable results for our clients, including successful efforts to direct targeted state higher education dollars and influence student-centered reforms for primary and secondary school students.

Transportation

The Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. State Government Relations team has extensive experience in developing and implementing successful state relations and public policy advocacy programs on behalf of associations, coalition groups, and corporations. We have a track record of successfully representing corporations, labor unions, local governments, and industry associations on transportation policy and funding issues. Our experience and long-term strategic relationships with legislative leaders and the governor’s administration give our clients superior access and advice.

The state government relations professionals have expertise gained over decades of work with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Council and other transportation boards and commissions. Our team combines its legislative and regulatory capabilities to ensure our clients the best opportunity at successful and sustainable outcomes. Our work has brought measurable benefits to clients, including preventing harmful tax and fee increases, maintaining a fair and predictable regulatory environment, and winning funding for local transportation projects.

General Business Issues

Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.’s State Government Relations team brings a diverse range of experience and a long record of success in advocating for businesses large and small – from local trade associations to Fortune Global 100 corporations – as they navigate complex tax and regulatory issues at the state legislature. LGN is proud to partner with our business clients to elevate their voice at the Capitol by cultivating broader influence and understanding within the public policy decision-making process.

Our state government relations team executes proven strategies specific to our clients’ objectives. By applying our policy expertise and incorporating our network of key relationships, we position our business clients for success in the state’s shifting political and regulatory climate.

Regulated Industries

The Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. State Government Relations team has extensive experience in developing and implementing successful public policy advocacy programs on behalf of associations, coalition groups, and corporations. Our team has a track record of successfully representing trade associations and corporations in virtually all regulated industries. LGN has experience and long-term strategic relationships with legislative leaders and the governor’s administration that give our clients superior access and advice.

The state government relations professionals have expertise gained over decades of work with the Minnesota Department of Commerce, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, Office of the Attorney General, and other regulators.

Our team combines its legislative and regulatory capabilities to ensure our clients the best opportunity at successful and sustainable outcomes. Our work has brought measurable benefits to clients including proactive regulatory reform, preventing and managing governmental overreach, and guiding coalitions to our client’s benefit.

Local Government Relations

The State Government Relations team at Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. understands that the “rubber hits the road” at the local level of government. Policies and funding that come from Washington, D.C. and St. Paul are often implemented by localities such as counties, cities, townships, and school districts.

With the knowledge of the challenges local units of government face, the team at LGN works with our clients to navigate the legislative process at the state and federal levels to meet local needs relating to funding for capital investment projects, land use, economic development, and transportation.

By collaborating with local, state, and federal units of government, the team at LGN helps local officials address the priorities of their respective communities.

In additional to our lobbying services, Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. attorneys have extensive experience in the niche area of campaign finance and election law. Our attorneys:

  • counsel individuals, political committees and associations as they navigate the complexities of state and federal campaign finance regulations
  • assist with administering political committees
  • advise clients regarding the laws regulating contributions and expenditures
  • represent clients before the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board and Federal Election Commission.