Nicholas W. Allard, co-chair of the firm's public policy practice, was quoted in the National Law Journal on June 15, 2009, in a story about the congressional effort to overhaul the nation's health care system and its impact on the lobbying industry. With health care reform, Congress is prepping to reshape roughly one-sixth of the economy. That means new business for the lobbying industry, noted NLJ.
Allard said the firm's health care practice group has signed up new clients every day for the past month. There are two kinds of new clients "that aren't the usual suspects," he told NLJ. The first want to monitor the legislation and receive an analysis of how it might affect them. The second,
Allard said, are "individual companies, hospitals, professional groups, who are very, very focused on a narrow provision and maybe want to lobby."