Jennifer Richter and Kevin O’Neill, partners in the firm’s Washington office, were featured in The Hill on April 19, 2010, in a story about the growth of regulatory work in the lobbying industry.
The newspaper noted that Ms. Richter is the first non-lobbyist to co-chair the firm’s public policy practice. This “underscores how firms are looking to have a greater say with federal regulatory agencies in addition to twisting arms and bending ears on Capitol Hill,” the newspaper said.
As the Obama administration proposes a flurry of new legislation, there has been a marked uptick in regulatory work and law practices. Law firms that specialize in lobbying suggest they are better advisers for clients on compliance issues because of the overall understanding on what the federal agencies expect and have in place, the newspaper noted.
“We’re seeing a surge in both the short-term and long-term opportunities in the regulatory arena,” said Kevin O’Neill, vice chair of the firm’s public policy practice.