Smith Moore Leatherwood is excited to expand our presence in Raleigh with the formation of our government relations practice team. We understand how the legislative and executive branches operate and bring years of public policy experience on behalf of our clients. From direct advocacy for legislation to improving legislation through amendments to defeating legislation detrimental to clients’ interest, we have experience in all aspects of the process. Our skilled attorneys have represented a wide range of entities and interests, from large corporations and trade associations to smaller non-profits. The team has assisted businesses in the process of obtaining state and local incentives and other economic development opportunities to enable development and expansion of footprints within North Carolina and create much-needed jobs. While our focus is on government relations, we also coordinate with attorneys throughout the firm in numerous areas of the law, including antitrust, finance, employee benefits, environmental, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, health care law, securities, and tax law to assist clients with their legislative needs.
Our government relations practice team is available to help clients:
- Identify opportunities and challenges;
- Draft legislation, testimony, and other materials;
- Develop strategy based on client needs;
- Form coalitions around issues;
- Monitor all aspects of the process; and
- Implement grassroots advocacy.