Today, it seems like nothing is simple or uncontested. In an instant, a businesses deal can become bogged down in politics, overwhelmed by regulation or sidetracked by a bureaucrat.
But, it doesn't have to be that way. With sound advice from experienced lawyers who understand the process and are respected "on both sides of the aisle," business leaders and professionals can navigate the increasingly complicated and often adversarial intersection of business and government.
More than lobbying
Don't make the mistake of thinking that government and public policy is all about lobbying. Sure, some clients want help getting laws passed and regulations changed. But, that's only a part of it.
Virtually every business in every industry can need help in this area. A few examples:
- In real estate and construction, zoning and permitting issues often arise at critical times, demanding quick and efficient action.
- In health care and pharmaceuticals, state inspectors and federal regulators can come calling at any time.
- In human resources, immigration audits and wage and hour checks can be unannounced.
- In manufacturing, work on incentive deals needs to begin long before sites are selected.
A Veteran Team
While virtually all of the law firm's attorneys are touched by government and public policy in some way, our core Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Group is headed by Bob Coble in South Carolina and Alexander “Sandy” Sands in North Carolina. Coble served as Columbia’s mayor from 1990 until 2010. Sands was elected to four terms in the North Carolina Senate. Coble and Sands organize and manage lawyer teams built specifically for individual clients and engagements. They regularly call on firm attorneys including former South Carolina Revenue Commissioners Rick Reames and Burnie Maybank and former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverly Lake.
Nexsen Pruet prides itself on being proactive on behalf of its clients in the government and public policy area. In addition to the firm's weekly updates during the South Carolina legislative session, we regularly host webinars and in-person events to educate clients and contacts about legal and legislative developments in North and South Carolina.