State Government Relations

In today’s business environment, the stakes are too high and the pace of change too rapid for companies to opt out of the legislative process. Proactive leaders know that their voices must be heard before laws are passed and regulations implemented, not after.

The Hunton & Williams LLP state government relations team understands the complex rules that govern policy development, advocacy and lobbying. We provide a clear roadmap and straightforward guidance that help clients navigate the hallways of state legislatures and communicate effectively with executive-branch officials. We also help national and international companies coordinate multistate initiatives and identify the right resources where and when they are needed.

Firsthand government experience
Our team is led by attorney Whitt Clement, who previously served in the Virginia House of Delegates for 14 years, as secretary of transportation in Virginia Governor Mark Warner’s cabinet and as president of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Whitt’s legislative, executive branch and business experience is matched by the rest of our team, many of whom have served as directors of legislative policy and strategy, press secretaries and public relations advisers, campaign officials and legislative aides.

Year-round guidance
While many state legislatures hold relatively brief legislative sessions, the legislative process continues 12 months of the year. State agencies are likewise busy year-round, implementing and enforcing the rules and policies required by state laws. Our team works ceaselessly in every season, helping clients build relationships with lawmakers, develop industry coalitions, draft legislative proposals and manage political contributions to candidates.

Industry knowledge
We know the concerns and priorities of business leaders. We have advised corporations and trade associations in the healthcare, software and technology, agriculture, energy, transportation, financial services, entertainment and education industries, as well as local and municipal governments.

Boutique service in a cross-disciplinary firm
Our state government relations team delivers the client-centered service and sophisticated counsel typical of a boutique practice, while offering direct access to the full spectrum of legal counsel available through Hunton & Williams’ many practice and industry groups. We work hand in hand with the firm’s corporate team to ensure that clients’ overall business goals are translated into actionable legislative and regulatory advocacy.