State and federal governments are playing an increasingly critical role in how businesses function. From government funding to changes in regulatory processes, navigating legislative hurdles requires a thorough understanding of public policy and the legislative process. Preti Flaherty's Government Affairs Practice Group assists clients with government relations in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, by working closely with state and national political leaders and regulatory decision makers to effect changes in laws and regulations to meet our clients' needs.

Our extensive team of attorneys and lobbyists brings decades of diverse experience to the task, making us one of the most experienced practices in northern New England public affairs.  Our long history of federal level work combined with legal skills both traditional and cutting-edge make Preti's Government Affairs practice New England's go-to group for helping businesses intersect the public sector.

When working with government agencies, we leverage our expertise in administrative law to develop diverse approaches rather than relying solely on traditional direct lobbying. Preti serves as a strategic partner – from the early stages of a project, we help clients develop new ideas, services or products that require regulatory permitting by analyzing the possibilities and challenges at the state, federal and local levels of government. When clients turn to us with complex challenges – often involving a mix of legal and legislative issues – we team up across multiple practice areas to provide progressive counsel and unmatched legal service. Because our team understands the challenges facing business decision-makers, we are able to create a strategic approach to achieving the client's goals in creative, yet streamlined ways.

State Government
For both our long-standing relationships and issue-based engagements, our Legislative Team offers comprehensive advocacy, monitoring and analysis across all areas of the state governments we cover.  Our attorneys have represented a diverse array of clients from both the private and public sector by providing government relations in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire. 

We are particularly experienced in representing clients in fields including insurance, environmental, energy, health care and construction, among others.  Our team regularly works before the legislature of each state, with executive branch officials and before the entire array of regulatory and administrative agencies, including those responsible for government contracting.  Our extensive legislative practice includes the Maine Legislative Team, consisting of many well-known Maine lobbyists, and a government affairs subsidiary based in Massachusetts, Preti Strategies.

Preti also has a wide-ranging federal practice, both before Congress and before the executive branch.  Our attorneys include former employees of the Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Senate committee staffs and maintain an active practice before multiple federal agencies.

Our team is also uniquely qualified to work with members of Congress on a wide range of issues in which our attorneys have focused their practices.  We have close relationships with the delegations from the northern New England states, but have worked with a wide range of legislators from across the country.

Preti attorneys regularly engage with all levels of municipal government.  Our attorneys have experience working with administrative officials, town and city legislative bodies and various boards and commissions to guide businesses that must earn local approvals to keep their projects moving forward.  Our Municipal Law Group guides clients in navigating municipal government, which can sometimes consist of complicated structures. Our team has frequently worked on zoning applications and appeals, tax issues and various forms of permitting.  Preti attorneys are particularly experienced in assisting clients at the juncture of state and municipal level issues.