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Public Policy


At Nutter, we know that business success depends on creative and strategic thinking. All businesses, including those in regulated industries, need to operate within the public realm to survive. Our Public Policy Group is comprised of attorneys who have a unique understanding of the public realm, and significant experience and successful track records in public service. Nutter is strongly positioned to interact with state, local, and federal governments on behalf of our clients. Government regulations impact our clients' ongoing initiatives, so we have an extensive legislative and administrative practice to meet each and every challenge.

Our clients
We counsel and advise a broad spectrum of public policy clients, including:

  • Publicly and privately-held companies
  • Emerging companies
  • Companies in regulated industries, including telecommunications, banking and financial services, and insurance
  • High technology companies, including biotechnology, software, hardware, and medical devices
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Healthcare providers
  • Real estate developers
  • Construction companies
  • Trade associations
  • Public authorities
  • Economic development authorities
  • Institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofit institutions
  • Individuals

Our clients count on us to:

  • Identify issues
  • Assess and evaluate the implications of issues
  • Counsel and develop strategy in public policy issues
  • Advise on policy development
  • Organize strategic partnerships, alliances, and coalitions
  • Counsel on administrative issues
  • Structure and manage audit and compliance programs, and corporate investigations
  • Handle complex administrative litigation
  • Develop state and federal government relations strategies
  • Provide representation before public agencies and quasi-public agencies in procurement, including supplies, services, construction, and leases
  • Advise on public policy aspects of real estate projects, including permitting, zoning, environmental issues, and community approval processes

We have represented:

  • A major telecommunications company in the negotiations of a new pricing plan with the state Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Telecommunications and Energy
  • A pharmaceutical trade association in challenging price-fixing and in preparing an informational campaign about a discount prescription program for state employees, seniors, and children covered by Medicaid
  • Economic development authorities on various issues, including public financing and project approvals
  • A project manager of the new Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
  • A Native American joint venture in gaming and economic development plans
  • Developers before local and state regulatory boards, commissions, and agencies
  • Major healthcare providers before state regulatory agencies and legislative committees
  • Institutions of higher education regarding challenges to their tax-exempt status, by state and local governments

Our practice
We create and impact public policy. Our attorneys have significant experience in:

  • Drafting and reviewing legislation
  • Interpreting legislation and regulations
  • Preparing position papers
  • Assisting in the development, passage, or defeat of legislation
  • Testifying before legislative committees
  • Appearing before federal and state agencies
  • Guiding clients through legislative and regulatory processes
  • Developing strategic plans

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