We provide clients with the legal and public policy counsel as well as the political insight they need to make strategic decisions for their businesses. Our lawyers and professionals have a deep understanding of how the government functions, from regulators, to legislators and are attuned to the processes that drive policymaking in Washington D.C. and beyond. As strategic advisors, we listen and then offer practical advice and insight on complex issues to help our clients identify the best solutions that meet their objectives and move their operations forward.

We represent clients before Congress, federal regulatory agencies and beyond, providing analysis and advocacy in the development of legislation and regulation. Our Government and Regulatory Affairs practice encompasses a wide range of legal and professional services, with particular focus on Customs and International Trade, Education, Privacy and Data Security and Telecommunications. We also maintain a Pharmaceutical Consortia group, which serves a range of business needs identified by pharmaceutical companies that can best be addressed in a group setting. Our District Policy Group provides government relations and advocacy services to advance clients’ interests on Capitol Hill and at various federal agencies.

Our clients range from emerging entities to Fortune 50 companies across a wide spectrum of industries. We have worked with clients to achieve their goals by integrating expertise with antitrust, appropriations, communications regulations, education law and policy, health care regulatory knowledge and intellectual property experience.


We counsel clients on formulating strategies for initiating or responding to legislative developments, including preparation for testimony before legislative committees and drafting of legislative and report language. Our team regularly monitors legislative developments on issues affecting our firm’s clients, which provides them with the ability to react if needed on a timely basis and we can offer insight regarding the legislative process. From providing legal analyses of pending legislation to coordinating concerted efforts by industry groups, individual companies and other interested parties, our skilled advocates give our clients a voice in the legislative process.

Advocacy in Administrative Rulemakings and Similar Proceedings

We regularly work with federal and state regulators on behalf of our clients to assist in the development of sound governmental policies that display appropriate sensitivity to avoiding undue burdens on our clients’ operations and interests. We know what is effective and timely rulemaking advocacy and can advise on the best means of getting action, whether by written filings or oral presentations before regulatory bodies.


Our government relations attorneys have litigation experience that can inform a regulatory strategy and framework. Our team provides experienced and sophisticated advice and representation in complex matters based on its understanding of the legal, political and practical factors involved in the resolution of administrative law and other disputes.

Campaign Finance

We provide our clients with in-depth legal counsel on campaign finance laws and regulations, as well as advice on other federal and state provisions protecting the ethical relationship between the private sector and government officials. This advice extends to partnerships, corporations, their individual employees, as well as to corporate and non-corporate political action committees.
Government and Regulatory Affairs

The following are more detailed descriptions of our services in the areas of Customs and International Trade, Education, Privacy and Data Security and Telecommunications, as well as our Pharmaceutical Consortia and the District Policy Group:

Customs and International Trade

Our team is comprised of experienced attorneys, trade and audit specialists available to advise clients on regulatory, trade policy and corporate compliance matters. While we serve a wide range of client needs, our practice has an emphasis on global trade compliance and supply chain management, import and export compliance, trade remedies and trade litigation. Our team counsels clients in the consumer products, retail, aerospace and automotive, electronics, heavy machinery, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, health care, food and agriculture and textiles industries. We represent companies in disputes before U.S. agencies and forums as well as the World Trade Organization and other multinational bodies and in matters involving international agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement.


We work extensively with private and public, for-profit and not-for-profit educational institutions and help our clients navigate the legal and regulatory environment that postsecondary educational institutions face. Our team has significant experience in handling transactions as well as with advising clients on the complex requirements of the Title IV federal student financial aid system and we represent clients subject to compliance reviews and investigations before the U.S. Department of Education. We are involved in legislative and regulatory matters before Congress, the DOE and state regulatory agencies throughout the nation. We counsel education clients on matters such as student privacy, accreditation matters, education technologies and board governance.

Privacy and Data Security

We help clients navigate the dynamic data protection regulatory landscape in the U.S. and European Union and help them implement comprehensive information governance solutions. We understand the role privacy and data security plays in a variety of sectors and work with clients to achieve legal compliance and operational efficiency and to maximize and protect the value of their data.  Our team includes former Federal Communications Commission attorneys, experienced litigators and legislative and regulatory experts, several of whom who hold the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) designation, the first-ever certification offered in information privacy.

Telecommunications, Media  and Technology

Our communications practice spans both traditional and new media through our representation of international information technology companies, wireless and wireline companies, broadcasters, service vendors as well as  large purchasers of communications services. Our lawyers have significant experience in Federal Communications Commission spectrum auctions, spectrum moves and changes and matters of legal compliance with communications laws and regulations such as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). In addition to providing assistance in rulemaking and other agency advocacy situations, we provide assistance with compliance and litigation, and with dispute resolution.

Consortia Management

Our multidisciplinary consortia management team has more than 15 years of experience in the formation of focused industry consortia that address common scientific, regulatory, legislative or policy goals of clients. On behalf of our clients, we monitor and influence domestic legislation and international treaties and guidance documents. We build and facilitate coalitions that help our clients effectively address common initiatives in the U.S., EU and elsewhere around the world.

The District Policy Group at Drinker Biddle

The District Policy Group is our firm’s boutique government relations and advocacy arm, offering extensive experience in government relations, advocacy, Capitol Hill policy and politics, federal agency rulemaking, grassroots organizing and coalition building. Our bipartisan team of lobbyists and public policy specialists advance client interests before the legislative and executive branches of government at the federal and state levels. Using the insight of experienced Capitol Hill veterans, from a former Congressman to former Senate and House aides and directors, we can offer a window into the current political environment, how processes operate and can be influenced, offer insight into trends in policymaking and the effect each of these factors can have on business planning and other organizational objectives.