Case Studies: Policy & Advocacy

Prominent Air Charter Service Association

Representation on behalf of an association composed of the finest air charter service providers in the industry, including both U.S. and non-U.S. companies, that included obtaining the approval of the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for operations involving commercial air transportation worth millions of dollars yearly to members.  Successful assistance to this client involved analysis of the problem perceived by TSA, development of a workaround solution to that problem, planning and execution of a non-confrontational approach to TSA management that involved educating them about the client’s services and the proposed workaround vis-à-vis TSA’s security concerns, management of the involvement of appropriate Congressional offices to solidify agency commitments to the client, and follow-up in individual cases as necessary.

Biopharmaceutical and Medical Device Companies

Representation of numerous leading biopharmaceutical and medical device companies on issues that included Medicare, preventive health benefits, and coverage/reimbursement for screening of Medicare beneficiaries for a variety of medical conditions.  Resulted enactment of legislation authorizing Medicare preventive health benefits with improvements in public health as well as early diagnosis of medical conditions and disease states leading to greater utilization of clients’ medical products and services with corresponding increase in sales and market expansion.

Private Power Company

Representation of a client owned and operated non-utility power plants, ranked by Forbes in 2014 as one of the 50 largest private companies in the United States. Client’s core business was to execute long term contracts with tolling agreements where a partner supplied the fuel and agreed to buy the off-take which was wholesale electricity. While the client supported putting a price on carbon, the climate bills pending in Congress did not recognize these contractual agreements, and therefore did not allow for the passing through of costs of the required climate control technology. Through a concerted education and lobbying campaign, changes were effectuated to the bill that excluded these assets from the impact of the legislation for the life of these contracts. The legislation became the first climate bill to ever pass the House of Representatives.

Wireless Telephone Provider

Representation of small angel-backed PCS telephone company which bid successfully at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) C-Block auction for nine wireless telephone licenses covering large coverage territories in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. The company’s subsequent difficulty in securing private investment capital led to a forced surrender of the nine FCC licenses when the company was unable to meet the FCC’s build-out schedule.  Working closely with the  FCC Chairman and staff as well as Members of Congress on key committees of FCC oversight, we initiated oversight hearings in the House Energy & Commerce Committee which ultimately led the FCC to return our client’s C Block licenses. The company subsequently resold the licenses to three larger regional wireless telephone companies, providing a return on investment of over 300% to the company’s private investors.