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Our experienced team represents businesses and governments before federal, state and local regulatory agencies.

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Mayer Brown’s Public Law practice combines sophisticated political experience and unmatched legal knowledge to represent businesses and governments before federal, state and local regulatory agencies.

Our clients have ranged from major corporations and financial institutions in need of multifaceted strategies to government entities seeking novel solutions to unprecedented challenges. Mayer Brown’s experience representing both private entities and government bodies provides unique insights into the intersection of business, government and politics and achieves successful results for our clients.

Our areas of practice include:

State & Local Government Contracting

Mayer Brown has significant experience navigating government procurement regulations and procedures at the state and local levels. Our lawyers provide end-to-end advice to private clients seeking to do business with state and local governments, including assistance with the application and bid process, disclosures, concession agreements, RFQ and RFP question-and-answer periods, MBE/WBE requirements, use of subcontractor and bid protests.

Mayer Brown’s significant experience representing government entities in multiple first-of-their-kind transactions and procurements means we fully understand the procurement process from the government’s perspective and provides a successful formula for our private clients. Our state and local procurement services span industries, with significant experience in aviation, construction, transportation, infrastructure, public works, information technology, financial services, telecommunications and real estate. As state and local governments adopt more stringent procurement guidelines, we help simplify and navigate the process, ensuring that our clients meet every necessary requirement while compiling competitive bids.

Some of our more recent matters include:

  • Large information technology provider. Mayer Brown advised a leading, multinational provider of information technology services on local government contract matters in various jurisdictions.

  • State lottery privatization. We successfully represented a private provider as the winning bidder in connection with the procurement of a state’s Lottery Private Management Agreement, a first-of-its-kind transaction that required strategic advice through the procurement process and in the implementation of the agreement.

  • Construction. Mayer Brown has represented many construction companies entering into contracts with state and local governments for the construction of schools, roads, government buildings and other infrastructure.

  • Financial Institutions. We have advised various banks on enforceability issues related to contracting with large public pension systems, for instance governmental immunity, investment authority and credit risks related to public pension systems such as the Teachers’ Retirement System of Illinois, Utah Retirement Systems, New Jersey Common Pension Fund E and other pension systems throughout the United States.

  • Investment Funds. Our lawyers work closely with the firm’s Private Investment Fund group to advise our banking clients on various matters in connection with lending to a private investment fund under a subscription credit facility whenever such a fund includes a public pension system in its borrowing base.

  • High-Speed Rail. Our lawyers are representing the California High Speed Rail Authority on its development of the first high-speed rail network in the United States.

  • Bid Protest. Our California lawyers are among the most experienced bid protest lawyers in the state, having represented both winning and losing bidders in a myriad of bid protests before local and state agencies, including the City and County of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles World Airports, the Port of Los Angeles, the City and County of San Francisco and the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), among others.

To learn more about our Government Contracting practice, visit our Government Contracts page.

Government Ethics & Political Law  

Mayer Brown’s Government Ethics & Political Law practice uses our deep understanding of federal and state law to help clients in their interactions with government and the political process in a number of contexts, including:

  • Election and campaign finance law

  • Pay-to-play compliance (contractors, placement agents and others)

  • Lobbying compliance

  • Public records (Freedom of Information Act), open meetings and transparency

  • Ballot measures

Our lawyers help clients ensure compliance with applicable statutory and regulatory regimes but with an understanding of political objectives and sensitivities. We assist clients in developing appropriate internal controls to mitigate risk and to enable efficient compliance oversight.

Public Utility Franchise & Tax Issues

Our Public Utility practice represents public utility clients in connection with the adoption and implementation of utility and utility-related use taxes by local governments. Our experience includes preparing taxing ordinances, negotiating collection agreements and representing public utility clients that are involved in municipal tax controversy and litigation matters.

Our ongoing counsel to public utility clients includes the negotiation, extension, modification and interpretation of utility franchise agreements with municipalities. We also advise on compliance with the extensive regulatory rules applicable to public utilities.

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