Government Law and Legislative Affairs
We know Government. Government knows us.

For many decades we’ve been helping hundreds of public entities — big and small — manage their affairs and achieve their public policy goals. This includes state, county, and city governments and agencies; special districts; school districts; and private parties that have dealings with these public bodies. We assist public and private entities alike in the development and implementation of public policy through conceiving and drafting statutes, code provisions, regulations, and administrative rules, and in advising public and private clients in legislative and rule-making efforts.

Our government and public law attorneys have an in-depth understanding of how governments work and the complex environments in which public entities function. Our experience helps our clients—public and private—find practical, efficient, and effective solutions to the issues that confront them, including:

    • Constitutional and public policy issues
    • Oregon public records law
    • Property and development issues, such as inverse condemnations and exercise of powers of eminent domain, public-private partnerships, and public construction and contracting disputes
    • Administrative hearings before regulatory boards, commissions and councils
    • Lobbying, legislative affairs, and administrative rule-making
    • Ballot measures, initiatives, and ballot title challenges
    • Ethics in government
    • Risk management and liability defense, including defense of tortcivil rights claims, Section 1983 claims, and employment claims and lawsuits
    • Labor and employment general advice and dispute resolution for public and private employers
    • Regulatory compliance issues, including assessments, compliance audits, and counseling for private companies
    • Representation of private entities in Department of Justice investigations