Business Law

Government Affairs Compliance

The Government Affairs Compliance Group of Quarles & Brady is comprised of attorneys and legal assistants who assist clients in complying with the myriad laws regulating their involvement in the political process.

We understand that it is vital for our clients to actively engage in the political process to ensure that government actions—whether legislative, executive, or administrative and whether state, local, or federal—are consistent with their business interests. We also understand how even minor, unintentional compliance miscues can quickly derail the most carefully planned government affairs initiatives. We partner with our clients and strive to provide prompt, reliable advice and thorough compliance management to safeguard our clients' dealings with public officials, thereby maximizing their intended effects.

We have assisted corporate clients with respect to lobbying, ethics, campaign finance, and anti-corruption matters arising locally, at the federal level, and in all 50 states.

Lobbying
We help clients determine when their interaction with a public official triggers a lobbying registration requirement, review proposed events and expenditures to determine whether they are permissible and/or reportable, and advise clients regarding proper disclosure of their lobbying activities.

Ethics
We advise clients as to the rules limiting gifts and honoraria to public officials and public employees. We help clients identify restrictions imposed by state and local ethics laws, civil service regulations, and public agency policies.

Campaign Finance
We assist clients who provide direct support for candidates, as well as those who establish political action committees, conduit committees, 501(c)(4), (5) and (6) organizations, and Section 527 political organizations.

Anti-Corruption
We represent clients and their agents involved in political corruption investigations and government enforcement actions.