The Government Law & Strategy Practice seeks to advance clients’ interests before the legislative and executive branches of government—a practice unique to Washington, DC. Increasingly, this demands a sophisticated combination of political and substantive resources, as well as a close coordination of skills drawn from traditionally separate disciplines, including government representation, regulatory and administrative counseling, and even litigation.
Dickstein Shapiro helps clients obtain and maintain a competitive edge in government procurements, including the provision of technology to the government. The firm’s government contracts attorneys litigate for clients and guide them through the maze of regulations to maximize their ability to secure government contracts. Dickstein Shapiro has extensive experience in contract negotiation, contract financing, protest actions, claims and appeals, and related regulatory and court litigation.
False Claims Act Investigations and Defense
For more than two decades, Dickstein Shapiro has represented companies and individuals in FCA investigations and litigation. Our False Claims Act Investigations and Defense Practice draws upon the experience of more than 25 former federal and state prosecutors and leverages experience from the firm’s Complex Dispute Resolution, Government Contracts, and State Attorneys General Practices to provide comprehensive service and advice to our clients. Our attorneys represent companies in all phases of FCA investigations and litigate cases in federal and state courts around the country. More importantly, we have resolved FCA cases prior to intervention and costly litigation—effectively and quietly convincing enforcement officials to agree not to proceed or to resolve the matter short of litigation.
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
Dickstein Shapiro is at the vanguard of assisting companies in response to civil and criminal Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) actions brought by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). With more than 20 former prosecutors and SEC attorneys, Dickstein Shapiro has extensive experience in counseling companies and their executives in the face of FCPA issues, including navigating government investigations, conducting internal inquiries when questions arise, designing effective anti-corruption compliance and training programs, and handling parallel civil litigations.
Public Policy & Law
The firm’s Public Policy & Law Practice attorneys are dedicated to providing clients with focused and cost-effective advocacy in the councils of federal and state governments. The practice includes former U.S. Senators, former members of the House of Representatives, and several other former public servants who held senior positions at the White House or elsewhere in the executive branch or who served on congressional staffs or in elected state offices. Together, the Public Policy & Law Practice possesses the wide range of professional and legal capabilities required for effective Washington representation before Congress and the executive branch. The members of the practice serve as counsel in regulatory matters and administrative proceedings before a wide assortment of federal departments and agencies, and intervene before, or on behalf of, state governments and elected officials, with whom Dickstein Shapiro maintains uniquely close relations.
Dickstein Shapiro’s Global Security Practice provides clients with guidance in navigating the complex areas of legislative and regulatory affairs, immigration, and government contracts. The firm provides legislative, contractual, administrative, and regulatory assistance for any company dealing with the Department of Homeland Security. This assistance demands significant political resources and the ability to manage the new set of challenges and opportunities presented by the Homeland Security Act. The firm’s team of attorneys, lobbyists, and advisors has the necessary skills and experience required to provide thorough counsel in today’s highly competitive and regulated government marketplace to large and small, domestic and international companies, in both the defense and civilian arenas. Dickstein Shapiro attorneys and advisors have a collective background that comes from years of highly diverse public service, including former U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, and others who held senior-level positions at the White House, in Cabinet departments, on Congressional staffs, and in elected state offices. Together, they have relationships that reach the highest and broadest levels of government.
Dickstein Shapiro’s Political Law Practice assists clients in the areas of campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, and election law, offering counseling to ensure clients keep in compliance with current rules and successfully manage situations involving governmental inquiries or investigations. The Political Law Practice attorneys, including several former U.S. Senators and Representatives, draw insights and well-informed perspectives from their diverse experience as attorneys and advisors and from their work with government agencies such as the Federal Election Commission. Members of this practice assess compliance issues and provide up-to-date advice enabling clients to work successfully with government representatives at the federal, state, and local levels.
State Attorneys General
Dickstein Shapiro’s State Attorneys General (AG) Practice provides clients unmatched counsel and insight in State Attorney General-related legal and policy matters through strong relationships built upon decades of experience with AGs across the country. State AGs have grown in prominence as a legal, policy, and political force. Working proactively with State AGs can help a company avoid becoming a target of investigations and manage issues before they escalate into costly litigation or damaging media coverage. Even if a company becomes a target of an investigation or litigation, working with AGs involved can limit risk exposure and facilitate a positive resolution.