Legislative & Regulatory Policy Services

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It comes as no surprise that a law firm recognized as one of the country’s preeminent ERISA and employee benefits firms would be highly effective in the development and implementation of relevant legislation and regulations. We provide our clients with unparalleled comprehension and appreciation of the existing legislative and regulatory environment, not only in Washington, D.C., but across the country, in order to assist in effectuating desired changes. Because, as the saying goes, “it is not only what you know, but who you know,” our team of lobbying professionals has developed and maintains essential relationships with a deep bench of individuals in federal and state government and leading national industry associations who directly impact the issues that are of utmost importance to our clients.

Our lobbying team is incomparably poised to advocate on behalf of our clients, including regulated financial institutions, trade groups, plan sponsors, healthcare organizations, specially formed coalitions, and others across the full spectrum of employee benefits and related issues (e.g., matters governed by the DOL, IRS, SEC, PBGC, OCC and state counterparts). The following are examples of some of the issues with respect to which our firm has been retained to provide legislative services:

  • As a registered lobbyist, support legislative initiatives that would expand the availability of collective investment funds as a permissible investment option to retirement vehicles under Internal Revenue Code Section 403(b).
  • Advocating the expansion of the availability of Association Health Plans by recognizing geographic area as a means to satisfy the “commonality of interest” and “genuine organizational relationship” requirements for participating employers. This would enable entities with geographic commonality to be treated as the “employer” sponsor of a single multiple-employer “employee welfare benefit plan” and “group health plan,” as such terms are defined under Title I of ERISA. Please click here to read a recent Amicus Curiae brief prepared by our firm on this subject on behalf of the Oklahoma Insurance Department.