Gibbons Is NJ's Top Lawyer-Lobbying Firm for 13th Straight Year
March 9, 2021
For the thirteenth year in a row, Gibbons P.C. has been ranked the #1 lawyer-lobbying firm in New Jersey, according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJ ELEC), which has just released its report on 2020 lobbying expenditures in the state. Gibbons has also ranked sixth in the state among all lobbying firms.
“These rankings reflect our lawyer-lobbyists’ significant influence in Trenton and their growing presence in Washington, DC,” says Patrick C. Dunican, Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons. “They are able to participate in the state and federal legislative and regulatory processes in constructive ways that help our clients seize the business opportunities and navigate the challenges that can result from those processes.”
In 2020, the Gibbons Government & Regulatory Affairs Department reported a 20 percent increase in number of clients and ten percent increase in revenues over the prior year. Based just steps from the New Jersey State House in Trenton and supported by additional resources from the firm’s Newark and Red Bank offices, the Department offers a broad range of services and experience in state legislative affairs, regulatory affairs and departmental actions, administrative law, business incentives, government procurement and contracting, and political and campaign finance compliance. In addition, the firm’s Washington, DC office provides Gibbons lawyer-lobbyists a base from which to more efficiently handle federal regulatory concerns and government relations strategies with on-the-ground guidance wherever client issues may arise.
David J. Pascrell, Co-Chair of the Government & Regulatory Affairs Department, says, “2020 was an extraordinary year in so many ways. It demonstrated the power that all levels of government have to impact our lives and businesses, and in ways none of us – even those who work in government and regulatory affairs – could have predicted.” He adds, “While we expanded our practice in 2020, our approach to assisting clients was the same it has always been: we use our skill as advocates and our familiarity of process and people to help clients with their most important governmental issues.”
“Our multitalented lawyer-lobbyists were busier than ever in 2020,” notes Department Co-Chair Kevin G. Walsh. “Our clients looked to their Gibbons lawyer-lobbyists for wise counsel and a steady hand during this past year of great uncertainty, when government involved itself in everything from defining an ‘essential business’ to mandating the number of minutes between golf tee times.” He goes on to add, “In 2020, our clients succeeded because Gibbons did what we always do – deliver excellent client service as we advised businesses how to thrive in the ever-changing regulatory and legislative landscape that is New Jersey.”
Building on its longstanding NJ ELEC ranking, the Gibbons Government & Regulatory Affairs Department has recently earned additional recognition, including selection as a “Top 3” lobbying firm in the NJBIZ Reader Rankings for the past four years, as well as practice area and individual attorney inclusion in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® for the past several years.
To view the full news release issued by the NJELEC, please see here.
About the Gibbons Government & Regulatory Affairs Department
The Gibbons Government & Regulatory Affairs Department has been ranked the state’s #1 lawyer-lobbying firm since 2009. The firm’s lawyer-lobbyists provide state and federal legislative, regulatory, corporate communications and public affairs, and business incentive and procurement counseling to clients in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. The team authors regular government and regulatory affairs blog posts on the Gibbons Law Alert, an online platform designed to provide practical perspectives, discussion, and analysis of the latest legislative news and trends. Members of the practice are:
David J. Pascrell – Co-Chair
Mr. Pascrell represents government affairs clients in Trenton and Washington, DC in a diverse cross-section of sectors, including financial and insurance, health and hospital, technology, utilities, development and construction, and public entities. He has worked with almost every state department, agency, board, authority, and commission in New Jersey.
Kevin G. Walsh – Co-Chair
Mr. Walsh’s practice of law includes business litigation, government affairs, and criminal defense. His government affairs clients include hospitals, electric utilities, telecommunications companies, cable television providers, insurance companies, a non-traditional medical company, accounting firms, infrastructure/architecture firms, and automobile dealers.
Michael D. DeLoreto – Director
Mr. DeLoreto’s focus areas include administrative law, economic development incentives, alcoholic beverage licensing, and legislative and strategic counseling. He previously served as Chief of Staff to the New Jersey General Assembly Deputy Majority Leader, and as the Government Affairs Director for one of New Jersey’s largest trade associations.
Jason J. Redd – Director
A former Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel to the New Jersey Senate Majority Office and previously Senior Counselor to the Senate President and Chief of Staff to the Senate Majority Leader, Mr. Redd possesses the unique combination of internal knowledge and external experience critical to helping clients successfully navigate the challenging realm of politics.
Paul J. St. Onge – Director
Mr. St. Onge has extensive experience working on behalf of clients at the local, county, state, and federal levels of government, and with the executive branch of New Jersey’s state government. As a lawyer-lobbyist, Mr. St. Onge has successfully secured major incentive, legislative, procurement, and regulatory objectives to further client interests.
Christine A. Stearns – Director
With extensive political and legislative experience, Ms. Stearns provides strategic counsel to an array of clients on regulatory and legislative issues, with a focus on healthcare. She is a former Vice President of Health & Legal Affairs at NJBIA, the state’s largest business association, and while there was named one of the state’s top healthcare lobbyists by NJ Spotlight and NJBIZ.
For more information, visit https://www.gibbonslaw.com/practices/government-and-regulatory-affairs.
No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. A description of the selection process methodology for the awards referenced is available at gibbonslaw.com/awards.