Services

Government Relations / Lobbying / Public Policy

govt relations overview

G Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell maintains one of the most active legislative and regulatory practices in New Hampshire.

Clients seeking sophisticated governmental advocacy turn to our team of professionals for our collective legislative and regulatory expertise, “hands on” state government affairs experience, and successful lobbying outcomes.

The firm was awarded metropolitan first-tier rankings in the 2021 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Rankings, including a first-tier ranking in administrative/regulatory law. In addition, Donald Pfundstein was selected Concord’s Government Relations “Lawyer of the Year” for 2022, 2018, 2016 and 2013 by Best Lawyers®.

The Government Relations/ Lobbying / Public Policy practice draws upon the firm’s legal, legislative, regulatory, economic, and public relations expertise to fully understand client goals and design and implement successful strategies to achieve these goals. We have an extremely knowledgeable team of professionals and registered lobbyists that understand the processes and the players in state and local government, as well as our congressional delegation, and appreciates the interplay between legislative and regulatory arenas. We also understand the importance of a consistent and coordinated messaging strategy and are skilled at communicating effectively with elected officials, regulators, advocacy groups, and members of the public. We are uniquely positioned to track the direction of government activities, assess potential impacts on our clients, and tailor client-specific strategies accordingly.

Experience
  • Advocating for pro-business tax policies and funding levels in the State budgeting process
  • Aggregate industry regulation and related environmental permitting
  • Amendments to the Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act (CSPA)
  • Electric, natural gas, and renewable energy infrastructure development
  • Financial industry regulation
  • Municipal land use regulations
  • Ratepayer protections under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)
  • Real estate taxation and current use
  • Regulation of the homebuilding trades
  • Regulations relating to wetlands protection and dock permitting
  • Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) for power generation
  • Taxes (e.g., business taxes, statewide property taxes, consumer taxes, real estate transfer taxes)
  • Transportation policies including freight rail, bus service, and development of intermodal transportation infrastructure and integrated systems
  • Unemployment trust fund (e.g., employer contributions, coverage)
  • Use of credit information in property and casualty insurance

Our attorneys and legislative specialists regularly appear before the New Hampshire departments of:

  • Banking
  • Health Services Planning and Review / Certificate of Need Board
  • Insurance
  • Labor
  • Public Utilities Commission
  • Resources & Economic Development
  • Revenue Administration
  • Transportation
  • and numerous other boards and commissions
Recognition

With deep roots and experience across the Granite State, we know how to chart a course for success.