Government Relations

The Firm has an extensive practice in government relations. The Firm represents a variety of non-profits, corporations, trade associations and local government agencies before federal, state, county and city bodies. The Firm’s Government Relations group has over 100 years of combined legislative experience in Minnesota. Most members of the group have served in the executive or legislative branches of government. The Firm has strong relationships with the Governor, Attorney General, Legislature, and with key members of the staff in these offices. As well as having a strong presence at the Minnesota Capitol, the Government Relations group works closely with elected officials and administrative and regulatory bodies at the state, county and local levels. During the legislative session, most members of the Government Relations group are at the Capitol every day. This approach allows us to cover virtually every legislative committee at the Capitol, as well as providing us with the ability to develop relationships with as many legislators as possible. Finally, it allows us to commit significant resources quickly to an issue or vote that might arise unexpectedly.

Sub-Practice Areas

The Government Relations group deploys five skilled lobbyists at the Capitol daily. This provides our clients with unparalleled coverage and insight. Legislative consulting or lobbying services reflect the priorities established by our clients. The scope of services provided to our clients include:

  • Strategic advice on legislative priorities relating to both short and long term legislative strategy.
  • Drafting legislation and bill amendments, including obtaining bill authors.
  • Proactive development of relationships and education of elected officials and key members of the legislative and executive branches on general issues relating to the client.
  • Regular contact with committee chairs, committee members and staff, and administration officials on relevant legislation.
  • Attending all hearings in which legislation on key priorities or other issues of interest to the client is discussed. Regular communication with clients regarding legislative developments and progress through written reports, bill tracking and participation in client meetings.
  • Preparation of client witnesses, including preparing written testimony if needed, before legislative, administrative, and regulatory bodies.


Douglas M. Carnival


Kathleen M. Lamb
Of Counsel


Representative Clients

Bayer Corporation; Concrete Paving Association of Minnesota; Guthrie Theater; Greater Minneapolis Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA); Elk River ISD #728; Educational Testing Services (ETS); Enterprise Minnesota; Heartland Consumers Power District; The Itasca Project; Maximus, Inc.; Minnesota Association of Community Telecommunications Administrators (MACTA); Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC); Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission (MSFC); Minnesota Golf Association; Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA); Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA); Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association (MNLA); Minnesota Recreation and Park Association (MRPA); Minnesota State Fair; National Marine Manufacturers Association; National Solid Waste Management Association (NSWMA); Ramsey County Regional Rail Authority; Rochester Public Utilities (RPU); Ryan Companies; Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA); Sprint/Nextel Communications, Inc.; St. Paul RiverCentre Convention & Visitors Authority.