Government & Administrative Law

Washington, D.C. is home to Congress, the federal agencies and the courts.  Achieving your goals may involve persuading one or all of the three branches of government.

Federal Agencies:  Obtaining Approvals and Funding 
The federal agencies are the nuts and bolts of the federal government.  These agencies are delegated power to enforce the laws passed by Congress and issue regulations detailing how they will proceed in that enforcement power.  Patrick Sullivan can work directly with federal agencies to obtain the approvals and funding you need.

Federal Courts: Judicial Challenges to Federal Decisions
Once a federal agency has harmed your interests, sometimes the only way to a remedy is to litigate.  The federal government is uniquely immune from lawsuit with a set of narrow exceptions.  The Administrative Procedure Act allows for non-monetary suits challenging federal regulations and decisions.  The Tucker Act allows for suits for monetary damages arising under federal contracts.  The Federal Tort Claims Act allows for suits for monetary damages for torts committed by persons acting on behalf of the United States.

In each case, the federal defendants’ immediate strategy will be to dismiss your case on procedural grounds, and without experienced government litigation counsel they will often succeed. Patrick Sullivan can help you navigate the minefield of federal litigation to recover on your claim.

Capitol Hill: Federal Lobbying & Lobbying Disclosure Compliance
A proactive lobbying strategy can make your voice heard when members of Congress and their staff write the laws that affect your business.  But the lobbying disclosure rules are complex and those seeking to influence the legislative process can very easily find themselves in violation.  Patrick Sullivan can help you craft your message, connect with legislators interested in your goals and give them what they need to advocate for you while ensuring compliance with all applicable disclosure rules.