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Jeffrey L. Singleton
Erin S. Brogdon

Government Relations

There is no term limit to good counsel. We’ve seen 17 presidential administrations in our time practicing law, and one thing remains constant: us.

Knowing our way around the maze of state and federal bureaucracy has made us a valuable ally to our clients. We have the experience and contacts to craft practical government relations solutions.



Administrative & Regulatory Law

Our clients with legal issues involving government agencies know that the experience of our attorneys in this specialized area of practice help them to reach an effective, efficient and practical solution. Our firm has a long history of attorneys specializing in a diverse variety of administrative, regulatory and compliance practice settings allow our firm to be uniquely situated to represent clients in all types of legal matters with a government agency.

Simplifying administrative legal matters for our clients is a priority for our attorneys, who have significant experience and contacts throughout state government. We practice a wide range of administrative law, including representation in administrative proceedings on disciplinary matters; analysis, drafting and advocacy on agency regulatory policy; and representation in administrative proceedings related to obtaining a professional license.

Our attorneys have appeared before numerous professional licensure boards, including the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, Arkansas State Medical Board, Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners, Arkansas State Board of Nursing, Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board, Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board, Arkansas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board, Arkansas State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors, and the Arkansas Health Services Permit Agency.

We also have experience representing our clients before the Arkansas Claims Commission, the Arkansas Insurance Department, the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, the Office of Procurement, the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System and the Arkansas Teachers Retirement System.

The guidance and advice we offer clients on compliance matters with state and federal administrative rules and regulations, including advice on developing corporate policies and procedures, have proven to position our clients properly to accomplish their goals.


Government Investigations and Regulatory Action

Our firm boasts a wealth of attorneys who have served in leadership roles in the public sector.  That experience allows us to provide strategic advice and counsel to our clients in a wide variety of government investigation and enforcement matters. We have the background to effectively defend our clients in inquiries, audits and investigations by state government agencies, such as the Attorney General, the Office of Long Term Care, the Department of Human Services, the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General and state professional regulatory boards and federal agencies such as Medicaid, Medicare, the Office of the Inspector General, the Food & Drug Administration, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Health and Human Services.

We also assist our clients in identifying and mitigating regulatory and compliance risks before an investigation begins, particularly in the healthcare industry. We have attorneys who are certified in HIPAA-related compliance matters and can provide training and review procedures. We also have attorneys who can provide a high-level risk assessment on pharmacy diversion control measures and provide training and model policies to ensure compliance with DEA and Board of Pharmacy regulations.

Finally, our government relations attorneys are skilled in representing entities and individuals in regulatory and licensure matters before government agencies and the legislative branch.  We regularly assist our clients with obtaining licensure to practice or approval to operate as well as advocating within the executive branch on a pending regulatory issue or seeking legislative changes in state law.


Legislative Drafting

We assist our clients by analyzing and monitoring legislation, drafting new legislation and proposed amendments and preparing and presenting testimony on behalf of our clients before legislative committees.

We not only represent our clients during the biennial regular legislative sessions but also during the fiscal sessions and interim meetings of legislative committees and Legislative Council.

The Wright Lindsey Jennings Government Relations practice group published the 2015 Arkansas Legislation Summary of Selected Acts based on the 2015 Arkansas Legislative Session.  The summary identifies selected acts and proposed legislation that may be of interest to business leaders across the State.


Lobbying

Our extensive contacts and solid relationships throughout state and local government benefit our clients in lobbying and direct advocacy before the Arkansas General Assembly, the Governor, the Attorney General and individual state agencies, boards and commissions. Our attorneys also advocate before municipal and county government on a variety of regulatory issues. We have the experience to analyze complex situations, recommend practical and innovative solutions and implement an effective government relations strategy.

In our national Attorneys General practice, our government relations attorneys advocate for the interests of state, regional and national clients with the Attorneys General. Our attorneys also have extensive experience representing clients in consumer protection investigations and litigation initiated by the Attorneys General. We actively maintain valuable contacts and relationships with the Attorneys General and their senior staff and regularly attend national meetings of the Attorneys General, including the Republican and Democratic Attorneys General Associations.


Local Government & Municipal Utilities

Wright Lindsey Jennings offers sophisticated representation and general counsel services to several local government boards and commissions on a wide range of matters encompassing the Freedom of Information Act, constitutional law and civil rights issues, elections law, labor and employment law covering grievances and due process terminations, real estate, eminent domain proceedings, free speech issues, bidding and contract matters, law enforcement issues, municipal bonds, public finance and leasing. In addition, we have extensive knowledge of environmental law, as well as water and wastewater issues.

We represent clients before state and local governments with respect to a variety of topics, ranging from site-specific concerns to broader issues. When requested by clients, our attorneys can monitor legislative activity to quickly address legislative or regulatory matters as they arise.