Government & Regulatory Navigating Federal Legislation and Regulation

Federal legislation and regulation impact and define all aspects of business and governance. Small and large companies, nonprofits, local governments, and Tribal governments alike are all affected by far-reaching and often complex federal regulation and legislation. Many sectors are also inextricably linked to federal government oversight, funding, procurement, and compliance, including energy, tax, finance, construction, and tech. This is particularly true for newly developed sectors like climate change and resilience, ESG (environmental, social, and governance), and digital assets (cryptocurrency, stablecoin, and central bank digital currency). The continued growth and success of both established and contemporary sectors is fundamentally governed by federal regulation and legislation.

As the U.S. regulatory and legislative environment increases in complexity and reach, it is essential for businesses, organizations, and governments to effectively navigate these processes. Kilpatrick Townsend’s Washington, DC based Federal Regulatory and Public Policy Practice team, which includes lawyers and lobbyists working in tandem, guides and supports our clients through every stage of the legislative, executive, and regulatory process, leveraging our experience and expertise to ensure our clients’ objectives are met.

U.S. Federal Regulatory Process

Legislative –

When Congress passes a bill and the President signs it into law, the legislation outlines, defines, and provides funding for federal programs and initiatives. Federal Executive Agencies are then tasked with creating the regulations and rules for overseeing and administering these programs and initiatives.

Our team serves our clients by:

  • Engaging and communicating with legislators, Department and Agency officials, and other policymakers to advance our clients’ interests.
  • Assisting our clients in developing and executing successful legislative and public policy initiatives.
  • Drafting, tracking, and amending legislative bills and language. 
  • Drafting and preparing testimony for clients testifying in Congressional hearings.
  • Assisting our clients in securing federal funding through Congress and Departments and Agencies.

Executive Agencies –

As noted, once legislation is passed federal Executive Agencies are tasked with overseeing and administering enacted programs and initiatives. While legislation will define the guidelines and funding for a given program, Agencies are required to establish comprehensive regulations for, administer, and ultimately oversee both the implementation of and compliance with a given program.

Federal Executive Agencies are also able to create and govern regulation through their own authority within specific areas of delegated oversight. For example, the IRS, Treasury, EPA, USDA, DOI, SEC, CFTC, and numerous other agencies have the inherent ability to create and administer regulations that fall within their respective ambits.

Our team serves our clients by:

  • Engaging with Agency officials and senior leadership to shape the development and implementation of programs, guidance, and regulations.
  • Responding to Agency written requests, including notices of proposed rulemaking, consultations, and other requests for comment.
  • Facilitating efforts to access federal grant funding and financing.
  • Providing counsel and analysis concerning regulatory requirements, Agency proceedings, and compliance standards.


At the Heart of Federal Governance

Our Washington, DC based Federal Regulatory and Public Policy Practice team understands that federal regulation and legislation is created through a complex and iterative process that can fundamentally affect impacted sectors. Whether before Congress, Executive Agencies, or the Administration, our attorneys and lobbyists support our clients through every stage of the federal government process, working together to ensure their voices are heard and goals achieved. We also work with our clients to identify and secure federal funding, including grants and federal financing.


Full-service Representation at Every Stage of the Legislative, Regulatory, Procurement, and Compliance Process

In the wake of the pandemic, the federal government has pursued more active and expansive legislation and programs. For example, since 2020 the federal government has enacted and is currently implementing sweeping legislation, including the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the $280 Billion CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, and the $485 billion Inflation Reduction Act. These Acts have fundamentally altered and driven numerous sectors, and the federal government is poised to pass similarly expansive legislation in the coming years..

Omnibus legislation, and the regulations and rules that are developed to administer such legislation, are developed through a dynamic multistep process that offers many points of entry to shape outcomes. Only through active engagement in this process can entities be best positioned to succeed in this complex and ever-changing environment. Our Federal Regulatory and Public Policy Practice team works with Executive Agencies, Administrative officials, and Congress to ensure our clients’ interests are heard throughout this process. We also counsel our clients on relevant compliance standards, oversight, and other regulatory requirements.

Focus Areas

  • Energy
  • Tax
  • Tribal Governments
  • Construction
  • Government Contracting
  • Financial Institutions Regulation
  • ESG
  • Fintech
  • Digital Assets
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Primary Contacts View All

Mark J. Riedy


John C. F. Loving

Senior Government Relations Advisor

Stephen M. Anstey

Senior Associate

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