Numerous Spilman lawyers have held elected and appointed positions within legislatures and state and local government, equipping the firm with the experience and insight to effectively assist our clients.  And we continue to maintain strong contacts and access within these entities, which are the keys to a successful government relations practice.

Our government relations practice includes large and small businesses, manufacturers, the insurance industry, state and national insurance trade associations, the state association of health maintenance organizations, hospitals, mineral extractive industries, solid waste facility developers, the cable television industry, and commercial motor carriers.

The firm’s work with these varied clients includes administrative, communications, economic development, employment, energy, environmental, health care, insurance, motor carrier, natural resources, pension, regulatory, taxation, utility, and work force training law.

Key legislative services the firm provides are:
  • Evaluating client-specific issues and needs. 
  • Drafting and facilitating the introduction of legislation 
  • Analyzing legislation and counseling clients of potential impact
  • Advocating, opposing, monitoring and amending legislation
  • Drafting and providing testimony on legislation
Furthermore, Spilman recently developed proprietary legislative monitoring software that tracks West Virginia legislative activity, streamlines reporting and allows us to provide commentary on the legislation that matters to clients. Government relations clients are given secure entry into their personalized legislative monitor, which may be accessed at any time.
Other government relations services we provide include:
  • Facilitating government support of business and industrial locations and expansions
  • Aiding client in applications for grants and low interest loans
  • Assisting clients with obtaining approvals, authority, consents, licenses, permits, rights and waivers
  • Representing clients before administrative bodies
  • Drafting and promoting administrative rules and regulations
  • Successfully representing clients before the various branches, agencies, departments, divisions and subdivisions of state and local government requires a unique combination of knowledge, contacts and experience

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Michael J. Basile / Responsible Attorney