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The 113th Congress may prove to be one of the most challenging ever for pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturers. From comprehensive health care reform to negotiated drug pricing under Medicare, to massive cuts in reimbursement, to permitting the dangerous importation of products from foreign countries, to allowing follow-on biological products, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry is under greater scrutiny than ever before.

The members of King & Spalding’s Government Advocacy & Public Policy Team utilize our experience and long-standing relationships with key members of the House, Senate, and the Obama Administration, to help clients effectively manage their interactions with the federal government.

In April 2007, Ambassador Lloyd Hand, former U.S. Chief of Protocol to President Lyndon Johnson, joined the group as Senior Counsel. In the years following his government service, Ambassador Hand has transcended partisan politics to become one of the most respected senior statesmen in Washington.

Key to our representation of clients in the new Democratically-controlled Congress are George Crawford and Tom Spulak, two of the most experienced and well-respected former Democratic leadership staff. Prior to joining King & Spalding in 2005, Mr. Crawford was Chief of Staff to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and he served as her principal advisor on policy, political, and procedural matters. Mr. Spulak served as General Counsel of the House under former Democratic Speaker Tom Foley, and as Staff Director and General Counsel of the House Rules Committee.

In addition to direct advocacy before Congress and Executive agencies, the Government Advocacy & Public Policy Practice Team’s unparalleled experience in the area of congressional investigations sets King & Spalding apart from other firms. Ted Hester, Eleanor Hill, and Dan Donovan have decades of combined experience representing clients before congressional committees, and have held senior positions on Capitol Hill, including Staff Director of the Joint Congressional Inquiry on the terrorist attacks of September 11th and Senior Investigative Counsel to the Chairman of the Committee on Finance. We assist clients in effectively responding to Congressional inquiries while minimizing the considerable legal and public relations risks that these kinds of investigations can pose for both businesses and individuals.

Government Advocacy & Public Policy Areas of Expertise:

  • Federal Legislation

  • Regulation

  • Congressional Oversight and Investigations

  • Campaign Finance

  • Reimbursement

George C Crawford 
T: +1 202 626 2625 WASHINGTON, D.C.
Thomas J Spulak 
T: +1 202 661 7948 WASHINGTON, D.C.
Eleanor J Hill 
T: +1 202 626 2955 WASHINGTON, D.C.