GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

When your issue really matters, look to Berns Knight.  Whether you are a business, a non-profit, or a professional or trade association--we understand that state laws and regulations (and state funding) can have a critical affect on your bottom-line, your mission, or your livelihood.  Consider Berns Knight when your voice needs to be heard by decision-makers in St Paul. 

 

PRACTICE AREAS:  

 

Berns Knight's lobbying practice is high-touch and high-service.  We are at the Minnesota State Capitol every day of the legislative session.  We are comfortable advocating for our clients before state legislators, the Governor's Office, or at state agencies.  We regularly represent clients before large cities and counties, and other Minnesota governmental units. 

 

Berns Knight has experience representing clients in administrative rule making before state agencies.  We are also available to assist our clients in the complicated legal areas of campaign finance and election law, as well as regulations affecting lobbyists and political action committees. 

 

Our subject matter expertise is broad, and our experience includes: 

 

  • Environmental issues

  • Energy issues (including solar/wind/renewables)

  • Recycling & solid waste   

  • Tax policy

  • Transportation

  • Health care (including representing a statewide association of licensed health professionals)

  • Economic development

  • Telecommunications & broadband

  • High technology & biosciences

  • Funding for infrastructure investments (bonding & capital investment projects)

  • Procurement (firms interested in doing business with the state)

 

Our past & present clients include Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, technology & bioscience companies (including start-ups), statewide professional associations, and some of Minnesota's best known mission-driven non-profits. 

 

REPUTATION / EXPERIENCE:

 

At Berns Knight, we believe the best (and most effective) lobbyists are those with the highest ethical standards. We are selective in the clients we represent--and then we aggressively advocate their concerns to policy-makers and elected officials. 

 

We are proud of our ability to work with elected officials on both sides of the aisle, and strive for relationships based on trust and transparency.

 

 

 

 

 

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