While the fundamentals of advocacy are the same on the local, state, and federal levels, firms hoping to achieve success in state capitols and city halls cannot just put a Washington lobbyist on the occasional red-eye out of Reagan National and expect results.

Truly effective state and local lobbying requires day-to-day, on-the-ground, face-to-face contact. It requires lobbyists who know the history, politics, and culture of the local jurisdictions they serve and who have earned the trust and respect of local officials. Senior members at Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies have been working in state capitals and major cities for decades.

We have lobbyists permanently based in Washington D.C., Harrisburg, Philadelphia, New York City, and Albany. We don’t need a map of the back roads running through these regional power centers—we live there.

Through strategic hiring and smart collaboration, Public Strategies has built the capacity to serve clients in many other regions as well. Where we don’t have lobbyists in-house, we tap into our network of consultant relationships that we have developed nationwide, as well as Cozen O’Connor law offices located throughout the U.S. Our clients also benefit from Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General practice, a nationally renowned group with a 50-state reach. And we participate actively in key organizations, including the National Governors Association, United States Conference of Mayors, National Conference of State Legislatures, and National Association of Attorneys General.

Public Strategies offers services on the state and local level as diverse as our client’s needs. We provide policy analysis and monitoring, legislative and executive lobbying, coalition building and grassroots advocacy, and all manner of crisis management.

recent work

  • Advising several companies and non-profits in the medical marijuana industry on regulation and licensing, and advancing the legalization of their products before the Pennsylvania General Assembly
  • Advising one of the largest publicly traded real estate companies in the United States with a core focus in Philadelphia on issues related to train station development in the Northeast Corridor
  • Advocating to roll back commercial trucking tolls on a New York-area bridge that were adversely affecting enterprise at New York’s only container port
  • Represented public access channels in negotiations with Verizon franchisees and Time Warner Cable-only nationwide agreements