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Government Law

Sugarman Rogers advises both private and public sector clients on all aspects of government law at the federal, state and local levels.  We also represent municipalities and state authorities in a broad range of litigation matters, and we help private parties who are in litigation with complex issues involving government agencies and policy.  Collaborating with our clients, we find creative solutions to the unique challenges when interfacing with government. In addition to litigating matters on behalf of state and local government entities, we counsel clients on government ethics, conflicts of interest, constitutional law, public records, lobbying, campaign finance, election law, municipal law, crisis management, and legislative and regulatory drafting.  Led by attorney Kate R. Cook, Sugarman Rogers is uniquely positioned to advise on government law matters given Kate’s experience as Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Patrick, General Counsel to the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways & Means, and Assistant Corporation Counsel at the City of Boston.  We understand how federal, state, and local government works, and work strategically with our clients with the benefit of that understanding.

Representative Matters:

  • Represented the City of New Bedford in complex environmental response cost litigation which resulted in the largest settlement recovery in the City’s history.
  • Represented a major non-profit institution in litigation with a municipality over a large real estate transaction and municipal land takings, which resulted in a settlement.
  • Represented numerous clients in municipal, state and federal environmental enforcement matters and contested permitting matters.
  • Represented several clients seeking lobby law, campaign finance and conflict of interest compliance advice.
  • Represented a supermarket in talks with state authorities regarding the sale of lottery tickets in its stores and successfully avoided a state action.

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