Government Services

The Government Services and Finance Department offers a full range of federal, state, and local government-related legal services to businesses and governments. The department includes lawyers from various practice areas creating a multidisciplinary team to meet the needs of our clients.

At times, clients need to capture the attention of government officials at both state and national levels through lobbying and public affairs efforts. Our bipartisan department serves our clients as lobbyists and public affairs advisors on a wide variety of business, government, and trade association issues.

Barnes & Thornburg's Washington, D.C., office represents clients in regulatory and administrative matters, including licensing, rate, finance, contracting with the federal government, and complaint proceedings before federal regulatory agencies. The office's Federal Relations Group is made up of lobbyists and public affairs advisors who serve clients on a variety of business, government and trade association issues.

The department offers comprehensive legal services to the governmental finance market. We have served as bond counsel and represented underwriters, issuers, borrowers, credit providers, trustees, and investors in a wide variety of financings.

We assisted in financings for state instrumentalities, bond banks, counties, cities, towns, townships, school corporations, special taxing districts, private enterprises, nonprofit organizations, and government officials.

We have participated in financing a variety of public and private projects, including public buildings, correctional facilities, police and fire stations, private schools, public schools, libraries, sewage works, water works, economic development projects, redevelopment projects, manufacturing facilities, highways, roads, streets and bridges, airports, solid waste disposal facilities, housing, hospitals and other healthcare facilities, retirement communities, and working capital.

The department assists its clients in virtually all aspects of government, including finance, public purchases, cash management and investments, labor and employment, public construction, taxation, real estate, zoning and land use, environmental matters, healthcare, transportation, utilities, intellectual property, and litigation.