Morgan Lewis Consulting is a trusted adviser when business, law, government, and policy intersect. We bring experience—and years of public decision making and judgment—to both business opportunities and the resolution of challenging controversies. In critical business situations, our work often means the difference between success and failure. The group helps clients to see issues from the viewpoint of policymakers, regulators, and government officials and to integrate sound public policy into legal and business strategies.
Led by former New Hampshire Governor and Attorney General Stephen Merrill and former Chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and US Representative Chris Cox, the Morgan Lewis Consulting team comprises professionals with experience in senior-level government positions. Collectively, the team uses its public and private sector experience to help companies navigate safely through complicated regulatory and legal issues in the United States and abroad.
Team leaders include former White House Cabinet Secretary Thurgood Marshall Jr., top US Department of Justice (DOJ) and state government officials Tim Shea and Nick Gess, and former White House and US Department of State official William Kissinger. The group also includes senior officials from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), several US state government agencies, and the national organizations that support state attorneys general.
Morgan Lewis Consulting professionals tap into the resources of all of our offices worldwide. Leveraging this global network, our clients gain seamless access to the right people with the right skills.
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Morgan Lewis Consulting is a wholly owned subsidiary of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.
Lawyers in Morgan Lewis offices around the globe help clients manage the risks associated with multinational transactions. Morgan Lewis Consulting’s worldwide professionals guide companies through complicated regulatory and legal issues at all levels of government.
In Asia, our offices in China and Tokyo offer clients comprehensive multijurisdictional advice. In North America, Europe, and the Middle East, Morgan Lewis Consulting provides unparalleled service for companies doing business across national borders. Our professionals are intimately familiar with world governments, including the unique challenges for business posed by the People’s Republic of China and its state-owned enterprises.
Our practice isn’t limited to advising businesses involved in cross-border transactions and controversies. Morgan Lewis Consulting also provides strategic geopolitical, legal, and regulatory analysis to fund managers considering investments abroad or in the securities of multinational businesses traded in the United States.
Throughout the world, national and subnational enforcement, regulatory, and legislative bodies can change the rules of the game in any industry—often with little notice. We help our clients understand the impact of these actions and interpret the likely consequences of policy shifts.
As companies—particularly those in the financial services industry—deal with the growing regulatory and enforcement demands of the CFPB, the need for guidance is essential. The CFPB charter presages an unparalleled level of collaboration between state and federal governments’ consumer protection efforts. Morgan Lewis Consulting helps clients create strategies for efficiently and effectively addressing these investigations and litigation.
Our team handles state and federal consumer protection enforcement actions, including those involving the CFPB, state attorneys general, the DOJ, the FTC, and the SEC. Our experience includes representing nonbank financial institutions in some of the first investigations and inquiries initiated by the CFPB.
We represent Fortune 100 companies, including those in the financial services industry, in multistate attorneys general investigations and settlements. We also counsel companies in parallel investigations and settlements between and among state attorneys general, the DOJ, and the FTC. Our experience representing clients in consumer protection matters before the FTC, DOJ, and state attorneys general benefits us in cases that will now fall within the CFPB’s domain.
Our team works with clients to balance the competing demands of parallel investigations, including resolving disputes effectively and minimizing the impact on their businesses.
When facing contentious legal matters, a company’s long-term business success often hinges on its ability to communicate effectively with the media, government officials, advocacy groups, and other constituencies. Our talented legal communications professionals have decades of experience in both proactive and defensive matters. Morgan Lewis Consulting’s 360-degree approach to business, legal, and public affairs strategy ensures that our clients’ legal and brand positions are defended and protected.
Our litigation support team works closely with the client’s legal team throughout each matter. This ensures that all legal decisions are made with input and guidance from seasoned media and public affairs professionals.
Morgan Lewis Consulting helps clients develop and implement strategies to engage proactively with other market actors and with government and regulatory officials at the federal, state, and local levels. Our extensive relationships throughout the private sector can help strengthen a company’s strategy by introducing the company to the right partners. And by counseling our clients on communicating with the public and with policymakers and governments at all levels, we help them to achieve a high level of transparency while minimizing the risk of potential regulatory inquiries or investigations.
The right communication also enables companies to get ahead of unfavorable industry trends that have serious consumer consequences. Morgan Lewis Consulting engages with our clients early in the process of strategy development and throughout the life cycle of a business opportunity or controversy. Our analyses and insights help companies to succeed not only in their legal strategies, but also in their broader business goals.
Almost every aspect of the global economy depends on access to abundant sources of clean, affordable, and reliable energy. Today’s businesses must plan for a future dominated by concerns related to energy security and climate change. Companies must also invest in technologies that transform the way we use and conserve energy. Morgan Lewis Consulting’s legal, policy, and government affairs advisers help clients identify and maximize opportunities in the energy industry.
The global energy lawyers at Morgan Lewis Consulting include senior policy experts with decades of government and private sector experience in the energy industry. Meeting our growing energy needs in an increasingly complex world with limited natural resources is a challenge. Our consultants provide real-time strategic advice and counsel to firms and individuals who are working on business and policy solutions to this challenge. Our practice complements the breadth and depth of Morgan Lewis’s energy-related practices, including environmental, land use and natural resources, project finance, tax, real estate, antitrust, and white collar investigations and enforcement.
Together, we help our energy sector clients to exploit new opportunities and to resolve several types of legal matters and concerns. These include transactions, transmission, compliance with environmental enforcement, and litigation. Our business strategic advice and government affairs guidance complements our substantive legal counseling—providing clients an unparalleled combination of wraparound services and a competitive advantage.
Morgan Lewis Consulting, together with our law firm colleagues, brings state- and national-level experience and insight to federal American Indian law and tribal law matters. It also provides targeted skills and a deep understanding to a complex, multifaceted field. The team addresses the legal, political, policy, administrative, and regulatory elements of Indian law.
Successful practice of Indian law calls for a strong grasp of the unique jurisdictional components, extensive legal knowledge of traditional Indian law subjects, and flexibility and resourcefulness in widely differing forums and courts. We provide complete solutions for companies and tribes that face challenges on multiple fronts. This includes counseling clients on politics, policy, and the law at the federal level and with all 50 state governments.
Tom Gede, a nationally recognized figure in federal Indian law, leads our Indian law team. Tom was appointed to the federal Indian Law and Order Commission in 2010. He also serves as an adviser to the American Law Institute’s “Restatement of the Law, The Law of American Indians.” Tom is an adjunct professor of federal Indian law and the author of many publications. He speaks on tribal matters and leads national panel discussions on Indian subjects, including gaming, civil and criminal jurisdiction in Indian country, tribal water rights, and Indian child welfare issues.
In addition to Tom’s leadership, a number of practitioners in our Indian law practice have experience in relevant fields. These include lawyers who focus on environmental quality and historic preservation laws; energy, land use, and development; real estate; finance; bankruptcy; casino gambling; project finance; appellate litigation; government affairs; and commercial litigation. Bryan Killian is a nationally recognized appellate lawyer with experience handling Indian law matters before the US Supreme Court. Colin West is a litigator with experience representing tribes, financial institutions, and other businesses in federal, state, and tribal courts. Many other Morgan Lewis lawyers bring strength to our Indian law practice.
Our Indian law team provides clients with strategic advice and counsel on:
If litigation is necessary, we have experience in federal, state, and tribal courts, including: