Each year, 3,500 bills are introduced in over 52 committees, commissions and subcommittees at the Minnesota Legislature; it is our job to interpret and respond to them.
“We are uniquely qualified to advocate for our clients because of our relationships with key governmental officials and in-depth understanding of the legislative process.”
What We Do
Clients trust us to shape public policy and advocate on their behalf. We bring a high level of integrity to our work in representing them with Minnesota policy makers. We have a wide range of experience and knowledge that savvy leaders want on their side.
Savvy leaders know that successful interaction with the government is vital to them and their organizations. Organizations are impacted by legislative changes as well as governmental agency activities – foreseeing and responding to change is essential to continued success.
Fredrikson & Byron’s professionals understand how governmental decisions impact our clients and will help them develop proactive strategies to address their needs. Some organizations wish to influence decisions before they are made. For these entities, an active approach is necessary, and our team’s solid relationships with key decision-makers is a necessary part of the plan for success.
Providing quality service requires knowing the political environment and key stakeholders, as well as industry practices. It also requires listening and responding to our client’s specific goals. With more than twenty years of public service in federal, state and local government, our team provides an entrée to key contacts as well as an in-depth understanding of the legislative process. We strategize, monitor and advocate on behalf of clients, combining integrity with insight and knowledge to effectively work with decision makers inside and outside the Minnesota Capitol.
Minnesota leaders trust our recommendations when it comes to legislative and administrative ideas and solutions. Our combined experience provides clients with a broad understanding of the inner workings of the Governor’s office, state agencies and agency staff. We have a track record of collaboration with other stakeholders who have commonality of interest with our clients’ needs.
We start by gaining a thorough understanding of each client’s unique needs and objectives. We build on this with our extensive knowledge of the current legislative climate and political dynamics. Partnering with our clients, we then identify the results we hope to achieve. Our government relations strategy involves detailed and measurable goals that include agency and legislative discussions and presentations that are meaningful and effective.
Our team’s commitment to our clients is year-round. We view the transition between legislative sessions (interim) as a time for opportunity; laying the groundwork for new legislation while the legislature is at rest is a vital part of a successful government relations strategy. During the legislative interim, we use our connections to increase government officials’ awareness of our clients’ needs and ideas. We use the summer and fall months to relay information, work with agency staff, visit legislators in their districts and organize meetings between our clients and key legislators in order to prepare for the upcoming session.
Well-developed government relations plans play a key role in effective strategies. To be successful, organizations should look for opportunities to expand their governmental knowledge and increase their involvement.
We represent businesses, non-profits, trade groups and advocacy groups in a number of industries and on many different issues. Our strengths are in education, energy, health care, housing, human services, taxes, transportation, appropriations and procurement.
We believe that we have a responsibility to be good corporate citizens by being actively involved in groups that support the community and our clients. Our government relations staff are board members, committee members and active participants in many groups outside the office, including:
- American Brain Foundation
- Association of Macro Practice Social Workers
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Twin Cities
- Citizen's League
- The Minnesota Bar Association
- The Minnesota Business Partnership
- The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
- MN Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
- Public Affairs Council
- Quad Communities Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
- Reach for Resources, Inc.
- Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
News & Articles
March 13, 2017
Attorney Kevin P. Goodno was recently appointed to the Bush Foundation’s Board of Directors. The board is comprised of up to 15 leaders from across the region who bring a wealth of experience and expertise in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.Read More
October 17, 2016
The Immigration-related programs extended by the bill include E-Verify, EB-5 regional centers, EB-4 non-ministerial religious workers and Conrad 3 for J-1 medical workers.Read More
September 26, 2016
The short answer is “yes.” Whether you are inspired by this year’s U.S. presidential debates or otherwise to host your own debate, a 501(c)(3) can engage in various election-related activities, so long as the 501(c)(3) follows certain rules so as not to jeopardize its tax-exempt status.Read More
January 19, 2015
November 24, 2014
Kevin Goodno, shareholder at Fredrikson & Byron, presented his thoughts on the challenges faced by the disability service system in Minnesota.Read More
Fredrikson & Byron Government Relations Professionals Serve in Leadership Roles in Award Winning “5% Campaign”
July 15, 2014
Members of the Fredrikson & Byron Government Relations Group served as leaders for the “5% Campaign”, a statewide, nonpartisan coalition of more than 100 organizations that successfully secured a 5% rate increase for Home and Community Based Disability and Senior Services during the 2014 legislative session.Read More