FP Advocacy LLC gives voice to clients before legislative and regulatory bodies
Fisher Phillips announced that it has launched an advocacy company. FP Advocacy LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the national labor and employment law firm.
The new organization is headed by attorneys Benjamin Ebbink in Sacramento and Rick Grimaldi in Philadelphia. Both lawyers have extensive experience representing clients before regulatory agencies and both know how the legislative process works at various levels of government.
Before joining Fisher Phillips, Ebbink spent 15 years as the Chief Consultant to the California Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment where he was the primary policy expert on labor and employment matters for the California State Assembly. Ebbink played a key role in virtually every major labor and employment issue to come before the Legislature during his tenure, and personally drafted hundreds of legislative proposals. In his law practice, Ebbink focuses on legislation introduced at the state and local level. He assists employers with navigating evolving legislative and regulatory landscapes in a variety of areas including workplace discrimination, employee privacy, wage and hour, employee compensation, trade secrets, employment contracts and terms, healthcare, immigration, employee leave, workers’ compensation, workplace safety and affirmative action. During his service in the Legislature, Benjamin earned a reputation for his integrity, his ability to work with diverse stakeholders on all sides, and his skill as a problem-solver.
Grimaldi is the co-chair of the Fisher Phillips Government Relations Practice Group. He is the former Deputy General Counsel to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge and former Chief Counsel of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. He has long been involved in state and national politics. Grimaldi assists employers with regulatory and government administrative issues at the local, state and federal levels. His national law practice spans all aspects of labor and employment law including regularly representing employers in litigation matters involving discrimination claims and wrongful termination claims and assisting employers with traditional labor matters.
Ebbink said: “The inner workings of government and the legislative process can be difficult to navigate for anyone who is not intimately familiar with the way these bodies work. It is important that our business clients have representation from experienced professionals who essentially know how the sausage is made. We are the eyes, ears, and voice of our clients before agencies and governments and try to ensure that our clients’ needs are given proper consideration.”
Grimaldi added: “The formation of FP Advocacy is the direct result of a call for advocacy from our clients. Many of our clients have a high degree of interest in the legislative process since new laws and regulations can have significant impacts on organizations. These impacts can be positive or negative, so we work with our clients to ensure that they are heard before governments make changes that seriously impact business operations.”
The services provided by FP Advocacy include: Legislative Advocacy, Bill Drafting & Analysis, Grassroots Development & Coalition Building, Strategic Planning, Legislative History Analysis, Political Activity, Monitoring Legislative & Regulatory Proposals, and Budget Advocacy.
About FP Advocacy LLC (www.fpadvocacyllc.com)
FP Advocacy LLC is a national firm that provides premier legislative and regulatory advocacy and related services to clients, primarily in the fields of labor and employment law. Our professionals have decades of “inside” experience in the political process, which provides us with unparalleled access to the key players and stakeholders that matter. More importantly, we are subject matter experts in the field of labor and employment law. At FP Advocacy, we understand that the most effective legislative advocates must be subject matter experts, and have built our business model around this premise. As a result, our legal, political and public policy experience allows us to help clients identify their objectives and develop the best means to achieve them. All of this sets us apart from other legislative advocates and helps us deliver successful outcomes for our clients. FP Advocacy is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fisher Phillips.
About Fisher Phillips (www.fisherphillips.com)
Fisher Phillips attorneys are ready to help you take a stand: in court, with employees and unions, or with competitors. Fisher Phillips has the experience and resolve to back you up. That’s why some of the savviest employers come to the firm to handle their toughest labor and employment cases. The firm has more than 350 attorneys in 32 offices. The offices are in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbia, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Gulfport, Houston, Irvine, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, and Washington, D.C.
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