J. O'Brien & Associates, LLC is a Connecticut government relations firm specializing in advocacy before Connecticut state and local government officials. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, associations and privately-held companies.
Some of our practice areas include:
Whether the goal is to pass legislation, amend a current statute or advocate against a piece of legislation, we can help accomplish these goals.
*Developing a legislative strategic plan; *Assisting in drafting and/or reviewing proposed legislation; *Setting meetings with key legislators; *Assisting in preparing the client and reviewing testimony for public hearings; *Identifying groups or organizations whose interest is aligned with the client's; *Identifying opponents and their likely approach to opposing the client's interest; *Reaching out to local constituents in key legislators' districts; and *Tracking and monitoring any relevant bills or amendments.
Administrative lobbying is another service we offer - we can assist a client with an issue before the Governor's Office, the Department of Public Utility Control, the Insurance Department, the Department of Revenue Services, the Department of Administrative Services, the Office of Policy and Management, the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Connecticut Development Authority and other agencies to ensure a client's needs are being met.
Many of the most high profile issues today are started and driven by the state's Attorney Generals - and Connecticut has often been at the forefront of those initiatives. J. O'Brien & Associates has worked closely with the Attorney General's office to guide and advise clients on how best to respond to these types of issues. We also work with the Secretary of State and the Comptroller's office.
The firm often represents companies that are having issues on the local level. Whether it's representing a real estate developer, meeting with a planning and zoning group or responding to an RFP (request for proposal), we can help guide you through the local process.
One of the more effective tools in accomplishing a client's legislative goals is to reach out to constituents and get them engaged in the process. Building coalitions, organizing letter-writing campaigns and arranging capitol visits are all part of an effective grassroots effort.
On many issues, it is important to engage the media. J. O'Brien & Associates is able to reach out and engage all types of media including editorial boards, journalists, bloggers and pundits.