Lockridge Grindal Nauen is one of only a few Midwest-based law firms to have a government relations office in Washington, D.C. The firm’s Federal Government Relations team is a diverse group of professionals with a broad range of federal, state, and local government experience. Our Federal Relations team creates value by applying proven strategies to realize success and advance client objectives. Our experts work with each client to develop a unique and focused strategic plan with clear targets and measured outcomes. Our goal is to provide a solid return on investment and measurable success for each of our federal relations clients.

The LGN Federal team has experience advocating on behalf of small and large businesses, non-profit organizations and government entities, specializing in:

  • Aviation Policy
  • Colleges/Universities/Research Institutions
  • Energy/Environment/Agriculture
  • Grants/Procurement
  • Health and Human Services
  • Justice, Homeland Security and Defense
  • Parks/Water Districts/Special Districts/Natural Resources
  • State/Local/Government Institutions
  • Tax/Financial and Regulatory Services
  • Transportation and Infrastructure

The LGN Federal Relations Group creates value by applying proven strategies to realize successes and advance client objectives. Notable successes include:

Aviation Noise Mitigation

Assisted a client community in securing $155 million in airport funds to mitigate outside the 65DNL contour—an unprecedented victory for the client and all of America’s cities.

Interstate Highway Bridge Project

Secured targeted appropriations funding and federal designation in the TEA-21 transportation authorization bill for a coalition of local governments and community based organizations. Improved the project’s position on the state’s Department of Transportation priority build list, moving the bridge ahead 10 years.

Community Advocacy Campaigns

Worked with local government client to successfully halt unwanted air traffic changes at a major metropolitan airport as the result of coordinated community input.

City Street Project

A small town client was faced with the need to expand and improve a main thoroughfare running through the heart of their downtown. LGN has been able to secure $9.4 million in funding from FY2004-FY2009. The funds were used and continue to be used for construction and design of a Midwestern Trunk Highway to aid in significant congestion relief and subsequent economic development.

Energy and Water Waste Management Program

A client city was faced with the daunting task and millions of dollars in cost to separate its waste and rain waters system. LGN pursued an aggressive strategy to identify Congressional allies and environmental advocates and successfully secured millions of dollars to aid the client in making improvements to the system over several consecutive years

Federal Medicaid Reimbursement

Successfully led efforts to secure a moratorium against a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ruling which limited payments to local governments for assisting low-income individuals and families in gaining access to medical and educational services. Savings to counties and tribal governments were estimated at $101 million dollars.

Bill Dickinson — Washington, D.C.

Multi-Jurisdictional Tax Districts/Natural Resources/Parks and Recreation
Bill Dickinson is a strategic consultant in the federal relations group as an advisor on special tax district and natural resources issues. Bill is the principal of the Environmental Policy Network, a consulting firm that specializes in legislative affairs that impact land conservation and public parks. Prior to his time as a consultant, Bill held analytical and managerial positions in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Bill currently serves as director of Alexandria Renew Enterprises, an independent wastewater sanitation authority serving the City of Alexandria, VA, and portions of adjoining Fairfax County.

Mr. Dickinson is a founding board member of the Center for Watershed Protection assisting in development and execution of their initial strategic plan. Bill worked with Congressman James Moran, to develop legislation aimed to amend the Capper-Crampton Act of 1930 by adding a provision to encourage conservation of publicly accessible land in the greater Washington, D.C. area. The bipartisan legislation was co-sponsored by all House and Senate members from the area. Bill’s coalitions building was exemplified in the group of local, regional and national governmental, environmental, and business groups he pulled together to endorse the legislation. In both 2010 and 2012, Bill conducted a national benchmarking survey of parks, open space, forest preserves and similar public land protection governments for a consortium of special park districts and continues to conduct research on the origins of these systems and exploring the advantages of using existing special districts of varying types to advance land conservation, water and public parkland objectives. Mr. Dickinson has vast experience in devising and identifying new approaches to finance the operations of natural area parkland particularly in urban areas. His findings were presented to the United States General Accountability Office.

Bill earned his undergraduate from Drew University and his graduate degree in public administration from Syracuse University in New York.

David Carbone — San Francisco

Aviation/Airport Development/Environmental Mitigation

David F. Carbone is a senior strategic consultant in the federal relations group with a focus on airport development and aviation. David has been a professional land use planner for 32 years, including 21 years in the San Mateo County (California) Planning and Building Department. He is currently a transportation systems coordinator, where he manages the comprehensive airport/land use compatibility plan (CLUP) for the San Francisco International Airport (SFO). He provides staff support to the San Mateo County Airport Land Use Commission and serves as the program manager for the San Francisco International Airport/Community Roundtable, the body that addresses community noise impacts related to aircraft operations at SFO. He also managed the aircraft noise insulation project to insulate private and public buildings in a residential neighborhood near SFO.

Mr. Carbone is a member of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Center of Excellence Advisory Board known as PARTNER (Partnership for Air Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction) and also a member of the FAA Airport Land Use Compatibility Planning Committee. He is currently serving on the Regional Airport Planning Committee (RAPC) Task Force to update the Regional Airport System Plan Analysis (RASPA) for the nine-county San Francisco Bay area. For the past ten years, David has volunteered on the Conference Committee for the annual airport noise symposium sponsored by the National Organization to Insure a Sound-controlled Environment (N.O.I.S.E.) and has been a speaker at numerous airport environs planning and aircraft noise mitigation conferences, symposiums, and workshops.

Mr. Carbone earned his undergraduate degree in city and regional planning from the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, and an associate degree in pre-architecture from Sierra Community College in Rocklin, California. He has obtained additional training in aircraft noise mitigation and airport environs planning at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at Davis and the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.