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Government Relations

 

Bryant Rabbino’s Government Relations and Advocacy practice began in 2016 with the opening of the firm’s Albany office.  Our team includes lawyers with decades of experience working with New York State and New York City governmental entities.  B. Seth Bryant, who heads the practice, is a transactional lawyer who has spent over twenty years representing clients in corporate, M&A and finance matters.  As it relates to Government Affairs, Seth’s focus is on MWBE (Minority/Women-owned Business Entity) issues.  Seth gained significant experience on MWBE matters through his corporate practice.  In the mid-2000s, he provided counsel in structuring a leading MBE-certified financial services joint venture.  Seth has assisted many types of clients such as financial service companies, investment firms, construction and trades businesses among others on joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and other transactions involving MWBE-certified entities.

 In 2010, Seth served as legal counsel to a coalition of MWBE advocates in a campaign to strengthen New York State’s MWBE Program.  The coalition worked with the office of then Governor David Paterson, leading members of the State Senate and Assembly, the Office of the State Comptroller, New York State Teachers Retirement System, and State Authorities such the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, among others in the passage of four laws amending Article 15-A of the Executive Law and certain other New York State laws.   Since that effort, Seth has continued to be deeply involved in State MWBE efforts and has regularly served on panels regarding MWBE matters.

In March of 2016, Seth was invited to join New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s MWBE Advisory Council.   The Advisory Council is comprised of MWBE leaders from businesses, trade groups, and other governmental representatives who work with the de Blasio Administration’s Office of MWBE Services and the New York City Department of Small Business Services to strengthen and develop its MWBE program.   

In September of 2016, Seth authored an in-depth paper on the MWBE programs of New York State and New York City, The ‘State’ of New York MWBE Programs: An Inflection Point.  As lawyers who regularly assist MWBE and majority-owned businesses on MWBE matters, with experience structuring MWBE certifiable businesses and joint ventures and as lawyers that have drafted or commented on New York State’s MWBE laws and written articles on the topic, Bryant Rabbino brings unique capability.

Bryant Rabbino’s Government Relations and Advocacy team includes Don Elliott, Senior Counsel, who previously served as New York City Planning Commissioner and Anne Adams Rabbino, Partner, a veteran real estate attorney who has extensive experience representing private and governmental entities on a range of real estate and other matters.  Don and Anne have served the Trust for Cultural Resources for the City of New York, which provides conduit financing for New York City cultural institutions, since it creation.  Our team has spent years developing relationships that reflect an understanding of the processes of government and the demands of business.  Whether the client needs traditional legal representation, special counsel or other advocacy to resolve a matter, we pride ourselves on being creative, solution-oriented advisors who have earned professional respect and developed open and candid relationships with key decision-makers.  
Our Government Relations attorneys are committed to providing high quality, professional services while providing the individualized attention that each client deserves.  We help our clients navigate through the administrative, budgetary, legislative and regulatory processes in New York State, New York City and other local governments. The Government Relations team includes professionals who have extensive experience working on major projects with and providing counsel to several state and city agencies.  We have spent years developing relationships with key decision makers who respect our acumen and insight as evidenced by our daily practice.