Government Relations

The Government Relations Practice Group draws upon decades of experience within government and representing government agencies to help clients pursue their legislative, regulatory, or agency goals at the local, state and federal levels.  Clients in widely varying circumstances benefit from our experience drafting and passing legislation, building relationships with decision makers, and pursuing favorable outcomes with state agencies.

Practice group members have served or currently serve in a variety of state and national political leadership positions and have served in key positions in current and past administrations, including:

  • Chairman of Phil Bryant Gubernatorial Campaign
  • Executive Director of Office of Gubernatorial Transition of Governor Phil Bryant
  • Advisor to Governor Phil Bryant
  • Chief of Staff to Lt. Governor Phil Bryant
  • Chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party
  • Member/Vice-Chairman of the Republican National Committee
  • Chairman of the Southern Region of the Republican National Committee
  • State Treasurer
  • Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Haley Barbour
  • Campaign Manager for Governor Haley Barbour Reelection Campaign
  • Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Ronnie Musgrove
  • General Counsel to the MS Development Authority
  • Senior Attorney at the MS Department of Environmental Quality
  • Interim Executive Director of the MS Development Authority

Practice group members have successfully lobbied the Mississippi Legislature on appropriations, tax policy, infrastructure, incentives, and healthcare legislation. The firm also has extensive experience in working with the United States Congress and several federal agencies. 

Professionals in Government Relations:

Bailey R. Fair
J. Manning McPhillips *
Joseph D. Nosef III
Peyton D. Prospere
Brian C. Smith

*Non-attorney Government Affairs Advisor

 

Practice Leader

Joseph D. Nosef III

Joseph D. Nosef III

Phone: 601.965.1884

Email: jnosef@watkinseager.com

 

Related Practice Groups