Capitol Inside's Texas Lobby Power Rankings 2011 names Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP the second most powerful law firm lobby team in Texas.
"We're honored to be recognized for our hard work and dedication to our clients at the Texas State Capitol," says Gardere Managing Partner Steve Good. "Advocating for our clients' interests before lawmakers, especially as the state faces a multibillion-dollar shortfall, is a responsibility we take seriously."
The lawyer-lobbyists in Gardere's Government Affairs Practice Group represent a broad spectrum of clients before the Texas Legislature and state agencies, providing legislative and regulatory services to private corporations and public entities who face problems with litigation, legislation and regulation. Veteran Lobbyist Val Perkins joined the Gardere team this year, which is led by Kimberly A. Yelkin and Mark Vane.
"I believe our team has earned respect by having a reputation for integrity and by working hard for our clients," Ms. Yelkin says. "The most effective lobbying involves educating all stakeholders and developing trusting relationships with legislators by providing them with timely and accurate information."
Texas Lawyer, another highly respected publication for lawyers, also ranked Gardere's Government Affairs Group among the top-grossing lawyer-lobbyists in Texas in 2009 and Chambers: USA ranked Ms. Yelkin among the best attorneys in the country in 2010.