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Government Strategies

Houghton Bradford Whitted PC, LLO (HBW) is committed to providing its clients the advice to help them navigate the complexities of government on the local, state, and federal levels. HBW has the governmental and legislative experience to develop and execute on strategies necessary to reach successful outcomes.

HBW provides strategic advice to meet our client's needs. In collaborating with McDermott Will & Emery, a global law firm's governmental strategies office in Washington D.C., HBW brings decades of legislative and political experience necessary to guide our clients through the legislative, regulatory and administrative processes necessary to achieve their goals.

Our Team

Brad Ashford served in the U.S. Congress representing the 2nd District of Nebraska. He served on the Agriculture and the Armed Services committees. Brad also served in the Nebraska Legislature for 16 years. He was Chair of the Judiciary Committee. Ashford has experience in labor law, regulatory law, and legislation and has worked on numerous public/private partnerships as a legislator and as an advisor. Brad was a founding member of the MECA Board in Omaha, a quasi-governmental body formed to develop and operate the riverfront arena and convention center.

As a Legislator he aided the development of the Buffett Cancer Center at UNMC. As a member of Congress, Brad spearheaded the successful effort to pass legislation that paved the way for a new public/private VA medical facility in Omaha. Brad has a keen interest in the practice of mediating disputes in both the public and private sectors.

McDermott Will & Emery

The law firm of McDermott Will & Emery is a global firm with 2,300 employees worldwide. McDermott's regulatory, legislative, and political team possesses a nuanced understanding of the impact governments have on clients' businesses and industries. Many of its lawyers have served in senior-level positions with governmental regulatory agencies.

The principal participants from McDermott are Former Congressman Jeff Miller and Former Congressman James (Jim) P. Moran. Both are Senior Legislative Advisors for their firm. Miller is a former seven-term Republican U.S. Congressman, serving Florida's 1st Congressional District from 2001 to 2017. While in Congress, he was the Chair of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.

Moran is a former Democratic U.S. Congressman who served Virginia's 8th Congressional District from 1991 to 2015. Jim is well known for his ability to work across the aisle and resolve complex issues. He also served as mayor of Alexandria, Virginia, from 1985 to 1990, after five years on the City Council. He was also senior staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations.

"Jeff and I have a combined 40 years of congressional experience," said Moran. "We both made it a point to work across the aisle during our years on the Hill."

For more information on this collaboration, contact Brad Ashford, Houghton Bradford Whitted PC, LLO, at (402) 708-1477.

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