Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
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Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck (BHFS) is a Denver-based corporate law and lobbying firm with offices in Albuquerque, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orange County, Phoenix, Reno, Sacramento, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Sante Fe and Washington D.C. There are 250 attorneys and policy consultants on staff, and its main areas of practice are corporate and business, government relations and public policy, litigation, natural resources, and real estate.
In 2010, Open Secrets shows that the firm's PAC raised $329,335 and spent $157,239 on federal House and Senate politicians. Individual donors, mostly employees, gave $160,879 to the PAC. $99,900 was spent on Democratic candidates, while $54,300 was spent on Republican candidates. 
Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
BHFS co-chairs the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force. Martin Shultz, Senior Policy Director in the firm's Phoenix office and a member of the BHFS Government Relations group, is BHFS' representative on the Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force, as of 2011. (Shultz is also listed as VP of Government Affairs at Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, also an ALEC member).
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.
According to the Denver Post, BHFS represents health care, financial services, and energy interests. BHFS anticipated that these industries would be key issues after the election of Barack Obama and the Democrats in 2008.
The Post reports that "one narrow niche the firm has carved out is in the area of the interchange fees charged on credit and debit card transactions. The Electronic Payments Association and Discover Financial Services are clients.
The firm also represented Western Union in an effort to help defeat a Senate proposal requiring money-transfer firms to post currency exchange rates.
Former Vail Resorts owner Apollo Advisors, the private equity firm run by Leon Black, has been Brownstein Hyatt's largest lobbying client since 2008, spending $2.6 million with the firm in 2009.
A full list of lobbying clients can be found here.
In The News
- Brownstein’s Washington, DC lobbying practice was ranked #5 on Roll Call’s list of the top lobbying firms in Washington for 2009 based on revenue. The firm has risen in the rankings from #18 in 2006 to #5 in 2009.
As of 2011:
- Blane R. Prescott - CEO
- Bruce A. James - Managing Partner and Shareholder
- Michael A. Pahl - CFO
- Dean A. Nakayama - COO
- Adam J. Agron - Shareholder
- Norman Brownstein - Chairman of the Board and Founding Partner
- Steven W. Farber - President and Founding Partner
- Robert J. Saperstein - Managing Shareholder of California offices
- Ellen Schulhofer - Managing Shareholder of Las Vegas office
- Steven C. Demby - Shareholder
- Lynda A. McNeive - Shareholder
- Blane R. Prescott - CEO (ex officio member)
- Dean A. Nakayama - CEO (ex officio member)
- Lisa M. Simon - CEO (ex officio member)
- Corporate and Business: Kevin A. Cudney and Adam J. Agron
- Government Relations: Alfred E. Mottur and Michael F. Feeley
- Litigation: John V. McDermott and Peter J. Korneffel, Jr.
- Natural Resources: Stephanie Osler Hastings and Mark J. Mathews
- Real Estate: Robert Kaufmann and Ana Lazo Tenzer
410 Seventeenth Street
Denver, CO 80202-4432
Bruce A. James
Managing Partner & CEO
Articles and resources
Related SourceWatch articles
- Always There Section,"BHFS.com"
- Brian Baxter, Sweet Smell of Success for Law-Lobby Shops, Jul 22, 2010, accessed July 8, 2011.
- Aldo Svaldi, Denver Law Firm Brownstein Hyatt Surges to Fifth in Lobbying Revenues, Denver Post, Jun 13, 2010, accessed July 8, 2011.
- Center for Responsive Politics, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck 2010 contributions, Open Secrets, accessed July 8, 2011.
- American Legislative Exchange Council Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force, organization website, accessed May 26, 2011
- BHFS, Martin L. Shultz, law firm biography, accessed July 8, 2011.
- Pinnacle West, Martin L. Shultz, corporate profile, accessed July 9, 2011.
- American Legislative Exchange Council, Natural Resources Task Force, organizational website, accessed July 9, 2011 (listing Martin Shultz as representing Pinnacle West)
- Fact Sheet,"BHFS.com"
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