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What is a Lobbyist and Who Needs One?

In every sector of the economy, business is significantly impacted by policies and decisions across all branches of state government and it's no longer enough for companies to simply react to changes proposed by others. The most effective approach in addressing issues, creating opportunity and protecting your bottom line involves working with decision makers and regulatory bodies outside of the conventional financial and legal arena to proactively and successfully address the most challenging governmental and community concerns. Conforming to established regulations or drafting and shepherding legislation requires teaming with practitioners who have deep industry experience and have mastered the complex technical and procedural aspects of the legislative, regulatory and administrative policy making process.

Whether you're looking to analyze and draft legislation, navigate complex laws, influence or change regulatory requirements, or implement government mandates, we are here not just to represent you, but to advocate for you in a focused and specialized way.

 

Do You Need a Lobbyist?

Chester is a lobbyist and attorney in private practice representing clients at the Legislature and with agencies of government. Chester has built strong relationships with lawmakers in House and Senate Leadership and members of each caucus to facilitate the priorities of his clients. Chester’s business experience along with his degrees in Finance, Business Computer Information Systems, Healthcare, and Law make him uniquely positioned to facilitate unified solutions on a broad range of client issues. He routinely facilitates meetings with lawmakers, reviews and drafts legislation, and testifies before the Washington State Legislature. 

There is an old saying at the Capital, “If you’re not at the table, then you’re on the menu.” What this means is that if there is no one representing your industry in Olympia and looking out for your best interests, you may not even know that you’ve been targeted until it is too late. We have worked with more than one association that did not feel any need to have a lobbyist in Olympia until a tax was imposed on their industry and then they were forced to scramble to hire us to overturn the previously passed tax...that is NOT the most effective way to get things done in Olympia.


Protecting Client’s Rights at the WA Legislature

As a lobbyist in Olympia, Chester represents a diverse group of clients, associations, and industries including many in the real estate sector. In fact, with his partners, Chester provides lobbying and legal services to more real estate industries and associations than any other lobbyist in the state of Washington. His real estate lobbying clients include the Washington Landlord Association (WLA), commercial developers, the international shopping center industry (ICSC), the commercial office building industry (BOMA), the state self-storage association (WSSA), and several others. Chester works with lawmakers, state agencies, and county and city governments to solve his client’s issues and protect the clients’ industries from burdensome regulation and tax increases.

Every association or group must make the decision on whether engaging the services of a lobbyist makes sense but the cost of not being represented can be extremely high.