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2017 Legal Outlook: Perspectives on the New Political Landscape

How might changes in U.S. federal executive and legislative branches affect our clients’ companies, operations and interests?

A new legal landscape may be in store in trade agreements, M&A, antitrust and communications regulations, employee benefits, trusts and estate tax rules and more. Perkins Coie attorneys offer their perspectives, in client updates and in the media, on what to expect in the new era.

Perkins Coie Updates


01.04.2017 - Assessing the Trump Administration’s Approach to Antitrust and Unfair Competition 

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

03.10.2017 - New Legislation Proposes to Repeal and Replace the ACA

11.22.2016 - Will Employers’ ACA Obligations Change Under the Trump Administration?

Environment and Natural Resources

03.02.2017 - Executive Order Signals Federal Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Will Be Narrowed

International Trade

01.20.2017 - Key Trade Appointees and President Trump’s Approach to International Trade Policy 

01.19.2017  - CFIUS: President-elect Trump’s Potential Big Stick for China and Foreign Trade

Labor & Employment

11.28.2016 - What Employers Should Know About Texas Judge Halting New FLSA Regulations

Mergers & Acquisitions

01.05.2017 - Protecting Large, National Customers in Merger Enforcement—A Temporary Trend? 

Political Law

03.10.2017 - Department of Justice Posts Foreign Agent Informational Materials Online

02.02.2017 - A Guide to Executive Branch Gift Rules for 2017 

01.30.2017 - Executive Order Adds Ethics Commitments for Executive Branch Appointees 

Product Liability

02.06.2017 - Judge Neil Gorsuch, the Supreme Court and Product Liability Litigation

Securities Litigation

02.28.2017  - 2017 SEC Speaks: Changing Priorities Amid Leadership Transitions

Technology Transactions & Privacy Law, Communications

03.03.2017 - FCC Stay of Broadband Privacy Rules Foreshadows Deregulatory Measures

02.06.2017 - FCC Begins Roll Back of Net Neutrality 

11.30.2016 - What to Expect From the Trump FCC 

11.14.2016 - FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order: Dead on Arrival? 

Trust & Estate Planning

11.23.2016 - What Proposed Tax Plans by Trump Administration and House Republicans Mean for Personal Planning 

White Collar & Investigations

01.04.2017 - How Will Criminal Trade Secret Prosecutions Fare Under President Trump?

In the Media

03.17.2017 - Telecom Policy Tilts in Favor of Industry Under Trump’s FCC
Partner Marc Martin comments on the Trump administration’s approach to enforcing of net neutrality rules in an Associated Press article.

03.17.2017 - Antitrust Division Focuses Enforcement Efforts on Individuals Behind International Cartels
Partner Shylah Alfonso and Associate Mara Boundy co-authored an article in the China Business Review looking at increased enforcement efforts by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division on individuals running cartels in Asia as well as possible changes under the Trump administration.

03.15.2017 - D.C. Circ.'s Delay on Net Neutrality Points to Wider Holdup
Partner Andrew McBride comments on the effect a new administration may be having on the delay of a D.C. Circuit court ruling on net neutrality rules in a Law360 article.

03.05.2017 - Trump Wants to Cut EPA Funding for Puget Sound by 93 Percent
Partner John Iani comments on Jefferson Public Radio on the EPA budget cuts and related executive orders that could affect funding for restoring Puget Sound.

02.02.2017 - Trump’s Court Pick May Be Obstacle to His Anti-Regulatory Moves
Partner Brian Potts comments in this BloombergPolitics article on the effect Judge Neil Gorsuch may have on government regulations if he is appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States.

02.01.2017 - Tech Firms Fear Guest-Worker Programs Are Next Trump Target
Partner Gregory McCall weighs in on the impact of immigration law changes on Silicon Valley in Newsfactor Bu$iness Report article.

01.31.2017 - What Trump’s Gorsuch Nomination Means for the Supreme Court?
Partner Andrew McBride, in a PBS NewsHour segment, shares his experience working with Judge Neil Gorsuch and comments on the judge’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

01.26.2017 -  Top Democratic Super PAC Makes Voting Rights a Priority 
Partner Marc Elias quoted on voting rights in The Hill.

01.25.2017 - First on CNN: Democrats Prepare to Battle Trump on Voting Access
Partner Marc Elias comments on voting fraud in story on

01.19.2017 - Obama's Broadband Legacy Safe, Despite Net Neutrality Woes
Partner Marc Martin quoted in Law360 article.

01.06.2017 - Criminal Trade Secret Prosecutions Under President Trump
Partner Barak Cohen and Partner Chelsea Curfman offer their view in Law360 article.

01.02.2017 - Energy Regulation and Legislation to Watch in 2017
Partner Brian Potts comments on the Clean Power Plan in Law360 article.

12.08.2016 - Bigger Regulatory Role Seen For States With Pruitt-Led EPA
Partner Brian Potts quoted in Law360 article.

11.29.2016 - What Does Trump Mean for the FTC?
Partner Janis Kestenbaum comments in this article published online by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

11.17.2016 - Implementation of FCC Broadband Privacy Rule Trumped by Election
Partner Marc Martin comments in CQ Roll Call.

11.17.2016 - Record U.S. Inbound M&A May Soon Face Headwinds  
Partner Roy Tucker offers his view in Law360 article.

11.15.2016 - Trump Administration Unlikely to Expand EPA's Methane Rules
Partner Brian Potts quoted in Utility Dive.

11.14.2016 - One of These Conservatives Should Be Trump's EPA Chief 
Partner Brian Potts contributes to Forbes opinion pages.

11.10.2016 - How President Trump Could Upend Obama's Climate and Energy Legacy
Partner Brian Potts comments in Utility Dive.

11.09.2016 - Trump Pledge Means Cuts Ahead on Environmental Regulation
Partner Brian Potts comments on fracking rules in BloombergBNA.