"At TBG, we understand how politics shape public policy. From changing minds to changing laws, The Brennan Group can help you achieve the results you need."

OUR SERVICES

Legislative Advocacy

LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY

TBG's legislative experts understand how to translate client goals into successful policy positions. Our team of former elected officials, senior legislative staff members and attorneys have a keen, firsthand understanding of the process and know how to frame the issues to communicate effectively with public officials.

TBG's extensive legislative experience and relationships allow us to provide our clients with a range of services relating to all matters of the legislative process including but not limited to:

  • Identifying, tracking, and monitoring legislation and legislative calendars
  • Monitoring and reporting on hearings and committee processes
  • Anticipating and counseling clients on the implications of legislative initiatives and actions that may affect them
  • Drafting legislation and amendments
  • Coordinating the filing of legislative vehicles
  • Providing strategic planning and overall management for legislative hearings, including:
    • Coordination and preparation of panels and witnesses
    • Drafting written and oral testimony
  • Creating and executing strategic legislative action plans that include:
    • Identifying, establishing, developing relationships between our clients and key legislative and executive branch decision makers
    • Coordinating educational and advocacy meetings with our clients and appropriate policy makers

State and Federal Agency Regulations

STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCY REGULATIONS

Our team has the knowledge and relationships to create solutions at all levels of government - from municipal and city to the statewide and federal level.

TBG's legal experts specialize in a broad range of regulatory services, including advocacy, compliance, and simulations. We know that legislative issues are often influenced by the Executive Branch of state government. TBG understands the Executive Branch's role in the process and knows when and what kind of action to anticipate. We have the necessary knowledge, relationships, and experience to address regulatory issues with immediacy.

Through regulatory simulations and forecasts, TBG helps its clients anticipate, identify, and assess the impact of possible legislative and rulemaking activity. In today's global economy with instant communications, we know that a swift reaction is often not fast enough. That's why we offer our clients the information they need to see beyond today and chart a sure course into the future.

Grassroots Development & Coalition Management

GRASSROOTS DEVELOPMENT & COALITION MANAGEMENT

A comprehensive and coordinated grassroots campaign is often an essential component of issue advocacy. TBG's experts can service all aspects of an advocacy campaign, from grassroots and grasstops development to coalition management. TBG has the knowledge, experience, and relationships to build the right coalitions to compliment any public affairs campaign.

TBG integrates comprehensive grassroots efforts into larger legislative campaigns for maximum efficiency. We help our clients identify, target, and communicate with the constituents that matter most - customers, peer industry leaders, interest groups and local officials - to raise our clients' positive public profile and build bridges of support for our lobbying projects.

TBG creates and engages allies, organizes public meetings, motivates stakeholders, and educates constituents. Our effective grassroots and grasstops campaigns guide our clients' in neutralizing opposition and creating political opportunities.

Real Estate: Land Use, Development, Permitting

REAL ESTATE: LAND USE, DEVELOPMENT, PERMITTING

TBG offers our clients extensive experience in real estate regulatory and development projects. We have successfully guided projects in Boston and adjacent communities through onerous permitting and zoning processes.

TBG's team includes legal experts with decades of experience managing real estate projects including mixed use development, commercial and multi-family residential complexes, transit oriented projects, and redevelopment ventures.

Our real estate experts coordinate relationships with engineers and contractors, assist in navigating through permitting, planning, and zoning issues; and represent clients before city and statewide administrative agencies. Our close work with local, state, and institutional leaders distinguishes TBG's reputation as one of the area's most effective zoning and development consultants.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Property Negotiations

PROPERTY NEGOTIATIONS

A major home improvement chain attempted to secure the rights to open a new location. However, in an unusual move that gravely threatened our client’s goals, the legislature passed a bill to seize the location by eminent domain. TBG worked with the Governor's office and the business community to create awareness of the negative implications on the business climate in Massachusetts by the legislative act. TBG secured a veto by the Governor in a major success for our client!

Mergers

MERGERS

During the complicated merger of two major teaching hospitals – one private and the other public – TBG developed a sophisticated strategy to secure both legislative and executive support. With the granted approvals and the merger completion, TBG helped to create one of Boston’s preeminent medical facilities.

Legislative Planning

LEGISLATIVE PLANNING

A major financial services company relied upon TBG's legislative planning skills to successfully secure a multi-million dollar relief statute for the mutual fund industry.

Legislative Relief

LEGISLATIVE RELIEF

A professional association hired TBG to help secure legislative relief from an onerous tort law system. TBG developed an effective legislative program for our client that achieved the desired exemptions and significant public policy reform for their members.

Status Exemption

STATUS EXEMPTION

TBG worked with a major developer who was constrained by water access statutes. The statutes inequitably restricted the size of a planned project. With TBG's efforts, the development site received a first-of-its-kind exemption from the statutes, ensuring our client's ability to meet their business goals.

REIT Liaison

REIT LIAISON

A segment of the REIT Industry and for-profit developers in Massachusetts were gravely concerned with legislation that would have significantly restricted Massachusetts "affordable" housing development. Working with a number of large REITs and other developers, a coalition was created that successfully fought back major changes to Massachusetts "anti-snob" zoning statutes that would have limited multi-unit residential real estate development.

Real Estate Accomplishments

REAL ESTATE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

TBG executives developed and managed successful real estate programs for a broad range of clients for more than a decade. The following are just some examples:

MEET KEY MEMBERS OF OUR TEAM

Employees of TBG have experience providing aggressive, proactive government relations representation to a broad and diverse base of clients. Our team is comprised of attorneys, former elected officials, strategic consultants, and account executives that provide advocacy, relationship development, and association management services customized to meet our clients' goals and objectives.

John A. Brennan Jr.,  President & Founder

John A. Brennan Jr.

President & Founder

As an attorney and former Massachusetts Senior Legislator, Mr. Brennan, brings a wealth of policy experience, political insights, and personal relationships to TBG. On a daily basis, Mr. Brennan provides senior strategic advice and counsel to TBG clients, ranging from Fortune 50 corporations to non-profit hospitals and universities. Mr. Brennan specializes in legislative and regulatory affairs, business strategies, real estate zoning and development issues. Mr. Brennan has counseled regional, national, and international clients in such industries as health care, banking, insurance, high technology, and biotechnology. As President of The Brennan Group, Mr. Brennan has advised clients on such issues as city and state land use permits, mergers and acquisitions, and licensing before regulatory bodies. Mr. Brennan fosters and maintains his clients’ relationships with government leaders, and serves as a client representative before regulatory agencies and public authorities.

Daniel P. O'Brien,  Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Daniel P. O'Brien

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Mr. O'Brien has twenty-five years of public affairs experience in Massachusetts. Prior to joining The Brennan Group, he worked as a public affairs professional in the New England office of Cassidy & Associates. He worked on a wide variety of issues in the areas of higher education, financial services, and real estate and on behalf of Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining Cassidy and Associates in 1988, he served as a government relations professional in the Executive Office of the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority for three years. Mr. O'Brien has twelve years of experience in local government. He is a graduate of Stonehill College and Suffolk University Law School.

Lynda Bernard,  Senior Vice President

Lynda Bernard

Senior Vice President

Ms. Bernard, drawing upon thirty years of experience in state government and public affairs, provides The Brennan Group, Inc., clients with a keen understanding of the legislative process, specializing in health care and finance policy. She is responsible for strategic planning, policy analsyis, and providing public affairs management to a broad range of clients. Ms. Bernard serves on the Board of Directors for the M. Patricia Cronin Foundation to Fight Ovarian Cancer, Inc., and was a member of the Boston Zoning Commission from 2004-2008. Prior to joining The Brennan Group, Inc., she was a Vice President at Cassidy & Associates in Washington, D.C. Ms. Bernard also served as a senior aide to the Massachusetts House Ways & Means Committee, Government Regulations Committee, and the Committee on Banks and Banking, where she managed legislative and regulatory initiatives. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amerst.

John A. Brennan III,  Vice President

John A. Brennan III

Vice President

Mr. Brennan, III works in public affairs and assists in the Real Estate regulations and development portion of the business. He conducts public policy research and analysis on behalf of the firm and its clients. Prior to joining The Brennan Group, he was a Director at BlackRock which is one of the world’s largest asset managers, where he cultivated and maintained relationships with public and private retirement plans. He brings fifteen years of experience from the financial services industry where he provided clients with creative solutions for their business needs. John received a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Boston College and also sits on the Board of Directors for Caritas Communities.

Tim Brennan,  Director of Business Development

Tim Brennan

Director of Business Development

Mr. Brennan works in public affairs and assists in the Real Estate development practice. He is also the leads the marketing initiatives on an ongoing bases. Tim Brings over 14 years of corporate experience across multiple disciplines. Tim has spent time working in finance, real estate, consulting, international business affairs, and technology. Tim ran and founded his own venture in the sports technology stratosphere where we worked with some of the top names in sports including the New England Patriots. Tim finds his way back to the Brennan Group after his 6 plus year stint in San Francisco. Tim received his BS in Finance from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.

Nikki L. Dostoomian,  Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel

Nikki L. Dostoomian

Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel

Ms. Dostoomian has over ten years of government affairs experience and assists in the development and implementation of clients' state and federal government affairs strategies. She identifies, researches, and reports on legislation, rules, and regulations on behalf of our clients. She tracks the progress of all relevant legislation through the committee process in the Legislative and Executive branches of government. Prior to joining The Brennan Group, Ms. Dostoomian worked as a litigation analyst. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Vermont and graduated Suffolk University Law School in 2012. She is a member of the Town of Easton's Affordable Housing Trust and sits on the Stoughton Visiting Nurses Association Professional Advisory Board.

Colleen Fitzgerald,  Director of Client Accounts and Public Policy

Colleen Fitzgerald

Director of Client Accounts and Public Policy

Ms. Fitzgerald provides administrative support to the executives of the firm. She is charged with managing schedules, handling meeting requests, tracking legislation, monitoring hearings, drafting testimony and briefing materials, and performing research relevant to legislative and regulatory issues as well as client initiatives. Prior to joining The Brennan Group, Ms. Fitzgerald was an active member of Pi Sigma Alpha, The National Collegiate Political Science Honor Society. A graduate of Fairfield University, Ms. Fitzgerald received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English Literature.

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Legislative Update March 2021

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