Lathrop Gage Consulting

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At LGC, we believe our holistic perspective, years of hard work and varied experience, and wide network of relationships provide the most effective approach to client advocacy, problem solving, and navigating the complex line where government meets business.

Our Team

The people at Lathrop Gage Consulting offer clients a unique mix of experience both in the public and the private sectors. We’ve held elected and appointed offices; worked with both major political parties; represented every kind of client both large and small; and dealt with some of the most major movements of state government in the last 40 years. Our experience is unmatched in lobbying all branches of state government, procurement, grassroots organizing, communications, and crisis management.

The Lathrop Gage Consulting Team

Kim Akin

Director of compliance with Missouri’s state ethics laws

Jean Paul Bradshaw

Former United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.
 

Heath Clarkston

With decades of lobbying experience, building strong relationships throughout the state capitol.

Doug Crews

Former state press association executive for more than three decades, lobbyist since 1982.

Harry Gallagher

Veteran lobbyist since 1974, respected and effective.
 

Doug Nelson

Former Missouri Commissioner of Administration who managed Missouri’s $26 billion annual budget.

Kurt Schaefer

Former Missouri State Senator who spent six years as the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

David Shorr

Former Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
 

Services

The Lathrop Gage Consulting team brings the holistic perspective that provides an informed and effective approach, whatever your objectives may be. Lathrop Gage Consulting stands ready to offer a variety of services for you, including:

Legislative Advocacy

Lobbying, drafting legislation, educating lawmakers, testifying for or against proposed legislation, distributing timely reports of happenings in the state capitol.

Administrative Agency Monitoring & Lobbying

Drafting regulations, testifying before state agencies, monitoring rule changes.

State & Local Government Contract Procurement

Connecting vendors with key officials, assisting with contract procurement and implementation.
Strategic Communications Consulting

Developing and communicating key messages to government entities, the media, and the public.

Grassroots Coalition Building

Connecting clients and entities with similar interests to create a network sharing a common goal.

Political Strategy

Advising on key constituencies, consulting on mandatory ethics reporting.
Out-of-state Advocacy Networking
LGC is a proud member of The Advocacy Group, a 50-state lobbying network with deep relationships across the USA.

LGC’s headquarters is located just three blocks from the historic Missouri State Capitol building in downtown Jefferson City. The Lathrop Gage building provides our clients with event space, conference rooms and offices, Guest WiFi, and audio/visual equipment and connections. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Lathrop Gage law firm, Lathrop Gage Consulting also has access to one of the oldest and most-respected full-service law firms in Missouri with offices throughout the state and across the USA.

Our Successes

The Lathrop Gage Consulting team works tirelessly during the annual legislative session, any special sessions of the General Assembly, and year-round with various state agencies. Recent examples include:

Our client seeking state certification from the Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) to operate an opioid treatment program in eastern Missouri. We helped garner support from more than 20 local groups for the planned facility. When DMH denied our client’s application, we mounted an aggressive appeal, resulting in a reversal by DMH and its issuance of state certification to our client.

A health information management company, facing ongoing litigation concerning whether state statutes afford the ability to collect fees for health records searches, whether or not a record is found. We offered a legislative fix to several pending bills, and state law was modified in our client’s favor. Also, we helped pass a consumer price index adjustment to the allowable fee for records searches. The legislative changes potentially can save our client millions of dollars annually and significantly increase its revenue.

A client seeking several million dollars in state historic tax credits for a large mixed-use redevelopment project in western Missouri. A bill, introduced to reduce significantly the historic tax credits cap, negatively affected our client’s financing for the project. We modified bill language suggested by several interested parties and helped increase the tax credits cap, allowing our client to proceed with its project.

In legislation introduced to legalize the growing of hemp as an agricultural crop in Missouri, a client was troubled about possible “off-label use” lawsuits dealing with the use of agricultural chemicals the EPA had not approved on such crops. We drafted an amendment to the bill, creating liability protections for ag chemical retailers when growers used their products “off label” on hemp crops. Missouri is the first state to pass such a law, and the legislation is considered model language that may be introduced in other states where our client operates.

A healthcare real estate development company, constructing two senior living facilities in Missouri, made the decision to switch facility operators and change building timelines during mid-construction. We were hired to lobby the state’s Certificate of Need board so the projects could move forward. We facilitated approval, and our client was cleared to proceed with its development of the two sites.

News & Links

Missouri on Cusp of Medical Marijuana Use

Missouri on Cusp of Medical Marijuana Use

*Updated August 20, 2019 Missouri voters decided several statewide ballot issues on November 6, 2018. Among them were three initiative petitions dealing with medical marijuana: Amendment 2, Amendment 3 and Proposition C. Voters chose Amendment 2, which will: • Allow...

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

July 24, 2019 The battery of an Electric Vehicle (EV) needs charging and then recharging, and as more and more EVs are sold and hit the roadways in the U.S., the need for charging stations across Missouri and across the country is exploding … sort of. Missouri has...

Missouri Senate Passes CAFO Bill

Missouri Senate Passes CAFO Bill

Friday, May 3, 2019 After an all night session Monday, the Senate passed Sen. Bernskoetter’s Senate Substitute for Senate Bill 391, which deals with concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). The main language of the bill prohibits counties from enacting what are...


LOCATIONS

Jefferson City
Lathrop Gage Consulting
314 E. High St.
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101

Telephone: 573.893.4336
Fax: 573.893.5398

Kansas City
Lathrop Gage
2345 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, Missouri 64108

Telephone: 816.292.2000
Fax: 816.292.2001

 

St. Louis
Lathrop Gage
7701 Forsyth Blvd.
Clayton, Missouri 63105

Telephone: 314.613.2800
Fax: 314.613.2801

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