The Gober Group represents CHANGEMAKERS in the business and political ecosystems. Unlike most firms, which describe what they do by practice area, we like to describe the type of client we serve: And that’s generally companies, causes, and influencers. Our typical client is often ambitious, innovative, and even disruptive which requires our expertise at the intersection of business, law, politics and, of course, relationships.
Our clients include:
- Fortune 100 companies
- Elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels of government
- High net-worth individuals, influencers, and activists
- Tax-exempt organizations and trade associations
. . . and those who dare to do things differently.
We are indispensable to emerging high-growth businesses and their investors in every stage of the business life cycle: formation; financing, outsourced General Counsel solutions, and mergers and acquisitions.
“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.”
We are indispensable to a diverse group of clients seeking to effectively engage in the political and public policy arenas at the federal, state, and local levels of government. Whether it’s achieving a strategic public policy objective, navigating a “bet the company” issue, or competing at the ballot box, our high-profile clients trust us when their reputations are on the line. In other words, we help our clients win when it matters most.
“Those who are politically apathetic can only survive if they are supported by people who are capable of taking action”
We are indispensable to high-profile influencers, including elected officials, entertainers, entrepreneurs, and professional athletes. In other words, we represent people with a lot to lose…and they trust us to protect their reputations.
“Having knowledge but lacking the power to express it clearly is no better than never having any ideas at all”
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Careful regard to how assets are protected, whether individual, or corporate, requires a deep understanding of limited liability entities. The Gober Group helps clients understand the practicalities of corporate transactions. The Gober Group has been at the helm of creating numerous entity structures domestically and internationally to guard against potential liabilities.
Candidates and ballot initiatives can’t win on Election Day if they’re not on the ballot. The Gober Group has the expertise necessary to interpret the arcane legal requirements required to get on the ballot, the experience necessary to formulate the strategy and a straightforward plan to meet those requirements, and the business relationships necessary to hire the subcontractors who will execute the petition gathering process on the ground.
Elections are governed by myriad laws and regulations that go well-beyond the more obvious campaign-finances rules dictating who may contribute, how much may be contributed, how the money may be spent, and what must be disclosed. In addition to our expert campaign-finance attorneys, The Gober Group has a diverse roster of attorneys who have the broad experience to provide expert counsel on operational and media issues involving Internal Revenue Service and Federal Communications Commission regulations, trademark and copyright laws, federal and state telemarketing and consumer protections laws, state statutes governing libel and slander, and the general business law issues that implicate any multimillion-dollar enterprise.
The Gober Group’s litigation practice touches upon virtually every aspect of the political process, including a victorious First Amendment lawsuit that permanently struck down a state’s “Super PAC” ban, the hotly contested Texas redistricting litigation, a recount where we discovered and provided substantiated evidence that nearly 1% of the votes were cast illegally by ineligible felons, and the successful defense of a conservative political commentator in a high-profile defamation suit brought by the father of the former Irving, Texas student known as “Clock Boy.”
Business—like politics—is a competition between the various players vying to establish the dominant market-position through superior information, strategy, communications, and execution. The Gober Group provides the campaign-style intelligence and opposition research necessary to arm boardrooms with the information company’s need to formulate an informed strategy, articulate effective communications, and ultimately execute a well-conceived plan to win in the marketplace. And because we always perform our services with the company’s reputation in mind, we achieve our results quietly, ethically, and with sound judgment.
The laws surrounding corporate political engagement are rapidly evolving in response to the Supreme Court’s Citizen United ruling and increased attention from the investors and the public on political activity. And while new opportunities are available to corporations seeking to influence the political process, those opportunities are accompanied by new risks. For example, among the new minefields are “pay-to-play” laws at the state and federal levels of government, which can prohibit political giving by companies and employees, impose restrictions on conducting business with the state, and trigger disclosure for certain trade association and corporate political activities. As attorneys experienced in political law, The Gober Group has the front-line insight essential to identifying and responding to the rapid changes in the legal landscape, as well as the experience necessary to provide strategic advice tailored to a company’s objectives and culture so the client can focus on exceeding expectations and increasing the bottom line.
Theoretically, crisis communication has been described by one communications scholar as the collection, processing, and dissemination of information to address the perception of an unpredictable events that threatens important expectancies of stakeholders and can seriously impact an organization’s performance and generate negative outcomes. We describe it as follows: Putting out fires. Our team, which is used to operating in a political fishbowl where problems are played out on the front page of The New York Times, traditionally works behind-the-scenes to prevent a crisis, anticipate a crisis, and ultimately protect high-profile clients when their reputations are under siege.
The Gober Group has cultivated meaningful relationships with company founders, many of whom have bold visions and the potential to make a big impact on the way we see and do things. These founders rely on The Gober Group to help them manage their legal affairs, grow their entrepreneurial ventures, and increase their personal assets and influence.
Increased government regulation means increased government enforcement, which may come in the form of third-party complaints, routine agency audits, and high-stakes investigations. The Gober Group helps a wide range of clients, including private individuals, elected officials, companies, and even municipalities, respond to a wide range of government enforcement processes at the federal, state, and local levels of government.
Whether high dollar real estate transactions or corporate mergers and acquisitions, our team has been at the forefront in ushering positive outcomes for clients when high dollar assets are at play. Whether a real estate investment trust, or a technology startup, or a consumer product company poised for acquisition, our firm has handled transactions that are of prime importance to our clients’ livelihoods.
Welcome to the 21st Century connection economy, a description coined by best-selling author Seth Godin, whereby our connections have an unyielding influence on the books we read, where we eat, and what we buy. Connections also have a powerful influence on elected officials and public policy outcomes. The Gober Group works with companies and advocacy groups to focus on key leaders and influencers (i.e., people who are hard to ignore) to drive a message to the larger market (i.e. turn them into evangelist) to achieve victories and build sustainable success.
When allegations arise—whether from an enforcement agency, a competitor, the media, or a whistleblower—an independent investigation is essential. Unlike most political law firms, The Gober Group offers the experience of a former prosecutor, city attorney, state bar investigator, and corporate officers, yielding a unique insight into organizational ethics and the applicable standards of conduct so we can aid entities—whether public or private—in conducting efficient yet thorough investigations with credibility.
The decision to participate in an investment offering can be daunting. The Gober Group’s clients lean on the firm for review of investment deals. With numerous years of experience in crafting private placement offerings and with deep knowledge of Securities regulations, our firm can bring an expert eye to investment document review.
With the advent of super PACs, the proliferation of 501(c)(4) organizations, and the constantly evolving regulatory environment, the stakes have never been higher for high net-worth individuals and activists who want to engage in the political process. The Gober Group provides these clients with particularized advice in the various aspects of political law and government-interaction compliance so they can accomplish their objectives with confidence in the face of civil and criminal penalties. Our detailed understanding of the law and political process, along with our successful experiences working with these unique clients, help us provide maximum impact in a rapidly changing legal landscape.
Lobbying requires navigating a complex web of rules governing those activities, with each jurisdiction imposing unique rules on the people, organizations, and corporations that want to influence government-decision-making of all forms. From the Federal Lobbying Disclosure Act to the rules in small municipalities, more and more jurisdictions are increasing their oversight of lobbying activity. These rules not only apply to the traditional model of direct lobbying, but they are increasingly applied to the more non-traditional activities such as grassroots lobbying, procurement decisions, and even the small-dollar contributions of investment advisors. The Gober Group develops compliance programs for clients, advises on the rules that govern interactions with public officials and employees, and effectively advocates for our clients before lobbying regulators nationwide.
The nonprofit sector employs over ten percent of the nation’s workforce and is increasingly intertwined with the political process. The Gober Group’s experienced attorneys have established hundreds of nonprofits and advise them on a daily basis about the rules that govern their organization, governance, and operations. In addition to the legal challenges faced by all types of enterprises, nonprofits are also subject to a complex web of rules and regulations governed by the Internal Revenue Service, state tax authorities, and state attorneys general. We pride ourselves on our ability to help clients develop strategies to manage the risks and challenges inherent in operating nonprofits of all types.
Politics and advocacy is a billion-dollar-industry. Yet most political consultants do not run their companies like sophisticated business enterprises and are in need of a thorough review of business practices, including firewall policies, corporate governance, contractual terms and agreements, insurance exposure, human resources compliance, and A/R and collection strategies. Check out Gober Docs at gobergroup.com/goberdocs to view our free library of legal documents and that will help you get your “business of politics” in order.
As many have learned the hard way, drawing political boundaries requires more than a rudimentary understanding of political objectives; it requires a deep understanding of the Voting Rights Act and the tortured history of the redistricting battles that have played out in courtrooms for decades. Following the 2010 census, a federal court struck down the Congressional map adopted by the Texas legislature. Our firm intervened in the litigation on behalf of a former Congressman, and we submitted and argued on behalf of the Congressional map that was largely adopted by the three-judge panel as the interim map for the 2012, 2014, and 2016 elections.
Our Corporate Law team has helped guide numerous startups across the United States from formation through private placement offerings and, in many cases, through acquisition. Our attorneys serve as trusted advisors and board observers and advisory board members. The Gober Group has numerous valuable relationships with members of the Central Texas and Silicon Valley fundraising ecosystem and regularly advises clients on how to best position themselves for funding and/or acquisition.
The Gober Group brings a wealth of experience in representing individuals and companies against the IRS in tax controversy matters. Our firm has successfully negotiated numerous tax lien abatements for his clients. Our corporate attorneys look at every client transaction with tax consequences in mind so that each decision made by the client, is done so with careful thought to protecting the clients’ assets.