Stearns Weaver Miller’s State Attorneys General (“AGs”) practice group provides clients with experienced legal counsel and regulatory insight when handling matters relating to AGs and other state and federal regulatory and enforcement authorities across the United States. We work with companies confronting potential multistate or multi-agency exposure as well as State AGs and private plaintiffs contemplating actions. We have extensive experience with multistate and state-federal investigative and litigation efforts, allowing us to offer informed advice regarding litigation strategies and creative case resolution.
Our group is led by former Florida Chief Deputy Attorney General Patricia “Trish” Conners, who for over 36 years served seven AGs in various senior executive positions and supervised over 1,100 employees in the Florida Attorney General’s Office. Our team also includes former Florida Senior Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division Douglas Kilby, who has more than 20 years’ experience advising clients with AG investigations and lawsuits, internal investigations, and creating compliance policies and systems to reduce the risk of government investigations or enforcement actions.
As past leaders in a State AG’s office, our attorneys have an intimate understanding of how State AG offices function and a keen appreciation for the risks and challenges inherent to State AG matters. We use this knowledge to develop efficient and effective legal solutions for our clients that help reduce risk, costs, time and reputational harm. Our attorneys routinely provide AGs with the business perspective and get involved early in an investigation to help avoid litigation.
If litigation is necessary, our lawyers are highly skilled in defending clients against individual and multistate AG enforcement actions, investigations and litigation brought by State AGs, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) and other consumer and competition advocacy groups. We have strong relationships with some of the most active states including Florida, California, Ohio, Colorado, and New York and experience in a broad range of industries including pharmaceuticals; technology, including internet and mobile app services; financial services; banking; health care products and services; telecommunications; food products; and a wide variety of consumer products.
Our multidisciplinary approach allows us to assemble the right team to handle a wide range of multi-faceted matters. We frequently collaborate with the Firm’s Antitrust, Competition & Consumer Protection, Banking & Financial Institutions, Cybersecurity, Healthcare, and White Collar Defense & Investigations teams to help achieve compliance while simultaneously allowing clients to accomplish their business goals. Our in-house Government Affairs capabilities also give us a unique advantage when proactively pursuing policy and regulatory outcomes sought by our clients.
- General Representation Before State Attorneys General
- Representation of State Attorneys General
- Antitrust and Consumer Protection Compliance & Counseling
- Antitrust and Consumer Protection Investigations, Litigation, and Case Resolution
- Complex Private Plaintiff and Enforcement Matters Amicus Briefs
- Internal Investigations
- State and Federal Legislative and Regulatory Matters
- Merger Review or Merger Clearance
Former Florida Chief Deputy Attorney General Patricia “Trish” Conners Joins Stearns Weaver Miller
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Stearns Weaver Adds Former Assistant AG In Tallahassee
Seasoned Litigator Douglas Kilby Joins Stearns Weaver Miller in Tallahassee