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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C.


Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is the largest of its kind within any law firm in Pennsylvania. Its Government Relations Group provides a wide variety of clients with an outstanding program of advocacy services before the General Assembly and Executive Branch agencies of state government. The principals have held positions at the highest levels of state government, including former members of the House of Representatives, and a former member of the Governor's staff. In addition, they include former Chief Counsels of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and the Pennsylvania Insurance Department as well as former Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and of the Pennsylvania State Police.


Buchanan's services include providing background information to clients and key policy makers about the potential impact of proposed legislation or regulations; effectively communicating clients' concerns to government; drafting legislation; testifying before legislative committees and regulatory hearings; drafting and distributing position papers for clients; and monitoring the General Assembly and providing clients with updates.


STEPHEN M. DEFRANK is a senior advisor in Buchanan’s state government relations group. He joins Buchanan after spending 23 years of his career in Pennsylvania state government. His most recent position was chief of staff for Senator Lisa M. Boscola.

Steve brings process and policy expertise to our Pennsylvania Government Relations Practice, having worked in state government for more than 20 years. He has served in several roles in his over two decades with the Senate of Pennsylvania, including chief of staff, committee executive director, and policy director. Steve called on his strengths differently in each of those roles: as a chief of staff for Sen. Lisa Boscola, he used his organizational skills and ability to multitask to advance the senator’s legislative agenda in Harrisburg and manage constituent outreach and communications in her district office. As Executive Director for the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee, Steve grasped new concepts quickly and effectively, and developed an area of expertise in issues affecting the energy and utility sectors. As Policy Director, he worked as a jack of all trades to advance a caucus-wide agenda that included initiatives related to legalized gaming, community and economic development, workforce development, education initiatives and government reform.

BRIAN W. KELLY is recognized as one of Harrisburg’s premier health care lobbyists with more than two decades of experience in and before state government. Brian provides highly customized services and solutions that address client needs as well as the challenges of today’s dynamic health care environment. His areas of expertise include public health policy, health care finance and reimbursement, long-term care, Medicaid, Medicare, PACE/PACENET, managed care, pharmaceuticals, behavioral health, and health information technology. Additionally, Brian also has experience with transportation solutions, economic development and government procurement.

Brian has a proven track record of legislative and regulatory accomplishments. As former director of government affairs for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and senior staffer to the Senate President Pro Tempore, he played a key role in passage of numerous health care related initiatives including medical liability reform, creation of the Cover All Kids health insurance program, statewide hospital payment reform, reauthorization of the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, introduction of Health Savings Accounts in the Commonwealth and reform of the state’s civil justice system, among others.

His strategic vision, ability to navigate the legislative and regulatory process, and communication skills are highly valued by the firm’s clients.