Dykema is a full-service law firm, the largest in Michigan and one of the top 100 in the United States. The firm operates out of seven offices located in Michigan, Washington D.C. and Chicago, Illinois. Lawyers in the Government Policy & Practice Group engage in all aspects of federal and state administrative law, contested governmental proceedings, lobbying public officials regarding pending legislation, and governmental policies. The firm represents clients on federal and state governmental contract and procurement matters, government audits, and waste and fraud investigations. In addition, the firm handles diverse international law matters arising from clients' extensive dealings with Canadian, Pacific Rim and European businesses.
Dykema's areas of expertise in the government relations arena include lobbying on legislative and administrative matters, antitrust and trade regulation investigations and proceedings, environmental issues, intellectual property, health care law, government contracts, utility regulation, professional licensure, election law, tax policy, information technology policy and litigation.
ANDREW H. DOERR is an accomplished government affairs professional, bringing 20 years of lobbying, legislative and political experience to Dykema’s Lansing office. At Dykema, he focuses on issues related to: energy, insurance, procurement, regulated industries, corrections, education, local government, nonprofit representation, the Liquor Control Code, licensing, gaming, taxation, procurement and matters dealing with the Department of State among others. He is experienced in review, analysis and drafting of proposed legislation and has testified before numerous House and Senate Committees.
Prior to joining the firm Mr. Doerr served as Deputy Legislative Director and Legislative Liaison for Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. In this role he served as a conduit to Secretary Johnson to both the legislature and the Governor’s administration. He was responsible for the Secretary’s legislative agenda, including legislative drafting, moving bills through the legislative process, and implementation. Andrew also spent eight years serving as Senator Alan Sanborn’s (R-Macomb) Chief of Staff. Focusing on public policy related to the Senators role as Chairman of the Economic Development and Regulatory Reform Committee along with office and personnel management. During his time with Senator Sanborn he also helped manage numerous political campaigns.
Mr. Doerr came to Dykema with years of direct lobbying experience, having served as the Legislative and Political Director for the Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL). While there he oversaw the MCUL’s legislative team and worked to promote legislation that benefited credit unions and their industry at both the state and federal level. He was also responsible for PAC fundraising, Grassroots coordination and member advocacy efforts.
DAVID W. PALSROK is a Government Policy Advisor in Dykema's Lansing, Michigan office where he works mainly in the areas of energy, financial services, insurance, gaming, environmental policy, higher education, transportation and taxation. With more than 25 years of experience working in state government, Mr. Palsrok has held a variety of positions. He began his career as a Legislative Aide to a state Representative, served as a Chief of Staff to State Senator Michael J. Bouchard, Chair of Gaming and Casino Oversight Committee and author of the enacted law that regulates gaming in Michigan.
Mr. Palsrok has also served as a State Representative in the Michigan House of Representatives for 6 years where he served on a number of Committees including the Great Lakes and Tourism and the Natural Resources, Great Lakes, Land Use and Environment, both of which he served as chair. In addition, he chaired the Financial Services and the Energy Subcommittees.
While serving as a representative, Mr. Palsrok received numerous Legislative Leadership Awards including Michigan Manufacturers Association, Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association and MIRS: Ten Most Effective Legislators and others.
TRACY WINSTON is a Government Policy Advisor in Dykema's Lansing, Michigan office. Tracy has extensive experience in matters related to healthcare, insurance, automotive, no-fault, appropriations, and marihuana policy. Combining her unique experience between state legislatures, former legal practice, and municipal policy, Tracy brings a vast knowledge in tackling policy on all levels of government.
Prior to joining Dykema, Tracy supported the Democrat Caucus for the Michigan House of Representatives as a policy expert covering health care, human services, insurance, auto-no fault, behavioral health integration, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Budget. Simultaneously, Tracy chaired the Lansing Marihuana Commission; the appeals body for local marihuana disputes. Tracy served as the policy lead on controversial issues such as Medicaid work requirements, no-fault reform, and the House C.A.R.E.S. task force. Previously, Tracy served the State of Texas of House of Representatives as a Committee Director and advised on issues related to veteran affairs. Prior to her legislative work, Tracy worked in private practice with a focus on family law, estate planning and business formations.
JAMIE A. ZANIEWSKI is a Government Policy Advisor in Dykema's Lansing, Michigan office. Mrs. Zaniewski specializes in health care, insurance, nonprofits, licensing and regulated industries. Through her diverse experiences working in the non-profit sector, legislature and executive office, she brings a unique perspective to formulating solutions.
Prior to joining Dykema, Mrs. Zaniewski served as a senior strategy advisor for Governor Rick Snyder, advising him on health care, insurance and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services budget. Prior to being appointed to her role in the executive office, she served as a policy advisor to both senate majority leader Arlan Meekhof and senate majority leader Randy Richardville. During her tenure in the Senate Mrs. Zaniewski advised republican caucus members on matters related to insurance and regulatory reform. Her work included drafting, analyzing, and shepherding legislation. Mrs. Zaniewski also served as the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) senate appropriations subcommittee advisor. In this role she oversaw the LARA budget through the appropriation process. Prior to coming to Lansing, Mrs. Zaniewski was the contract administrator at one of the state's largest health systems. In this role she negotiated hospital, transplant and home health insurance contracts.
Mrs. Zaniewski has a master of public policy degree from Pepperdine University and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Western Michigan University.