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At Lathrop Gage Consulting ( 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.

LGC stands ready to provide a variety of services, including: Legislative Advocacy; State and Local Government Contract Procurement; Grassroots Coalition Building; Administrative Agency Monitoring and Lobbying; Strategic Communications Consulting; and Political Strategy.


The Lathrop Gage Consulting Staff Members 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 Missouri 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.


HEATH CLARKSTON has more than two decades working for a variety of clients as a registered lobbyist in Missouri with state government relations and public relations experience. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration and Political Science in 1997 from Missouri State University in Springfield. He began his career as a legislative intern for the Taxpayers Research Institute, a division of Associated Industries of Missouri. After joining Gallagher Consultants Inc. in 2006, Heath quickly earned a reputation as a tenacious, hard-working voice in the Missouri State Capitol for his clients. An active member in many civic and professional organizations, Heath is the benchmark of hard work in the State Capitol.

DOUG NELSON spent five years as Missouri’s State Commissioner of Administration working with all branches of government and every executive branch department on contracting and procurement matters. As Commissioner, he oversaw more than 2,000 active procurement contracts, information technology and cybersecurity issues, bond issuances and budget matters. Along with Doug’s unmatched experience in all types of government contract issues, his extensive network of national and state contacts makes him a great resource to clients. Doug also spent more than 18 years as an Assistant Missouri Attorney General focusing on consumer and contract litigation and administrative/regulatory matters. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1987 from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and Law degree in 1990 from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

KURT SCHAEFER. No one can match Kurt Schaefer’s deep knowledge of Missouri’s budget or legislative process. As a two-term Missouri State Senator, Kurt served an unprecedented six years as Appropriations Chair and passed more than 100 pieces of legislation. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990 from the University of Missouri, and J.D. and M.S.L. degrees in 1995 and 1996 from Vermont Law School. With a legal career spanning more than two decades in both the public and private sectors, Kurt works with governmental entities at every level, including all branches of government, state agencies, numerous boards and citizen commissions, and members of both major political parties. He has litigated cases in courtrooms throughout Missouri and has developed excellent professional relationships with attorneys and judges across the state.  He is also a partner in Lathrop Gage law firm’s Jefferson City office.