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Inevitably, the Texas State Legislature is known for its hard-nose politicians. Lyndon Baines Johnson’s father Samuel Ealy Johnson, Jr. served in that tough-as-Texas-feisty legislature. He trained his son to be a shrewd politician. Robert Caro, his biographer, described LBJ as “the quintessential backroom brawler.” Indeed, LBJ was surrounded by politics and public affairs. And he went on to serve in the House and Senate.

Today, the Texas State Legislature complex capital, in Austin, can present unique challenges for companies and interest groups, building bridges and stronger public affairs with lobbyists, lawyers, business executives, educators and key members of the legislature in the Lone Star State.

The Texas legislature – like those in New Hampshire and Florida – meets on a part-time basis, 140 days per year during odd-numbered years, to be exact. That can make it difficult for outsiders to grasp the power dynamics, who’s who, and how to effect change.

“The environment can be sensitive and fast-changing. To navigate this landscape adeptly, you need to understand the network of relationships that make this city work,” said Jake Posey, principal of Posey Law Firm, P.C.

The firm is based in Austin, Texas, provides full-range business law and government relations services to a variety of clients. The firm assists both large and small clients, and it knows the business well given its location in an intense, political town.

“Due to the infrequent nature of our legislative sessions it can be difficult for individuals - who aren’t full-time Texas lobbyists – to get acquainted with members of the Texas legislature,” Posey said. “A dedicated Texas’ lobbyist works year-round to build key relationships with members in an effort to gain their trust and acceptance within the legislative process.”

Posey began his career in business consulting. He attended law school at Texas A&M Law School part-time while working, eventually leaving his corporate job after graduation. Posey’s blend of business knowledge and legal acumen make him ideal for serving growing small businesses and larger corporate clients with fast-changing needs. Posey is a member of the Texas bar and was inducted into the National Order of Barristers and the Texas Wesleyan Order of Barristers in 2003. Posey has been recognized for his efforts; Texas Monthly selected him as a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star for seven straight years starting in 2007.

Posey’s firm also tackles legal issues related to employment and technology. A majority of his legal clients are in the information technology industry, he said, and the rapidly evolving nature of their work spurs him to stay ahead of the curve. Posey’s Texas bonafides, meanwhile, are an asset to companies, social issues campaigns, and other interest groups seeking a foothold in the Lone Star State.

“Because we have deep connections with many key administrators and legislators — we’ve been through this process many times, with many companies and associations — we can help you figure out the most precise way to achieve your goals,” Posey said. “After all, changing legislation is only part of the battle.”

Social issues remain divisive and difficult, at times, to navigate on both sides of the political aisle, but passionate interest groups can still find room for compromise. Texas’ legislature may be dominated by Republicans, but state-level government is about consensus building and compromise, Posey said.

“If a client is passionate about an issue, odds are they will have options to align with other parties to influence outcomes and get results,” he said. “We work to help clients build coalitions out of shared interests and not necessarily based on traditional stakeholder alliances.”

On the legal side of his business, Posey said emerging issues that can trip up business owners are presenting themselves as workplace technologies change work habits. Posey said that while employment torts remain rare, there has been an uptick in employees bringing such cases against former employers. The burden of proof remains high for the employees, he noted, but employers still need to protect themselves.

“In terms of staying ahead of the curve, I try to make sure my clients are practicing best practices when it comes to corporate governance,” Posey said, adding that good governance can insulate employers from torts in certain circumstances.

Posey credits his law firm’s success to being able to address changing legal needs for tech clients as their firms grow or the industry around them changes.

“It’s not like it probably is in a lot of other static industries … My clients live in a digital economy,” Posey said. “We find that a lot of the fast-paced business that’s being conducted in the digital economy calls for a progressive view of how we can meet their legal needs.”

Regardless of whether the client is a cutting edge tech firm or a political association hoping to make inroads in Austin, Posey Law Firm, P.C.’s relationships on both sides of the aisle, in-depth knowledge of who to work with, and coalition-building experience can help projects get off the ground smoothly.

“The result is bi-partisan influence and greater overall momentum for our client’s measure,” he said. “Our method of aligning our client’s with other stakeholders helps ensure the best chance of success for their legislative projects.”

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