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Term limits and radical swings of public opinion have created a revolving-door effect in the political arena, and the stakes grow higher with each election. For candidates and officeholders, the pressure to win or stay in office is compounded by the need to raise massive amounts of campaign funds, wage costly media campaigns and counter opposition threats effectively. Ballot filing must meet stringent requirements, public accusations or lawsuits can turn a successful campaign upside-down, and the fine line between appropriate donor support and questionable contributions can be difficult to define. For everyone participating in today’s politics, compliance with election laws has never been more important.

Taft attorneys are well suited to guide candidates, office holders and ballot organizers through the political process, helping them avoid political land mines and providing swift responses to threats and problems as they occur. Respected for their sound judgment and strategic approach to tough situations, our attorneys often are sought for their skill in handling contentious litigation over political issues. They also regularly advise and represent clients on matters before the following bodies:

  • Federal Elections Commission
  • Illinois State Board of Elections
  • State of Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board
  • Illinois Executive Ethics Commission
  • Illinois Executive Inspector General
  • Illinois General Assembly Inspector General
  • Chicago Board of Elections
  • Indiana Recount Commission
  • Ohio Elections Commission
  • Ohio Ethics Commission
  • Ohio Secretary of State
  • Joint Legislative Ethics Commission and County Boards of Elections
  • State and federal courts

Possessing genuine appreciation for the election process, our attorneys bring experience-based insight to each situation and are well-connected politically. Many of our attorneys or alumni have held public office, advised statewide ballot initiatives or opponents, or been members of political campaign committees. They understand the nuances of the political arena.

Experienced and noted throughout the legal industry, the firm’s attorneys have been recognized nationally by peer-review organizations such as Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America for their legal expertise.


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Donald C. Brey
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Charles R. Saxbe
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