We help you navigate the ever-evolving political landscape in real-time.
Candidates and campaigns
Elections are governed extensively by federal, state, and local laws. We can help you navigate those laws at every stage of an election, providing clear legal advice to you and your campaign at a price designed for any campaign budget. We have trained attorneys for pre-election, election day, and post-election operations and have been involved in election-related litigation and recounts.
From start to finish, we know how the election process works and what the duties of the election officials are. We help with all aspects of elections, including ballot access for minority and independent party candidates, political activities of state, county, and city employees, campaign disclosure reports, poll watcher nominations, rights, and restrictions, contested elections, recounts, and provisional ballot issues. Our founder, J. Brent Helms, not only administered federal, state, and local elections, he was authorized to rule on election-related issues as a judge.
If you seek to influence the political process, you need to know how to act within the bounds of the law. Regulations, such as the Federal Election Campaign Act, the Lobbying Disclosure Act, and the Ethics in Government Act, have been enacted to prevent businesses, special interest groups, and non-profits from exerting undue influence over candidates and elected officials through contributions. And state and local laws may govern your activities as well. We provide corporations, trade associations, political action committees (PACs), and non-profits guidance on matters involving campaign finances, lobbying registration, ethics, and gift and disclosure rules.
Government regulations and strategy
We help businesses and other organizations faced with regulatory and legal barriers find a way around them in order to accomplish their objectives.
We help lobbyists comply with the laws that govern lobbying in Alabama and defend them when their actions become the focus of regulators.
Governmental entities, public employees, elected officials, lobbyists, and private citizens all operate under a multitude of complex ethics laws where noncompliance means legal liability and, more importantly, loss of reputation, costly investigations, and expensive litigation. With political activities in the spotlight, we advise you on your duties working for--and with--the government, including economic interest disclosures, conflicts of interest, and gift regulations. We also represent those who have come under scrutiny from the Alabama Ethics Commission.
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No guarantee of results. Some of the case summaries, reports of past results, and attorney biographical information describe past matters handled for clients. These descriptions are meant only to provide information about the activities and experience. They are not intended as a guarantee that the same or similar results can be obtained in every matter undertaken. You should not assume that a similar result can be obtained in a legal matter of interest to you. The outcome of a particular matter can depend on a variety of factors, including the specific factual and legal circumstances, the ability of opposing counsel, and, often, unexpected developments beyond the control of any client or attorney. Helms Law Group, LLC does not offer any guarantee of case results, and past success in litigation does not guarantee success in any new or future case.