McLane Law Firm Launches New Government and Public Strategies Group – McLane GPS

Joel Maiola and Rich Sigel Bring 40 Years of Experience, Bipartisan Approach

The law firm of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Professional Association is pleased to announce that it has established a new Government and Public Strategies Group, (“McLane GPS”). Joel Maiola and Rich Sigel are teaming up with McLane, the state’s largest law firm, to help businesses and organizations navigate complex issues involving government, and in the arena of public and strategic communications.

“Joel Maiola and Rich Sigel are two of the most respected figures in New Hampshire government and politics,” said Joe Foster, chair of McLane’s management committee. “McLane is thrilled to be teaming up with Joel and Rich to provide clients with a bipartisan approach to problem solving at the state and federal level.”

Joel Maiola is the former Chief of Staff to the Honorable Judd Gregg, as he represented New Hampshire as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Governor and in the U. S. Senate. Rich Sigel served as Chief of Staff to Governor John Lynch for eight years and Governor Jeanne Shaheen for six years. Both have been named to Business New Hampshire Magazine’s list of the “Ten Most Powerful People in New Hampshire”.

Having served as top policy, strategic and political advisors on both sides of the aisle, Maiola and Sigel bring a unique understanding of how to successfully build consensus and promote solutions in state and federal government. Together, they have been involved with many of the major public policy and legislative initiatives facing our state and nation, including economic development, health care, transportation, energy and the environment, education, public safety and emergency management.

“As anyone who has ever advocated for changes to public policy can attest, turning good ideas into good public policy takes more than just passion – it takes sound strategy, careful understanding of the political environment and the ability to communicate effectively,” said Joel Maiola.

“Solving complex business and public policy issues often takes a cross- disciplinary approach with government relations, law and communications. McLane GPS will provide clients strategic support to navigate their way to success,” said Rich Sigel.

Together, Rich and Joel will represent clients at the state and federal level, providing a full range of government and public affairs services, including:

*Strategic Planning
From initial strategic development to implementation, McLane GPS will assist clients in formulating outreach efforts designed to help achieve their goals. Working with McLane attorneys, McLane GPS will provide strategic support for litigation and regulatory proceedings.

*Message Development and Communications
With extensive background in orchestrating successful campaigns, building coalitions and grassroots organizations, and using polling and research data to craft winning messages, McLane GPS will assist clients in developing their message and delivering it to the points of impact in government, business and media.

*Direct Government Relations
McLane GPS will help clients develop an effective strategy to communicate with, advocate and lobby officials in the executive and legislative branches.

*Understanding of State and Federal Funding and Contracting Opportunities
Working at the top levels of both the state and federal government, McLane GPS has a unique perspective into the workings of the appropriations and contracting process, and will help clients navigate effectively and efficiently.

*Crisis Management
McLane GPS will help clients in crisis management and get out ahead with smart strategies for communication and effective interaction with government.

The Government and Public Strategies Group will practice out of McLane’s Concord and Manchester offices.  Joel can be reached at or at (603)628-1489.  Rich can be reached at or at (603) 628-1485.

About the McLane Law Firm
Founded in 1919, the McLane Law Firm is the largest full-service firm in the state of New Hampshire, with offices in Manchester, Concord and Portsmouth, New Hampshire as well as Woburn, Massachusetts.  Driven by the firm’s depth of sophisticated legal expertise and an unwavering commitment to client service, McLane has built collaborative and lasting relationships with a broad spectrum of domestic and international clients.