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Government Relations

Jones Waldo’s team of government relations professionals are innovative and creative problem-solvers with many years of experience, both at the state and federal levels of government. Our team regularly represents clients in the passage or defeat of legislation before state legislatures, including lobbying, drafting legislation or amendments, attending legislative hearings and monitoring legislation as it progresses through the legislative process.

In terms of the state legislature, we have several well-known lobbyists and former government officials, both Republican and Democrat, who are currently attorneys with the firm. These lawyers provide access to legislators of both political parties and other government officials, which allows us to quickly and effectively represent our clients. The lobbying team includes George Sutton, former Utah State Senator and Senate Majority Leader of the Utah State Senate James S. Lowrie, Timothy B. Anderson, K.S. Cornaby (R), Kyle Leishman, Travis Wilson and Randon W. Wilson. The lobbying team has a long-term successful track record and has led numerous legislative initiatives on a variety of issues including appropriations, tax, environmental, and technology matters before the Utah State Legislature and various government agencies. In addition, we have a wealth of experience in the public affairs area and provide the full range of services including communications strategies to support major initiatives, message development, media relations training and consultation, organization image-building, community relations, public event coordination and crisis management.

Jones Waldo has many years of experience advocating a client’s position on regulatory issues and has worked with many state and local agencies. Agencies with whom we have worked or where we have a relationship with officials in Utah include: the Department of Agriculture; Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control; Utah National Guard; Attorney General’s Office; Department of Commerce; Community and Economic Development; Division of State History; Environmental Quality Department; Division of Finance; Division of Forestry; Fire and State Lands; Governor’s Office; Health Department; Department of Higher Education; Department of Human Resource Management; Industrial Commission; Insurance Department; Motor Vehicle Division; Natural Resource Department; Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget; Public Safety Department; Division of Purchasing and General Services; State Board of Regents; State Parks and Recreation; State Tax Commission; Public Service Commission - Division of Public Utilities; and Transportation Department.

The attorneys on our team are skilled negotiators, strategists, and lobbyists, and possess numerous talents including the following:



  • A strong background in the legislative process and a keen understanding of how to achieve desired results.
  • An ability to anticipate and forecast changes in the political climate affecting the legislative process.
  • The ability and willingness to aggressively educate and negotiate with Republican and Democratic state and federal representatives to achieve desired results using attorneys who are well respected in each political party.
  • The ability to assist the client in the preparation of both written and verbal materials to present to legislators or to testify before legislative committee hearings.


We are committed to providing innovative, effective solutions to our clients in an efficient and economical manner.

George R. Sutton (Group Leader)
Timothy B. Anderson
Tom Berggren
Kyle V. Leishman
Glen D. Watkins
Maile L. Wilson