Politics, Government & Administrative Law

Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP attorneys, help clients navigate complex and sensitive areas of political activity and government relations at the local, state and federal levels. Whether as counsel to candidates, elected officials and bodies, political parties and legislative caucuses, political action committees, or private entities, WRSS&R lawyers understand the intersection of law and politics and assist clients in their relations with political actors. The firm is equipped to advise on all aspects of:

  • Election Law: Voting rights issues, recounts, contests, or candidate qualifications matters
  • Campaign finance compliance and reporting
  • Ethics issues, investigations, and advice on gift regulations
  • Set-up and advice for state or federal political action committees
  • Advice to non-profit entities considering political activity
  • Political and governmental litigation of all kinds, including constitutional matters and challenges to statutes, including intergovernmental litigation
  • Representation before administrative agencies
  • Lobbying

The firm also has experience representing proponents and opponents of ballot initiatives and referenda at the state, county, and municipal levels. WRSS&R attorneys are prepared to mount legal challenges or defenses to file initiative petitions, assist or contest signature-gathering efforts, and advise ballot measure political campaigns.

Political and legislative processes can be complicated, and the stakes of political activity are very high. The lawyers of Wolf Rifkin Shapiro Schulman & Rabkin, LLP maintain the relationships and expertise necessary to manage political matters effectively.


  • Law v. Whitmer (2020) (represented President-Elect Joseph R. Biden in election contest brought by the Donald Trump Campaign, seeking to overturn statewide results of the 2020 General Election)
  • Election Challenges (2020) (represented more than a half-dozen prevailing state and local candidates from challenges to the results of the 2020 General Election)
  • Rosen v. Tarkanian (2019) (represented United States Senator successfully, winning, grant of an anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss brought in a defamation action by an election opponent)
  • In Re Nevada State Senate Recalls (2018) (Defeated recall petitions against two of Nevada’s sitting State Senators)
  • Diaz v. MDC Restaurants (2018) (determining employer health insurance standards for minimum wage workers in Nevada)
  • Nevada Labor Commissioner v. Hancock (2016) (regarding the constitutionality of regulations underpinning Nevada’s constitutional minimum wage provision)
  • Committee to Preserve Nevada Jobs v. Committee to Raise the Minimum Wage in Nevada (2016) (defended ballot measure against court challenge)
  • Schwartz v. Lopez (2016) (successfully challenged Nevada’s Education Savings Account program as unconstitutional)
  • Guy et al. v. Miller (2011) (Nevada’s court-ordered decennial redistricting of legislative and congressional maps).
  • Chesnut et al v. Democratic Party of Nevada, (2008) (Represented Democratic National Committee in a case upholding party’s associational rights in structuring presidential caucuses)