Denise Rose and Kate Goodrich Lead Government Relations Team in Chambers USA Guide Rankings

June 6, 2024 | Spotlight

Jackson Walker proudly announces the first-time rankings of Denise Rose, Kate Goodrich, and the Government Relations & Public Policy practice in the Chambers USA Guide released today.

Inside the Rankings

Each year, Chambers and Partners releases its flagship guides that identify leading practitioners and law firms in the United States and around the world through the culmination of thousands of interviews with attorneys and clients conducted by over 200 research analysts.

In the 2024 guide, Jackson Walker ranked among the top firms nationwide in the Government Relations: State & Local practice table, with the following feedback provided:

“They are knowledgeable and connected experts with regards to the Texas legislature. They help strategize policy and share their expertise generously, helping us explore all opportunities. It is a very fruitful partnership.”

“They are really strong in recognizing our needs, how we work and guiding us. Their value is in their connections and relationships. They are a wonderful partner.”

“Jackson Walker is a highly competent firm with technical expertise along with a great strategic approach.”

Denise RoseDenise Rose, known as a “budget expert” at the Texas Capitol and recognized as a “Top Hired Gun” in the state, was ranked in Band 1 in the 2024 guide by Chambers. Her work for leading companies in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry has been critical; her achievements include boosted funding for graduate medical education and the largest funding increase in history for family violence program services. She is also a respected mentor at the Capitol. In fact, she received the Pink Granite Supporter of Women Award in 2021 in honor of her work at the Texas Capitol and her service to the community.

In the 2024 guide, Chambers provided the following commentary from interviewees: “She makes you feel and know you are well taken care of. Denise is extremely knowledgeable and very well connected as well as being personable, efficient and smart.” “Denise helps us navigate a tricky political landscape to bring us big wins. Her relationships with the right people and vast institutional knowledge really helps. Her strategy and focus is a powerful asset for us to achieve our goals.”  “Her insight and expertise are so valuable to us. She is highly responsive and very timely as well as being accommodating. She always comes prepared to whatever meeting we might be having.”

Kate Goodrich headshotKate Goodrich, who was recognized as an Associate to Watch, accomplished wins on behalf of a variety of clients ranging from a prominent religious and civil liberties organization to affordable housing developers, to an international transportation infrastructure manufacturer and distributor. In her time in the Capitol, she worked in both chambers and for both parties. She is a trusted thought leader, a student of legislative procedure, and a public speaker who has presented before the Texas Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section, the Central Texas Association of Environmental Professionals, the Industry Council on the Environment, and the Central Texas Commercial Association of Realtors.

Chambers provided the following commentary from interviewees: “Kate is incredibly responsive to our needs, making us feel like we are her only client. She is a problem-solver who is quick to find ways to influence the outcome for us.” “She provides invaluable information about the political landscape and expert analysis on the impact.” “Kate is always extremely effective and responsive on a number of complex issues affecting our business and industry.”

About Our Team

With one of the premier lobby practices in Texas, Jackson Walker has been engaged in state politics since the early 1900s. Our legislative section comprises professionals with over 150 years of combined experience practicing before regulatory agencies and the Texas Legislature for clients in diverse industries—including agriculture, energy, healthcare, construction, technology, and public utilities. Our team coordinates efforts with private consultants, representatives of government agencies, elected officials, and staff to achieve goals and objectives for clients. Our professionals are skilled at building state-wide coalitions of stakeholders to achieve consensus and make progress on complicated issues.

Under the leadership of Denise Rose and Michael Nasi, our legislative team had tremendous success during the 2023 Texas legislative session, including:

  • Secured nearly $40 million in the Texas budget for clients such as the Texas Council on Family Violence, Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry Texas, Learning Undefeated, and more.
  • Passed a bill for the Texas Dental Hygienists’ Association (the client has been trying to get this same bill passed for 30 years before now).
  • Got all of the City of Denton’s priorities passed, including a bill giving them the authority to have a qualified hotel project and receive tax rebates from the state, which is a huge economic development win for them.
  • Killed bad bills that threatened First Amendment rights and got bills passed on behalf of the Texas Association of Broadcasters which protected the media and promoted open government.

The firm is proud of the Government Relations & Public Policy team’s recognition along with first-time rankings in the areas of antitrust, immigration, intellectual property, public finance, and white-collar litigation. For more information, view Jackson Walker’s announcement of the Chambers 2024 rankings and the firm’s Chambers profile.

In This Story

Kate Goodrich
Governmental Affairs Consultant, Austin

Michael J. Nasi
Partner, Austin

Denise Rose
Partner, Austin