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At a time of growing government involvement in every aspect of American life and the economy, Porter Gordon Silver Communications (PGS) has the capabilities to handle the most complex public policy problems. Our team provides strategic business and governmental affairs advice, plus has the skilled operatives available to accomplish the most difficult tasks.
PGS provides insight, advice and resolutions to legislative and regulatory issues at various levels of government. In addition, we actively work to develop additional business opportunities and collaborations for our clients.
Our areas of expertise include gaming and internet gaming, transportation and infrastructure, appropriations, agency funding, education, health care and hospitals, tax, natural resources and energy, telecommunications, insurance, Native American affairs, travel and tourism, and energy. Our services include, but are not limited to, pursuing business legislation, public funding and meaningful regulatory results for our clients.
Supporting PGS is the law firm of Gordon Silver (GS), a full service regional law firm with offices in Nevada, Arizona and Washington D.C. As one of Nevada’s oldest law firms, and the largest regional law firm based in Las Vegas, the firm has distinguished itself in many areas of law including gaming and internet gaming law. The combined resources of the PGS and GS provide an unparalleled resource for clients to draw upon when their public policy and legal needs meet.
PGS, a leading state and federal government affairs firm, serves clients throughout the United States and overseas from Washington D.C., Reno and Las Vegas, NV, and Phoenix, AZ.
- Honorable Jon C. Porter
Congressman Jon Porter (Ret.) is the President of PGS and brings over 30 years of experience as an elected official. He served at the local, state, to federal levels; as City Council Member and Mayor of Boulder City, Nevada, then later as Nevada State Senator, and finally as a widely-respected member of the United States House of Representatives. Jon understands how to make government work for our clients. Prior to his public service, Jon owned and operated his own $50 million insurance business for over 20 years.
As a United States Congressman, Porter served on the powerful Ways & Means Committee, the chief tax writing committee in Congress, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Budget Committee, and the Education and Labor Committee. As someone who believes in the power of building strong professional relationships, Porter maintains close ties to the House and Senate Republicans, as well as, Democrat Leadership.
Jon’s years of success can be attributed to his solution driven, bipartisan political and business leadership style. During his time in Congress, Porter was Co-Chair of the Congressional Travel and Tour Caucus (CTTC) where he played a key role in reinvigorating the caucus in a bipartisan fashion, attracting close to 100 new Members of Congress to join the coalition.
All of these experiences and relationships enable Jon to provide unrivaled insight and advice to our clients. Jon not only has the ability to listen to our clients and help develop a legislative strategy, he can also understand how to implement that strategy and guide it through the legislative process.
Since leaving Congress Jon has and worked in several areas of federal consulting including, but not limited to, gaming, taxation, transportation, aviation, energy, defense and insurance. Jon is also heavily involved in the PGS business development practice and regularly assists clients as they pursue new ventures or look to expand their current business model.
Jon also stays involved in current affairs as a frequent speaker to a variety of audiences ranging from associations and trade shows to state and national conventions. In the past 12 months Jon has spoken on topics ranging from urban planning and transportation, internet gaming, health care, and energy. His lengthy political background enables him to provide unique insight to government policy at both the local and federal level.
- Bob Cochran
Bob Cochran serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Porter Gordon Silver (PGS) and started with the PGS team in January, 2013. Prior to joining PGS, Bob served for 20-years as Chief of Staff to Congressman Buck McKeon, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and previously spent 9-years as the District Director for Congressman Carlos Moorhead.
In his capacity as Chief of Staff for Chairman McKeon, Bob was instrumental in running McKeon’s successful chairmanship campaigns for both the House Armed Services and House Education and Workforce Committees. As Chairman McKeon’s key advisor, Bob was active in key policy areas of national security and defense along with education and workforce issues. Additionally, Bob was pivotal in developing on behalf of the Chairman a mentoring program to assist other members of the committee and staff with their office operations and fundraising.
During his 20-years on Capitol Hill, Bob established himself as a prolific fundraiser for McKeon and the national party committees. His network of national fundraising contacts provided a platform of donors that assisted campaigns of Members of Congress and candidates throughout the country.
Bob brings to Porter Gordon Silver an expertise of how Capitol Hill functions with a broad array of contacts both on and off the Hill. His role as a congressional staffer in a leadership capacity gives Bob a unique understanding of how government works, providing a valuable resource to our clients.
Currently, Bob has had success in representing clients on defense, education and workforce issues. Additionally, Bob represents the prestigious Ronald Reagan Library and Foundation based in Simi Valley, California both as a fundraiser and organizer of the “Reagan National Defense Forum.”
Bob, a native Californian, was raised in Covina where he attended school in the Charter Oak Unified School District. In his senior year at Royal Oak High School, Bob was selected by the Chicago White Sox Organization for the 1975 Professional Baseball Draft, but chose instead to accept a baseball scholarship to attend California State University at Los Angeles. As a freshman, Bob was named “Rookie of the Year” for the West Coast Athletic Conference and played on the 1977 team that went to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
From 2000 to 2005, Bob served as President of the California State Society, which is a membership organization of transplanted Californians working or living in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Bob served from 1996 to 2003 as Chair of the California Republican Chiefs of Staff, coordinating the monthly meetings for the then 20-member staff delegation.
Bob is married to the former Kellie Ann Going, a program specialist for Fairfax County School District, and they reside in Reston, Virginia.
- Sean T. Higgins
Sean Higgins brings years of experience in both the legal and business world to PGS. As in-house counsel for seventeen years for a holding company whose operations ranged from multi-jurisdictional gaming to petroleum retailing, he was the main point of contact for federal, state and local elected officials and governmental agencies and departments. Sean heads up the group’s Las Vegas office, but regularly travels to Washington and Carson City. He has the primary responsibility for interacting with Nevada clients on all government affairs and administrative matters within the state.
Additionally, Sean advises clients on business developments and opportunities and implementing strategic initiatives designed to help our clients achieve their goals. He regularly works with clients in the gaming, travel & tourism, aviation, energy and real estate development areas. Sean also attends the Nevada legislative sessions each biennium. Last session he was instrumental in helping to pass legislation dealing with the mortgage crisis in Nevada, as well as the first law in the nation to roll back smoking bans in adult businesses.
Sean realizes that the client understands its goals and objectives better than anyone else. It is his job to research, counsel and direct the client on how best to achieve those goals and interface between the client and elected and government agencies.
He is a shareholder with the law firm of Gordon Silver, focusing his practice on government affairs. Sean was general counsel for the Herbst Companies for 17 years and oversaw the legal, compliance and government affairs departments for the company. As part of his duties he held gaming licenses in three jurisdictions in the U.S.
Sean is admitted to practice law in Nevada. He received his Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law and received his Bachelors in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. Sean is a member of the American Bar Association, Nevada Bar Association and Clark County Bar Association. He currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the International Association of Gaming Advisors.
- Daniel D. Mauer
Dan Mauer works for Porter Gordon Silver Communications (PGS) in its Washington, DC office and is responsible for developing and implementing federal legislative strategy, building and maintaining pertinent relationships on Capitol Hill, and engaging in all work as it relates to the Congress and the Administration.
Prior to joining PGS, Dan was the Legislative Analyst for national law firm’s Government Affairs and Public Policy practice group in Washington, DC. In that capacity, he served clients by tracking legislation, drafting memos and updates, interpreting legislation and regulation, and acting as an intermediary between clients, the firm, and the Congress.
Mauer’s background also includes serving as a staff member for United States Senator Norm Coleman. During that time, Dan handled issues relating to taxation, the federal budget, labor and telecommunications. Notably, he worked on landmark legislation such as H.R. 3221, the Housing and Economic Recovery Act, H.R. 1424, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, and S. 7005, the Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act.
Dan was born and raised in St. Paul, MN and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire where he studied economics and political science.
- Brett J. Scolari
A fourth generation northern Nevadan, Mr. Scolari is an experienced advocate in local and state government issues. Through the past decade, he has advocated on behalf various clients in the Nevada State Legislature focusing on such issues as renewable energy, land use, water, tax, employment and many other issues important to businesses in Nevada.
Mr. Scolari has experience working with state regulatory agencies such as the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Nevada Department of Transportation, Nevada Division of Minerals, Nevada Division of State Lands, Nevada Division of Wildlife, Nevada Gaming Control Board/Commission, Tax Commission and others. Projects have included but are not limited to mineral, air, omissions and chemical permitting for various projects, administrative appeals, licensing and other similar matters.
He has also successfully represented clients on local government issues such as land use entitlements, zoning issues, privileged and business license applications, public works, procurement and many other issues.
Active within his community, Mr. Scolari is on the Board of Trustees for the Renown Health Foundation, the Board of Directors for the Joshua L. Anderson Memorial Foundation, and Board of Directors of Reno Continental Little League. He was recognized by Reno Mayor Robert Cashell while serving as the chairman for the ReTRAC Citizens Oversight Committee, a group charged with reviewing the progress and budget of the largest public works project in the history of northern Nevada. More recently, Mr. Scolari was recognized with a “Top Twenty Under Forty Award” by the Reno-Tahoe Young Professionals Network and the Reno Gazette Journal.
Mr. Scolari holds a Juris Doctor from the Santa Clara University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.
- Michael Sullivan
Michael Sullivan has been managing campaigns and providing government affairs services in Nevada since 1990. In that time he has served as a top advisor for many of the state’s top elected officials, including the Attorney General, the Secretary of State, the Senate Majority Leader and the Assembly Speaker, in addition to numerous legislative committee chairs and current County Commissioners and City Councilmen.
Michael has been a state-level lobbyist in Carson City for more than a decade, representing clients in a variety of industries, including transportation, banking, the public sector and telecommunications to name a few. He is well versed in legislative strategy and has been involved in some of the biggest legislative issues in the past few sessions.
In addition to state lobbying, Michael also handles a number of clients on local government issues. He has close relationships with top staff and elected leaders, all of which allow him to move a client’s legislation efficiently through the system.
Raised in Southern Nevada, Michael attended the University of Nevada Reno and studied journalism. His first job was with the Las Vegas Sun newspaper where he worked for former Nevada Governor Mike O’Callaghan. Michael left reporting in 1989 to join Joyce Advertising, where he learned the lobbying and political consulting trade from Nevada legend Jim Joyce.
Because of his experience in the journalism and marketing worlds, Michael knows how to frame a client’s issue so it has the best chance of being successful. In addition, he knows how to handle media inquiries should a piece of legislation attract attention or become controversial.
Prior to joining Porter Gordon Silver, Michael was president of his own government affairs firm, Knight Government Affairs, and a partner in Paladin Advertising, a local political consulting agency.
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