Joseph Bagnoli and Andrea Rau Join the Firm’s Robust Team

MINNEAPOLIS — January 27, 2020. Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., is pleased to announce that Joseph Bagnoli, Shareholder, and Andrea Rau, Government Relations Manager, have joined the Regulatory & Government Relations Group as part of the Advocacy & Lobbying practice. The addition of these two deeply experienced members of the community will add even more support for the firm’s clients at the Legislature and throughout all levels of government.

“We are thrilled to have Joe and Andrea join our team,” said Tom Hanson, co-chair of the Advocacy & Lobbying practice. “Their reputation and expertise in dealing with matters of state and municipal government will only enhance our ability to serve our clients.”

“Adding Joe and Andrea to our team builds on our commitment to provide our clients with high-quality advocacy at the Capitol and beyond,” said John Reich, co-chair of the Advocacy & Lobbying practice.  “We will continue to shape our lobbying team at Winthrop with a strong client-focused approach.”

Joseph Bagnoli is an attorney whose practice consists primarily of representing clients before the Minnesota Legislature, state administrative agencies, and before local government. He earned his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law with cum laude honors in 1993. Early in his career, he worked on the re-election campaign for President Bill Clinton, and he served as a Senior Policy Advisor to Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, with responsibility for transportation, energy and telecommunications, environment, economic development, and tax policy. In his legal practice, he has focused on government relations with a particular background in local government, real estate and bonding, and has been a shareholder since 2005.

Andrea Rau has 20 years of lobbying experience. She has extensive knowledge of leading public policy agendas, including drafting legislation, educating legislators and staff, and ushering legislation through the legislative process. This includes finding authors, securing hearings and floor votes, testifying, and using her understanding of the legislative process to benefit her client, using innovative strategies when needed. She is skilled at coalition building, bill tracking, and issue advocacy.

About Regulatory & Government Relations at Winthrop

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