Three Taylor English Duma partners have started a law firm to advise clients on political and campaign finance matters, in part inspired by the growing business opportunity for legal services in these areas in light of recent election controversies. in Georgia.
The law firm, Election Law Group, is led by Bryan Tyson and includes Loree Ann Paradise and Bryan Jacoutot. The attorneys will remain partners at Taylor English for non-election matters, Tyson said.
The group will deal with matters relating specifically to election administration, campaign finance, political law issues and redistricting. The group said it can advise individuals, governments, legislative and executive parties in the political process, while offering campaign finance advice to businesses and candidates.
While the group will provide legal services to clients, Tyson also noted that there is sometimes a “bleeding in the political space” where legal, political and advisory issues become intertwined.
Over the next six to 12 months, Tyson said the group is focused on dealing with the large number of election cases.
“There is always a lot of heat around elections, and that can sometimes be a challenge for businesses. But having people who are in the trenches, who know how elections work, who know how to handle campaign finance issues, who know how to navigate the political space is what we see as a real business opportunity with growth , especially in Georgia and the United States,” Tyson said in an interview.
The Election Group is a stand-alone firm from Taylor English, Tyson said, noting that “bringing some visibility to the practice area and having some separation from the traditional law firm model…has worked better for everyone”.
He said the group was not affiliated with any local political party or political candidates and was “not a partisan law firm”.
“I think it’s extremely important that voters can trust that the results they’re getting are the right results,” he said. “Our concern is that people who make allegations of widespread voter fraud and people who make allegations of widespread voter suppression are undermining trust in elections. We want to be able to show and demonstrate that the Georgian electoral system works well for all voters and that voters can be confident that when they enter the voting booth their vote will be counted and counted correctly.
Tyson said controversy surrounding elections in Georgia — including the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election and the 2020 U.S. presidential election — played a role in forming the band.
“Having that kind of attention and focus on elections, people didn’t know that there were law firms that deal with those kinds of issues,” he said.