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Michael S. Rogowski

Michael S. Rogowski

Partner
Madison
office: 608.234.6053
fax: 608.258.7138
Overview

Mike has substantial government affairs experience and has held key decision-making roles in the Wisconsin executive and legislative branches.

He applies his in-depth and practical understanding of the government’s inner workings in representing clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits that desire to navigate the complexities of government.

Mike has served under two Wisconsin governors—as chief of staff and as an assistant deputy secretary at the departments of Corrections and Financial Institutions—so he has a keen understanding of how to advocate for a client with the governor, Cabinet members and key agency decision-makers in the executive branch.  Mike also has held leadership roles in the Wisconsin Legislature as executive director and in-house legal counsel of the Senate Republican Caucus; special counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Healthcare Reform; and clerk of the Senate Organization Committee.

Mike’s wealth of government experience has equipped him to:

  • Advocate for clients on legislative, administrative and agency regulatory matters.
  • Advise companies on marketing their products and services to Wisconsin.
  • Obtain incentives and economic development packages for companies. 
  • Advise clients on electoral process resource management.

Industry

Services

Education

  • J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School
  • B.S., Bradley University
    • Political Science and Journalism

Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Wisconsin Attorney General's Crime Victims Council
  • Wisconsin State Bar
  • Association of Wisconsin Lobbyists
  • WisPolitics.Com Advisory Board
Experience
  • Served as principal lobbyist for a Fortune 100 technology solutions company.
  • Achieved the dissolution of a committee hostile to a private for-profit university.
  • Advised the largest global internet provider on state and local advocacy efforts.
  • Prevented the introduction of legislation that would allow the disturbance of Indian burial mound sites on behalf of a tribal government.
  • Guided two legislative efforts to create and define a personal property tax exemption on heavy equipment rentals.
  • Served on Governor’s K-12 Transition Team.
  • Served on Governor’s Presidential Advisory Council.
  • Advocated on behalf of satellite TV providers and their national association in opposition to “franchise fee” taxes.
  • Negotiated $8 million excise tax settlement matter with the Department of Revenue on behalf of a tribal government.
  • Represented stakeholders in state budget negotiations on real and personal property tax issues.
  • Advised an international food processor with 1,700 employees on business agricultural issues.
  • Led lobbying effort of a statewide condominium association.
  • Obtained proclamations and resolutions from the governor and the Legislature in support of client projects.
  • Obtained multiple broadband grants for a county economic development corporation.
  • Provided strategy and guidance on state and local issues to an association of 600 mayors and village presidents.
  • Assembled and led the advocacy efforts of an association of Wisconsin venture capitalists to obtain venture capital funds from Wisconsin for startup companies.
  • Represented the Wisconsin Interactive Network (WIN), a subsidiary of the nation’s leading provider of official government online services.
  • Hosted multiple meetings and events with the governor, legislative leadership, mayors and village presidents.
  • Facilitated founding sponsorship of Wispolitics.com “News Maker” luncheon series.
  • Led advocacy efforts to defeat a regulatory licensing bill that threatened a nutritional products company and its consumers in three successive legislative sessions.
  • Negotiated several items of interest to a telecommunications provider in major telecommunications reform legislation.
  • Obtained a $15 million economic development offering from Wisconsin for the new construction of a $70 million manufacturing facility in northern Wisconsin.
  • Procured a five-year contract for the exclusive public-private partnership for a Wisconsin self-funded, multiagency web portal for online services.
  • Obtained a $1 million grant from Wisconsin for a waste digester for an international Wisconsin-based food processing company.
  • Initiated the creation of Wisconsin legislative council study committees to study issues of importance to tribal governments.
Community Leadership
  • Insight Schools of Wisconsin, Advisory Board Chair 
  • Wisconsin Retail Council, Board Member and General Counsel
  • Wisconsin Academy of Graduate Service Dogs (WAGS), Board Member
  • CareNet Crisis Pregnancy Center Board, President