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Steven A. Baddour

ML Strategies - Senior Vice President of Government Relations, Special Counsel

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Steve’s government relations practice focuses on advising clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies on a wide range of issues at the state and federal levels. As part of Mintz's Litigation Practice, Steve represents public and private sector clients in complex civil litigation matters. In both these roles, he uses his knowledge of government and the law to benefit clients in Massachusetts, New England, and beyond.

A former Massachusetts State Senator and former Assistant Attorney General, Steve has strong bipartisan relationships throughout the Massachusetts government. He was consistently ranked one of the highest rated members of the legislature by the Commonwealth’s business community. Over the course of a decade in the Senate, Steve fought to strengthen laws that protect children, the elderly and disabled, and was widely known as a thoughtful voice on transportation, budgetary policy, and fiscal responsibility. During his time in the Senate, Steve served as the senate chair of the joint committee on transportation, the vice-chairman of the joint committee on the judiciary, the vice chairman of the senate ways and means committee and chaired numerous conference committees.  

When his clients’ needs extend to DC, Steve is able to leverage his strong relationships with members of Congress from Massachusetts and throughout New England to work with our DC-based lobbyists on federal issues for clients.

Education

  • Massachusetts School of Law (JD)
  • University of Massachusetts (BA, cum laude)

Recent Insights

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Proposed Laws Are One Step Closer to the November 2022 Ballot

September 3, 2021 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Caitlin Beresin, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

On Wednesday, September 1st, Attorney General Maura Healey certified 17 out of 30 ballot proposals filed in August to continue on the path to securing a spot on the 2022 ballot.  Of the 17 proposals certified, 16 were initiative petitions including, but not limited to, proposals relative to alcohol reforms, requirements for presentation of identification to vote, and the employment of app-based drivers.  The seventeenth proposal is a constitutional amendment providing for no-excuse absentee voting.
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New Laws Possible in Massachusetts - Proponents Set Sights on 2022 Ballot

August 6, 2021 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Caitlin Beresin, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

Those seeking to amend Massachusetts law or the Massachusetts Constitution through the state’s unique ballot initiative process had until Wednesday, August 4, 2021 to file their proposals with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. By the time the deadline was reached, 30 proposals were filed.
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House Republicans Reverse Course on Earmarks, Congressionally Directed Spending is Back

March 18, 2021 | Blog | By Frank C. Guinta, Anthony DeMaio

Since the Democrats reclaimed control of the House of Representatives in 2018, barrels of ink have been spilled on the topic of “congressionally-directed spending”. Better known as earmarks, this funding mechanism allows Members of Congress to send money directly to projects identified in their districts, largely bypassing the federal bureaucracy and its protracted grant application process. For more than a decade, the Congress has banned the practice of including congressionally-directed funding in spending bills. Now, Democrats in control of both chambers and the White House are poised to bring earmarks back. On March 17th, House Republicans voted to reverse the GOP Conference’s ten year-old ban on congressionally directed spending, paving the way for Members from both parties to make requests in upcoming spending and infrastructure bills.
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Massachusetts FY2021 Conference Report

December 7, 2020 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Caitlin Beresin, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

The fiscal year 2021 (“FY2021”) budget process has been anything but typical. Shortly after Governor Baker’s budget proposal was released in January, the COVID-19 pandemic struck, reorienting the legislative calendar for the remainder of the 2019-2020 legislative session.
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Massachusetts Legislature Negotiating Extending the 2019-2020 Session Beyond July 31st

July 30, 2020 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

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Massachusetts’ Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo Delivers Remote Chamber Address on Vision for the Remainder of Legislative Session

May 21, 2020 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Caitlin Beresin, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

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Massachusetts’ Reopening Advisory Board Releases Reopening Report

May 18, 2020 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Kaitlyn Sprague, Caitlin Beresin, Taylor Shepherd

Today, the Baker-Polito Administration’s Reopening Advisory Board published their report outlining a 4-phase schedule for reopening the Commonwealth since the closure of non-essential businesses on March 23.
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The Sobering Truth behind COVID-19’s Impact on Massachusetts’ Annual Budget

April 20, 2020 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Caitlin Beresin, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

Economists create graphs, charts and projections on the economy daily, crafting commentary to explain the ebbs and flows of market success and failures based on a variety of factors. That is no longer the case as the nation battles the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”). Economist’s projections are at the mercy of the raging virus as many states enter “the surge”, compromising health care systems, learning institutions and local economies nationwide.
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Massachusetts: Corporate Board of Directors and Shareholders Meetings Changes as a Result of COVID-19

April 1, 2020 | Blog | By Daniel Connelly, Steven Baddour, Caitlin Beresin, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

This week, Governor Charlie Baker issued COVID-19 Order No. 19, “Order Regarding the Conduct of Shareholder Meetings by Public Companies.  This Order, which is effective immediately, suspends certain requirements of M.G.L. chapter 156D, section 7.08 that relate to shareholder meetings by remote means.
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BREAKING NEWS: Governor Baker Extends Non-Essential Business Closures until Monday, May 4th

March 31, 2020 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Caitlin Beresin, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

Governor Charlie Baker just announced he is extending his executive order that mandates the closure of non-essential businesses.
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Events

Panelist
Panelist
Nov
8
2019

The Road Ahead: 2019 AAA Transportation Funding Summit

Sheraton Four Points Hotel, Norwood, MA

Speaker
Mar
3
2018

Grassroots Legislative Advocacy: A Story Is Worth 181 Votes

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

The Union League of Philadelphia 140 S. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

Speaker
Speaker
Nov
25
2015

The 12th Australasian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference

The Australian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN)

The University of Sydney, New South Wales 2006, Australia