About Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc.
How we work explains why we succeed.
We understand the process of getting things done in Washington. Who to go to. Who to avoid. When to strike. When to lay low. How to approach. How to retreat. What matters to leaders and what is mere background noise. We’ve traveled the back roads, navigated the shortcuts and negotiated the hairpin curves that can lead to victory. Time and again.
Unique reach and unparalleled expertise are our strong suits. The combined history of our principals yields substantive knowledge and in-the-trenches expertise on a wide range of policy issues. Most importantly, we can talk to and bend the ear of those in power to inform their decision making. Our professionals know the issues, players and winning strategies that matter to clients.
Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc. are not just names on a mast head. We are sleeves-rolled-up participants in developing strategy and implementing it. When the company is hired, all of its professionals have been hired. And the eventual work product has the fingerprints of former Chiefs of Staff, General Counsels, Staff Directors and Executive Branch officials all over it.
No templates here.
We understand that every client comes to us with a unique requirement that deserves—and demands—a unique response. We know better than to leap to conclusions and tweak an ill-informed, generic plan that “worked well the last time”. First we do our homework; then we apply experience to vision—develop an informed strategy and execute on an action plan that gets the job done.
Integrity is non-negotiable.
For Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc., integrity is not a standard for doing business; it is the soul of doing business. Our work is straightforward, direct, purposeful and principled. We are looked to for trustworthy advice and ethical innovation. We are committed to being renowned for both.
This is not our first trip to the mound.
Experience has been a good and tenured teacher for the people of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc.. Our accomplishments for our clients are a direct result of our first hand encounters in Washington. We’ve learned the nuts and bolts, in’s and out’s, quirks and quagmires of the Capital, executive branch and federal agencies up close and personally throughout several decades of public service. What’s more, we’re seasoned enough to only do what we do best.
In the News
Five Health Reform Fights SCOTUS Won't Settle
By Joanne Kenen
"Upholding the mandate doesn't guarantee tht the health survives. And striking it doesn't guarantee that it's going to go away," said Dean Rosen, a D.C. health attorney who in the past worked for top Hill Republicans.
The supercommittee's four big logistical challenges
By Sarah Kliff
"From concept to final product, it's 10 weeks," said Dean Rosen, a partner at lobbying firm Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti and former adviser to then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.). "They simply don't have time when you think about what their task is going to be... to do a lot fo freelancing and come up with a whole lot of creative ideas."
Kelly Bingel and Ford O'Connell join KT McFarland to discuss Libya, jobs, the debt super committee, President Obama's re-election chances, and whether Republicans can win the Senate and hold the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012.
Debt Agreement May Deal Glancing Blows to Health Law
By John Reichard
"Sequestration" - legalese for any automatic cuts triggered under the debt agreement - would not have a big impact on the health care law, said Dean Rosen.
TUESDAY PROFILE: Staffer-turned-star
By Rachel Leven
"Cindy Brown wasn't working on Capitol Hill when the healthcare reform law passed in 2010, but she still felt a personal connection to it. As a longtime congressional staffer on healthcare policy who had made the jump to K Street, Brown said she took personal pride in the legislation, despite its fllaws.
Options on Entitlement Changes Range From Overhaul to Series of Tweaks
By Joanne Kenen
"Folk who are watching this make a mistake if they think at the end of the day it will be caps and triggers and promises that get put off into the future," said Dean Rosen...
Social Security spending an issue too big to ignore
By Kelly Bingel
"As the debate to get our nation's finances in hand continues, a group of lawmakers recently warned budget reformers to "back off" from Social Security. Arguing that the nation's pension program should be excluded from any discussions on budgetary reform, the lawmakers insist that Social Security is not a problem."
Year One for the Health Care Law: Expecting the Unexpected
By Jane Norman
Dean Rosen, former chief health adviser to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, says he's been "a little bit suprised the state issues have bubbled up so quickly." The law came as states' budgets are continuing to reel from the effects of the recession...
Health Care Reform in 2011: What It Means for Today, Tomorrow
Interview with Dean A. Rosen, JD
Along with the economy, health care reform is currently top on the minds of many in the United States. Since the sweeping health care bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAC Act), was signed into law in mid-March 2010, there has been much debate and questioning regarding its overall effects.
Experts Forecast Change - Eventually - for an Ailing Medicare Program
By Jane Norman
Dean Rosen, a partner at Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc. and top health aide to former Republican Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, said he's been an 'avowed radical incrementalist" in changing the "1965 battleship" that is Medicare.
Boehner aide behind 'Pledge to America' heads to lobby shop
By Kevin Bogardus
"A senior aide to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) who was behind Republicans' Pledge to America is leaving Capitol Hill to join one of Washington's top-earning lobby firms."
Fallout from Florida health care reform ruling
By Christine Vestal
"I think you have a number of states who say, I may not like this law, but I sure as heck would rather design the exchange myself than leave it to the federal government," Politico reported Dean Rosen, a health lobbyist with Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, Inc., saying.
The Next Big Debate on Health Care Likely to Be Driven by Deficit Issue
By John Reichard
"At a recent policy forum on health care, Chris Jennings, the top health policy adviser in the Clinton White House, and Dean Rosen, who was a top health policy aide to Bill Frist when Frist was Senate Majority Leader, said they already are hearing that message every day from lawmakers."
Repeal effort defines GOP House debut
By Tom Curry
"The repeal vote is easy compared to what you do to 'replace,'" Rosen said. He said, "There's going to be some effort to put up Republican ideas" whether it's the Ryan plan or a plan Boehner offered last year which stressed curbs on medical malpractice lawsuits and other reforms to make insurance less expensive." ...
Washington Watch: Healthcare Law to Get Early GOP Hit
By Emily P. Walker
"Repeal would likely clear the House, particularly with the help of the new Tea Party members. And some House Democrats would likely cross the aisle and vote down the bill, Dean Rosen, the former lead health adviser to then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, told MedPage Today."...
Bingel: Democrats Must Listen to the Voters They Lost
By Kelly Bingel
"Many writers have offered their views on why Democrats lost so many seats in Congress. As a Southerner who still defines herself as a Democrat despite being pro-life and fiscally conservative, I'm most concerned about why my party lost 23 seats in the South and 19 in the Midwest. Is seems my party has forgotten to talk to people like me." ...
Republicans Dust Off a Little-Used Tool to Go After Overhaul Rules
By Rebecca Adams
"Even if an attempt to use the CRA is not successful, it does, as Sen. Enzi's attempt showed, provide another vehicle to highlight genuine concerns about a regulation," said Dean Rosen, partner at Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc., who served as the top health adviser to former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn."...
The Daily Caller
Lobbying firms to watch in the next Congress
By Alexis Levinson
As would seem obvious, lobbyists are more popular when their party is in power. "As a bipartisan firm we've stayed quite busy these past two years," said Bruce Mehlman, co-founder of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, Inc., "but there's no doubt our Republicans' phones are ringing a lot more in November than they were in October."...