After years of increasing regulation, we are seeing a reversal – deregulation at the federal level. And with deregulation comes a certain ambiguity and uncertainty. My aim with government relations clients is to minimize both – to give them as much clarity as possible so that they can maximize the business opportunities they have before them.
Blake Hale Hardwich advises clients on legislative and regulatory issues facing Alabama businesses. She has deep experience in Alabama government, having served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor of Alabama. In this role, she advised on legislative matters, public policy initiatives, strategic planning efforts, and administrative initiatives. In addition, she has been an advocate for private sector organizations, articulating their messages and needs to legislative and regulatory bodies at the local, state, federal level, and in judicial proceedings. She has worked to build grassroots coalitions at the local, state, and federal levels.
She has provided government relations advice to clients in the energy industry, including oil, gas, and electricity producers and distributors, as well as organizations in the manufacturing and education sectors. Prior to her government service, Blake served as Director of The Alabama Prosperity Project, a joint venture of trade association Manufacture Alabama and the Washington, D.C.-based Business-Industry Political Action Committee, or BIPAC, to encourage business and employee participation in the public policy process.
She also served as Director of External Affairs for Manufacture Alabama, Alabama’s only trade association dedicated exclusively to the competitive, legislative, regulatory, and operational interests and needs of manufacturers and their partner businesses and industries.
Blake currently serves as Executive Director of the Energy Institute of Alabama, a nonprofit which promotes reliable, affordable, and clean energy to help grow Alabama's economy, create high-paying jobs, and build public support for Alabama’s energy industry. She is also Executive Director of the Coosa Alabama River Improvement Association, an organization working to improve business opportunities on Alabama waterways through economic development, navigation improvement, and recreational improvement programs.
“ I’m hands-on, results oriented and driven. You don’t have to jump through hoops to get to me. All of my clients have direct access to me. I’m there when anyone needs me. ”
- Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, J.D., 2002
- Auburn University, B.A., 1999, Political Science
Areas of Practice
Best Lawyers® - Government Relations Practice
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- Energy Institute of Alabama, Executive Director
- Coosa-Alabama River Improvement Association, Executive Director
- Committee of 100 (Business leaders from across the river region), Montgomery Chamber of Commerce
- Montgomery Rotary Club
- Leadership Montgomery, Class 2014
- Britton YMCA, Board of Directors
- Friends of the Cloverdale Playhouse