Laws governing elections have become more confrontational since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Bush vs. Gore in the disputed 2000 election. Ballard Spahr formed a new Political and Election Law Group to help individuals, organizations, and government officials navigate the increasingly complex regulatory environment governing political activity.

The new group of 15 attorneys will be led by Joseph Kanefield, former general counsel to former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and includes former Gov. Ed Rendell, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

“I started doing this as an assistant attorney general in Arizona and during this time have seen this area of the law grow exponentially,” Kanefield said. “Part of it has to do with Bush vs. Gore; ever since there has been a dramatic increase in cases on court calendars involving election law.”

That trend accelerated with the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United, which lifted political giving restrictions on companies and prompted an increase in requests for legal advice.

Ballard Spahr is hosting a series of programs to showcase the practice. The first was held in Phoenix on January 27. Others are planned for Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.