Boston’s premier public policy law firm.
Smith, Costello & Crawford is a multi-faceted law firm dedicated to helping our clients achieve success through our combined experience in transactional, real estate, energy, healthcare and cannabis law.
Consulting and Lobbying Services.
Smith, Costello and Crawford also offers consulting and lobbying services to navigate the Massachusetts legislative landscape, connect stakeholders across industries and facilitate long-lasting partnerships for our clients
Our team brings proven strategic expertise, ﬁrst-hand public service experience, and political acumen to frame the advocacy agenda speciﬁc to your needs. With deep insight into the complexities of the public sector and strong professional relationships with ofﬁcials at all levels of government and business, our team has shaped public policy on issues ranging
from energy, health care, technology, and cannabis policy to ﬁnancial services, transportation and development, and much more. We are committed to the highest level of client service. We work to build long-term, collaborative relationships with all of our clients to most effectively represent their interests, and navigate the public policy landscape.
What We Do.
Energy. We have represented the largest electricity generators in New England before state and federal agencies, as well as before the regional grid and wholesale market operator, ISO New England. In just one legislative session, we successfully passed legislation mandating utilities’ purchase of 1600 megawatts of offshore wind power over the next decade, bringing $7 billion of economic development and launching the offshore wind industry for the United States.
What our clients say
“With dozens of bills affecting the property and casualty insurance industry each legislative session, we rely on Smith, Costello & Crawford’s unparalleled access to key decision makers and sound advice to ensure that the interests of our members and Massachusetts consumers are protected.”
John Murphy, Massachusetts Insurance Federation
“Smith, Costello, and Crawford have proven to be an invaluable part of Diem's cannabis team and we collaborate with them almost every day. I can't speak highly enough about them and the legal and regulatory guidance they provide, and absolutely recommend them to others looking to get into the cannabis industry in Massachusetts.”
Christopher Mitchem, Diem Cannabis
"Without the leadership of Smith, Costello & Crawford, Massachusetts would not have passed historic offshore wind legislation. We could not recommend the team more highly to any company interested in educating Massachusetts officials about complex issues."
Matthew Morrissey, Orsted
Who We Are.
Lobbying Expenditures Totaled $85.6m in 2020
In 2020, Smith, Costello & Crawford ranked first in Massachusetts lobbying billings, as reported by CommonWealth magazine. Lobbying Expenditures Totaled $85.6m in 2020 (Mar. 4, 2021)
SJC takes up local control of marijuana licensing
Commonwealth Magazine spoke with Jim Smith to discuss the details of the Supreme Judicial Court’s upcoming case that will determine whether state or local officials should have greater discretion when granting cannabis licenses. SJC takes up local control of marijuana licensing (Jan. 21, 2021)
Top Women of Law 2020
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly released their Top Women of Law for 2020, and Smith, Costello & Crawford’s own Jen Crawford was selected as a Circle of Excellence honoree. Top Women of Law 2020 (Nov. 16, 2020)
Who Will Lead the Way?
Boston Magazine reported a list of the 100 Most Influential People in Boston Right Now, recognizing Jim Smith at Number 26. Who Will Lead the Way? (April 28, 2020)