Types and Services

We serve as trusted advisors to a wide variety of clients, including:
  • Strategic planning
  • Sustainability planning
  • Partnership building
  • Risk analysis and management
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Lobbying
  • Mediation and litigation
  • Internal agency heritage preservation strategy formulation and evaluation
  • Guidance on protecting sites in war-time and from terrorism
  • Representation of Sovereign Governments to the U.S. government
  • Technical counsel for Sovereign Governments on domestic cultural heritage legislation
  • Capacity building initiatives for ministries of tourism and economic development
  • Cultural heritage tourism strategy and implementation
  • Economic development and sustainability plans for public historic sites
  • Inter-agency collaboration facilitation
  • Protecting culturally significant sites
  • NAGPRA requests
  • Strategic planning for cultural heritage preservation
  • State and federal recognition
  • Resolving tribal governance disputes
  • Developing 8(a) businesses and social enterprises, including LC3s
  • Accessing federal contracts and grant programs
  • Strategic planning for aligning business objectives with cultural heritage preservation
  • Guided compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
  • Training
  • Risk management
  • Dispute resolution
  • Lobbying on business and heritage issues
  • Federal contracting
  • Regulatory interpretation
  • Employment law
  • Partnerships, strategic alliances, joint ventures, mergers, and acquisitions
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Art and museums law
  • Collections risk analysis and management
  • Staff and board fiduciary and subject matter training
  • Collections management strategy
  • Buying and selling objects
  • Restitution
  • Strategic planning
  • Funding strategies
  • Impact analysis and managing to outcomes strategy
  • Lobbying on business and collections-related issues
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Trade dispute resolutions
  • Sustainability planning
  • Partnership building
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Mediation and litigation
  • Government affairs strategy
  • Strategic and business planning
  • Risk management
  • Revenue diversification
  • Succession planning
  • Training and technical assistance
  • Negotiating strategic partnerships
  • Dispute resolution
  • Strategic development for existing giving programs
  • Strategic development of new giving priorities
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Partnership building
  • Business law
  • International law
  • Lobbying government for foundation priorities
  • Legal compliance for data and objects acquired as a result of federal grants
  • Lobbying for funding of research and other programming
  • Collections management
  • Repatriation and restitution
  • Development of revenue-generating programming that is sensitive to its historic setting
  • Curricular development and training related to cultural heritage preservation
  • Leadership training and development across sectors in cultural heritage
  • Historic property preservation strategies
  • Art and antiquities preservation strategies
  • Risk management
  • Dispute resolution
  • Tax benefits
  • Gifts and bequests


The following clients have generously given permission to summarize our work for them, without waiving attorney-client privilege:

Leaders in Energy and Preservation (LEAP)

LEAP is a coalition of energy companies and historic preservation groups supporting efficient energy exploration and advancing heritage management. Our leaders include representatives from Shell, Hess Corp., Southwestern Energy, the Society for American Archaeology, and others. CHP helped develop the initial concept for LEAP, recruit board members, incorporate the coalition and achieve 501(c)(3) status, and raise funds. We manage the coalition on an ongoing basis.

Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribe

In 2015, CHP filed separate civil rights actions in federal and state court against the Attorney General of New Jersey on behalf of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation, an American Indian tribe of 3,000 members. New Jersey recognized the Tribe in 1982 and repeatedly reaffirmed recognition for decades thereafter. But the Christie administration is now attempting to rescind state recognition, which is causing extensive damage to the Tribe and its members. CHP successfully defeated the Attorney General’s motion to dismiss the federal case, which is now moving into the discovery phase, and appealed the lower court’s dismissal of its state action.


CHP was engaged as the management team for Preservation50, the United States’ effort to celebrate, learn from, and leverage the National Historic Preservation Act’s first five decades to assure historic preservation’s vibrant future in America. The unprecedented Preservation50 coalition united more than 300 preservation organizations and agencies to advance common goals and exciting programs, including Congressional reauthorization of the Historic Preservation Fund, accomplished in late 2016.

American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA)

ACRA is the national trade association for cultural resource management firms. These firms are part of a $1 billion/year industry that provides responsible solutions that balance development and preservation. CHP serves ACRA in two capacities— as government relations counsel and as director of strategic initiatives. We have forged a legislative agenda, supported 150 member visits to Capitol Hill, and developed strategic alliances to amplify impact. In 2014, we led ACRA’s revision of its strategic plan. As a result, the association is now growing its membership and supporter bases.

Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA)

SHA is the largest scholarly group concerned with the archaeology of the modern world. CHP represents SHA’s interests in Washington, advocating for increased federal investment in archaeological research, protections for underwater cultural heritage (including the wreck of the RMS Titanic), and appropriations for the Historic Preservation Fund. We develop SHA’s briefing materials and messaging, coordinate Hill visits for board members, and organized the Society’s reception on Capitol Hill in January 2016.

Block Island Preservation Orgs

When the nation’s first off shore wind farm was proposed off the coast of Block Island, the National Historic Preservation Act required an assessment of impacts to historic and cultural resources and consultation with the community. We represented the Block Island Historical Society and the Southeast Lighthouse Foundation in their negotiations with the Army Corps of Engineers, the Rhode Island State Historic Preservation Office, and Deepwater Wind.