Government law and lobbying have been a core practice for the firm since its founding in 1973. The team of lawyers and lobbyists includes several who have served in high-level government positions and have distinguished themselves in the political, legislative and local governmental arenas. The Government team includes former and current City attorneys, former and current elected officials, former legislative aides to Florida legislators, former chiefs of staff to U.S. Congressmen in Washington, D.C., and campaign managers for a myriad of elected officials. This first-hand working knowledge of government, at every level, provides clients with valuable insights and understanding of the legislative, administrative, and regulatory processes, and helps clients navigate the maze of government.
Founding shareholder Alan Becker served in the Florida Legislature before running for statewide office and U.S. Congress. He is the past chair of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council and is on Executive Board of Enterprise Florida.
Bernie Friedman, the practice group’s Chair, is a former Chief of Staff to a U.S. Congressman. He was named a leading “Powerbroker” in Broward County by the Sun-Sentinel. Also in Broward is Nick Matthews, a former Chief of Staff to a State Senator and lobbyist for Broward County. Yolanda Cash Jackson, the group’s State Government team leader, uses her “deep community roots” and “personal ties to influential personalities” (Miami Herald, May 11, 2010) to advance clients’ interests with the Legislature, Executive Agencies, and Governor. Mario Bailey, a gubernatorial appointee to the South Florida Regional Planning Council, a former Legislative Aide in the Florida House and active member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, is also a lobbyist on our Tallahassee lobbying team. Former Republican Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff brings a treasure trove of relationships in Palm Beach, Broward, the Legislature and Executive Agencies. Yeline Goin is the Executive Director of the firm’s Community Association Leadership Lobby (CALL). Yeline also lobbies on behalf of cities and other clients and is based in Orlando.
Based in Washington, D.C., Omar Franco and Clarence Williams, are former Chiefs of Staff to Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and former Congressman Kendrick Meek (D-FL). They lead the Federal lobbying effort in Washington, D.C. along with Amanda Wood, former Chief Legislative Director to Senator Bob Graham. Bert Gómez is a Senior Corporate and Government Relations Director in Washington, D.C. Bert was a Senior Vice President of Univision and is well respected on Capitol Hill and the Executive Agencies. Carissa Faña is a former Capitol Hill staffer and External Relations head at INTUIT. Jordan Blumenthal was a Chief Aide to Congressman Patrick Murphy.
Bill Cea and Mark Stempler are South Florida’s leading procurement attorneys and have successfully won or defended dozens of multi-million dollar bids, RFP, RLI, IFB and RFQ. Jeremy Shir is a lawyer-lobbyist who helps clients navigate the complex land development processes and is experienced at assisting clients in zoning, land use, permitting and anything else related to development entitlements in Florida.
Dan Wallach heads the firm’s Gaming and Sports Law. He is a nationally recognized authority and has counseled sports teams, casinos, fantasy sports operators and other gaming interests.
Our local government practice is active throughout South Florida and is also active in Collier, Sarasota/Manatee, Lee, Pinellas and the Tampa Bay region including attorney Michael Boutzoukas.
Jennifer Diaz is of-counsel to the firm and her practice focuses on Customs and Trade.
Public sector clients: Palm Beach County, Broward and Miami-Dade County School Boards, Miami- Dade County, Cities of Hollywood, Opa-Locka, Lauderdale Lakes, Homestead, Lauderhill, Pompano Beach, Miami Gardens, West Park, Cape Coral, Homestead, Miami Springs, Miami, Virginia Gardens, Collier County, Sarasota County, Doral, Hialeah, North Bay Village, Village of Wellington, Town of Lake Park, Palatka, Hialeah, plus special districts such as the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach and Florida Association of Local Housing Finance Authorities.
Private sector clients: Clear Channel, AT&T, Bethune Cookman College, Florida Association of Jewish Federations, Florida Memorial University, Gulf Power, Duty Free Americas, Reynolds Smith and Hill, Embraer Aircraft, Inc., Stiles Development, Pirtl Construction, U.S. Legal, American Traffic Solutions (ATS), Go Transportation, Yellow Taxi, Hensel Phelps Construction, Intuit, Delaware North, Travelex Financial Services, Keolis, Advance Auto Parts, Florida Stevedoring, Sunshine State Health Plans, Paradies Airport Shops, The Carrie Meek Foundation, Master Concessionair, Gresham Smith, NV5, Ben Gamla Charter Schools, Brown & Caldwell, FCCI Insurance Group, RYO Cigar Association, Premier Parks, Safety Net Hospitals, Florida Crystals, Florida Polytechnic University, Wade Trim, Keith and Associates, Standard Parking, Amadeus Airport Technology Solutions, Related Urban Development Group, BMG Money, ShotSpotter (SST, Inc.), Florida Yacht Brokers Association, GL Homes, Orlando Magic, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Florida International University, Centene Health Univision, Brady Center, ACR Electronics, Siemens, HMS Host, Ozinga, Matthews Southwest, Ygrene Energy Fund, Ross and Baruzzini, National Health Transportation, Southport Financial Services, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Hitachi, Consulate of Japan, Peoples Gas, and Algenol Biotech.