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Yolanda Cash Jackson Creates Largest Endowed Scholarship Fund

August 24, 2020 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Becker, a multi-practice commercial law firm with attorneys, lobbyists, and other professionals at offices throughout the East Coast, announced that Management Committee Member and Government Relations Shareholder Yolanda Cash Jackson created The University of Florida Levin College of Law’s (UF Law) largest endowed scholarship fund. Ms. Jackson, […]

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Becker Joins Over 125 Law Firms Committed to Racial Equality

Becker has joined the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA), a partnership of over 125 law firms who have made a commitment to racial equality. LFAA is hosting a virtual summit on July 29 – 30 which will help define the Alliance’s core mission and provide a better understanding of structural racism. Becker Managing Shareholder Gary Rosen and Shareholder Yolanda Cash Jackson will attend on behalf […]

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A Message from Our Management Committee

Since its founding, Becker has demonstrated a commitment to freedom, equality, and the betterment of the communities we serve. We will continue to use our resources, influence, and voice to rectify injustice and create positive change. Becker has contributed to a number of organizations that oppose racial injustice, however we realize there is more work […]

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Yolanda Cash Jackson Moderates Virtual Town Hall “Election 2020”

Becker Shareholder Yolanda Cash Jackson  moderated a Virtual Town Hall on “Election 2020” presented by the Miami Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Panelists included mayoral candidates Esteban Bovo, Daniella Levine Cava, Alex Penelas, and Xavier Suarez. They discussed the outlook of Miami-Dade county post COVID-19 and how the mayoral candidates intend to adapt to […]

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Coronavirus Special Edition “Federal Dollars: How the CARES Act is Affecting Florida”

It has been over a month since the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020.  This over $2 trillion economic relief package provides fast and direct economic assistance for American workers, families, small businesses, and preserves jobs for American […]

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Yolanda Cash Jackson Honored as ‘Best Mentor’ in Daily Business Review’s 2020 Professional Excellence Awards

The Daily Business Review has recognized Government Law & Lobbying Shareholder Yolanda Cash Jackson as a ‘Best Mentor’ in its 2020 Professional Excellence Awards. The ‘Best Mentor’ awards are given to South Florida attorneys who have taken it upon themselves to prepare the next generation of legal talent by passing along valuable knowledge and paving […]

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Becker Insider | March 2020

The Becker Insider provides recent news and unique perspectives into the Florida policy issues that matter most to you. At Becker, we believe that our strengths truly lie in our differences. Our local, state, and federal lobbying teams have deep and longstanding relationships across the political spectrum, allowing us to better champion the interests of […]

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Legislative Update: Week 8-9 (March 3 – March 10)

Headlines Governor declares state of emergency: A news conference was held Monday afternoon at the Capitol, where the Governor urged Floridians to take common-sense precautions and stressed that normally healthy individuals remain at low risk of contracting the coronovirus.  This press conference comes after five lawmakers were forced to self-quarantine due to their attendance at a […]

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Becker Kicks off Women’s History Month by Celebrating Women of Color in Florida Politics

Tallahassee, FL – March 2, 2020 – Becker hosted its inaugural “Celebrating Women of Color in Florida Politics” event February 19, 2020 at restaurant Table 23 in Tallahassee. Shareholder Yolanda Cash Jackson led the event, which served as a celebratory kickoff to Women’s History Month taking place in March. The networking event was attended by women […]

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Legislative Update: Week 7 (February 24-28)

Headlines E-Verify: This week a House committee decides to advance legislation that requires Florida businesses to verify employment eligibility for workers.  HB 1265 by Representative Cord Byrd passed favorably in the Commerce Committee in a 15-8 vote.  This bill would require either use of the federal E-Verify database or, in some cases, use of the […]

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Legislative Update: Week 6 (February 17-21)

Headlines Abortion: This week, after two days of grueling and heated debate, parental consent for minors’ abortions was voted to become law by the Florida House. SB 404 by Senator Kelli Stargel is now headed to Governor DeSantis’ desk for review and signature. Florida law currently requires that parents or guardians are notified if a […]

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Legislative Update: Week 5 (February 10-14)

Below you will find a summary of legislation that moved during week five of Session. Each issue discussed has the potential to impact your municipality and organization. In the weeks ahead, we will continue to monitor these bills and others while advocating on your behalf. Ready to Sign: This week, Governor Ron DeSantis received four […]

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Legislative Update: Week 4 (February 3-7)

Appropriations: This week both the House and Senate passed their respective budgets out of the Appropriations Committee.  The Senate proposed a $92.8 billion budget that includes a 3% pay raise for state workers, the first in years.  The House proposed a $91.3 billion that is $1.3 billion lighter than the Senate.  Both chambers included $500 […]

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Yolanda Cash Jackson Co-Founds The National Black Professional Lobbyists Association (NBPLA)

Becker Shareholder Yolanda Cash Jackson is a co-founder of The National Black Lobbyists Association (NBPLA), a group created to promote diversity and inclusion in the lobbying corps at state capitols. Gregory Jones, President and CEO of The Jones Group, and John Heath, Government Affairs Manager at Turo, also serve as co-founders of the Association. Launched […]

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University of Florida Law Trailblazer: Yolanda Cash Jackson

Shareholder Yolanda Cash Jackson delivered the 2019 University of Florida Levin College of Law commencement address earlier this year. Ms. Jackson is a double Gator having earned both her law and undergraduate degrees from the University of Florida. “I’m not afraid to try to do things differently…somebody has to do things for the first time, […]

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2019 Florida Legislative Session Wrap Up Event Video

Recently, Becker hosted a Session Wrap-Up event featuring a discussion on the hot and not-so-hot issues covered during the recent Florida Legislative Session. Moderated by Becker Shareholders Ellyn S. Bogdanoff and Yolanda Cash Jackson, the event featured special guests Senator Oscar Braynon II, Representative Shevrin Jones, and Representative Chip LaMarca. The conversation explored key issues […]

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Legislative Update: Legislative Session Summary – Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County

One day after its scheduled close, the legislature adjourned after passing a $91.1 billion budget which fell slightly short of Governor Desantis’ recommended budget. Of the 1,861 bills (excluding local appropriation requests) that were filed, 195 passed and will be sent to the Governor’s desk for approval. Some of the major topics discussed were disposable […]

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Legislative Update: 2019 Post-Legislative Session Report

One day after its scheduled close, the legislature adjourned after passing a $91.1 billion budget which fell slightly short of Governor Desantis’ recommended budget. $682 million was appropriated for water-quality efforts related to red tides, algae blooms, and Everglades restoration, and over $220 million was directed to the panhandle area for Hurricane Michael recovery efforts. […]

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“Yolanda Cash Jackson to Deliver UF Law’s 2019 Commencement Address,” Florida Politics

Yolanda Cash Jackson will head to Gainesville next week to deliver the commencement address for the next batch of JDs coming out of The University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law. The Becker & Poliakoff shareholder is herself an alumna of UF Law and her ties to her alma mater run deep — […]

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Legislative Update: 2019 Session – Week 9

Week 9: April 29 – May 3, 2019 Emergency Services: The Governor approved SB 426, Firefighters, sponsored by Senator Flores. The bill grants certain benefits to a firefighter upon receiving a diagnosis of cancer if certain conditions are met, and requires an employer to make certain disability payments to a firefighter in the event of […]

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Becker’s 2019 Shareholder Meeting

Becker Shareholders and Senior Management recently came together for the firm’s 2019 Shareholder Meeting. Attorneys and lobbyists from the firm’s 16 offices throughout Florida and the East Coast convened in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for a productive and educational weekend of relationship building, strategic planning, and camaraderie. Hosted at the Dalmar Hotel, attendees took part in […]

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Legislative Update: 2019 Session – Week 8

Week 8: April 22 – 26, 2019 Elections: The Senate Rules Committee, the Senate, and the House heard SB 7066/ HB 7101, Election Administration, sponsored by the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee and the House State Affairs Committee. The bill requires the Secretary of State to provide signature matching training to certain persons, and revises […]

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Legislative Update: 2019 Session – Week 7

Week 7: April 15 – 19, 2019 Proposed 2019-2020 Budget The House and Senate Chambers have also released the first drafts of their proposed 2019-2020 budget. Here is a generalized breakdown of the current draft budget compared to last year’s budget, and the draft budget broken down by section. Source Senate PCB 2500 House PCB […]

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Legislative Update: 2019 Session – Week 6

Week 6: April 8 – 12, 2019 Proposed 2019-2020 Budget The House and Senate Chambers have also released the first drafts of their proposed 2019-2020 budget. Here is a generalized breakdown of the current draft budget compared to last year’s budget, and the draft budget broken down by section. Source Senate PCB 2500 House PCB […]

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Legislative Update: 2019 Session – Week 5

Week 5: April 1 – 5, 2019 Proposed 2019-2020 Budget The House and Senate Chambers have also released the first drafts of their proposed 2019-2020 budget. Here is a generalized breakdown of the current draft budget compared to last year’s budget, and the draft budget broken down by section. Source Senate PCB 2500 House PCB […]

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Legislative Update: 2019 Session – Week 4

Week 4: March 25 – 29, 2019 Proposed 2019-2020 Budget The House and Senate Chambers have also released the first drafts of their proposed 2019-2020 budget. Here is a generalized breakdown of the current draft budget compared to last year’s budget, and the draft budget broken down by section. Source Senate PCB 2500 House PCB […]

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Yolanda Cash Jackson Selected as a Miami Herald 2019 Influencer

Shareholder Yolanda Cash Jackson was recently selected as one of 50 state leaders for the Miami Herald’s 2019 Influencer Series. The project draws on the leadership and expertise of 50 of Florida’s leading voices to elevate civil conversation and keep policy-makers focused on challenges that matter to the state, both during the current legislative session […]

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Legislative Update: 2019 Session – Week 3

Week 3: March 18 – 22, 2019 Elections: The House State Affairs Committee heard SAC 1, Elections, sponsored by the House State Affairs Committee. The bill was passed unanimously and will move on to a second committee. The PCB bill makes the following changes to the Florida Election Code: Extends the deadline for curing defective […]

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Legislative Update: 2019 Session – Week 2

Week 2: March 11 – 15, 2019 Elections: The House Oversight, Transparency & Public Management Subcommittee heard HB 613/ (SB 270), Repeal of Public Campaign Financing Requirement, sponsored by Representative Roth. The bill proposes the repeal of s. 7, Art. VI of State Constitution to eliminate the requirement for public financing of campaigns of candidates […]

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Legislative Update: 2019 Session – Week 1

Week 1, March 4 – 8, 2019 Elections: The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee heard SB 272/ (HB 613), Campaign Finance, sponsored by Senator Baxley. The bill repeals provisions relating to the Florida Election Campaign Financing Act; specifically deleting provisions governing the public funding of campaigns for candidates for statewide office who agree to certain […]

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Yolanda Cash Jackson Lobbied to Send Bethune Statue to Washington

Florida has kept a relatively low profile when it comes to Confederate symbols in public places, except for one very public place — National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. One of the state’s statues honors Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith. Becker shareholder Yolanda Cash Jackson helped lead a campaign to replace his statue with […]

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Yolanda Cash Jackson: The Real Election Day Surprise

Given all the controversy surrounding Florida’s elections and vote recounts, it’s easy to miss the real Election Day surprise — the gains made by black women vying for state legislative seats. These down-ballot victories often get overlooked when compared to top-of-ticket races or controversial ballot initiatives that draw voter interest. Winning seats in the Florida […]

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Yolanda Cash Jackson Inducted into Miami Edison Hall of Fame

Yolanda Cash Jackson, shareholder in our Government Law & Lobbying Group, has been inducted into the Miami Edison Hall of Fame. Now in its second year, the annual event recognizes alumni, faculty, and staff members of the Miami Edison Community who  have made noteworthy accomplishments in an array of fields including education, community involvement and […]

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Daily Business Review Selects Yolanda Cash Jackson as Most Effective Lawyer

The Daily Business Review is announcing its 14th annual Most Effective Lawyers recognizing their stellar achievements for clients in the past year. By far the most competitive categories were class action/mass torts and complex/business litigation, reflecting the dominance of challenging and nuanced litigation as well as the mastery of its South Florida practitioners. Attorneys handled […]

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Gov. Scott Signs Bethune Statue Bill – Big Win for State Lobbying Team

On March 18, Governor Rick Scott signed a bill making it official – a statue of civil-rights leader and educator Mary McLeod Bethune will replace the current statue of a Confederate general as a representative of Florida in the U.S. Capitol. Yolanda Cash Jackson, Mario Bailey and our entire lobbying team in Tallahassee led the […]

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Bethune Statue Bill a Big Win for State Lobbying Team

Spearheaded by Yolanda Cash Jackson, Mario Bailey and our entire lobbying team in Tallahassee, Governor Rick Scott is poised to sign a bill that will lead to a statue of civil-rights leader and educator Mary McLeod Bethune replacing the likeness of a Confederate general as a representative of Florida in the U.S. Capitol. Read more about […]

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A Stellar 2017 for Tallahassee Lobbying Team

As reported in today’s FloridaPolitics and to paraphrase Frank Sinatra, they had a very good year. Read the full article here: http://floridapolitics.com/archives/256624-becker-poliakoff-brings-530k-q4-2-75m-2017

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Bethune Statue Bill a Big Win for Our State Lobbying Team

Congratulations to Yolanda Cash Jackson, Mario Bailey and our entire lobbying team in Tallahassee! With Gov. Rick Scott poised to sign a bill that will lead to a statue of civil-rights leader and educator Mary McLeod Bethune replacing the likeness of a Confederate general as a representative of Florida in the U.S. Capitol, we tip our […]

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Yolanda Cash Jackson Inducted into the Children Of Inmates League of Superheroes

In recognition of her “Superheroic” efforts for the organization, Yolanda Cash Jackson, shareholder in our Government Law & Lobbying Group, will be inducted into the Children Of Inmates League of Superheroes. The induction ceremony will be held in the State Capital Rotunda at 10am on February 13. Already a three-year inductee, Yolanda will become a […]

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Yolanda Cash Jackson and Hugo Alvarez Nominated as Legal Luminary Finalists

Hugo Alvarez, shareholder in our Business Litigation group, and Yolanda Cash Jackson, shareholder in our Government Law & Lobbying group, have been nominated as Legal Luminary Award finalists by the Dade County Bar Association. Mr. Alvarez is a nominee in the Insurance category, Ms. Jackson in the Lobbying & Government Relations category. With over 71,000 […]

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“Sister to Sister” Networking Event Fosters a First in Lauderdale Lakes

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – June 22, 2017 – Becker & Poliakoff shareholder and state lobbyist Yolanda Cash Jackson and Lauderdale Lakes Mayor Hazelle P. Rogers met in 2000 and their careers have intersected ever since. Each woman has dedicated her professional life to advancing the interests of underrepresented communities throughout Florida, Ms. Jackson as an attorney […]

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Yolanda Cash Jackson Receives League of Superheroes Award

Yolanda Cash Jackson, shareholder in our Ft. Lauderdale and Tallahassee offices, was inducted for the third year into the Children of Inmates League of Superheroes class. At a May 2, 2017, press conference in the State Capitol Rotunda, Ms. Cash Jackson was recognized for her heroic efforts on behalf of the Children of Inmates program, having guided legislative efforts […]

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The News Service of Florida has five questions for Yolanda Cash Jackson

Lobbyist Yolanda Cash Jackson has been involved in the legislative process across three decades. She has represented a wide range of clients, from non-profits and charities to businesses deep in into industry wars. One of the Capitol’s relatively few African-American women lobbyists, Jackson currently represents clients as diverse as Bethune-Cookman University, Gulf Power, AT&T and […]

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Bank-credit Union Battle, Insurance Clash Likely in Tallahassee

It’s still early in the year, and the 2017 session of the Florida Legislature won’t begin until March, but observers already have some ideas about what state legislation might affect Miami’s financial services community. “There will be a fight between the banks and the credit unions, because there always is,” said Yolanda Cash Jackson, a shareholder […]

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Needle in a Haystack: Yolanda Cash Jackson is an Ideological Sphinx in an Increasingly Polarized Dynamic – Influence Magazine

By Ryan Ray | Photos by Mary Beth Tyson Despite a few superficial differences, Becker & Poliakoff’s Yolanda Cash Jackson is your typical high-powered Tallahassee lobbyist. Except  more so. The 1992 redistricting that gave rise to so-called “minority-access” districts, Hurricane Andrew and its aftermath, the dawn of GOP dominance in the statehouse and governor’s mansion, the 2000 Bush […]

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National Black Caucus of State Legislators Elects Yolanda Cash Jackson to Corporate Round Table Board

FT. LAUDERDALE, January 9, 2014 – The Becker & Poliakoff law firm proudly announces that the Corporate Round Table (CRT) of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) has elected Yolanda Cash Jackson to a two-year term on the Board beginning in 2014. Ms. Jackson will be installed as a new officer of CRT during […]

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Becker & Poliakoff Elects Two New Management Committee Members

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL, February 9, 2009 – Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., a diversified commercial law firm with more than 130 attorneys in 13 Florida offices, New York City, New Jersey, Nassau (Bahamas) and Prague, today announced that the firm’s shareholders elected shareholders Yolanda Cash Jackson and Rosa M. de la Camarato the Management Committee, which determines the strategic direction and […]

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