Government Law & Lobbying

Government law and lobbying have been a core practice for the firm since its founding in 1973. Our team has distinguished itself in the political, legislative and local governmental arenas.

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.

The Team

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.

Longtime lobbyists Jose Fuentes and Jose Bermudez assist clients in Miami-Dade County and Tallahassee. Jose Bermudez served as a Special Assistant to Governor Rick Scott.

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.

Jennifer Drake and Lee Weintraub head up the firm’s growing P3 Practice Group, which draws on the resources of the Government Law and Lobbying team.