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 US Congressmen in Washington, DC, 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 client’s 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 recently joined the team. Senator Bogdanoff brings a treasure trove of relationships in Palm Beach, Broward, the Legislature and Executive Agencies. Karen Skyers, a former Chief Aide to Senator Joyner is based in Tampa. Karen has excellent relationships locally in Tampa Bay and before the Legislature. 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, DC, Omar Franco and Clarence Williams, are former Chief of Staff 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. Laurie Rains Rowe has over a decade of Hill experience and focuses on professional certifications.
Former Miami Dade County Manager George Burgess, and longtime lobbyists Jose Fuentes and Jose Bermudez assist clients in Miami Dade County. Jose Fuentes also represents clients in Tallahassee including several South Florida municipalities. Jose Bermudez served as a Special Assistant to Governor Rick Scott and also lobbies in Tallahassee. 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 and land use.
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 attorneys Sarah Spector, Michael Boutzoukas, Karen Skyers and Greg Steube, a member of the Florida Senate.
Jennifer Diaz is of-counsel to the firm and her practice focuses on Customs and Trade.
Jeff Cazeau is City attorney of North Miami Beach and is of-counsel to the firm. His practice includes DBE, ACDBE, WBE and other certifications.
Jennifer Drake, Lee Weintraub and George Burgess head up the firm’s growing P3 Practice Group, which draws on the resources of the Government Law and Lobbying team.
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, Pinecrest, Collier County, Monroe County, Sarasota County, Doral, Hialeah, North Bay Village, Village of Wellington, Palatka, Hialeah, plus special districts such as the Miami Dade Expressway Authority and 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, The Isle Casino and Racing at Pompano Park, Duty Free Americas, Reynolds Smith and Hill, Embraer Aircraft, Inc., Stiles Development Balfour Beatty, Bergeron Emergency Services, U.S. Legal, American Traffic Solutions (ATS), Go Transportation, Yellow Taxi, 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, Tutor-Perini, Gresham Smith, NV5, Ben Gamla Charter Schools, Brown & Caldwell, FCCI Insurance Group, RYO Cigar Association, Safety Net Hospitals, Florida Crystals, Florida Polytechnic University, Wade Trim, Standard Parking, Air-IT, Related, BMG Money, ShotSpotter (SST, Inc.), Florida Yacht Brokers Association, GL Homes, Orlando Magic, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Florida International University, Centene Health Univision, Sunshine Gasoline, Brady Center, Atkins North America, ACR Electronics, Siemens, HMS Host, Ozinga, Matthews Southwest, Ygrene, Ross and Baruzzini, National Health Transportation, FL Taxi Association, Southport Financial Services, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Hitachi and Consulate of Japan