FLORIDA GOVERNMENT ADVOCACY TEAM
For more than three decades, Holland & Knight has represented clients before Florida’s local and state governments, guiding them through complex issues of the executive and legislative branches that affect their interests in the Sunshine State. Our team of experienced government advocates is committed to helping clients use government to their business advantages.
A LONG HISTORY ADVOCATING FOR CLIENTS Our Florida Government Advocacy Team (FGAT) of public policy advisors and lawyers applies its depth of experience, relationships and substantive political and legal know-how to advocate on your behalf to resolve any issues of concern that relate to Florida government, including:
Monitoring Legislative Activity
Supporting Legislation Favorable to Your Company
Seeking Sponsors of Bills or Amendments
Testifying Before Legislative Committees
Advocating for Appropriations
Drafting Bills or Amendments
Opposing Legislation That Could Be Harmful to Your Business
FLORIDA LEADERS Bob Martinez: Former governor of Florida, former drug czar under President George H.W. Bush and former mayor of Tampa
Kimberly Case: Former director of legislative affairs for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and former director of legislative affairs for Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum and Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher
Miguel de Grandy: Former member of the Florida House of Representatives, including serving as the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee
Rick Perez: Former general counsel to the Florida Department of State
Nate Adams: Former deputy general counsel to Governor Jeb Bush and the Florida Department of Education
Ron Klein: Former U.S. congressman, former member of the Florida House of Representatives, and former minority whip and democratic leader of the Florida Senate
Mia McKown: Former general counsel to the Florida Department of Citrus and former hearing officer for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Mark Delegal: Holland & Knight’s FGAT co-chair with more than two decades of experience in legislative, regulatory and administrative law services
Our FGAT members are active in the political process. Our support for statewide candidates, as well as candidates for the Florida Legislature, enables our team to maximize opportunities for our clients.
We counsel on constitutional amendments, public policy issues and local ballot referendums. We assist clients in forming political campaign committees and advise on Florida’s campaign finance laws.
Holland & Knight’s FGAT members have extensive experience working on numerous campaigns and with the statewide political parties, providing political strategy and implementation for candidates.
OUR REACH GOES BEYOND THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE The support you receive from our FGAT members is not limited to representation before the Florida Legislature. We also have a long-standing and extensive executive branch lobbying and state administrative law practice, which includes representing clients before the governor, the Florida Cabinet and all state agencies.
Environmental Regulatory Issues Environmental Regulatory Issues
Compliance and Enforcement Compliance and Proceedings Enforcement Proceedings
Policy Development Policy Development
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Agency Rulemaking Agency Rulemaking
Administrative Litigation Administrative Litigation
Procurement Government Procurement
Business and Professional Business and Licensing Professional Licensing
A TRACK RECORD CLIENTS DEPEND ON
»»Secured funding for economic development and
advance manufacturing of nanotechnology initiatives in Central Florida
»»Successfully helped insurance groups protect the
sanctity of life insurance by supporting the charge to end the longtime battle over Stranger Originated Life Insurance (STOLI)
»»Successfully advocated for legislation that authorized the state to conduct a feasibility study to acquire a bridge as part of Florida’s Turnpike system
»»Successfully secured funding to assist a nonprofit
zoo in upgrading a life support system for sick and injured manatees
»»Assisted major pharmaceutical companies, long-term care companies, health plans and other members of the healthcare industry with corporate compliance programs and HIPAA compliance plans
»»Successfully advocated for legislation that offered
an official apology from the Florida Legislature to former students of the Dozier School for Boys and the Okeechobee School who were subjected to physical and sexual abuse in the 1940s-1960s while under the state’s care
»»Successfully opposed legislation that would
have taxed all businesses in tort litigation with prejudgment interest on economic and noneconomic damages, as well as on attorney fees and costs
»»Successfully held off attempts by the world’s largest brewer to require Florida-owned breweries to give away glassware to bars and restaurants
»»Represented a service provider in defending a bid protest and civil litigation relating to a contract valued in excess of $50 million
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