INFLUENCE Magazine – Summer 2020

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Briefings from the Rotunda

Becker earns ‘go to’ rep in Tally

Yolanda Cash Jackson

Call it a knockout first quarter. One of the state’s top lobby-law firms sure is. Becker reported earning between $500,000 and $999,999 between Jan. 1 and March 31. That period covered the entirety of the 2020 Legislative Session, during which the firm picked up several new clients. The firm’s government law and lobbying team members had their hands in a variety of issues during the most recent Session. Led by Bernie Friedman, the 2020 roster included Alex Alamo, Ellyn Bogdanoff, Michael Casanover, Anna Cherubin, Jose Fuentes, Mike Grissom, Yolanda Cash Jackson, Nicholas Matthews, Shayla Mount and LaToya Sheals. The 2020 Session was a chance for Becker to expand its already diverse portfolio. New clients included the Florida Rural Economic Development Association, the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization, and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). Florida Memorial University, Florida


Urban Medical and Educational Services, Stilltsville Investments and Ygrene Energy Fund Florida were among the firm’s largest clients during the first quarter, each paying $20,000 to $29,999 for Becker’s services. The firm also boasted a host of prestige clients during the first three months of the year, including AT&T, TECO Energy and Miami-Dade Public Schools. Becker continued its reputation as one of the go-to firms for local governments. The firm represented more than a dozen cities and counties, including Miami-Dade County and the city of Miami. Look for Becker to continue its growth in the months to come. In May, the firm announced it hired Derek Silver to serve as a government relations consultant in the state and local lobbying practice. A veteran of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ 2018 gubernatorial campaign, Silver served as the deputy director of government relations in the Office of Insurance Regulation before joining Becker.



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