State legislation and regulation can greatly affect every industry. In Florida’s complex and ever-evolving economy, it is vital that businesses take a proactive approach to navigating the governmental policies and decisions that impact their business interests and priorities before they are adopted. Our Government Affairs team’s primary focus is to guide clients through the maze of regulations relevant to their business and to formulate and execute strategies to achieve their desired policy goals. We help clients craft solution-driven advocacy plans and targeted legislative and executive initiatives.
Our team closely monitors both the legislative and executive branches to keep our clients well-informed of emerging legislative and regulatory developments. By regularly analyzing and tracking the progress of significant legislation and agency actions that will impact our clients, we are able to protect their interests and provide them with critical insights into avoiding regulatory obstacles. Additionally, we proactively advocate for clients’ positions, enabling them to take advantage of new opportunities. Our representation is ongoing, advising clients before, during and after changes occur. We are committed to relentlessly championing for our clients to ensure they are well-represented before the Florida legislature, executive agencies, and local governments year-round.
Through decades of practice in both the public and private sectors, our team has established a deep understanding of the technical and procedural aspects of the policy-making process at the federal, state and local levels. We have experience developing and implementing policy, strong and enduring relationships with government decision-makers and industry associations, and a broad knowledge of the process and issues that shape Florida’s unique political and economic landscape. We are adept at maneuvering around political, legislative and regulatory obstacles to achieve our clients’ objectives. Our statewide practice allows us to routinely engage with federal, state, and regional agencies and local government offices. Our capital office provides convenient access for regular and immediate interaction with all state agencies. We leverage our long-standing relationships with key elected officials and external stakeholders to act as a catalyst for change and facilitate favorable outcomes in line with clients’ goals.
Our Government Affairs team works collaboratively statewide with all of our offices. We enjoy the convenience, resources, credibility, and visibility of a large law firm while providing the personal attention, accessibility, dependability, and passion of a boutique firm. Understanding that Government Affairs influences nearly every industry, our team partners with other strategic practice areas in the Firm leveraging, building upon and expanding the Firms’ deep relationships, diverse collective experience and full-service capabilities.
- Government & Agency Affairs
- Governmental Liaison
- Rulemaking, Bill & Amendment Drafting
- Issues Research & Management
- Intelligence Gathering, Evaluation & Monitoring of Legislation & Agency Actions
- Strategic Planning & Legislative Strategy
- Florida Executive Branch and Agencies
- Florida Legislature
- Federal Agencies
- Local Governments
- Coalition Management
- Public Policy
- Public Relations
- Ethics Compliance
- Cross Functional Relationships
- Risk Assessment
- Ad Valorem Tax
- Affordable Housing
- Arts, Sports & Culture
- Banking & Finance
- Cannabis (Hemp/Medical Marijuana)
- Election Policy
- Growth Management, Land Use, and Land Development
- Labor & Employment
- Life Sciences
- Real Estate
COVID News Update, Government & Administrative News Update, Publications:
COVID-19 Legal Compass | Timely and Significant COVID-19 Updates
Stearns Weaver MIller News Update|March 2020|Marco T. Paredes, Jr., S. Elise Batsel, Reggie L. Bouthillier, Peter Desiderio, Jessica M. Icerman, Kevin Reali, David M. Smith, F. Joseph Ullo, Jr.
In the Media:
Sunburn — The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics — 2.27.20