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Government Law & Lobbying

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.

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. 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.

Based in Washington, DC, Omar Franco and Clarence Williams, each of whom is a former Chief of Staff in the U.S. House of Representatives (Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and former Congressman Kendrick Meek (D-FL), respectively) lead the Federal lobbying effort in Washington, D.C. along with Amanda Wood, former Chief Legislative Director to Senator Bob Graham.

Former Miami Dade County Manager George Burgess, and long time 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. Bill Cea is one of South Florida's leading procurement attorneys and has successfully won or defended dozens of multi-million dollar bids, RFP, RLI, IFB and RFQ along with Mark Stempler. Jeremy Shir is a lawyer-lobbyist who helps clients navigate the complex governmental procurement process, and is an experienced land-use attorney.

Our local government practice is active throughout Florida and in particular 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 House of Representatives.

Representative Clients

Public sector clients: Palm Beach County (Federal Lobbying), Delray Beach (Federal Lobbying), Broward County School Board (Construction and State Lobbying), Miami Dade County (State Lobbying), Cities of Hollywood (State Lobbying), Opa-Locka (Federal and State Lobbying), Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Pompano Beach, Miami Gardens, West Park, Cape Coral, Homestead, Miami Springs, Miami, Virginia Gardens (State Lobbying), Parkland (Special Counsel), Pinecrest (State Lobbying), Collier County (Procurement), Village of Wellington (Procurement), Hialeah (Federal), plus special districts such as the Miami Dade Expressway Authority (Lobbying), the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach (Lobbying), Miami-Dade County School Board (Construction, Lobbying), Coral Springs Improvement District (Construction).

Private sector clients: TD Bank, Clear Channel, AT&T, Plantir, Algenol BioFuels, Bethune Cookman College, Florida Association of Jewish Federations, Florida Memorial University, T-Mobile, Gulf Power, The Isle Casino and Racing at Pompano Park, Duty Free Americas, Reynolds Smith and Hill, Westin-Diplomat Hotel, Pinnacle Housing, Fortune Development, Embraer Aircraft, Inc., Stiles Development and Construction, James A. Cummings, Balfour Beatty, Bergeron Emergency Services, Bergeron Land Development, and Bergeron Environmental-Recycling, U.S. Legal, American Traffic Solutions (ATS), Go Transportation, Ocean Properties, Intuit Health, Delaware North Food and Hospitality (FLL), Travelex Financial Services, Secure Wrap, Keolis, ORACLE, CIBER, Advance Auto Parts, Florida Stevedoring, Southern Waste Systems, Sunshine State Health Plans, Paradies Airport Shops, AECOM Water, The Carrie Meek Foundation, Coventry Health Plans, Master Concessionair, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Tutor-Perini-Baker Concrete J.V., Gresham Smith, Vertical V, All Year Cooling and Heating, Ben Gamla Charter Schools, Advantage Academy Charter School, Brown & Caldwell, FCCI Insurance Group, RYO Cigar Association, Safety Net Hospitals, Florida Crystals, Miami Dade Youth Fair, Florida Polytechnic University, Wade Trim, Cherry Road, Standard Parking, Air-IT, Related, BMG Money, ShotSpotter (SST, Inc.), National Independent Retailers Association, Funding Wonder, Inc., Abbvie, Inc., Visco, and Florida Yacht Brokers Association.

For Federal lobbying, Becker & Poliakoff also represents Franco Government Relations, whose clients include: Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, and North Bay Village.

Name Title Phone V-Card Email Office
Perry M. Adair Office Managing Shareholder, Miami 305.260.1016 Miami
Mario J. Bailey Senior Government Relations Consultant 954.364.6094 Ft. Lauderdale
Alan S. Becker Founding Shareholder 954.985.4127 Ft. Lauderdale
Jose A. Bermudez Senior Government Relations Consultant 305.262.4433 Miami
Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff Shareholder 954-364-6005 Ft. Lauderdale
George M. Burgess Chief Operating Officer 954.985.4121 Ft. Lauderdale
Jeff P.H. Cazeau Of Counsel 305.260.1039 Miami
Jennifer Diaz Of Counsel 305.260.1053 Miami
Omar Franco Senior Government Relations Consultant 202.731.3401 Washington, DC
Bernie Friedman Shareholder 954.985.4180 Ft. Lauderdale
Jose Keichi Fuentes Senior Government Relations Consultant 305.262.4433 Miami
Yeline Goin Attorney 407.875.0955 Orlando
Yolanda Cash Jackson Shareholder 954.985.4132 Ft. Lauderdale
Martin Klimpl Office Managing Shareholder, Czech Republic (+420) 224 900 000 Prague, Czech Republic
Nicholas G. Matthews Senior Government Relations Consultant 954.985.4135 Ft. Lauderdale
David G. Muller Shareholder 239.552.3200 Naples
Laurie Rains Rowe Senior Government & Corporate Relations Consultant 202.621.7122 Washington, DC
Jeremy Shir Attorney 954.987.7550 Ft. Lauderdale
Alexander T. Silbey Senior Government Relations Consultant 571.969.7090 Washington, DC
Karen Skyers Attorney 813.527.3900 Tampa Bay
Sarah E. Spector Shareholder 239.433.7707 Ft. Myers
Mark J. Stempler Shareholder 561.655.5444 West Palm Beach
W. Gregory Steube Attorney 941.366.8826 Sarasota
Clarence Williams Senior Government Relations Consultant 202.621.7264 Washington, DC
Amanda L. Wood Senior Government Relations Consultant 202-506-4808 Washington, DC