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. 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. Jennifer Diaz, Chair of the Customs & International Trade group, works with Federal agencies including the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and others.
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, and Helena Ramirez, former Manager at Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute. Jennifer Diaz, one of the youngest attorneys to become Board Certified in International Law by the Florida Bar, heads our growing Customs and Trade practice with Trade Consultant Haydee del Toro.
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. Local government lawyer Jeff Cazeau also has a national practice helping minority and disadvantaged companies with Federal, State, local certifications.
Alan Koslow is one of Florida’s leading gaming attorneys and has also been called a “King of City Hall” and one of South Florida’s top Gaming Law Attorneys by the Miami Herald. 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. Marcie Oppenheimer Nolan, a certified land planner, former Town of Davie Development Services Director and FAU Professor of Urban and Regional Planning Studies, and former Ft. Lauderdale Assistant City Attorney Hope Calhoun represents developers and other clients before local governments. Neil Schiller is a Managing Shareholder of our rapidly growing Palm Beach office, and practices local government law in Palm Beach and Broward Counties. Our local government practice is active throughout Florida and in particular in Collier, Sarasota/Manatee, Lee, Pinellas and the Tampa Bay region including attorneys Mark Trank, Sarah Spector, Michael Boutzoukas and Greg Steube, a member of the Florida House of Representatives.
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.