Lobbyist Teye Reeves has joined the Tallahassee firm of Smith, Bryan & Myers (SBM).
“Teye has cemented herself as an ardent influencer in the Capitol,” said Matt Bryan, president of SBM, in a statement. “She has the ability to see an issue from all angles and effectively navigate it through the legislative and executive process.
“We’re happy to have her as a part of our diverse team focused on providing complete and successful representation for our clients.”
Added Reeves: “I’m excited to be joining Smith, Bryan & Myers. They have a stellar team approach with a reputation of getting things done for their clients. I look forward to being a part of the team.”
Reeves – featured in a recent edition of INFLUENCE Magazine – joins the firm as a governmental affairs consultant and attorney. She was previously with Floridian Partners.
She has been involved in state politics for more than a decade, representing clients on matters related to insurance, tort reform, taxation, land use, regulated industries, health care, financial services and employment issues before the Legislature, Cabinet, and agencies, as well as before local government entities, according to a press release.
The Cape Coral native received an undergraduate degree in advertising from the University of Florida and a law degree from Texas Tech School of Law. She has been licensed to practice law in Florida since 2008.
In a 2017 interview with INFLUENCE, Reeves explained that the toughness she learned from martial arts as a kid translates to her work.
“When I was 7, my parents put me into karate as opposed to all of the other things that you usually put little girls into,” she said. “So by the time I was 15, I had my black belt, and I was competing all over Florida and the southeast.
“… In that regard, it kind of made me almost fearless … there isn’t a more adversarial way to be up against (someone) than to have full gear on and be sparring with them.
“And also, I won a lot.”
Reeves can now be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.