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Lobby teams at top law firms reported strong second quarter earnings

The second quarter of 2016 remained busy for the government affairs teams at several prominent law firms.

Law firms posted strong earnings during the three-month reporting period. Firms are required to file compensation reports each quarter, and the most recent reports were due Aug. 14. The reports typically include compensation ranges.

Reports show Colodny Fass, and The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners earned at least $250,000; while Foley & Lardner, and Gunster Yoakley & Stewart reported earning at least $100,000 during the three-month period.

The lobbying team at Colodny Fass reported a strong second quarter.

Records show the firm reported earning between $250,000 and $499,999 for legislative services between April 1 and June 30.

Along with Michael Colodny, the lobbying team is made up of H. Douglas Bruce, Tom Gallagher, Nicole Graganella, Trevor Mask, Claude Mueller, Meredith Woodrum Snowden, Nate Strickland, and Katherine Webb.

Top clients during the second quarter included Florida Peninsula Insurance group, HCA Healthcare, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, and White Rock Quarries. Records show all of those companies paid between $20,000 and $29,999 for legislative services.

Other clients included Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Dosal Tobacco Corp., and Florida Property & Casualty Association. Records show those companies paid between $10,000 and $19,999 for legislative services in the second quarter.

The firm, according to LobbyTools, reported median first quarter earnings of $475,000.

Mark the second quarter of 2016 down as another healthy one for Foley & Lardner.

The firm reported earning between $100,0000 and $249,999 for legislative services in the three-month reporting period.

Along with Robert Hosay, the Foley & Lardner team is made up of Erika Alba, Karen Bowling, Christian Caballero, Jonathan Kilman, Christopher Kise, Paul Lowell, James Andrew McKee, Justin Neal, and Jon Yapo.

Top clients during the second quarter included Cisco Systems, Inc., HNTB Corp., the Telehealth Association of Florida, Title Technologies, and Xerox Business Services, LLC and its affiliates. Records show those firms paid between $10,000 and $19,999 for legislative services.

Other clients included Tampa Bay Downs and Verizon, which paid between $1 and $9,999 for legislative services.

Gunster Yoakley & Stewart stayed busy in the second quarter.

The Tallahassee-based firm reported earning between $100,000 and $249,999 during the three-month period. That’s slightly less than the first quarter, when the firm reported a total compensation range of between $250,000 and $499,999. The firm, according to LobbyTools, reported median first quarter earnings of $250,000.

A slight dip could be because of the timing of the 2016 legislative session. The Legislature met from January to March this year, instead of in the spring. That means the second quarter covers the months after session ended.

The lobbying team at Gunster is made up of Joanna Lee Clary Bonfanti, Derek Bruce, Lila Jaber, Gregory Munson, J. Larry Williams, and Cameron Yarbrough.

Top clients during the three-month period included the Coalition of Affordable Housing Providers, Florida Goodwill Association, Frontier Communications Corp., and RAI Services Co. Records show those companies paid between $20,000 and $29,999 for legislative services.

Other clients included SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Tampa Bay Downs, and Henderson Beach Resort Hotel. Records show those companies paid between $1 and $9,999 for legislative services during the second quarter.

The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners posted robust earnings during the second quarter of 2016.

The Tallahassee firm reported earning between $250,000 and $499,999 during the three-month period.

Along with Al Cardenas, the lobbying team is made up of Slater Bayliss, Sarah Busk, Christopher Chaney, Justin Day, and Stephen Shiver.

Top clients during the second quarter included Casino Miami Jai-Alai, which paid $20,000 and $29,999 for legislative services. Other clients during the second quarter included Duke Energy Corp., ecoATM, Inc., Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida, and JetBlue Airways Corp. Records show those clients paid between $10,000 and $19,999 for legislative services in the second quarter.

The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners reported median first quarter earnings of $505,000, according to LobbyTools.

The government affairs team at Holland & Knight posted strong earnings in the second quarter of 2016.

Records show the firm reported earning between $250,000 and $499,999 between April 1 and June 30.

The team of Michael Anway, Joshua Aubuchon, Kimberly Case, Lawrence Curtin, Mark Delegal, Bob Martinez, Tiffany Roddenberry, Lawrence Sellers, Beth Vecchioli, and Karen Walker makes up Holland & Knight’s lobbying team.

Top clients during the three-month period included State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, which paid between $20,000 and $29,999 for lobbying services; Shands Teaching Hospitals & Clinics, the National Public Finance Guarantee Corp., Thermo Fisher Scientific., and Wawa, which paid between $10,000 and $19,999 for lobbying services in the second quarter.

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