Tampa-based Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, an Am Law 200 firm, is extending its public affairs arm with the launch of Shumaker Advisors Florida.
The group will offer legislation advocacy, issue management and business-to-government and business-to-business services. Shumaker employees more than 260 lawyers and operates five offices in Toledo and Columbus, Ohio; Tampa and Sarasota; and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Heading the new Shumaker Advisors is partner Ronald Christaldi as president and CEO.
“Launching a public affairs practice at Shumaker complements the distinguished legal services that our law firm has provided over the last 90 years to a wide range of clients throughout the state and nation,” Christaldi said in a statement. “Shumaker Advisors will allow us to better serve our clients from an advocacy perspective and help them navigate challenging regulatory policies and legislative matters. We have assembled a top-notch team to begin working for clients immediately and are actively adding new members to it.”
Christaldi, whose practice specialty is business law and commercial litigation, is a past chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and recently traveled with other Tampa Bay-area civic leaders on trade missions to Panama, Chile, Toronto and Cuba. He also serves as co-chair of the health care practice group in Shumaker’s Tampa office and is one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Florida by Florida Super Lawyers magazine, as well as named one of the Best Lawyers in America and a Florida Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine.
Joining Christaldi on the newly created Shumaker Advisors team are public affairs specialists Patrick Baskette, Ed Miyagashima and Carlye Morgan.