Lobbying compensation: Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart nets $335K in Q1
Another legacy law firm goes under the Gunster umbrella.

The firm could have earned as much as $460,000.

Gunster Yoakley & Stewart racked up $335,000 in total lobbying pay last quarter, according to newly filed compensation reports.

The team of Joanna Bonfanti, Ron Brise, Derek Bruce, Kevin Cleary, Julie Fess, Sha’Ron James, Gregory Munson and Larry Williams juggled about two-dozen clients during the reporting period.

The contracts led to an estimated $200,000 in pay for legislative lobbying work and another $135,000 in pay for executive branch lobbying.

Florida lobbyists report their earnings for each contract in ranges covering $10,000 increments. Florida Politics uses the middle number of each range to estimate quarterly earnings.

The legislative report was led off by the Coalition of Affordable Housing Providers and the Town of Oakland, both of which paid $25,000 for Gunster’s help last quarter.

Another eight clients showed up in the $15,000 bracket, while the remainder paid $5,000 apiece. Some of the better-known clients on the list included Charter Communications and Frontier Communications Corporation.

The executive branch report was led off by a $35,000 contract with Terran Orbital Corporation, which produces nano- and micro-satellites. They also had some gaming clients, including Gulfstream Park Racing Association and Scientific Games Corporation. Both of those principals paid $15,000 apiece.

Lobbying compensation reports also list overall ranges for firm pay. Gunster reported earning $100,000 to $250,000 in the Legislature and its executive branch report was marked down in the same bracket.

If each contract came in at the top end, the firm would have earned $460,000.

Florida lobbyists and lobbying firms faced a May 15 deadline to turn in compensation reports covering Jan. 1 through March 31. Second-quarter compensation reports are due to the state on Aug. 14.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


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