In every sector of the economy, business is significantly impacted by the policies and decisions of state government. It is no longer enough for companies to simply react to proposed change. The most effective approach to overcoming obstacles, creating opportunity and protecting the bottom line involves working with decision makers and thought leaders outside of conventional financial and legal arenas to successfully address even the most complex governmental and community concerns. Conforming to established regulations, and drafting and shepherding legislation requires teaming with counsel who offer not only deep industry experience and relationships, but who also have mastered the technical and procedural aspects of the legislative, regulatory and administrative policy making process.
Gunster’s Government Affairs team has skills that are broad, deep and dimensional. Our professional experiences include preparing businesses for presentations to state governing bodies, obtaining government approvals for pending projects, assisting in implementing regulations and policies, and lobbying at the legislative and executive agency levels. Our attorneys, consultants and political analysts provide the range of services required to achieve our clients’ objectives. Gunster has a reputation for achieving preferred outcomes in the areas of legislative counsel and consulting, Public Service Commission (PSC) regulatory counsel and general administrative and regulatory law.
Gunster attorneys offer a powerful combination of commitment, charisma and political savvy when it comes to navigating and influencing government. In an age of unprecedented government intervention in private industry, Gunster provides more than just a clear understanding of the state agencies to which businesses are accountable. The firm’s attorneys know how to quickly reach and positively influence the right audience. Collaboration is at the heart of our Government Affairs practice. Gunster attorneys are sought after for their ability to team with consultants and to move government officials toward a client’s position. The key relationships our attorneys have developed over decades of practice help to streamline the process and promote the right message to government officials about our clients.
Industry knowledge is often a prerequisite to acting as a catalyst for change. Gunster’s industry familiarity spans the spectrum of regulated and unregulated Florida business. Our attorneys have represented commercial and individual interests across a cross-section of industries, including:
- Public and private utilities
- Natural gas
- Alcoholic beverage
- Travel and tourism
- Health care
- Internet marketing
Gunster’s Government Affairs professionals are sought out for their ability to connect clients, industry and communities to legislators, policy makers and government agencies to enhance client relationships and facilitate favorable resolutions. Based in Tallahassee, the epicenter of government affairs in Florida, our attorneys are strategically positioned both at the capitol and across the state to monitor legislative and regulatory activities as they occur, as well as work with leaders between sessions when important planning is in motion. Our attorneys maximize their long-term relationships with government representatives in order to highlight possible adverse implications of a proposed bill or to modify current legislation.
Gunster attorneys have the diverse public and private sector backgrounds needed to deliver impactful and effective advocacy in Tallahassee. Members of Gunster’s team include veteran lobbyists and consultants, a former PSC commissioner and chair, as well as former staff of the Department of Environmental Protection and the PSC.
Gunster attorneys offer the foresight, vision and creativity needed to forge the best results. Our Government Affairs team advocates our client’s position at all levels of state government: executive, administrative, legislative and regulatory. Additionally, Gunster attorneys are involved in trade and industry organizations at a leadership level to help shape policies and priorities that are important to our clients. Gunster has provided legal and business advice to Florida companies for nearly a century. Our firm has developed important and enduring relationships with key players while gaining a unique understanding of how policies made in the state capital can affect business around Florida. As a result, Gunster’s Governmental Affairs practice is seldom equaled when a specific outcome is imperative to our client’s bottom line.