WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 5, 2018) – Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, is pleased to announce the addition of Ronald A. Brisé to its statewide government affairs practice. Brisé will be a government affairs consultant, based in the firm’s Tallahassee and Orlando offices.
Brisé leverages a wealth of experience in governmental, legislative, political and business arenas to represent the interests of clients in matters that include appropriations, business development, education, governmental and legislative affairs, public policy, and economic development.
Brisé represented District 108 in the Florida House of Representatives from 2006-2010.
Following his tenure in the Florida Legislature, Brisé was tapped to serve on the Florida Public Service Commission where he served multiple terms, through 2017, including in the role of chair.
“Ron brings a tremendous amount of legislative and agency experience with him to Gunster,” says Managing Shareholder Bill Perry, “which complements our government affairs services and strengthens our statewide footprint even further.”
With Miami-Dade County roots, Brisé has long been involved in communities in central and South Florida such as the City of North Miami Planning Commission, NAACP, Urban League, Miami Union Academy board of directors, Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce board of directors, and the Florida Hospital Diabetes Institute and Translational Research Institute Foundation board of directors. Brisé is a graduate of Leadership Florida, Class XXXI.
Brisé’s in-depth experience working in Florida’s government began with his election to represent District 108 in the Florida House of Representatives at the age of 32, for his first term in 2006; he was subsequently re-elected without opposition. During his time in the Legislature, Brisé was designated Democratic whip and served as vice chair of the Florida Conference of Black State Legislators.
In such capacity, Brisé served on several committees, leading the dialogue on some of Florida’s more pressing issues pertaining to energy, telecommunications, redistricting, appropriations, and Medicaid reform. He is credited with sponsoring legislation instrumental in expanding broadband deployment in Florida to address the digital divide, as well as legislation that improved consumer protection for Florida’s families (Consumer Choice & Protection Act HB7091/SB2626 and Garnishment/Exemption of Wages HB409/SB492).
Brisé earned his bachelor’s degree in biology education from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, and received MBA degrees in management and marketing from American Intercontinental University in Illinois.
Gunster’s statewide government affairs law & lobbying practice represents commercial and individual interests across a cross-section of industries.
Brisé joins the well-established legislative team of J. Larry Williams, Joanna Bonfanti, Cameron Yarbrough, Greg Black, Greg Munson, and Derek Bruce – led by Lila Jaber, Gunster’s regional managing shareholder.
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