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“4th Floor Files” talks to Scott Ross about free legal advice, Nick Iarossi, and the Distinguished Gentleman

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The latest installment of the 4th Floor Files features Scott Ross of Floridian Partners. Here’s the file on Scott.

Significant other? Children? Grand kids?

My lovely wife Ashley Ross

In 25 words or less, explain what you do.

Utilize my experience and relationships within Florida Government to effectively advocate on behalf of my clients

Without using the words Democrat, Independent or Republican, conservative or liberal, describe your political persuasion.

Fiscal conservative and social moderate who believes government should stay out of people’s lives.

If you have one, what is your motto?

Pay attention to detail and always be prepared.

During your career, have you had a favorite pro bono client?

Does all the free legal advice I have to give to friends and family count?

Three favorite charities.

American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and Humane Society/ASPCA

Any last-day-of-Session traditions?

Re-hashing “war stories” on the 4th Floor with friends in the Lobbying Corp.  Spending time with friends and family after Sine Die

What are you most looking forward to during the 2013 Legislative Session.

Passing a budget and getting out on time

If you could have another lobbyist’s client list, it would be…

Is it cliché yet to say Iarossi?

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?

Working as part of a team that won two of the most competitive license bids in the history of the gaming industry; Singapore and Pennsylvania 

Lobbyists are often accused of wearing Gucci loafers; do you own a pair of Gucci loafers? If not, why not?

I’m working my way up to Gucci Loafers so for now Johnston and Murphy and Cole Haan will have to do.

Who is your favorite Florida Capitol Press Corp reporter and why?

Marc Caputo.  He’s usually pretty fair and has a great use of wit.

Other than, your reading list includes…

Sayfiereview, ESPN, and Foxnews

What swear word do you use most often?

Unfortunately I use all of them but I am trying to cut down in an effort to protect Florida’s “family friendly” brand. 

What is your most treasured possession?

Initialed cufflinks that my wife bought for me

The best hotel in Florida is…

Mandarin Oriental

You’ve just learned that you will be hosting a morning talk show about Florida politics. Who are the first four guests you’d invite to appear?

Steve Crisafulli, Ritch Workman, Andy Gardiner, and Joe Negron

Favorite movie.

The Distinguished Gentleman

Before the ‘gift ban’, what was your favorite restaurant in Tallahassee? What is your favorite today?

Before the gift ban—I guess I’m supposed to say the Silver Slipper

Today- Sage

When you pig out, what do you eat?

Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you could have dinner with a historical figure no longer living, who would it be?

Ronald Reagan– It would be interesting to hear his take on how to fix some of this nation’s problems and hear from someone who was able to bring people together instead of dividing them. 

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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