“4th Floor Files” talks to Nicole Fried about pro bono work, Gator Day, and staying off the press’ radar

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Today’s edition features Nicole Fried of Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky Abate & Webb PA. Her clients include Dosal, HCA Healthcare, and No Casinos, Inc. Here’s the file on Nicole:

Significant other? Children? Grandkids?

I am fortunate to have an amazing niece and incredible nephew whom I get to spoil to death.

In 25 words or less, explain what you do.

When I figure that out, I will get back to you.

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

A good political debate keeps the blood pumping, playing devil’s advocate always adds to the entertainment.

If you have one, what is your motto?

Don’t sweat the small stuff.

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

This session I am honored to be working on legislation which will guarantee a right to legal counsel for the most medically fragile dependent children.

Three favorite charities.

Alzheimer’s Association

Susan G. Komen

Any last-day-of-Session traditions?

As I am relatively new to this process, looking for suggestions.

What are you most looking forward to during the 2014 Legislative Session.

Love seeing my fellow Gators in town for the annual Gator Day!

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

At the Colodny firm, we have some of the most diverse types of clients which allows us to keep things interesting and never lets us get bored…..wouldn’t trade that!

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?

Having the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the greatest lobbyists in the State of Florida.

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

I would be happy to trade for a day one of my pairs of 6 inch heels for a pair of loafers…any volunteers?

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

It might be a good thing that I am too young in my lobby career that I have stayed off their radars.

Other than SaintPetersBlog.com, your reading list includes…

Sayfie, Politico, USA Today, NY Times

What swear word do you use most often?

I never let them see me sweat, unless I am at the gym

What is your most treasured possession?

For anyone who knows me, my dog is my love.

The best hotel in Florida is…

I am biased to my hometown, Biltmore Hotel in MIA

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?

Mac Stipanovich – he is a legend

Joe Scarborough – watch him every morning and why not give him more free press

Debbie Wasserman-Shultz – to stir the pot

Chris Smith – just to hear the stuff that will come out of his mouth

Favorite movie.

American President

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

Unfortunately, before my time…but I have heard the stories!

When you pig out, what do you eat?

Do you know me…

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


Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.