Becker & Poliakoff expanding lobbying practice with acquisition of Fuentes Rodriguez Consulting Group

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In an effort to expand its governmental affairs and lobbying practice, law firm Becker & Poliakoff has acquired Miami-based lobbying firm Fuentes Rodriguez Consulting Group

Fuentes Rodriguez lobbyists Jose Fuentes and Richard Candia will join Becker’s government law and lobbying practice group in Coral Gables. Daniel Espino, a lawyer and former Miami Springs councilman, also has joined the Becker lobbying group, along with George Burgess, Becker’s chief operating officer.  

“Jose, Rich, Dan and George will give Becker & Poliakoff unprecedented access to key policy makers in Miami-Dade, Tallahassee and Washington, D.C.,” said Bernie Friedman, chairman of Becker & Poliakoff Government Law and Lobbying Practice Group.

Fuentes Rodriguez clients include the cities of Homestead, Sweetwater, Cutler Bay, Medley and Miami Lakes, and businesses such as VE Restaurant Group, AMEC Engineering, All Aboard Florida and Ygrene Energy Fund Florida. 

Fuentes has more than 25 years of experience in the government and political arenas, was regional director of the South Florida Water Management District. Burgess had a 28-year career in Miami-Dade County government, the final eight years as county manager. Candia was chief of staff to former State Sen. and current U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz Balart. Espino’s has been on the Intergovernmental Relations Committee of the Florida League of Cities, as well as the Legislative Committee of the Miami-Dade League of Cities. 

Becker & Poliakoff has more than 155 lawyers, lobbyists and other professionals in 18 domestic and international offices, including Washington, D.C., and New York.

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.