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Debuting today: The Winter 2016 edition of INFLUENCE Magazine

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The latest issue of INFLUENCE Magazine is out.

From the rise of legal-lobbying firms to the next generation of influencers and power brokers, the winter edition looks at all aspects of the governmental affairs industry.

In recent years, major legal firms have emerged as major players in the government affairs industry. For the first time in a while, one of these firms (Greenberg Traurig) was in the Top 5 for compensation, while several others — such as GrayRobinson and Gunster — are seeing increased revenues.

In this issue of INFLUENCE, Jim Rosica explores why law firms are staking their claim in the Sunshine State’s influence industry. The feature takes a look at two of these firms — such as Foley & Lardner and Greenberg Traurig — to show how lobbying sets the firms apart.

The magazine also gives Liz Dudek a chance to reintroduce herself to readers. The former secretary of Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration retired in November, and immediately joined Greenberg Traurig’s lobbying practice as the director of health care affairs.

We’re also debuting the 2016 class of Rising Stars in the governmental affairs industry. Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster profiles the next generation of influencers and power brokers in the spread.

This year’s crop of rising stars includes Carol Bowen, Emily Duda Buckley, Melanie Brown, Katie Crofoot, Jose Diaz, Eric Edwards, Josh Gabel, Bianca Garza, Whitney Harris, Jasmyne Henderson, Brittney Hunt, Andrew Ketchel, Kristen McDonald, Drew Messer, Jo Morris, Drew Piers, Tara Reid, Joe Salzverg, Kelly Schmidt, Samantha Sexton, Kelsey Swithers and Jared Torres.

Need an explainer on upcoming workers’ compensation food fight? Michael Moline and Peter Schorsch have you covered. We look at what recent Supreme Court decisions mean for Floridians, and what to expect when lawmakers head back to Tallahassee this legislative session.

We also crown the 2016 politician of the year (and the very deserving runners-up), take a look at some of the winners and losers of the year, and run down what the new House rules mean for the industry.

With the holidays right around the corner, we take a look at some “bipartisan swag” to give to the political aficionado in your life. If gadgets are your style, check out the profile of Sally Bradshaw’s new Tallahassee bookstore, Midtown Reader, and find a few recommendations from her friends.

Want to check it out? The digital version of the 2016 winter edition of INFLUENCE Magazine is available now.

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