Liberty Partners of Tallahassee — led by Jennifer Green, Melanie Shanks Bostick, Ashley Dieguez, and Thomas Hobbs — has carved out an interesting, never-a-dull-moment type of niche for itself amid Florida lobbying firms.
Its 17 legislative clients and 15 executive clients include Expedia, Humana, AT&T, No Casinos, and the AAA Scholarship Foundation. Though there is no clear common thread between some of these, there is one in the firm’s style of representation.
Each quarter, lobbyists who are registered to represent clients before Florida’s legislature or executive branch must submit reports detailing their client roster and compensation ranges. On August 15, reports were due for the period spanning April 1 through June 30, 2014 and reflect the year-round work that these firms do in representing interests that span every industry sector.
During this second quarter of 2014, the firm reported compensation of as much as $349,975 for legislative and executive lobbying — a strong jump from the first quarter of this year, when the firm’s total compensation was as high as $199,998.
Of these totals, the biggest cuts came from Expedia, the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Humana and Uber Technologies — each of which compensated the firm between $20,000 and $39,998 for legislative and executive lobbying, combined.
The legislative landscape ahead, for many of these clients, suggests the continuation of some fairly fierce battles. And no doubt, the four lobbyists at Liberty Partners are up to that task.