Commercial law firm Dean Mead, with three registered lobbyists — Peter Dunbar, Martha Edenfield and Ashley Gault — carried its roster of 16 legislative and 16 executive clients for a maximum reported revenue of nearly $330,000.
In the first quarter of 2014, Dean Mead reported estimated maximum earnings of $179,985 in legislative fees, $149,985 for executive advocacy — for a total of up to $329,970.
The three-person lineup is certainly impressive: Dunbar served five terms in the Florida House representing Pinellas and Pasco Counties; Edenfield is a 30-year veteran of advocating environmental land use and administrative law; and Gault is a former law clerk at the Florida Department of Financial Regulation.
Dean Mead’s largest clients in Q1 2014 were Aquafiber Technologies Corporation, Conference of Circuit Judges of Florida and Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, which spent up to $19,999 each for executive advocacy services.
All three also gave up to $9,999 in legislative fees for the first quarter of the year.
The rest of the $9,999 legislative level clients comprise a broad range of diverse interests, many of them based in Dunbar’s home region of Tampa Bay:
- Bowling Centers Association of Florida
- City of Clearwater
- Conference of Circuit Judges of Florida
- Florida Outdoor Advertising Association, Inc
- Florida Voters Coalition
- Funeral Services, Inc
- Marriott International, Inc and Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation
- Parkway Maintenance and Management Company, based in Clearwater
- Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners
- Pinellas Education Foundation, which advocates for public schools
- Horse racetrack operators the Stronach Group
- Tampa Bay Water, the regional drinking water supplier to Hillsborough County, Pasco County, Pinellas County, New Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa.