Jones Walker parlays gaming experience into $130K in Q2 lobbying revenue

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One issue distinguishes Jones Walker’s Florida footprint – gaming.

Leading the charge for national government-relations firm in the Sunshine State is the two-person registered lobbyist team of Marc Dunbar and Daniel Russell, both experts on gaming and pari-mutuel law.

Gaming carried the firm’s lineup of seven legislative and five executive clients for a maximum reported revenue of just under $130k in the second quarter of 2014.

In Q2 2014, Jones Walker reported estimated maximum earnings of $89,995 in legislative fees, $39,999 for executive advocacy — for a total of up to $129,994.

With decades of combined experience in the gaming industry,  it is clear why the Dunbar and Russell are listed as Florida Trend’s “Legal Elites.” Dunbar brings a background in lobbying and litigation for casinos, gaming suppliers, pari-mutuels, sweepstakes, and charities. Russell served as General Counsel to Gulfstream Park thoroughbred horse track and casino.

Unsurprisingly, horse racetrack operator Stronach Group is once again Jones Walker’s largest Florida client in Q2, spending up to $39,999 each for legislative and executive advocacy services.

North American Thoroughbred breeding registry The Jockey Club also spent up to $9,999 each in legislative and executive fees for the first quarter of the year.

Other top Jones Walker clients are the Florida Recreational Vehicle Trade Association, with a maximum of $19,999 in legislative services. The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) and Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, Inc. also gave up to $9,999.

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.