National government-relations firm Jones Walker’s presence in Florida has a clear emphasis on gambling — with a registered lobbyist duo of Marc Dunbar and Daniel Russell, both leading experts on gaming and pari-mutuel law.
This focus carried its first quarter roster of seven legislative and five executive clients for a maximum reported revenue of just under $140K.
In Q1 2014, Jones Walker reported estimated maximum earnings of $89,995 in legislative fees, $49,998 for executive advocacy — for a total of up to $139,993.
When it comes to experience in the gaming industry, Dunbar and Russell are a team that is hard to beat. Both have been named Florida Trend’s “Legal Elites,” with Dunbar bringing to Jones Walker extensive experience in lobbying and litigation for casinos, gaming suppliers, pari-mutuels, sweepstakes, and charities. Russell also served as General Counsel to Gulfstream Park thoroughbred horse track and casino.
It should come as little surprise that Jones Walker’s largest Florida client in Q1 2014 was leading horse racetrack operator The Stronach Group, which spent 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.
Florida Recreational Vehicle Trade Association was another top Jones Walker client, 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.