In the Departure Lounge: Lobbyists Sandy Safley, Tim Meenan

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The beginning of the legislation session often sees a flurry of personnel moves in the world of government and politics. Continuing this occasional series, we update you on who’s in the Departure Lounge.

First up is veteran lobbyist R. Z. “Sandy” Safley. The former state Representative from Pinellas County left the lobbying firm Southern Strategy Group at the end of last month. The parting was amicable with Safley taking with him a handful of the clients he first brought with him to the firm, such as Florida Surplus Lines.  

Making a big arrival after a moment in the Departure Lounge is Tim Meenan.

Also in the Lounge but headed for a big arrival is Tim Meenan, one of the name partners at Blank & Meenan. 

Meenan and 18 of the other 20 employees (including eight lawyers) have formed Meenan P.A., a regulatory and legislative law firm representing clients including Met Life, Nationwide Insurance Group, AFLAC, America’s Health Insurance Plans, and Tower Hill Insurance Group.

The firm’s practice will focus on insurance regulation and legislative lobbying, both in Florida and nationally.  In addition, the firm serves as general counsel for many entities, including several nationally active trade associations such as the Service Contract Industry Council, the Guaranteed Asset Protection Alliance, and the Motor Vehicle Ancillary Products Association. 

“Meenan P.A. will continue our tradition of being both Regulatory and Legislative lawyers,” said Tim Meenan. “We are excited about our prospects for growth, and are blessed to represent many well-known companies both here in Florida and nationally.”

Continued Meenan: “Once we move into our new 9,400 square foot space on top of the Florida Institute of CPA’s building late this summer, our transition will be complete. We are adding new lawyers and have several staff additions to announce in the coming weeks and months.”

In addition to Meenan, partners of the new firm include Joy Ryan and Tim Schoenwalder.

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.