A former member of Gov. Rick Scott’s Finance Team 2014 has been appointed co-leader of Holland & Knight’s Tallahassee lobbying effort. The firm announced Wednesday that Mark Delegal, a partner in the Tallahassee office, is the new co-chair of its Florida Government Advocacy Team.
Holland & Knight is an international law firm whose services include government representation. The firm has 20 U.S. offices including eight in Florida. Delegal joined the firm last year.
“In a short amount of time, Mark has made a big impact on our team, showing tremendous leadership and initiative,” said Martinez who has led the team since 2007. “Mark’s industry knowledge and political talent make him invaluable to his clients and exactly the right fit to lead our Tallahassee operation.”
The list of clients whose interests Delegal has represented at the state capitol include the City of West Palm Beach, the Florida Brewer Guild, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Safety Net Hospital Alliance and Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, among others.
The advocacy team he and Martinez will lead include former Congressmen Jim Davis, Ron Klein and Miguel De Grandy along with Kerry Feehery, Karl Koch and Kimberly Case.
Delegal said the stage is set for Gov. Scott to pursue a bold agenda in his second term. He said Scott is energized and with incoming Senate President Andy Gardiner and Speaker-Designate Steve Crisafulli, Scott has agreeable, accommodating types of personalities with which to work.
“Put it all together if the governor wants to do 10 bold things then the attitude will be let’s go,” said Delegal.
The only question, according to Delegal, is how much political capital Scott wants to put forward.
Delegal said he thinks much of Scott’s agenda falls under reducing the cost of living and doing business in Florida. Initiatives addressing that goal can expect support from the governor’s office. Delegal thinks this would include maintaining current tuition levels for colleges and universities, tort reform, reducing taxes on business and property insurance reforms including making Citizens the insurer of last resort.
“He’s in a great position,” said Delegal. “He’s energized and he’s going to try to do a lot. His counterparts in the legislature are not argumentative for the sake of having an argument.”
Delegal, according to a Holland & Knight release, is recognized in the area of insurance regulation by Chambers USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers and the Best Lawyers in America. He is a member of the Florida Chamber’s Political Institute Advisory Committee and the Republican National Lawyers Association.