Today’s edition of “4th Floor Files” talks to Mark Delegal of Holland & Knight. His clients include Florida Brewers Guild, New York Life Insurance, and Shands Teaching Hospital. Here’s the file on Mark:
Significant other? Children? Grandkids? — Yes. Beautiful wife Ginger and three wonderful daughters – Mary (15), Elizabeth (14) and Caroline (11).
In 25 words or less, explain what you do. — I represent a variety of clients that are committed to making Florida a better place to live, work and play for generations to come.
Without using the words Democrat, Independent or Republican, conservative or liberal, describe your political persuasion. “constitutionalist;” lower case “c”; I am ready for both parties to follow the principles embodied in the US. Constitution… All parts of it, particularly the Bill of Rights.
If you have one, what is your motto? I have many, but one that comes to mind now is: “There is no substitute for hard work.”
During your career, have you had a favorite pro bono client? Yes. I represented a child as a “guardian ad litem” where a grandma was seeking custody of her granddaughter. Both parents were trouble and neither was doing right by the child. Grandma stepped up to the plate and provided a loving alternative to what was otherwise a disaster.
Three favorite charities. United Way, Killearn United Methodist Church Mission Fund, and the University of Florida
Any last-day-of-Session traditions? During Session I rarely go out on Adams Street. The last night, I’ll usually meet my wife downtown and have a few adult beverages with friends and colleagues.
What are you most looking forward to during the 2014 Legislative Session? I am really excited about the Governor’s initiative to pursue a plan to have the University of Florida Cancer Center and the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center designated as “Comprehensive Cancer Centers” by the “National Cancer Institute,” which is part of the National Institutes of Health. This designation is the ‘gold standard’ for cancer care, research and teaching.
If you could have another lobbyist’s client list, it would be… I have the best client list in town. I am blessed to represent some fantastic companies and groups.
Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud? Being part of a group effort to fix Florida’s property insurance market. In combination with hurricanes and political challenges, Florida’s market place was in very bad shape. The ability of companies to pay claims in the event of a major hurricane was in serious doubt. A group of us charted a multi-year course in 2009 to fix the market for the betterment of Floridians. We’ve come a long way. We still have some work to do, but things are much better now.
Lobbyists are often accused of wearing Gucci loafers; do you own a pair of Gucci loafers? If not, why not? I do not own a pair of Gucci loafers. Not my style. I’m pretty conservative with my wardrobe.
Who is your favorite Florida Capitol Press Corp reporter and why? I have several ‘favorites,’ and it wouldn’t be fair to single out one. But, the journalists I enjoy working with the most are all tough, smart, and fair.
Other than SaintPetersBlog.com, your reading list includes… CNN News Online, Huffington Post, GatorSports, Sayfie Review, Florida News Service, The Current, and ESPN News Online.
What swear word do you use most often? One that is not fit for your Website, but one that starts with an ‘F’ and ends with a ‘K.’ I need to work on not using it at all.
What is your most treasured possession? I don’t really treasure possessions. I treasure my family and my reputation.
The best hotel in Florida is… Ritz Carlton Amelia Island
You’ve just learned that you will be hosting a morning talk show about Florida politics. Who are the first four guests you’d invite to appear? Governor Rick Scott, Governor Jeb Bush, Senator Marco Rubio, and my partner, Governor Bob Martinez.
Favorite movie. Patton
Before the ‘gift ban’, what was your favorite restaurant in Tallahassee? That’s’ been a long time ago. I’m not sure I remember having a favorite back then. What is your favorite today? Momo’s Pizza – North side…Good pizza and good house brewed beer.
When you pig out, what do you eat? Peanut M&Ms
If you could have dinner with a historical figure no longer living, who would it be? I’d pick three: George Washington, Martin Luther King, and Ronald Reagan. The first two put everything they had at risk for their firmly held convictions. Not many people ever do that. Reagan – because he articulated well a sustainable and enlightened vision for our Country.