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Southern Political Report names Florida’s top five lobbying firms

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Southern Political Report, a glossy quarterly focused on insider aspects of Dixie politics, has ranked the top law and lobbying firms in each Southern state for its newest issue.

The top “small firms” (the magazine’s words, not ours) devoted to governmental affairs consulting in Florida were listed as follows:

  1. Ballard Partners
  2. Southern Strategy Group
  3. Capital City Consulting
  4. Corcoran & Johnston
  5. The Rubin Group

According to the magazine’s methodology, rankings were compiled based on “the results of an online survey sent to lobbyists and government affairs specialists across 13 Southern states,” with “various movers-and-shakers… in the know” also giving their counsel.

“Some are accomplished lobbyists themselves, or they are the clients big and small that they serve,” publisher Phil Kent explained.

The magazine also ranked Florida’s top law firms and associations.

The results — available on SPR‘s website — are listed below.

Law firms

  1. Foley & Lardner
  2. GrayRobinson
  3. Holland & Knight
  4. Akerman
  5. Greenberg Traurig


  1. Associated Industries of Florida
  2. Florida Chamber of Commerce
  3. Florida Health Care Association
  4. Organized Fisherman of Florida
  5. Arc of Florida

“Rating top governmental affairs firms is a thorny enterprise,” writes Kent in a prelude to the magazine.

“But the Southern Political Report believes it is a service to our readers to attempt to rank the top governmental affairs firms and lobbyists who labor diligently in the legislative vineyards. After all, these men and women shape public policy all over the South,” wrote Kent.

Ryan Ray writes about campaigns and public policy in Tampa Bay and across the state. A contributor to and before that, The Florida Squeeze, he covers the Legislature as a member of the Florida Capitol Press Corps and has worked as a staffer on several campaigns. He can be reached at [email protected]

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