Floridian Partners, LLC
The competitive nature of government and public advocacy requires a team with the experience, insight and knowledge to provide results. The Floridian Partners team is composed of individuals from different backgrounds and practice areas, resulting in a dynamic group of advocacy professionals. As a firm, we strive to exceed our clients’ expectations with the understanding that our success is based solely upon the success of our clients. We not only represent our clients before the public sector; we also assist our clients in developing business-to-business opportunities.
Our first step in pursuing any client goal is to develop a strategic plan. In the world of advocacy, success is the result of sound strategy, access to decision makers, effective communication and strong execution. In creating and executing a strategy for each of our clients, we bring to bear decades of strategic advocacy experience on major client initiatives in projects spanning from the entitlement of Jungle Island in Miami-Dade County - to the largest privatization of services in the history of the State of Florida – to playing a major role in developing telecommunications and insurance law each year in the State Capitol. In addition to the know-how developed over this time, we also bring to bear the collective scope and depth of relationships developed along the way.
As a result, Floridian Partners operates at all levels of government and is never more than two degrees away from accessing a key decision maker on any given client matter, whether that client needs to impact proposed state legislation, a local or state agency regulation, local government ordinance, the state budget, or a local or State RFP opportunity.
With offices in Tallahassee and Miami, our core services include government affairs, issues management & communications, and business consulting & development. We service clients across all major industries, have influence at all levels of Florida government, and can manage national issues through our multi- state advocacy network.
JORGE CHAMIZO, an attorney and governmental consultant, represents a variety of clients before the Florida Legislature, Executive Office of the Governor, Agency for Healthcare Administration, Florida Department of Health, Florida Public Service Commission, and other state regulatory agencies on matters related to healthcare, energy, telecommunications, professional licensure, public procurement and business regulation.
Before joining the Firm, Jorge served as Chief Advisor to the Chairman of the Florida Public Service Commission, the state agency which regulates Florida’s utilities. In that capacity, Jorge gave counsel to the Chairman on legal and policy matters related to telecommunications, energy, water, and wastewater issues coming before the Commission, assisted the Chairman in setting and implementing overall agency policy and direction, served as central contact to industry representatives, and was the Chairman’s liaison to the Florida Legislature as well as state and local government agencies. Apart from his legal and governmental experience, Jorge brings to Floridian Partners over a decade of business experience in the insurance industry in the area of marketing, sales and management.
Jorge is an honors graduate from The Florida State University College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2000) and received his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Miami (BBA, 1996). Jorge was honored as a top South Florida lobbyist and the recipient of the Cuban American Bar Association Pro Bono Project award. The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers presented him with the 2014 Presidents Award.
GARY GUZZO has been providing lobbying and consulting services to the insurance industry as well as other financial institutions and regulated industries for 25-plus years. These corporations include foreign and domestic property and casualty insurers, banks, telecommunications and health care industries. Gary represents numerous companies and trade associations as they try to navigate their way through both the executive and legislative branches of government.
Gary’s specialties include acting as an advocate for clients in front of state agencies and the Florida Legislature as well as working with his clients’ management teams and boards, providing strategic planning and consulting services on business issues and opportunities in the Florida and national marketplaces.
Since 1984, Gary has helped his clients with rate filings, banking regulation issues and market conduct examinations. He has spearheaded legislative initiatives including the workers’ compensation rewrite, property insurance initiatives, Florida no fault sunset, telecommunications reform, tax issues affecting insurance, aerospace, tobacco, telecommunications and retail industries.