Hayden R. Dempsey is the Chair of the Florida Government Law & Policy Practice. He lobbies on behalf of numerous private and public clients before both the federal and Florida state governments. He regularly represents clients in legislative matters, Medicaid and health policy matters, appropriations, procurement disputes, transportation and infrastructure issues, health care regulatory matters, and election matters. He also focuses on the lobbying of insurance and other regulatory issues before the Office of Insurance Regulation and the Florida Legislature.
Hayden has broad governmental experience, having served in four governors’ administrations. Hayden served as Special Counsel to Gov. Rick Scott, where he oversaw the Legislative Affairs Office and advised the Governor and his staff on legislative, policy, and budget issues. He also worked closely with the Governor’s agencies to assist in development and passage of their legislative priorities. Hayden previously served as Legislative Affairs Director, Deputy General Counsel, and Legislative Counsel for Gov. Jeb Bush. He started his professional career working for Gov. Bob Martinez and Gov. Lawton Chiles.
Hayden represented the presidential campaigns of Bush-Cheney ’04, Florida and McCain-Palin '08, and the gubernatorial campaigns of Gov. Rick Scott, Gov. Charlie Crist, and Gov. Jeb Bush. Hayden also represented Congressman Vern Buchanan in the 2006 election contest relating to the office of Representative from the Thirteenth Congressional District of Florida.
- Governmental affairs
- Medicaid and health care policy and regulation
- Insurance regulation and legislation
- Transportation and infrastructure
- Administration and regulatory litigation
- Election law