Leslie Y. Dughi

Leslie Y. Dughi ˘

Director

Leslie Y. Dughi's state lobbying and advocacy practice spans more than 20 years and includes all areas of the executive and legislative branches of government. From her representations, Leslie has gained in-depth knowledge on the inner workings of Florida government. In addition to her lobbying experience, Leslie has considerable experience in political communications, serving as the Political Director for Associated Industries, Florida’s largest statewide business association. Throughout her career she has coordinated numerous grassroots advocacy campaigns for business entities and statewide trade associations and has worked with many Florida statewide and legislative campaigns.

Concentrations
  • Insurance regulation and legislation
  • Health and life insurance legislation and regulation
  • Business regulation
  • Consumer protection and privacy
  • Legal reform
  • Health and managed care regulation
  • Taxation
  • Transportation
  • State appropriations
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Capabilities

Experience

  • Political Director, Associated Industries of Florida
    • Led the Association’s in-depth state legislative candidate interview process.
    • Provided members counsel on Florida political issues and legislative campaigns.
    • Conducted research and held in-depth interviews with Florida House and Senate candidates.
    • Coordinated AIF PAC contributions to Florida House and Senate and Florida Cabinet races.
  • Director of Governmental Affairs, Florida Chamber of Commerce
    • Led several legislative efforts on behalf of Chamber members, including but not limited to health care, health insurance, and taxation issues. Provided testimony before the Legislature on various business issues
    • Worked closely with Lt. Governor Jennings and a coalition of business interests to pass the 2002 and 2003 comprehensive workers' compensation reform package.
    • Worked closely with the Governor's office to pass the "Affordable Health Care for Floridians Act of 2004." Subsequently coordinated a coalition of Florida's business associations and health insurers in executing a 10-city tour with the Governor, the Lt. Governor, the Chief Financial Officer, and state and national insurance experts to educate the public about new health insurance options.
    • Spearheaded a number of grassroots and political communications efforts to on legislation that would have adversely affected Florida’s business community.
  • Political Director, Associated Industries of Florida
    • Provided members counsel on Florida political issues and legislative campaigns.
    • Conducted in-depth interviews of Florida House and Senate candidates to determine their position on AIF issues.
    • Assisted incumbent Florida legislators on their re-election efforts.
    • Coordinated AIF PAC contributions to Florida House and Senate, as well as Florida Cabinet races.
  • Director of Governmental Affairs, Florida Chamber of Commerce
    • Led several legislative efforts on behalf of Chamber members, including but not limited to human resource, taxation and health care issues
    • Worked closely with Lt. Governor Jennings and a coalition of business interests to pass the 2002 and 2003 comprehensive workers' compensation reform package.
    • Worked closely with the Governor's office to pass the "Affordable Health Care for Floridians Act of 2004." Subsequently coordinated a coalition of Florida's business associations and leading health insurers, to execute a 10-city tour by the Governor, Lt. Governor, the Chief Financial Officer, and state and national insurance experts for the purpose of educating employers and employees about new health insurance options.
    • Spearheaded efforts to ensure Florida law does not adversely impact a private entity's global outsourcing decisions.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Florida Insurance Council, Outstanding Lobbying Efforts Award, 2016
  • Team Member, BTI Power Rankings, “The 16 Strongest Firms for ‘Go-To Outside Counsel’ Insurance Work,” 2016
  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Government Relations Law Firm of the Year," 2014
    • Ranked, Tier 1 – Government Relations, Tallahassee Metropolitan Area
  • Board Member, Leon County Humane Society, Board of Directors
  • Board Member, March of Dimes, Florida Chapter, Board of Directors
    • Chair, Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee
  • Former Community Representative, Florida State University Schools Board of Directors
  • Former Member, Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists (FAPL), Education and Events Committee
  • Former Member, Big Bend Hospice Advisory Group
  • Former Appointee, Health Information Systems Advisory Council, Health Care Facility Website and Ambulatory Surgery Data Technical Workgroup
  • Former Board Member, Florida Health Insurance Advisory Council
  • Former Delegate, Healthy Florida Foundation, 2003-2005

Credentials

Education
  • B.S., Business, specialty in Management, Saint Leo College, 2001
˘ Not admitted to the practice of law.