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Leslie Y. Dughi

Leslie Dughi’s state and local lobbying and advocacy practice spans more than 25 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. She previously served as Director of Government Affairs for the Florida Chamber of Commerce allowing her to develop working relationships within the state’s top industry leaders. 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

  • Business regulation
  • Consumer protection and privacy
  • Legal reform
  • Insurance regulation and legislation
  • Health and life insurance legislation and regulation
  • Health care and managed care legislation and regulation
  • Property and casualty insurance and regulation
  • Taxation
  • Transportation
  • State appropriations
  • Representation before the Florida Constitution Revision Commission

Capabilities

Experience

  • Led coalition to defeat a major tax increase, supported by local governments and members of the House and Senate leadership, on the rental car industry.
  • Authored and gained approval for increasing evidentiary standards for prosecuting a person who steals a rental vehicle and requiring the vehicles to be on the local and national stolen vehicle registry to ensure public safety.
  • Represented Florida's business community in supporting the cap on non-economic damage awards during a regular session and the five subsequent special sessions specifically addressing medical liability.
  • On behalf of financial institutions, as well as life and health insurers, ensured identity theft "consumer protection" initiatives did not place unnecessary burdens on legitimate business practices
  • Secured substantial sales tax exemptions on behalf of a major company in the aerospace industry.
  • Authored and gained approval of legislation authorizing the operation of autonomous “Personal Delivery Devices” on sidewalks and other roadways.
  • 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 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." Coordinated a coalition of  business associations and national health insurers to execute a 10-city tour by the Governor, Lt. Governor, the Chief Financial Officer, and state and national insurance experts to educate employers and employees about new health insurance options.
    • Organized efforts to ensure Florida law does not adversely impact a private entity's global outsourcing decisions.
    • Spearheaded a number of grassroots and political communications efforts to on legislation that would have adversely affected Florida’s business community.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, Best Lawyers in America® "Top Listed – Government Relations," 2018 
  • 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
  • Member, Emerging Issues and Innovation Committee, 2017- present
  • 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
  • Board of Directors, Elder Care Services 
  • 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.