Governmental and Administrative
Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell provides clients with governmental services including:
- Governmental marketing
- Legislation and policy drafting
- Issue monitoring and research
- Appropriations and procurement assistance
- Regulatory analysis and strategic planning
- Lobbying at federal, state and local levels
In today’s political and business environment, organizations find it increasingly important to understand the intricate legislative and regulatory worlds of federal, state and local government. We represent a wide variety of clients, including municipalities, school boards, law enforcement agencies and other governmental entities throughout Florida. Rumberger Kirk and Caldwell’s governmental affairs team brings together experienced attorneys and governmental affairs professionals to serve our clients' governmental needs.
RKC attorneys closely monitor proposed legislative changes and statutory amendments in many areas such as those related to labor and employment, tort reform, environmental, professional liability and insurance issues. With a strong presence in key legislative locations — including an office in Tallahassee, Florida — the firm has acquired vast experience in this area of practice, before legislative bodies, administrative agencies and in the courtroom as well.
Our governmental affairs team has the capabilities necessary to help our clients deal with the complexities of all levels of government to achieve results. We have represented a number of major corporations in their dealings with the State of Florida, including companies involved in space exploration, pest control, nursing homes, as well as non-profit organizations.
On the environmental front, RKC attorneys were instrumental in the passage of several amendments to the Florida Constitution; mandating cleanup of the Florida Everglades, passage of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan in Congress, and in helping obtain several billion dollars in funding from the Federal Government and the State of Florida for Everglades restoration.
Intimately familiar with Florida's statutes governing elections, RKC also represents federal and state election candidates of both parties as well as non-profit public interest advocacy groups. Our firm has been actively involved in several initiatives and campaigns including serving on the Select Task Force on Elections (2001); Select Task Force on Election Procedures Standards and Technology (2002); the Collins Center for Public Policy; Study Committee on Public Records (2002-2003); and the Florida Energy and Climate Change Action Plan, as an Adaptation Technical Working Group Member (2008). Additionally, our firm served as Florida General Counsel for President George H.W. Bush and Senator Bob Dole in their presidential campaigns, litigation counsel and election day counsel for President George W. Bush and Senator John McCain and advised the Florida Republican Party of Florida and elected officials on redistricting matters.
Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell attorneys appear on behalf of clients before the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings. We represent private and public institutions and individuals facing administrative and regulatory proceedings before state agencies involving employment, environmental, construction, and rule challenge proceedings. We assist professionals including lawyers, accountants, doctors, insurance agents and agencies, real estate brokers, contractors, nurses, government officials and others in administrative matters involving professional licensure and disciplinary hearings.
Our attorneys have also represented clients before several state agencies including The Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, The Florida Board of Medicine, the Department of Financial Services, Florida Commission on Ethics, The Florida Bar, and the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. We also represent clients in statutory and regulatory matters when they are facing a compliance audit and provide counsel on maintaining compliance with licensing boards and other agency regulations. Our attorneys also handle administrative appeals including reconsiderations and obtaining administrative reversals.
Florida Bar Admission Representation and Florida Bar Discipline Defense
Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell attorneys have been representing applicants in bar admission matters and in Florida Bar disciplinary matters for more than twenty years. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to guide clients through every stage of the bar admission process.
At the initial stage of preparing the Florida Bar application, we assist clients in providing the detailed answers and explanations expected by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. Having the assistance of an experienced attorney at this stage will often allow clients to avoid the mistakes and omissions which may lead to further proceedings before the board. If a Notice to Appear for Investigative Hearing before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners is received, the need for experienced counsel is even greater. Our attorneys prepare clients for the often grueling and nerve-wracking experience of appearing before a panel of the board.
We will thoroughly review the bar application and other documents being considered by the Board to ensure the accuracy and completeness of representations made to the Board. Our attorneys work closely with clients to prepare them for every possible question which may be directed at them during the hearing. One of the most important facets of this preparation is assisting clients in developing concise, accurate, and truthful answers to the Board’s concerns.
Some applicants for admission to The Florida Bar are called to appear for a Formal Hearing before the Board of Bar Examiners. After conducting an investigative hearing, the Board may elect to file Specifications, which are formal charges alleging that the applicant may not be qualified for admission to The Florida Bar. The filing of Specifications and proceeding to Formal Hearing can add months to the admissions process. If specifications have been filed, our experienced s even greater. RKC attorneys can clients navigate clients through these formal proceedings.
A formal hearing (which is considered an adversarial proceeding) is held before a five-member panel of the Board, as opposed to three members in an investigative hearing. In addition, the Office of the General Counsel of the board is directly involved in a formal hearing.
Our attorneys are also well-versed in the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar and provide representation at every stage of the bar discipline process. From the moment an attorney receives notice from The Florida Bar that a grievance has been filed, that attorney needs the assistance of an experienced advocate. RKC attorneys assist clients with responding to inquiries/complaints; provide representation before grievance committees; and represent attorneys before Referees in attorney discipline matters. In addition, RKC attorneys are experienced in matters involving allegations of the Unlicensed Practice of Law. We also provide ethics opinions on proposed conduct as well as expert testimony on questions of legal ethics.