Ron’s book has worked in Florida’s government affairs industry for over 30 years. His extensive experience has led his firm, Ronald L. Book, PA, to be one of Florida’s most respected government affairs law firms.
What is a Government Affairs Firm?
When considering a law firm, it is easy to imagine a lawyer passionately defending his client in a courtroom. However, there are many types of laws, and the duties and purposes vary widely.
According to Ron Book, government law firms have many different roles than most types of law firms. They represent government officials, corporations and not-for-profits. They help shape the conversation around policy and advocate for their clients.
Government Relations and Public Affairs
Ron Book explains that government business can be divided into two related categories. Government Relations and Public Affairs.
The purpose of government relations is to influence public policy. This can be at the local, regional, national or global level. This work usually focuses on a particular policy that affects the company’s client. The goal may be to persuade officials to change the policy or to leave it as it is without any change.
Public affairs generally have a broader and more general scope. Instead of just involving the government, it can include interest groups and the media.
Public affairs is about public policy and public opinion. This may involve grassroots movements, as well as discussions with legislators. Public affairs generally focuses on issues of public policy and how to change or improve those policies.
It can be seen as a bridge between the organization that the company represents, the government, the media and the community.
What do government affairs firms do?
Ron Book notes that the government civil servants can often feel inaccessible to those outside the government sphere. Additionally, changing regulations and policies can seem impossible to keep up with and understand.
A government affairs firm typically has attorneys with government experience. They use their knowledge of the law, government dynamics, and close ties with individuals from all branches of government to achieve the best possible outcome for their clients.
Benefits of a Government Affairs Law Firm
There are a myriad of agencies in Florida, each with their own rules and regulations. Additionally, a business must comply with state, local, and federal trade laws.
A law firm specializing in government affairs ensures that its client understands the policies that affect them. Equally important, these firms strive to prevent or change legislation that could negatively impact their clients.
Another important function is that they direct resources in the right direction. Determining which jurisdiction a particular issue falls under and who to contact can be complex. A government affairs firm can manage these issues, so that resources are used efficiently.
Ron Book, CEO of Ron Book PA
As CEO of Ron Book, PA, Ron Book specializes in government affairs and lobbying throughout South Florida. His company has worked with businesses, nonprofits, the Florida government, and industry leaders to improve policies and regulations.