ORLANDO—GrayRobinson announced former United States Congressman Dennis A. Ross has joined the Florida-based law firm as of-counsel in its Lakeland office. Ross, who served in the United States House of Representatives from 2011 to 2019, also served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008, and brings a wealth of experience on diverse issues that impact Florida businesses. As a Member of Congress, he served as deputy majority whip and as a member of the House Committee on Financial Services – among other notable contributions on behalf of Florida constituents.
“Dennis has represented Floridians at the highest levels of government for almost two decades,” said Mayanne Downs, president and managing director of GrayRobinson. “Dennis’ experience and reputation in both Florida and Washington will further enhance our abilities to accelerate our business growth and advance our clients’ interests. We’re honored to have him on our GR team.”
“Ensuring a strong, growth-oriented vision for Florida’s future has been at the forefront of every decision that I make, and cornerstone to my choice to join GrayRobinson at this critical time,” said Ross. “I look forward to being a part of the team that is making such a tremendous impact for Floridians.”
Ross joins GrayRobinson following the firm’s recent acquisition of Washington based federal lobbying firm Eris Group. Along with fellow native Floridian Doyle Bartlett, former Chief of Staff to Rep. Bill McCollum (R-FL), GrayRobinson’s Government Relations & Lobbying Practice will help clients navigate all branches of state and federal government.
“As both a lawyer and an elected official, Dennis has built a reputation for integrity, professionalism, and hard work, and he has a great reputation in both Tallahassee and Washington, DC. We are honored to have him join GrayRobinson, and enhance our leadership in both the legal community and political circles,” said Dean Cannon, executive vice president and chair of government affairs for the firm. “With Dennis joining our team, our clients will be provided with an increasingly deep bench of professionals working on their behalf.”
Ross will focus his efforts on practicing law, advising clients regarding legal, policy, and economic development issues, and working with the state and federal lobbying teams. In compliance with federal regulations, Ross will not lobby members or staff of the United States Congress prior to January 4, 2020.
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