Top 60 New York State Lobbyists 2022

1. Brown & Weinraub

Compensation: $15,480,791

David Weinraub & Patrick Lespinasse
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Timothy H. Raab, Northern Photo

David Weinraub, Co-Founder and Managing Partner


Patrick Lespinasse, Partner and New York City Practice Lead


Key industries: Health care, alternative energy, cannabis, transportation and infrastructure, information technology


Notable clients: Ørsted Wind Power North America, Metrc, CAMBA


Other key employees: Alex Betke, Carolyn Kerr, Michael Cassidy


Company news: Welcomed Dan Sheppard, formerly of Mount Sinai and the New York State Department of Health and Division of Budget


Biggest achievement: Helped NextEra Energy Transmission New York secure approvals for the Empire State Line, which will provide an additional 3,700 megawatts of renewable energy throughout New York state.

2. Kasirer

Compensation: $15,456,993

Suri Kasirer
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Sara Beth Turner

Key industries: Government relations, community relations, lobbying


Notable clients: New York Blood Center, Charter Communications, SL Green Realty Corp., New-York Historical Society


Other key employees: Julie Greenberg, Jennifer Rivera, Jovia Radix, Lester Marks, Eldad Gothelf, Omar Alvarellos


Company news: Notable new hires include Jennifer Blum, formerly of The Doe Fund; Charlie Samboy, formerly with the New York Building Congress; Tristan Massalay-Ellis, formerly with the New York City comptroller; and Jelanie DeShong, formerly in the Hochul administration.


Biggest achievement: Kasirer represents Vornado Realty Trust, which owns about 20 million square feet of office space in the city, about half of which is near Penn Station. Kasirer was key part of the team who executed the strategy that led to the favorable approval by Empire State Development of the General Project Plan to construct 10 towers in the Penn District, which will fund the state’s proposal to renovate and potentially expand Penn Station, as well as the revitalization of the public realm and transit improvements. The new towers on Vornado’s five properties around Penn Station could exceed 10 million square feet and consist of a hotel, offices, stores and up to 1,256 residential units.

3. Bolton-St. Johns

Compensation: $14,169,449

Giorgio DeRosa & Emily Giske
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Sippakorn Ponpayong

Giorgio DeRosa, Senior Partner


Emily Giske, Senior Partner


Key industries: Technology, renewable energy, telecommunications, nonprofits, education


Notable clients: Verizon, Equinor, Live Nation, Tech:NYC, Google, Caesars, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, Waymo


Other key employees: Tom Connolly, Mike Keogh, Juanita Scarlett, Patrick McHugh, Teresa Gonzalez, Samara Daly, Anne Marie Anzalone, John Albert, Violet Moss, Prisca Salazar-Rodriguez, Pat Reilly, Joseph DeRosa, Sara Ritz, Justin Berhaupt, Bill McCarthy Jr., Debra Feinberg, Sarah Bangs, Brette McSweeney, Robin Brown, John McCarthy, Keyla Espinal Antigua, Julie Jursik, Jessica Davos


Company news: We were very saddened by the passing of our friend and Partner Bill McCarthy. We miss him and continue to build on his work on behalf of our clients and New York.


Biggest achievement: BSJ is excited to be working with clients in the renewable energy space, especially in helping move New York state’s climate goals forward and ensuring that New York stays a leader in the fight against climate change. Similarly, our team is proud to have worked with the Freelancers Union to help pass two state bills, one to increase wage theft protections and a second to enhance retirement benefits. As New York’s workforce


continues to grow and more people are choosing freelancing, these bills are crucial to ensure that all people are getting paid for the work they do, as well as giving access to a system that will allow them to save and plan for their future retirement.

4. Greenberg Traurig

Compensation: $12,053,566

John Mascialino & Samir NeJame
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Greenberg Traurig, LLP

John Mascialino, Chair of New York City Government Law and Policy Practice


Samir NeJame, Chair of the New York State Government Law & Policy Practice


Key industries: Real estate, health care, energy and environment, technology, election and compliance law, transportation


Notable clients: Morgan Stanley, Life Insurance Council of New York, EDF Renewables, AT&T, Hornblower, NYU Langone, Chipotle


Other key employees: Lynelle Bosworth, Ellen Gustafson, Josh Oppenheimer, India Sneed, Mark Weprin


Company news: Former state Sen. Todd Kaminsky recently joined Greenberg Traurig and advises a broad swath of regulated companies with complex issues involving New York state government with a particular focus on environmental, social and governance issues. Beth Garvey, one of the most experienced attorneys in New York state government, joined the Albany office. Jane McLaughlin, former director of legislative affairs for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, also joined the Albany office this past year. The GT team is also excited to welcome back India Sneed from maternity and medical leave.


Biggest achievement: During a time of significant change, Greenberg Traurig’s city and state practices were able to help guide our clients during new administrations at the city and state level. Additionally, GT worked on behalf of the Joyful Heart Foundation on a pro bono basis to obtain passage of legislation of that would implement a statewide electronic tracking system for sexual assault kits. Once the governor signs the legislation, the implementation of the tracking system will streamline the chain of custody process to the benefit of law enforcement agencies and provide sexual assault survivors with certainty regarding the processing of their kit.

5. Mercury

Compensation: $8,819,648

Charlie King, Jan Feuerstadt & Jake Dilemani
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City Headshots

Charlie King, Partner


Jan Feuerstadt, Partner


Jake Dilemani, Partner


Key industries: Cannabis, real estate, climate and energy, fintech, health care


Notable clients: Charter Communications, New York Residential Agent Continuum, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of New York, PharmaCann, Somos Community Care


Other key employees: Jonathan Greenspun, Lisa Reid, Nancy Sciocchetti, Patrick Halpin, Patrick McCarthy, Deanne Braveman, Greg Drilling, Greg Lavine


Company news: We hired Vice Presidents Edu Hermelyn, Therese Daly and Wesley Clayton. Jake Dilemani was promoted from managing director to partner, and Greg Drilling and Deanne Braveman were promoted to senior vice president.


Biggest achievement: In the past year, after New York took the bold and necessary step to legalize cannabis, Mercury established itself as the preeminent firm for this new, burgeoning sector. Our team has been involved in New York state cannabis since the beginning, forming strong relationships within the industry, the Office of Cannabis Management and lawmakers. Additionally, Mercury helped secure the first-ever state funding in this year’s budget to support the over 40,000 remaining Holocaust survivors living in New York. This funding is crucial for survivors – many of whom live in poverty. The governor also signed key legislation towards improving Holocaust education, for which Mercury was instrumental.

6. Ostroff Associates

Compensation: $8,281,564

Rick Ostroff, Scott Wexler & Diana Ostroff
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Kris Qua Photography; Joseph Putrock Photography; Joan Heffler Photography

Rick Ostroff, President and CEO


Scott Wexler, Managing Director


Diana Ostroff, Managing Director


Key industries: Economic development, hospitality and gaming, financial services, health care, energy and environment


Notable clients: Anheuser-Busch, Buffalo Bills and Pegula Sports & Entertainment, Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, NextEra Energy Resources, Siemens


Other key employees: Kate Knight, Andrew Kennedy, Rebecca Marino, Liz Misa, Evan Sullivan, Jessica Morelli


Company news: Jessica Morelli recently joined our health care team, bringing over 20 years of experience in government, health care, hospital and human services policy and finance. We’ve also continued to expand our legislative team to include more analysts, along with adding a communications director. 


Biggest achievement: Helping to secure millions of dollars in the budget to provide critical funding for a number of our clients in a variety of industries. We were successful in helping to secure historic investments in the developmental disabilities and behavioral health field. Our firm also assisted in securing $300 million to jump-start New York’s shovel-ready projects as well as a $1.75 million investment in the Manufacturers Intermediary Apprenticeship Program. Additionally, we were successful in advocating for $1 million for the blood cancer research to benefit 9/11 first responders as well as $50,000 for the South End Children’s Cafe to help address food insecurity for children in Albany.

7. Park Strategies

Compensation: $7,723,204

Lisa Marrello, David Poleto, Gregory Serio & Christopher D’Amato
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Rich Pagano, Print Connection

Lisa Marrello, Partner and Managing Director


David Poleto, Partner and Managing Director


Gregory Serio, Partner and Managing Director


Christopher D’Amato, Executive Vice President, Partner and General Counsel


Key industries: Health care, transportation, insurance, hospitality, construction, energy, cannabis


Notable clients: Microsoft, Iroquois Healthcare Association, Expedia, State Farm, TransUnion, Rochester Regional Health Information Organization, Rocket Central, Rite Aid, ExxonMobil, Capital District Transportation Authority


Other key employees: Kevin Bronner, Fred Hiffa, Jay Bove, Nick Barrella, Michael Wilton, Ryan Moses, William McGahay


Company news: In July of 2021, Park Strategies launched the Cannabis Practice Group led by Managing Director Joe Rossi, to support our cannabis clients including the New York Cannabis Growers and Processors Association. Joining Rossi in the Cannabis Practice Group are Tom Wickham, Tom Buchan and Alyssa Snyder. Park Strategies also opened a Syracuse office.


Biggest achievement: In addition to the creation of a dynamic new practice group that services an entirely new alliance of clients, we take pride in our expert representation of clients in highly regulated industries including insurance, health care, energy, construction, transportation and nightlife. Our successful client achievements are realized in our policy advocacy efforts before the Executive Chamber and Legislature during the budget negotiation process and at the culmination of the legislative session, in addition to client representation before state agencies resolving impactful regulatory and administrative issues.

8. Hinman Straub

Compensation: $6,460,306

James Carr, Caron O’Brien & Matthew O’Connor
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Hinman Straub, P.C

James Carr, Government Analyst


Caron O’Brien, Government Analyst


Matthew O’Connor, Government Analyst


Key industries: Health care, education, labor, financial services, energy, environment, human services, gaming, transportation


Notable clients: Con Edison, HSBC, Toyota, Zillow


Other key employees: Estibaliz Alonso, Katy Coleman, Heather Evans, Jonathan Graves, Matthew Leonardo, Julie Marlette, David Previte, Wendy Saunders, Janet Silver, Brittany Vogel


Company news: Hinman Straub continues to grow across disciplines and practice areas as well as through the addition of new and talented professionals. Some of our recent client additions have been in emerging issues and technologies that interface with state government. 


Biggest achievement: As one of Albany’s oldest law firms and government relations practices, the most important measure of our success continues to be the faith and trust that our clients have in Hinman Straub. Our firm has always focused on taking a comprehensive and collaborative approach in meeting our clients’ goals. We were successful this year in achieving numerous legislative victories and were instrumental in securing much-needed state support for many of our not-for-profit clients. As the state and nation transition into the post-pandemic world and the associated challenges that come with it, our entire firm will be focused on providing exceptional legal and government relations services.

9. Constantinople & Vallone Consulting

Compensation: $6,085,507

Anthony Constantinople, Partner


Perry Vallone, Partner


Key industries: Energy and environment, education and nonprofits, telecommunications, affordable housing, transportation


Notable clients: Waste Management, T-Mobile, TD Bank, Walgreens, Electrify America, YAI


Other key employees: Peter Vallone Sr., Tony Constantinople, Jake Potent, Jordan Press, Steve Williams, Lauren George, Yanni Trittas, Carol Swift, Andrea Reres, Isabel Lane, Joe Newman, Alina Agusti

10. Capalino

Compensation: $5,535,010

James Capalino & Mark Thompson
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Leigh Beckett

James Capalino, CEO


Travis Terry, President


Mark Thompson, Executive Vice President and Group Leader


Jeanne Mullgrav, Managing Director


Ashley Thompson, Principal


Karina Jimenez, Principal


Key industries: Real estate, nonprofits, technology, entertainment, hospitality and tourism, clean energy and sustainability, health care and life sciences


Notable clients: UPS, FWD.us, Somos Community Care


Company news: Capalino helped pass the NY Health and Essential Rights Act (NY HERO Act) and the Low-Embodied Carbon Concrete Leadership Act. Capalino welcomed three new members: principals Matt Green and Karina Jimenez and Lucy Christensen in the compliance department. Principal Adam Buchanan also joined Capalino to provide expertise in business strategy and procurement/RFPs.


Biggest achievement: FWD.us has credited Capalino with helping increase the resources for the Liberty Defense Project and helping to enact the Language Access law, which requires translation of documents in the 12 most common languages and interpretation for limited English proficient New Yorkers.

11. MirRam Group

Compensation: $5,292,050

Catherine Torres, Partner


Eduardo Castell, Partner


John Emrick, Partner


Matthew Smalls, Senior Vice President


Onida Coward Myers, Senior Vice President


Dana Carotenuto, Senior Vice President


Key industries: Health care, nonprofit, labor, energy, cannabis


Notable clients: Transport Workers Union Local 100, Greater New York Hospital Association, Hispanic Federation, Cresco Labs


Company news: New hires include Reggie Johnson, senior vice president of communications, and Vice Presidents Ana Chireno and Stephanie Arroyo. Onida Coward Mayers was promoted to senior vice president.


Biggest achievement: The company achieved continued funding increases and policy changes for its health care clients to address ongoing COVID-19 and related health challenges. The company has become a leader in the state’s renewable energy industry and emerging adult-use cannabis industry. The company also expanded its championing of BIPOC communities and the nonprofit organizations that serve our neighborhoods.  

12. Pitta Bishop & Del Giorno

Compensation: $5,191,645

Vincent F. Pitta, Vito R. Pitta, Robert J. Bishop & Jon R. Del Giorno
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Dominick Totino

Vincent F. Pitta, Chair and Managing Member


Vito R. Pitta, Co-Managing Member


Robert J. Bishop, Founding Member


Jon R. Del Giorno, Founding Member


Key industries: Civil service and trade unions, nonprofit community-based organizations, criminal justice, health care, construction and development


Notable clients: Transport Workers Union Local 100, Public Health Solutions, Simon Wiesenthal Center, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 9, Consortium for Worker Education


Other key employees: Theresa Cosgrove, Carlos Beato

13. Davidoff Hutcher & Citron

Compensation: $5,029,633

Steve Malito, Partner and Chair, New York State Government Relations Group


Esteban Maccera, Associate Director, State Government Relations


Nicole L. Weingartner, Director, State Government Affairs


Bianca Rajpersaud, Associate Director, Government Relations


Nicholas Antenucci, Senior Counsel


Key industries: Construction, education, entertainment, health care, nonprofits, municipalities


Notable clients: Warner Bros. Discovery, Metropolitan Package Store Association, Helen Keller Services, Henry Viscardi School, International Union of Journeymen and Allied Trades


Company news: Within the last year, DHC’s state government relations team welcomed new clients such as BusPatrol America LLC, the village of Mineola and the Information Technology Industry Council. In addition, we have expanded our practice to include lobbying local municipalities on Long Island and across New York state.


Biggest achievement: After nine hard years of constant vigilance and effort, we were thrilled to see that Gov. Kathy Hochul finally included vital funding for one of our most beloved not-for-profit clients in her annual budget proposal. Previously, DHC had been working with the Assembly and Senate to add this “make or break” funding into the final budget product. While we were so proud of all of the great champions that helped us in the Legislature, it was extremely important and gratifying that this funding be recognized as an annual proposal from the executive.

14. Dickinson & Avella

Compensation: $4,659,816

Christina Dickinson & Michael Avella
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Dickinson & Avella

Christina Dickinson, Partner


Michael Avella, Partner


Key industries: Technology, health care, cannabis, gaming, sports and entertainment, finance


Notable clients: Hotel and Gaming Trades Council, Verizon, Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, New York Yankees, New York Mets


Other key employees: Eglantina Haxhillari, Mike Avella Jr.


Company news: Katie Neer joined our firm to lead a cannabis practice as New York state moves forward with medical expansion and adult-use implementation.


Biggest achievement: In the past year, we focused efforts on commercial casino expansion, education funding and economic development initiatives. We assisted clients in navigating the continued economic impacts of COVID-19. We also worked with a variety of clients in successfully implementing mobile sports wagering.

15. Albany Strategic Advisors

Compensation: $4,533,211

Key industries: Telecommunications, technology, travel and entertainment, banking, finance and insurance, criminal and social justice


Notable clients: Delta Air Lines, Block, FWD.us, Verizon, JPMorgan Chase & Co.


Other key employees: Allison Lee, Mike O’Leary, Dan Cain, Jill Scalzo, Dan Vardaro, Justin Birzon, Michela Paniccia, Andrew Marocco


Company news: We were thrilled to welcome back one of ASA’s founding touchstones, Andrew Marocco, at the beginning of the year. We were also proud to announce Jill Scalzo was promoted to vice president and Dan Vardaro as ASA’s chief of staff earlier in the year.


Biggest achievement: This year we worked with our client, the Association of Public Broadcasting Stations of New York, to successfully advocate for $7.8 million in additional funding. The funding was awarded to run a public awareness campaign about mental health, senior social isolation and to address student learning loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. This was a multiyear effort which involved advocacy across multiple state agencies, the Division of Budget and state lawmakers, combined with constant education, third-party validators and APBS’ history of delivering high-quality content.

16. Fried Frank

Compensation: $4,452,054

Zachary Bernstein, Real Estate Partner


Tal J. Golomb, Real Estate Partner


David Karnovsky, Real Estate Partner


Melanie Meyers, Real Estate Partner


Wesley O’Brien, Real Estate Partner


Carol E. Rosenthal, Real Estate Partner


Key industry: Real estate


Notable clients: Vornado Realty Trust, South Street Seaport, RXR Realty, Macy’s Retail Holdings Inc., NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

17. The Parkside Group

Compensation: $4,414,700

Jake Herring, Saima Anjam & Katelyn O’Leary
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The Parkside Group

Jake Herring, Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel


Saima Anjam, Senior Vice President


Katelyn O’Leary, Vice President


Key industries: Technology, sports and gaming, energy and telecommunications, nonprofit, labor


Notable clients: AT&T, Brooklyn Nets, CAMBA, Microsoft, 32BJ SEIU


Other key employees: Lauren Bush, Katy Dunn, Dan Katz, Ben Kern, Paul Thomas


Company news: Lauren Bush, Katelyn O’Leary, Sezlyn Petersen and Juan Osorio all joined our government relations team. Ben Kern and Saima Anjam were promoted to senior vice president on our government relations team. And several new clients came on board, including Catapult Learning, ChargePoint, D2L, DirecTV, First American Title, SAS and Scientific Games.


Biggest achievement: This year’s legislative session was hugely successful for many of our clients, but our biggest success was clearly the passage of the Grieving Families Act. This bill reforms New York’s 175-year old Wrongful Death law, which limits damages when someone dies solely to economic losses and not the grief of survivors. Current law devalues the lives of people who are likely to be underpaid due to other inequities in society by valuing lives solely based on how much money a victim earns. Through direct lobbying, earned media and advertising, we led the effort to pass legislation to correct this inequity.

18. Cozen O’Connor and Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Compensation: $4,223,602

Katie Schwab &
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Cozen O’Connor

Katie Schwab, Managing Director


Rose Christ, Senior Principal


Key industries: Banking and financial services, insurance, cannabis, nonprofits and associations, gaming


Notable clients: Apollo Theater, Canopy Growth, Coca-Cola, Chubb, Central Park Conservancy


Other key employees: Stuart Shorenstein, Ken Fisher, Nathan Toth, James Ansorge, Kaitesi Munroe, Zakariah Malik, Vivien Krieger, Rachel Scall, Sunny Bhatt


Company news: Katie Schwab and Rose Christ were elevated to co-chairs of the New York Public Strategies team, succeeding Stuart Shorenstein, who remains actively engaged in the practice. The lobbying team expanded with the addition of Kaitesi Munroe, who had formerly held senior positions in the state Legislature and with Madison Square Garden, and Nathan Toth, who had served for 11 years as the deputy director of the New York City Council’s Finance Division.


Biggest achievement: Our team seized opportunities presented by the rapidly changing political environment in New York in 2021 to benefit our diverse client base. Thanks to decadeslong relationships with leaders in the new administration in Albany, the state Legislature and broader civic community, we were well positioned to help our clients succeed in 2021. A few notable successes include: playing a key role in the approval of mobile sports betting; obtaining an amendment to the Hudson River Park Act to allow for permanent public artwork on Gansevoort Peninsula; and securing significant state funds for clients’ capital projects and workforce development programs.

19. Cordo & Company

Compensation: $3,640,686

Nora Boyle & Adam Richardson
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JP Elario Photography

Nora Boyle, Partner and Vice President


Adam Richardson, Partner and Senior Vice President


Key industries: Health care, labor unions, gaming and casinos, beer wholesalers


Notable clients: 1199SEIU, CVS Health, Somos Community Care, New York State Beer Wholesalers Association, Genting New York


Other key employees: John Cordo, Steve Harris, Amy Agars


Company news: Amy Agars, Nora Boyle and Adam Richardson became partners and now hold the title of vice president of operations, vice president, and senior vice president, respectively.


Biggest achievement: Cordo & Co. headed efforts to include in the budget language which authorizes the state to award the remaining three casino licenses in the downstate region.


We also led the expansion of new health care sustainability funds for distressed health care institutions, including hospitals and primary care facilities.

20. Manatt

Compensation: $3,193,168

James Walsh, Meghan McNamara & Julia Donnaruma
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Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP

James Walsh, Partner


Meghan McNamara, Partner, Manatt Health


Julia Donnaruma, Senior Adviser


Key industries: Health care, higher education, procurement, energy, environment


Notable clients: New York State Coalition of Anchor Safety Net Hospitals, New York University, Oracle, Coalition of New York State Public Health Plans, Solar Energy Industries Association


Other key employees: Tracy Fay Raleigh, Michael Paulsen, Gregory Pratt,  Laura Manley Ladopoulos


Company news: With the addition of Tracy Raleigh, who previously served as the director of the Center for Planning, Licensure, and Finance for the New York State Department of Health, Manatt is focused on fully utilizing its experienced team to help providers navigate a perfect storm of challenges, including financial distress and workforce challenges. In addition, in the wake of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Supreme Court decision, Manatt is proud to continue supporting Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts as well as a new engagement to provide legal support and consulting to all five Planned Parenthood New York affiliates as they respond to the impact of the Dobbs decision and seek to ensure access to care in New York.


Biggest achievement: We worked closely with New York state government to help develop strong partnerships with our clients that will advance critical policy goals that improve peoples’ lives – enhancing the delivery of health care, advancing renewable energy, building more affordable housing and improving our higher education systems. This was accomplished through securing millions of dollars in state funding, passing critical legislation and crafting policies that help make New York state a national leader, and we are proud to have contributed toward that effort. 

21. Patrick B. Jenkins & Associates

Compensation: $3,139,654

Jennifer Richardson & Cory Loomis
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Lana Ortiz; Ryan Day

Jennifer Richardson, Senior Vice President


Cory Loomis, Legislative Director


Key industries: Gaming, education, telecommunications and technology, real estate and development, health care


Notable clients: New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Genting New York, Charter Communications, Uber, Bank Street College of Education


Other key employees: Patrick B. Jenkins, Dwayne M. Andrews

22. TBA

Compensation: $3,048,252

Kristen Walsh
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Don Pollard

Kristen Walsh, Vice President for Government and Public Affairs


Matthew Powers, Albany Senior Director


Key industries: Energy, transportation, health care, financial services and education


Notable clients: Amtrak, American Airlines, Greater New York Hospital Association, AECOM

23. CMW Strategies

Compensation: $3,028,398

Michael Woloz
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Lisa Berg

Michael Woloz, President and CEO


Key industries: Transportation, technology, education, hospitality, culturals


Notable clients: Hotel Association of New York City, Closed Loop Partners, Verizon, Cisco Systems, New York State Latino Restaurant, Bar & Lounge Association


Other key employees: Danna DeBlasio, Anthony “Skip” Piscitelli, Regina Poreda Ryan


Company news: CMW Strategies is expanding, both its physical office space at the Woolworth Building, and taking on several new staff this year, including budget expert Regina Poreda Ryan, who ran the expense budget at the New York City Council for 25 years.

24. The Roffe Group of Robinson+Cole

Compensation: $3,004,525

Andrew S. Roffe & Christine C. Rutigliano
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Linda Conley Photography

Andrew S. Roffe, President


Christine C. Rutigliano, Managing Director


Key industries: Health care, energy, technology, insurance, cannabis


Notable clients: Stroock, Constellation Energy Generation, Xerox, NewYork-Presbyterian, Apple


Other key employees: Patrick Zlogar, Alexandra Moore and Caley Taratus

25. Statewide Public Affairs

Compensation: $2,996,786

Christopher Duryea
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Lucy Schultz

Christopher Duryea, Managing Partner


Key industries: Energy and environment, health care, cannabis, financial services, technology


Notable clients: Comcast, Volkswagen, New York State Restaurant Association, The Home Depot, Cresco Labs


Other key employees: Wayne Lair Jr., Kevin Banes, Brian Quiara, Jim Quent


Company news: Statewide took on some exciting new accounts in the last year including The Home Depot, Gemini Trust, TikTok, American Rock Salt Corp. and the Northeast Spa & Pool Association.


Biggest achievement: Statewide is proud to have played a key role as the New York State Restaurant Association’s lobbying and advocacy lead in securing NYSRA’s huge win with the return of alcohol-to-go. We are proud to have led advocacy and lobbying efforts on behalf of our new client American Rock Salt, seeing through passage of the Buy American Salt Act in both houses. Additionally, Statewide led advocacy and lobbying efforts on newly introduced Lockable Spa Safety Cover legislation. This new legislation, strongly supported by our newly retained client Northeast Spa & Pool Association, passed both houses and currently awaits gubernatorial action. 

26. The Wright Group NY

Compensation: $2,891,616

John Wright, Vincent Rossetti & Kristin Ruggles
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Luke Tress

John Wright, Founder and Principal


Vincent Rossetti, Director of State Government Relations


Key industries: Nonprofit and human services sector, affordable housing, arts and culture, legal services, mental health, immigration rights and juvenile justice


Notable clients: Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, African Communities Together, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Getting Out and Staying Out, The Trevor Project


Other key employees: Kristin Ruggles, Racquel Saddler


Biggest achievement: Seeing our clients and the communities they serve work together to overcome the challenges of the pandemic – which were much more intense for low-income and marginalized New Yorkers – is nothing short of remarkable. On more solid ground this year, we were able to refocus our attention on policies and funding that help correct years of disinvestment in communities across our state. We are proud to have done our part to secure enhanced resources for LGBTQ+ health and human service providers, a historic investment for foreclosure prevention and counseling services and passage of first-in-the-nation protections in the immigration bond industry.

27. Geto & de Milly

Compensation: $2,794,000

Ethan Geto & Michele de Milly
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Geto & de Milly

Ethan Geto, Principal


Michele de Milly, Principal 


Key industries: Real estate/land use, professional sports, affordable housing, education, culture and the arts, LGBTQ+ advocacy, criminal justice reform and social services nonprofits


Notable clients: PepsiCo, New Alternatives for Children


Other key employees: Daniel White, Maya Kremen, Mark Benoit, Laura Dolan, Christopher Johnson


Biggest achievement: Our successes include approval of the exciting mixed-use plan for Manhattan’s South Street Seaport and the transformative rezoning of Gowanus, Brooklyn, ongoing firm projects that ensure New Yorkers benefit from new affordable housing, job creation and sustainable development.

28. McBride Consulting and Business Development Group

Compensation: $2,693,050

Robert McBride & Luis Montes
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Dan Reddy Designs

Robert McBride, President and CEO 


Luis Montes, Senior Partner, State & Local Government Practice Lead


Key industries: Renewable energy and transmission solutions, attainable and supportive housing, waste management, utilities and water, gaming and wagering 


Notable clients: Eversource Energy, Disability Opportunity Fund, Winters Bros. Waste Systems


Biggest achievement: Two significant achievements our team recently had was the advancement and adoption of bills for Suffolk County OTB and Sunrise Wind on behalf of our client Eversource. We worked with a bipartisan coalition to pass state legislation authorizing Suffolk OTB to build on the success of Jake’s 58 Hotel and Casino by doubling to 2,000 video gaming machines which will create hundreds of good-paying union jobs and increase Suffolk OTB’s contribution to New York state and Suffolk County by more than $50 million annually.  We also moved critical agreements from the town level to state legislation to advance Sunrise Wind, which will power approximately 600,000 homes with clean energy and unlock tens of millions for workforce development and host community benefits. 

29. Shenker Russo & Clark LLP

Compensation: $2,500,368

Theresa Russo & Douglas Clark
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Shenker Russo & Clark LLP

Theresa Russo, CEO and Co-Managing Partner


Douglas Clark, Co-Managing Partner


Key industries: Alcohol and cannabis licensing, automobile dealers industry, banking and financial services, clean fuels and energy/telecommunications, health care, labor


Notable clients: Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, New York State Pipe Trades Association, Clean Fuels Alliance America, New York Bankers Association, CTIA


Other key employees: Ed Draves, Jill Sandhaas, Michael Trunzo, M. Tracey Brooks, Donna Clyne, Ryan Horstmyer, Philip Bolen, Maston Sansom, Michael Relyea, Richard Lauricella


Company news: Ed Draves and Phil Bolen joined the firm in 2022. We also added cannabis licensing to our already established alcohol beverage licensing practice.


Biggest achievement: We worked with our client the National Association of Theatre Owners to argue through a declaratory ruling that movie theaters in New York state that are not restaurants can apply for beer and wine licenses allowing guests to take their beer or wine beverage into the auditoriums. This ruling was approved by the New York State Liquor Authority at a board meeting. This was exciting news for theater owners who were devastated by the pandemic and something NATO and SRC had fought for in New York state for many years.

30. O’Donnell & Associates

Compensation: $2,340,750

Jack O’Donnell & Michael Cinquanti
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Saffi Rigberg; Jordyn Sogoiani

Jack O’Donnell, Founder and Managing Partner  


Key industries: Health care and human services, renewable energy, labor, higher education, fintech


Notable clients: North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, The Buffalo Zoo, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Earnin


Other key employee: Michael Cinquanti


Biggest achievement: OD&A secured important and in some cases long-awaited wins for clients, including renewable energy jobs standards, construction industry wage theft legislation, public contractor registration, a prevailing wage standard in the Bond Act, flagship status for SUNY Buffalo, a delay of the Medicaid drug benefit carve-out that means millions of dollars in critical revenue for our safety-net clients, and millions in funding for the Albright Knox Gundlach Museum, the Strong Museum of Play, the Buffalo Zoo and a new UB School of Engineering.

31. Malkin & Ross

Compensation: $2,263,735

Jessica Schafroth & Christine Tramontano
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Provided

Jessica Schafroth, Vice President of Government Affairs


Christine Tramontano, Vice President of Government Affairs


Key industries: Mental and physical health care, criminal justice reform, addressing sexual and gender-based violence and harassment, environmental justice, worker justice 


Notable clients: Alliance for Clean Energy New York, Coalition for the Homeless, Drug Policy Alliance, Make the Road New York, New York State Nurses Association, Safe Horizon, National Employment Law Project


Other key employees: Arthur Malkin, Jaron Benjamin, Amanda Cavanaugh, Carol Ann Lemon, Cylas Martell-Crawford, Stacie Orell


Company news: Sadly, Founding Partner Donald K. Ross passed away earlier this year. He will be sorely missed. We are happy to announce that we hired Amanda Cavanaugh as a new lobbyist and Jaron Benjamin as a senior campaign and organizing manager. Additionally, we are establishing an Organizers Training Academy.


Biggest achievement: Passing the Adult Survivors Act, a first in the nation moratorium on cryptocurrency mining, establishing a Primary Care Reform Commission, securing enhanced funding for refugees, establishing an Extended Producer Responsibility program from the recycling of carpets and passing initiatives to fund child care and combat child poverty.

32. Featherstonhaugh, Wiley & Clyne LLP

Compensation: $2,060,250

Elizabeth K. Clyne, Managing Partner


David F. Fleming Jr., Chief Operating Officer


Key industries: Construction/engineering, finance/health, death care, gaming, racing and wagering, technology


Notable clients: CVS Health, The General Contractors Association of New York, Goldman Sachs Group, New York State Association of Cemeteries, Robin Hood Foundation


Other key employees: James D. Featherstonhaugh, Jonathan S. McCardle, Ryan J. Banagan, Brendan J. Boyle, Justin A. Hogan, Stephen D. Morgan

33. Yoswein New York

Compensation: $1,963,700

Joni Yoswein
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Yoswein New York

Joni Yoswein, Founder and CEO


Jamie Van Bramer, President


Key industries: Real estate development, technology, educational and cultural nonprofits, trade organizations, health care


Notable clients: Wegmans Food Markets, Amazon, New York City Hospitality Alliance, JetBlue Airways, Brooklyn Public Library


Other key employees: Jeffrey Denman, Justin Pascone


Biggest achievement: YNY worked tirelessly in 2021 to help clients recover and thrive in the fairest and most equitable manner possible. We achieved unprecedented legislative victories – from to-go cocktails to outdoor dining – for the city’s restaurant industry (NYC Hospitality Alliance); ensured that small businesses had access to economic development and recovery funds (Brooklyn Chamber); created innovative public school support programs for students (NYC Outward Bound); protected critical healthcare institutions (SUNY Downstate); and even helped secure ULURP (Uniform Land Use Review Procedure) approvals for one of the most innovative, ambitious waterfront developments in New York City’s history (Two Trees’ River Ring).

34. Masiello, Martucci & Associates

Compensation: $1,828,850

Victor A. Martucci & Anthony M. Masiello
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Gordon James Photography

Victor A. Martucci, Managing Partner


Anthony M. Masiello, President and Partner


Key industries: Health care, higher education, transportation, nonprofits, municipal government


Notable clients: Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, D’Youville University, Rosina Food Products


Other key employees: Connie Martucci, Allie Castilloux

35. Tress Capitol Advisors

Compensation: $1,741,401

Kristen Murphy, Senior Lobbyist


Dan Leinung, Counsel


Key industries: Health care, nonprofits, finance, criminal justice, cultural


Notable clients: PhRMA, New York State Camp Directors Association, National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund, Legal Action Center, Judge Rotenberg Educational Center


Other key employee: Michelle Walsh


Biggest achievement: The passage of concurrent resolutions adding the Equality Amendment ​to the New York State Constitution was a longtime priority for several clients. After a multiyear effort, TCA was successful in enacting a new law allowing children’s summer camps to hire mental health professionals. The Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Program fiscal intermediary expansion enacted in the budget was a big budget win for us. We were also successful in ensuring that severely disabled individuals placed out of state can remain in their highly successful educational and treatment programs. TCA was instrumental in the passage of a long-standing bill to allow pharmacists to inject medicines for individuals with SUD and SMI. 

36. Whiteman Osterman & Hanna

Compensation: $1,676,873

Richard Leckerling, Coordinating Partner, Governmental Relations Practice Group


Key industries: Health care, education, insurance, finance


Notable clients: American Express, Hertz, Life Insurance Council of New York, Columbia University’s Teachers College

37. State & Broadway

Compensation: $1,567,490

Jacqueline S.L. Williams, Founding Partner


Lawrence E. Scherer, Founding Partner


Key industries: Finance, film and television, labor, cannabis


Notable clients: Writers Guild of America East, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Broadway Stages, New York Chiropractic Council


Other key employee: Richard D. Winsten

38. Empire Strategic Planning

Compensation: $1,560,125

Nick Spano
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Grupp and Rose Photography

Nick Spano, Founder and Owner


Maureen Kronau, Senior Lobbyist


John Spano, Senior Lobbyist


Key industries: Health care, real estate, labor 


Notable clients: Greater New York Hospital Association, Cappelli Organization, Standard Amusements LLC, Westchester County Police Benevolent Association

39. Patricia Lynch Associates Inc.

Compensation: $1,463,044

Patricia Lynch, Founder


Key industries: Entertainment, real estate, renewable energy, cryptocurrency and transportation 


Notable clients: Thor Properties LLC, The Walt Disney Co., Chia Network, Avis


Company news: Patricia Lynch Associates is headed up by Albany veteran Patricia Lynch. Lynch retains a portfolio of top-tier corporate clients with business before the state and city.

40. Plummer & Wigger

Compensation: $1,189,701

Scott Wigger & Dan Plummer
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Kiki Vassilakis; Megan Manchester

Scott Wigger, Partner


Dan Plummer, Partner


Key industries: Manufacturing, media, transportation, energy


Notable clients: General Electric, NBCUniversal, Railroads of New York, Millennium Pipeline, Delaware Engineering, New York State Funeral Directors Association, New York Transco, Casella Waste Systems, SABIC Innovative Plastics, National Electrical Manufacturers Association, Genworth Financial, JERA Americas, Arch Mortgage Insurance Co.


Other key employee: Marge Marto


Company news: Looking forward into 2023, our main focus will be on continuing to assist our clients in working with the governor’s office and state Legislature to help grow New York’s business community and overall economy.

41. Reid, McNally, & Savage

Compensation: $1,173,615

Robert Reid, Partner


Shauneen McNally, Partner


Marcy Savage, Partner


Key industries: Health care providers, public health, public transit, finance, human services


Notable clients: Community Pharmacy Association of New York State, New York State Association of Health Care Providers, New York State Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, New York Public Transit Association

42. Envision Strategy

Compensation: $1,171,872

Tim Bishop, Principal


Jim Thompson, Principal


Alyssa Lovelace, Principal


Key industries: Health care, government procurement, transportation


Notable clients: Cigna, Chamber of Digital Commerce, Ellis Hospital

43. Barrett Associates

Compensation: $1,137,502

Peter V. Carr Jr., Managing Partner


Key industries: Technology, financial services, health, education, nonprofits


Notable clients: Procter & Gamble, eBay, PayPal, StubHub

44. Hill, Gosdeck, McGraw & Nemeth

Compensation: $1,074,700

Jeffrey Hill, Principal


Frank Nemeth, Principal


Key industries: Health, technology, construction, financial services, the arts


Notable clients: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, AT&T, Builders Exchange of Rochester, International Business Machines, March of Dimes


Other key employee: Karen LaJuene


Biggest achievement: We successfully advocated for the passage of two pieces of legislation to improve access to behavioral health and addiction treatment care, as well as legislation to provide equitable relief to contractors for unanticipated construction material price escalations and numerous defensive victories.

45. Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

Compensation: $1,054,325

Amy J. Kellogg, John M. Jennings & Caitlin A. Anderson
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Super Source Media LLC; Walter Colley Images, Inc.

Amy J. Kellogg, Partner and Practice Group Leader


John M. Jennings, Partner


Key industries: Life sciences, transportation, health care, telecommunications, trade associations


Notable clients: Amalgamated Transit Union New York State Legislative Conference Board, American Nurses Association – New York, GSK, New York Biotechnology Association, New York State Telecommunications Association


Other key employee: Caitlin A. Anderson


Company news: We were pleased to expand our team this year with the addition of our new associate, Caitlin “Caiti” Anderson. Caiti comes to us with over three years of government affairs and lobbying experience. She has worked extensively in heavily regulated industries


such as the alcoholic beverage industry and brought with her several new clients


including the New York State Brewers Association. In addition, Caiti brings regulatory


experience to our group, including regulation review and defending clients in


administrative hearings.  


Biggest achievement: Our biggest achievement in the past year has been helping our clients accomplish their legislative priorities in a challenging environment where the continued impact of the pandemic had a significant effect on government in Albany. Notably, we successfully


advocated for the passage of numerous pieces of legislation in diverse industries,


including the transportation sector, the alcoholic beverage sector, the life sciences sector


and for health care professionals. It is often easier to defeat a bill than to pass one, so we


are very proud of the affirmative successes we helped our clients to achieve.

46. TLM Associates LLC

Compensation: $1,034,396

Thomas McMahon, President and Founder


James McMahon, Partner


Key industries: Affordable housing, financial services, solid waste


Notable clients: Bank of America, Community Preservation Corp., Enterprise Community Partners


Biggest achievement: Working closely with clients and government partners to manage and navigate through the challenges and chaos caused by the global pandemic. With much of our work focused on affordable housing, we worked closely with state and city government partners and the advocacy community to adopt legislation and programs that protect tenants and allow development to move forward in 2021.

47. Kramer Levin

Compensation: $1,026,721

Paul D. Selver, Partner and Co-Chair


Gary R. Tarnoff, Partner and Co-Chair


Elise Wagner, Partner


Valerie G. Campbell, Partner


James P. Power, Partner 


Key industry: Real estate


Notable clients: The Shubert Organization, New York Blood Center, Vornado Realty Trust

48. Fontas Advisors

Compensation: $1,002,333

George Fontas
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Erin Silber Photography

George Fontas, Founder and CEO


Key industries: Real estate, nonprofits, tech, education


Notable clients: Intel, The Floating Hospital, LeFrak


Other key employees: Tom Gray, Scott Crowley, John Sabini

49. Gotham Government Relations & Communication

Compensation: $1,000,800

Brad Gerstman & David Schwartz
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Robert Martin, Headshots Long Island

Brad Gerstman, Founding Partner 


David Schwartz, Founding Partner


Key industries: Education, commercial real estate, construction, international affairs, business associations


Notable clients: AARP, Red Apple Group, New York School Bus Contractors Association


Other key employee: Nicole Epstein


Company news: Nicole Epstein became vice president of Gotham, and Gotham has entered the cannabis market by providing consulting, legal and security services. In addition, Gotham created the first New York State Blockchain and Crypto Association, as well as new services to the venture capital world.


Biggest achievement: Secured the largest growth in special education funding from the governor and the Legislature in the New York state budget.

50. RG Group

Compensation: $974,000

Alan Rosenberg
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RG Group

Alan Rosenberg, Partner


Catherine Giuliani, Partner


Key industries: Technology, consulting services, energy, real estate and construction


Notable clients: KPMG, Oracle, Red Hat, Transit Wireless, Armis


Other key employee: Gregory Mitchell


Biggest achievement: RG Group prides itself on being the “go-to firm” for technology companies doing business in New York. In the past year, RG Group has successfully guided its clients through the mayoral administration change. Our team advised our clients on the new mayoral and agency leadership, identified new priorities and helped position them as partners to the Adams administration.

51. Hodes & Landy

Compensation: $909,000

Ginger Lynch Landy, Michele O’Connor & Carrie Harring
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Brian Moak; Rebecca Gatto Photography

Ginger Lynch Landy, Principal and Owner 


Michele O’Connor, Director of Licensing and Senior Legislative Associate   


Carrie Harring, Senior Legislative Associate   


Key industries: Health care and Medicaid, long-term care and assisted living regulation and licensure, payroll and HR IT, higher education 


Notable clients: Argentum, Healthcare Distribution Alliance, Indivior, Paycom, Velocity BioGroup


Other key employees: Olivia Marfleet, Lorie Massad 


Company news: In 2021, Hodes & Landy welcomed Olivia Marfleet as legislative analyst and director of membership. This year, Hodes & Landy is proud to celebrate its 30th anniversary.  The firm was founded by Nancy Hodes in 1992, with Ginger Lynch Landy joining in 2000 and later becoming a partner and taking over as principal and owner in 2017. 


Biggest achievement: Hodes & Landy achieved numerous legislative and regulatory goals over the past year, despite the challenges presented by the ongoing public health emergency. Our experienced team successfully executed comprehensive, effective strategies to advance our clients priorities, including those involving substance use disorder, assisted living, health care, payroll and benefit administration, and pharmaceutical distribution. Additionally, H&L expanded its assisted living licensure portfolio and achieved several additional project approvals. We are most proud to be recognized by top-tier clients as the “Gold Standard” of government relations services.

52. Capital Health Consulting

Compensation: $892,950

Lisa Wickens-Alteri
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Lana Ortiz Photography

Lisa Wickens-Alteri, President and CEO


Caroline Morelli, Vice President


Key industry: Health care


Notable clients: Davita, New York State Society of Dermatology & Dermatological Surgery, Shinnecock Indian Nation


Other key employees: Keith W. Servis, Steve Simmons, Jamie Papapetros, Maura Fiore, Cheryl Rings, Valerie Harris


Company news: We recently expanded our client base to include more health care professional associations and societies, offering grassroots advocacy at the state and federal level. In addition to advocacy and government affairs, CHC provides strategic solutions for complex health care related policy and business issues. To support our growing client base, CHC recently brought on new clinicians, policymakers and individuals, and associates in health and human services to round out our team. In 2021, Keith Servis joined CHC as a senior adviser and brings over 36 years of government leadership and policy experience. In his most recent position, Keith served as deputy commissioner of the state Department of Health’s Office of Primary Care and Health Systems Management.


Biggest achievement: In partnership with Elizabeth Seton, CHC has dedicated its mission to improving the lives of medically fragile children and their continued care into young adulthood. In 2021, CHC successfully championed the enactment of landmark legislation in the state budget to provide for the establishment of a medically fragile young adult demonstration program. The law authorizes the establishment of two eligible pediatric nursing homes for medical fragile young adults between the ages of 18 and 35. This sets a national precedent for medically fragile children and adults that are living beyond their expected years because of new treatments and technologies.

53. Tusk Strategies

Compensation: $878,000

Shontell Smith, Executive Vice President


Eric Soufer, Partner, Head of Crypto + Fintech


Key industries: Cryptocurrency, education, technology, transportation


Notable clients: Education Equity Campaign, Latchable, Angi, Bird


Biggest achievement: Notable achievements are that we have the largest crypto practice in New York, representing nearly a dozen companies in the space. We ran the successful campaign to win Apex Crypto their BitLicense in April, which is one of only a few awarded in the past year and made them the largest company to get a BL at the time of licensure. We also represent the Crypto Council for Innovation, which is backed by industry mainstays Coinbase, Gemini and Fidelity. We also represent Israel-based eToro and New York City-based companies Paxos, Genesis and Webull, as well as MoonPay, among others.

54. Bogdan and Lasky LLC

Compensation: $876,500

Edward A. Bogdan III, Managing Partner


James A. Lasky, Government Affairs Director


Key industries: Retail, finance, health care, transportation


Notable clients: Anheuser-Busch, AstraZeneca, The Toy Association, Wine Institute

55. Capitol Strategies Group

Compensation: $852,000

Christopher J. Cotrona, Partner and Owner


Robert G. Burdick, Partner and Owner


Key industry: Technology


Notable clients: Deloitte, Verizon

56. b2gny Group

Compensation: $846,032

Gino Menchini, Principal and Co-Founder


Key industries: Tech, IT


Notable clients: Crown Castle, Global Technology Solutions

57. The Carey Group LLC

Compensation: $825,500

Michael G. Carey, Founder and President


Key industry: Real estate


Notable clients: Triangle Equities, Rabsky Group

58. Elk Street Group

Compensation: $770,604

Diane Frazier, Partner


Key industries: Health care, trade associations


Notable clients: New York State Association of Nurse Anesthetists, U.S. Hemp Roundtable

59. Bender Cantone Consulting

Compensation: $769,000

Bruce Bender, Principal and Co-Founder


Scott Cantone, Principal and Co-Founder 


Key industries: Culturals, real estate, nonprofits, labor


Notable clients: Brooklyn Museum, Independent Drivers Guild, The Woodlawn Cemetery

60. Riddett Associates

Compensation: $768,832

Kenneth Riddett, President


Key industries: Sports, gaming


Notable clients: Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, PGA Tour, FanDuel, DraftKings, New York State Trial Lawyers Association



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