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Greenberg Traurig's

Greenberg Traurig's Tallahassee office is home to a multidisciplinary legal team with deep Florida roots. For more than 40 years, our attorneys and government policy professionals have worked at the intersection of business, government and the law. We provide our clients with a wide range of practical legal counsel and services, from dispute resolution and transactional representation to governmental advocacy and day-to-day corporate advice. Located just one block from the state's capitol and legislative buildings, and three blocks from Florida's Supreme Court, GT's Tallahassee office gives our clients an immediate physical and political link to the heart of the nation's fourth largest state.

Fred E. Karlinsky

Shareholder; Co-Chair, Insurance Regulatory & Transactions Practice

Fred E. Karlinsky is Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig's Insurance Regulatory and Transactions Practice Group. Fred has over twenty years of experience representing the interests of insurers, reinsurers and a wide variety of other insurance-related entities on their regulatory, transactional, corporate and governmental affairs matters. Fred is a recognized authority on national insurance regulatory and compliance issues and has taken a leadership position in many insurance trade organizations, has led many industry-driven legislative and regulatory initiatives, and is a sought after thought leader who has spoken and presented papers to insurance executives and governmental officials, both nationally and internationally.

Fred is experienced in transactional law, executive and legislative governmental affairs, administrative law, and corporate representation. He advises clients on operational issues  including start-up initiatives, structuring, capitalization, and collaborative business relationships and a complete array of regulatory and compliance issues, including licensure and corporate amendment applications, business expansion initiatives, solvency and statutory accounting issues, rate and form filings, and financial and market conduct examinations, to name a few.

Fred has a long history as a primary strategist in all types of insurance-related legislative and regulatory initiatives for all kinds of insurance, including homeowners, automobile, workers' compensation, medical malpractice and other lines of property and casualty and life and health insurance.

In addition to his role with Greenberg Traurig, Fred has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Florida State University College of Law since 2008, where he teaches a course on Insurance Law and Risk Management.

Leslie Y. Dughi

Director of Government Law and Policy

Leslie Y. Dughi's state practice spans more than 20 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. Over the years, Leslie has represented health care entities and providers, including statewide associations, a major aerospace partnership responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Space Shuttle Program and an international auto rental and fleet management company. Further, she served as the Director of Government Affairs for the Florida Chamber of Commerce where she developed strategic relationships and led many legislative and grassroots initiatives important to the business community. Leslie has particular experience in the lobbying of health care and health insurance matters and other regulatory issues before the various state agencies and the Florida Legislature.

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.

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