US Legal News – Eric Eikenberg Joins Holland & Knight’s Public Policy & Regulation Practice in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C.

Addition of Former Chief of Staff to Florida Governor Charlie Crist Strengthens Firm’s Government Capabilities in Florida

TALLAHASSEE – June 28, 2010 – Holland & Knight is pleased to announce that Eric Eikenberg, former Chief of Staff to Florida Governor Charlie Crist, has joined the firm’s Tallahassee office as a senior policy advisor in the firm’s Public Policy & Regulation Practice Group. Eikenberg will co-lead the firm’s Florida Government Advocacy team with Senior Policy Advisor and former Florida Governor, Bob Martinez. Eikenberg will represent clients before the Florida Legislature and Executive Branch agencies and clients in Washington, D.C.

“Eric has successfully established himself in the public sector both in Florida and on a national level,” said Holland & Knight Managing Partner Steven Sonberg. “With his addition to the firm’s leadership of our Florida Government Advocacy team, along with Governor Martinez and Jim Davis, former Congressman and partner at our firm, Holland & Knight is positioned as one of the top law firms in Tallahassee.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining Holland & Knight’s diverse team of professionals and I’m really looking forward to using my experience and long-standing Florida presence in both government and politics to help build upon the firm’s broad expertise and superb reputation,” Eikenberg said.

“Eric brings Holland & Knight invaluable experience in the government sector,” said Governor Martinez. “His expertise on how Florida government works and public policy issues will strengthen our firm’s capabilities and expand the services that we offer.”

Eikenberg most recently served as Campaign Manager for Governor Crist’s U.S. Senate Campaign. Prior to serving as Chief of Staff in the Governor’s Office, Eikenberg was Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor. He also served as chief of staff to U.S. Representative E. Clay Shaw, Jr. in Washington, D.C. where he handled an International Trade portfolio and issues dealing with the Ways and Means Committee on Trade; traveling to China, the Dominican Republic, Thailand and Vietnam highlighting international trade between the U.S. and host countries. Eikenberg also held the position of deputy executive director for the Republican Party of Florida in Tallahassee.

Eikenberg received his B.S. from the American University where he majored in Political Science and Communications, Legal Studies, Economics and Government.

About Holland & Knight LLP: Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers in 17 U.S. offices as well as Abu Dhabi, Beijing and Mexico City. The firm is among the nation’s largest law firms, providing representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law. Interdisciplinary practice groups and industry-based teams provide clients with access to attorneys throughout the firm, regardless of location. www.hklaw.com

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