New York City’s Top 50 Lobbyists: 11-50

The firms that earned the most lobbying your government in 2019.

Which NYC lobbying firms have the most pull in City Hall?

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11. MirRam Group

Catherine Torres, Partner

Compensation: $3,031,919.35

Other key employees: Roberto Ramirez, Luis Miranda, Eduardo Castell, John Emrick

Key industries: Higher education, health care, nonprofits

Notable clients: TWU Local 100, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Montefiore Medicine Academic Health System Inc., Hispanic Federation

12. Fried Frank

Zachary Bernstein, David Karnovsky, Melanie Meyers & Carol Rosenthal, Real Estate Partners

Zachary Bernstein
Fried Frank
David Karnovsky
Fried Frank
Melanie Meyers
Fried Frank
Carol Rosenthal
Fried Frank

Compensation: $2,739,667.11

Key industries: Real estate

Notable clients: Tishman Speyer, Vornado Realty, Two Trees Management, Related Companies, Rudin Management Co.

13. The Wright Group NY

Antonio Quesada & Larisa Wick, Government Relations Specialists

Antonio Quesada
Luke Tress
Larisa Wick
Association of Junior Leagues International

Compensation: $2,644,933

Other key employees: John Wright, Emily Contillo, Patricia Pulvirenti, Naya Stevens

Key industries: Health and human services, legal representation, art and cultural institutions, education access, juvenile justice, immigration rights, criminal justice reform, affordable housing

Notable clients: Cultural Institutions Group, Legal Services NYC, Children’s Defense Fund, The Trust For Public Land, Universal Hip Hop Museum, SAGE

What has been your firm’s biggest achievement in the past year? This firm was founded with the goal of stabilizing organizations that provide services to the most vulnerable and in-need New Yorkers. This past year brought us COVID-19, which in turn brought the issues we focus on every year to the surface: health care access, food insecurity – and more broadly, race and class disparities. Because of our singular focus on the nonprofit community, we are able to connect our clients with both government entities and other members of the community to ensure that they are able to survive this and other crises and continue to serve as vital resources to the city.

14. Kramer Levin

Paul Selver & Gary Tarnoff, Partners and Co-Chairs, Land Use

Compensation: $2,290,087

Other key employees: Michael Sillerman, Elise Wagner, Valerie Campbell, James Power

Key industry: Real estate

Notable clients: Vornado Realty, The Walt Disney Company, H.E.L.P. USA, Long Island University, The Shubert Organization

15. Yoswein New York

Joni Yoswein, Founder, President and CEO

Joni Yoswein
Yoswein New York
Compensation: $2,257,500

Other key employees: Jamie Van Bramer, Jeffrey Denman, Christopher Carroll

Key industries: Real estate, health care, nonprofits, economic development, technology

Notable clients: Wegmans, Lyft, Industry City, Amazon, Brooklyn Public Library, NYC Outward Bound Schools, Brooklyn Defender Services, Maimonides Medical Center, JetBlue, New York Building Congress, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, Two Trees Management, Chess in the Schools, New York City Hospitality Alliance

What has been your firm’s biggest achievement in the past year? While we are proud of the work we do for all of our clients, perhaps no project was more exciting for us – or for New York City residents – than helping to open the first Wegmans Food Market at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Wegmans’ commitment to local hiring and community engagement was unparalleled, and we are honored to be continuing to work with them as they step up in a major way to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

16. The Parkside Group

Harry Giannoulis, President

Compensation: $2,211,377

Other key employees: Paul Thomas, Evan Stavisky

Key industries: Affordable housing, education, energy, labor, nonprofits, tech

Notable clients: 32BJ SEIU, Microsoft Corporation, Entergy, Fresh Direct, CAMBA

17. Mercury Public Affairs

Jan Feuerstadt & Jonathan Greenspun, Partner; Managing Director

Jan Feuerstadt
Mercury Public Affairs
Jonathan Greenspun
Mercury Public Affairs
Compensation: $1,835,333

Other key employees: Michael McKeon, Charlie King, Fernando Ferrer, Jeff Klein, Patrick Halpin, Jake Dilemani, Ted Anastasiou, Greg Lavine, John Tomlin, Amaris Cockfield

Key industries: Real estate, transportation, technology, sustainability, energy, infrastructure, education, waste management, health care, nonprofits

Notable clients: WeWork, New York Residential Agent Continuum, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies

What has been your firm’s biggest achievement in the past year? In these modern times, Mercury takes a holistic approach with most clients, offering a full suite of services to complement our strong government relations advocacy, inclusive of digital, communications, crisis, and grassroots and grasstops. This unique approach has positioned our clients for success.

18. Patrick B. Jenkins & Associates

Patrick Jenkins & Dwayne Andrews, President; Senior Vice President

Compensation: $1,654,500

Other key employees: Bharati Kemraj, Ryan Day

Key industries: Education, nonprofits

Notable clients: Bank Street College of Education, Eagle Academy Foundation, Coalition of Community Charter Schools, Uber, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, HNTB

What has been your firm’s biggest achievement in the past year? Patrick B. Jenkins & Associates prides itself on maintaining a constructive dialogue between its clients and the city’s decision-makers and stakeholders – in good times and in bad. Our biggest achievement, by far, is keeping those important lines of communication open for our clients during these unprecedented times.

19. TBA

Tonio Burgos, CEO

Tonio Burgos
Compensation: $1,505,536

Other key employee: Seth Kaye

Key industries: Health care, labor, nonprofits, transportation

Notable clients: American Airlines, Greater New York Hospital Association, Montefiore Medical Center, Pfizer, RWDSU

20. Herrick, Feinstein LLP

Mitchell Korbey & Jennifer Dickson, Partner; Chief Planning and Development Specialist

Mitchell A. Korbey
Jennifer A. Dickson
Compensation: $1,371,328.20

Other key employees: Raymond Levin, Patrick O’Sullivan Jr., Ellen Hay, Robert Huberman, Veronica Chuah

Key industries: Real estate, land use, zoning

Notable clients: Property Markets Group, BFC Partners, RAL Companies, Two Trees Management, Read Property Group

What has been your firm’s biggest achievement in the past year? Herrick is currently representing Property Markets Group regarding New York City’s rezoning study for the Gowanus Canal area.

21. Brown & Weinraub

Sabrina Shulman & Patrick Lespinasse, Senior Consultant; Senior Adviser

Sabrina Shulman
Timothy H. Raab & Northern Photo
Patrick Lespinasse
Timothy H. Raab & Northern Photo
Compensation: $1,371,066

Other key employees: Carolyn Kerr, Ron Greenberg, Alex Betke, Mike Cassidy, Emily Whalen

Key industries: Health care, energy, infrastructure development, financial services, advanced technology

Notable clients: Applied DNA Science, Parsons Construction Group, Orsted Wind Power North America, TIAA, Harley-Davidson, Compassion & Choices, Healthcare Association of New York State

What has been your firm’s biggest achievement in the past year? We continued to grow our team and depth of knowledge with the addition of Kemp Hannon, James Curran, Jon Federman and Patrick Lespinasse.

22. Stroock 

Ross Moskowitz, Partner

Compensation: $1,266,578.50

Key industry: Real estate

Notable client: FWRA LLC

23. TLM Associates

Thomas McMahon & James McMahon, Founder and President; Partner

Compensation: $1,239,342

Other key employees: Pablo Zangerle, Sharada Polavarapu

Key industries: Affordable housing, economic development, energy

Notable clients: Bank of America, Community Preservation Corp., Enterprise Community Partners, Greenpoint Manufacturing Design Center

What has been your firm’s biggest achievement in the past year? We have worked with clients and government partners to continue historic city and state investments in affordable housing.

24. Tusk Strategies 

Marla Tusk, General Counsel

Compensation: $1,103,806.45

Other key employees: Bradley Tusk, Chris Coffey

Key industries: Advocacy, labor, nonprofits, tech

Notable clients: Arc of Justice, Bird Rides, Charter Communications, Community Housing Improvement Program, New Yorkers for Clean Livable & Safe Streets, Police Benevolent Association

25. Park Strategies

Dave Poleto, Managing Director and Partner

Dave Poleto
Park Strategies
Compensation: $1,073,494

Other key employees: Joe Rossi, Greg Serio, Lisa Marrello, Chris D’Amato

Key industries: Nightlife, hospitality, tourism, travel, transportation, health care, construction, real estate, insurance, financial services, information technology, energy

Notable clients: Brookfield Financial Properties, Mount Sinai Health System, Catholic Health Services of Long Island, Voyce Global, Exxon Mobil, State Farm

What has been your firm’s biggest achievement in the past year? We have substantially increased our depth and reach in numerous focus areas via the addition of eight experienced and respected consulting and advocacy professionals from Jackson Lewis’ government relations group.

26. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

CB Mobley, Counsel

Compensation: $1,034,988.54

Other key employees: James Colgate, Judith Gallent, Philip Karmel

Key industry: Real estate

Notable clients: Hudson HK LLC

27. Eric Palatnik PC

Eric Palatnik, Founder

Eric Palatnik
Compensation: $1,021,958.11

Key industries: New York City real estate, land use, discretionary entitlement actions

Notable clients: BP Products North America Inc., Rybak Development, Jasper Venture Group

What has been your firm’s biggest achievement in the past year? A great example of our work is the Parkway Hospital rezoning in Forest Hills, Queens, that was approved in April 2019. The property was an abandoned hospital that had closed during the downturn in 2009 and was an eyesore to the neighborhood. Although everyone was anxious to see the property put to productive use, just what should go there was not clear. We assembled a team of the industry's top professionals and developed a plan to develop both market-rate housing and affordable senior housing. A key component of the project’s success, beyond being a great way to revitalize the site, was that we engaged all of the partners in the community, including the neighboring public school, the community board, elected officials, and others early and often. We made the stakeholders the project’s loudest champions. It’s that model of community-developer partnership that is central to our success.

28. National Strategies

Al Gordon, CEO

Compensation: $925,329

Key industries: Tech, education, health care, energy, public safety, transportation, financial services

Notable clients: Crown Castle Fiber, McAfee Public Sector

29. RG Group

Fran Reiter, Partner

Fran Reiter
RG Group
Compensation: $904,000

Other key employees: Catherine Giuliani, Alan Rosenberg, Gregory Mitchell

Key industries: Technology, consulting, energy, real estate

Notable clients: KPMG, Oracle America, Broadcom, Red Hat, Splunk, Transit Wireless

What has been your firm’s biggest achievement in the past year? RG Group specializes in procurement lobbying and strategic advisement. We pride ourselves on being the go-to firm for technology companies seeking to do business, or enhance their business, in New York’s public sector. Our success is based on our ability to understand our clients’ products and services, identify appropriate government customers, arrange introductions to those customers and help them navigate New York’s complex procurement processes.

30. Jackson Lewis PC

Editor’s note: Key members of Jackson Lewis’ team from last year have joined other firms, including Jonathan Bing, who joined Greenberg Traurig. 

Compensation: $867,501

Key industries: Health care, housing, nonprofits, tech, transportation

Notable clients: The Broadway League, NYU Langone Hospitals, Via Transportation, The Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale

31. Akerman 

Steven Polivy, Chairman, Economic Development and Incentives Practice, New York

Compensation: $807,822

Key industry: Real estate

Notable clients: Home Depot, Macy’s, Maimonides Medical Center

32. Fontas Advisors

George Fontas, Founder and CEO

Compensation: $727,616

Other key employees: Scott Crowley and John Sabini

Key industries: Tech, real estate

Notable clients: Dell, Google, LeFrak, Savanna, New York Road Runners

What has been your firm’s biggest achievement in the past year? Fontas Advisors is a boutique consulting firm built to provide an incredibly high quality of service across a curated group of clients across New York City, state and New Jersey. While we are largely known for our work in New York City, in 2019 – only our second year in operation – we launched our Albany practice, representing a diverse array of real estate, tech, transportation, and nonprofit clients. Recently, we welcomed former state Sen. John Sabini and Scott Crowley, former deputy director of the City Council finance division, to our team to expand our capabilities.

33. DalyGonzalez

Teresa Gonzalez & Samara Daly, Principals

Teresa Gonzalez
Guerin Blask
Samara Daly
Samara Daly
Editor’s note: DalyGonzalez’s Samara Daly and Teresa Gonzalez recently became partners at Bolton-St. Johns, but DalyGonzalez continues to operate for some clients and projects. 

Compensation: $680,000

Key industries: Arts and culture, real estate, tech, environment

Notable clients: Hudson Companies, The Durst Organization, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, AECOM, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy

What has been your firm’s biggest achievement in the past year? We have been able to raise significant capital funding from the city and state, and have successfully navigated complex land use and rezoning issues, both on behalf of our clients.

34. Bender Cantone Consulting

Bruce Bender & Scott Cantone, Co-founders and Principals

Compensation: $670,300

Key industries: Real estate, transportation, gig economy, cultural institutions, nonprofits, startups

Notable clients: Independent Drivers Guild, Brooklyn Museum, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Trinity Place Holdings, Madison Realty Capital

What has been your firm’s biggest achievement in the past year? On behalf of IDG, Bender Cantone Consulting successfully advocated for the Legislature’s passage and governor’s approval of state legislation that expanded the authority of the Black Car Fund to provide health benefits, such as telemedicine, mental health wellness and eye care to 80,000 for-hire vehicle drivers who are affiliated with Uber, Lyft and Via. On behalf of Trinity Place Holdings and Madison Realty Capital, Bender Cantone successfully negotiated public-private partnerships with the city of New York for the location and construction of new public schools.

35. Slater & Beckerman

Editor’s note: The law firm Slater & Beckerman merged into Hirschen Singer & Epstein in March 2020.

Compensation: $630,441.50

Key employees: Stefanie Marazzi, Stuart Beckerman

Key industries: Zoning and land use

Notable clients: 3 East 89 Holding LLC

36. Gotham Government Relations & Communications

Bradley Gerstman & David Schwartz, Founding Partners

Compensation: $627,000

Key industries: Advocacy, real estate, retail

Notable clients: Red Apple Group, The Plumbing Foundation City of New York

37. 99 Solutions 

Jacqui Williams, Principal

Jacqui Williams
Compensation: $615,000

Key industries: Real estate, telecommunications, cannabis

Notable clients: Real Estate Board of New York, Tishman Speyer, Power House/Gemini Arts Initiative, Crown Castle, Acreage Holdings

What has been your firm’s biggest achievement in the past year? There are several notable accomplishments that are part of the 99 Solutions portfolio, however working with others to bring the first Wegmans Food Market to New York City is one of my firm’s greatest accomplishments. It was the culmination of a longtime project that prioritized economic parity by providing opportunities for new careers and giving workers the tools they need to be successful and competitive in this business climate. 

Last year we expanded into the newly developed cannabis industry. Under these circumstances, the firm had to evaluate the numerous challenges and barriers that come with the issue of legalization. For over a decade, we have provided advice, guidance and education to a variety of clients both public and private, businesses, nonprofit organizations and the community. Along with embracing this new industry, a major test in this effort was to embrace the pace at which information can change. The firm welcomes the challenges related to this issue and remains committed to ensure that communities of color are treated fairly and equitably, communities that we serve every day.

This terrible COVID-19 pandemic has forced the political landscape to mutate into more of a global ethos. Overnight, the disease has forced us to think beyond zip codes and county lines and to focus on how we all withstand and recover from this. It’s no longer political, it’s personal, and we must ALL contribute to our survival, public and private, Red and Blue, black and white. As for my work, I’ve been baptized into the IT waters and the world of social media; I’m sure I am not alone! Now, Zoom, Skype, Webex and others are my new office mates, but I kind of miss my human ones.

38. Nicholas & Lence Communications

Cristyne Nicholas & George Lence, CEO; President

Cristyne L. Nicholas
Jill Singer Graphics
George Lence
EB Martin Design
Compensation: $606,833.33

Other key employees: Laura Rothrock, Joshua Knoller

Key industries: Travel, tourism, transportation, business improvement district formation and expansion, buildings, infrastructure, nonprofits

Notable clients: Statue Cruises, NYC Ferry operated by Hornblower, Clean Energy Fuels,Halletts Point Alliance, Gray Line New York, Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District, Lincoln Square Business Improvement District, New York Coalition of Code Consultants, Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, Times Square Advertising Coalition

What has been your firm’s biggest achievement in the past year? Nicholas & Lence Communications has been instrumental in helping Hornblower Cruises and Events, the company’s first client in 2007, enter into the New York market. Over 13 years later, the company is proud to work with Hornblower entities including Statue Cruises, the only authorized and official provider of tickets and tours from New York and New Jersey to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island, as well as NYC Ferry, the first citywide ferry service that launched in 2017. NYC Ferry provides an affordable way to travel between waterfront communities throughout New York City and spanning over 60 nautical miles of waterways over six routes, helping Hornblower to become the dominant ferry, cruise and event operator in New York and the nation.

39. The Ickes and Enright Group

Harold Ickes, Principal

Compensation: $568,749

Other key employee: Kevin McCabe 

Key industries: Culturals, health care, finance, tech

Notable clients: American Beverage Association, Election Systems & Software, Northwell Health, JPMorgan Chase, MasterCard

40. Statewide Public Affairs

Jim Quent, Partner

Jim Quent
Compensation: $566,968

Other key employees: Christopher Duryea, Wayne Lair, Kevin Banes, Roy Lasky

Key industries: Nonprofits, restaurant and hospitality, beverage construction, transportation

Notable clients: The Coca-Cola Co., National Restaurant Association, Dunkin’ Brands, Construction Safety Advisory Committee of New York, New York City Special Riggers Association, Allison Transmission, Coalition for the Homeless, Metropolitan College of New York, Special Olympics

What has been your firm’s biggest achievement in the past year? The COVID-19 crisis has created unprecedented challenges for our clients, yet has brought out their best to support fellow New Yorkers in need. Any achievement pales in comparison to successfully engaging our clients’ resources to assist the city and state in mitigating the impact of this public health crisis. We are proud to have had a part in expanding the long-term availability of affordable housing as well as securing funding for eviction prevention, and mobile soup kitchens and food pantries to help New Yorkers most in need. We have engaged the site safety managers and special riggers associations to assist the council and Department of Buildings in implementing the Construction Safety Act, which will ensure all workers are properly trained, reducing accidents and fatalities on and around the thousands of job sites in New York City. Our firm is proud to be assisting our clients in providing incredible support for first responders and health care workers in the form of personnel, personal protective equipment, food and coffee, and financial support. As our name suggests, Statewide Public Affairs is able to assist our clients in successful decision-making based on providing real-time information and political perspective as city and state governments address this crisis, and we are most proud of these achievements.

41. Capitol Consulting

Jeff Leb, Managing Partner

Jeff Leb
Compensation: $543,000

Other key employees: Gabriel Davidson, Julia Brown

Key industries: Health care, education, real estate, social services

Notable clients: EmblemHealth, Success Academy Charter Schools, The Jewish Board, The Blue Card

What has been your firm’s biggest achievement in the past year? Our biggest achievement has been to secure over $23 million for our clients in capital and expense funding from the city and state.

42. The Carey Group LLC

Regina DeMilia, Senior Vice President

Compensation: $540,000

Other key employees: Michael Carey, Stephen Hayes

Key industry: Real estate

Notable clients: Triangle Equities, The Rabsky Group

43. Sheldon Lobel PC

Richard Lobel, Managing Partner

Richard Lobel
Dan Fried/H&H Photographers
Compensation: $515,325.05

Other key employees: Sheldon Lobel, Fayanne Betan, Rebecca Davoudian, Amanda Iannotti, Frank Noriega, David Rosenberg

Key industries: Land use, zoning law

Notable clients: Spitzer Engineering, L+M Development Partners, CAMBA Housing Ventures

What has been your firm’s biggest achievement in the past year? In the past year, the firm has filed or received grants for numerous applications with city zoning agencies, including more than 20 rezonings with the City Planning Commission. Our clients have been granted rezonings throughout the city, which have included upzonings of residential and commercial bulk, changes in use from manufacturing to mixed-use commercial and residential use, and increases in the number of permitted commercial uses. We are proud to represent a broad range of clients, including both local and multinational development firms, affordable housing developers, business owners, schools, medical institutions and single-family homeowners.

44. Beaudoin & Company

Heather Beaudoin, Principal

Compensation: $450,750

Key industries: Labor, law

Notable clients: Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Joint Council No 16 International Brotherhood of Teamsters

45. HR&A Advisors

Jamie Dang & John Alschuler, Chief Operating Officer; Chairman of the Board

Compensation: $424,000

Key industry: Real estate

Notable client: Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc.

46. Global Strategy Group

Jon Silvan, Founding Partner and CEO

Compensation: $399,100

Other key employees: Justin Lapatine

Key industries: Environment, nonprofits, real estate, tech

Notable clients: Fund for the City of New York, RXR

47. External Group

Steven Figueiredo, President

Compensation: $397,096

Key industries: Construction, real estate, zoning, retail, hospitality, government relations, policy, legislation

Notable clients: Associated Brick Mason Contractors of Greater New York, Soho Broome Condos

What has been your firm’s biggest achievement in the past year? An achievement has been establishing a reputation for personalized, results-driven solutions, a natural product of my knowledge and understanding of the regulatory procedures requiring completion to manage successful projects.

48. George Arzt Communications

George Arzt, President

George Arzt
George Arzt Communications
Compensation: $383,000

Other key employees: Brian Krapf, Bob Liff, Maya Gelfand

Key industries: Real estate development, politics, education, health care

Notable clients: Extell Development Co., Gilbane Building Co., New York Blood Center, Kings County Democratic Committee

What has been your firm’s biggest achievement in the past year? George Arzt Communications has helped change the New York skyline by helping builders navigate governmental agencies to build such iconic skyscrapers as Extell’s 157 W. Fifth St. along with 138 Willoughby in Brooklyn, and Jonathan Kalikow’s 430 E. 58th St. The firm also secured critical funding for the New York Blood Center to assist gay and queer men of color onto the economic ladder and into HIV-prevention programs, along with aid for children in foster care through its client Forestdale, one of the city’s preeminent family service nonprofits.

49. The Advance Group

Scott Levenson & Sebastian Levenson, Founder and President; Client Relations

Scott Levenson and Sebastian Levenson
Compensation: $346,000

Key industries: Labor, nonprofits, real estate, bars, restaurants

Notable clients: CWA Local 1180, OPEIU Local 153, Community Voices Heard, Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, Local 2507

What has been your firm’s biggest achievement in the past year? We were victorious in reaching a settlement in CWA Local 1180's pay discrimination case against the city after years of fighting. We also helped bring fundamental change to how the city analyzes pay discrimination with new legislation requiring a report on wages for city workers. We hope to see the results of the first analysis later this year and will continue the fight against pay discrimination.

50. State & Broadway

Jacqueline Williams & Lawrence Scherer, Founding Partners

Jacqueline Williams
State and Broadway
Lawrence Scherer
State & Broadway
Compensation: $339,704

Other key employees: Richard Winsten, Patrick Kennedy

Key industries: Labor unions, film, gaming, transportation, financial services, public policy

Notable clients: New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, Broadway Stages, Local 372 New York City Board of Education Employees

What has been your firm’s biggest achievement in the past year? The firm’s biggest achievements in the past year include: the passage of legislation to incentivize diversity in the hiring of episodic television writers and directors; to provide farmworkers with overtime and collective bargaining rights; equal pay for substantially similar work for both public and private sector employees; the extension and funding of the COBRA subsidy for the New York entertainment industry; and the two-year extension of the film tax credit at $420 million per year.

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