Attorneys and Counselors at Law

Firm Overview

In 1992, five attorneys set out to create a Tallahassee-based firm committed to providing legal and governmental consulting services of the highest quality to clients with needs in state and local government and in the courts.  Through hard work, attention to detail and dedication to meeting the legal and strategic objectives of our clients, Rutledge Ecenia has grown from this foundation to become one of the leading administrative and governmental law firms in the state.  Our attorneys have extensive expertise in practicing before state agencies, the Division of Administrative Hearings, state and federal courts, and the Legislative and Executive Branches of government.  Our attorneys and consultants are practice leaders in areas such as legislative and governmental representation, administrative law, health care, procurements and bid disputes, professional licensing and permitting, gaming and alcoholic beverage regulation, environmental and land use law and telecommunications and utilities.

Our attorneys and consultants have served in positions at the highest levels of Florida government in such capacities as secretary of a state agency, legislative affairs director for the Governor, Administrative Law Judge, and counsel to the Speaker of the House of Representatives.  Rutledge Ecenia has achieved the highest form of professional recognition as a firm, which is an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, for each of the firm’s shareholders.  Our attorneys have received significant honors and have reported decisions at every level of the state court system, including the Florida Supreme Court.

Our attorneys and governmental consultants serve not only as lawyers for our clients but as key advisors and counselors on strategic and business objectives.  We strive to become one with our clients’ goals and are instrumental in designing and implementing legal and governmental strategies to achieve those goals.  We are committed to excellence in regulatory affairs and litigation and seek to ensure that our services are provided in a cost-effective and efficient manner.  While we will pursue our clients’ litigation objectives with focused determination, we strive to achieve beneficial resolutions through settlements and alternative dispute resolution when such an approach best serves our clients’ needs.

We are proud of the culture we have developed at Rutledge Ecenia and we share a common belief in service, dedication, integrity and excellence.

Professionals

Meet our highly skilled attorneys & consultants

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Gary R. Rutledge

Gary R. Rutledge

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Email: gary@rutledge-ecenia.com

Gary R. Rutledge is a founding principal and serves as President of the firm of Rutledge Ecenia, P.A.  Additionally, he coordinates the firm’s legislative and governmental affairs section.  He is one of the firm’s most active attorneys in governmental, administrative and legislative matters.  Mr. Rutledge works directly with numerous governmental officials in the State of Florida, including legislators, cabinet officers and employees at all levels of government.  In legislative and regulatory matters, he serves as lobbyist and attorney for local, state, national and international clients, both public and private.  Mr. Rutledge also has served as Special Counsel for the Florida Department of Business Regulation and the National Association of State Racing Commissioners.

Mr. Rutledge attended the University of Florida, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in 1972 and his Juris Doctor in 1976.  While at the University of Florida, he served as President of the Student Senate; was a member of the Law School Council of 10 and Florida Blue Key; and was elected to the University of Florida Hall of Fame and Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.  He also was recognized for significant legal research in the public interest by the University of Florida’s Center for Governmental Responsibility.

From 1979 to 1981, Mr. Rutledge served as the Director of the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering within the Florida Department of Business Regulation and was appointed by Governor Bob Graham in 1981 to serve as Secretary of the Department of Business Regulation.  The activities he pursued under the auspices of the Department of Business Regulation were far-reaching, including regulation of pari-mutuel wagering, alcoholic beverages and tobacco, hotels and restaurants, land sales, timeshare, mobile home parks and condominium industries.  In allied activities nationally, he served as a member of the National Association of State Racing Commissioners (NASRC) and was a member of the NASRC Executive Committee.   In 1992 Mr. Rutledge became one of the founding principals of the Firm then known as Rutledge, Ecenia, Underwood & Purnell.

Mr. Rutledge is admitted to the Florida Bar, the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.  Additionally, Mr. Rutledge is a member of the Florida Bar Administrative Law Section, as well as the American Bar Association and its Administrative Law Section.  Mr. Rutledge maintains an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Rutledge was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission, First District Court of Appeal for a term beginning August 12, 2011 to July 1, 2015.  Mr. Rutledge also served on the Host Inauguration Committee for Governor Rick Scott in 2010.

Mr. Rutledge has written and spoken about the regulatory aspects of the industries regulated by the Department of Business Regulation and other legislative and governmental matters.  He also has addressed many organizations on these areas of the law, as well as other administrative, legislative, and regulatory matters.

Mr. Rutledge served in Tallahassee on the initial Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club and on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Home Society.

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Stephen A. Ecenia

Stephen A. Ecenia

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Email: steve@rutledge-ecenia.com

Stephen A. Ecenia is a founding principal of Rutledge Ecenia, P.A. and serves as Vice President. He has been practicing Administrative and Health Law in Tallahassee since 1982. He has more than 30 years of experience in the practice of administrative and governmental law in Florida and has served as lead counsel in numerous complex administrative hearing. He regularly advises clients on legislative affairs, drafting major health care legislation and appearing before various legislative committees.

Mr. Ecenia received a Bachelor of Arts degree with High Honors from the University of Florida in 1977 and his Juris Doctorate Degree from Florida State University in 1980, where he was a member of the Moot Court Team.  He has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1981. Mr. Ecenia has lectured for the Administrative Law Section of the Florida Bar, as well as the Boards of Directors of various organizations.  Mr. Ecenia is the author of “The Variability of Competent Substantial Evidence,” which was published in the Florida Bar Journal.  He received Board Certification as a Specialist in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice in the first Board Certification by the Florida Bar for this legal specialty.  Mr. Ecenia has been recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer in the Healthcare practice area for 2014.

Mr. Ecenia began his professional career in the Florida House of Representatives, serving as counsel to the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and as staff counsel to the House Judiciary Committee.  He began the private practice of law in 1982 and in 1992 became one of the founding principals of the Firm then known as Rutledge, Ecenia, Underwood & Purnell. Mr. Ecenia has received Martindale-Hubble’s highest level of recognition, an AV rating.

Mr. Ecenia has principally focused his career on the representation of health care clients and has represented virtually every type of health care entity throughout the course of his career, including hospitals and health care systems, managed care organizations, clinical laboratories, home health agencies, hospice providers, and physicians in matters involving certificates of need, licensure, legislative affairs, regulatory compliance, transactions and litigation.

Mr. Ecenia has represented a wide array of clients in Circuit Court, the District Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Florida in matters involving the constitutionality of Florida Statutes, commercial disputes, and other matters of administrative law.  He has served as General Counsel to a statewide Association of over 4,000 members, and, currently serves as General Counsel to the Florida Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Association.

Mr. Ecenia has served as President of the Capital Cultural Commission and on the Executive Committee of the Board of the Brogan Museum of Art and Science. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Grapes for Humanity Global Foundation, an international not-for-profit organization whose primary mission is to provide prosthesis to victims of landmines and natural disasters around the world.

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Harold F.X. Purnell

Harold F.X. Purnell

Of Counsel

Email: harry@rutledge-ecenia.com

Mr. Harold F.X. Purnell graduated from the University of Maryland in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami Law School in 1972. He served on the staff of the Florida Attorney General from 1972 to 1979 as an attorney and subsequently became Chief of the State and Local Tax Section for the Division of Administrative Law. Mr. Purnell also served as General Counsel to the Florida Department of Business Regulation from 1972 to 1986, the agency with primary regulatory and taxing authority over the alcoholic beverage and pari-mutuel wagering industries as well as regulatory authority over the hotel and restaurant industry.

Mr. Purnell entered private practice in 1986 specializing in the areas of state tax, alcoholic beverage and pari-mutuel wagering law and in 1992 Mr. Purnell became a founding principal of the Firm then known as Rutledge, Ecenia, Underwood & Purnell  continuing his specialization in the same areas of law. Mr. Purnell is a member in good standing of the Florida Bar and maintains an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell.

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R. David Prescott

R. David Prescott

Shareholder

Email: david@rutledge-ecenia.com

Mr. R. David Prescott is a shareholder and an original member of the Firm.  Mr. Prescott’s practice has focused on advising business clients with an emphasis on regulatory compliance issues primarily related to the areas of health care, securities regulation, insurance regulation, corporate law and administrative law. Mr. Prescott is experienced in arbitration proceedings and civil and administrative litigation, including hospital and health care certificate of need litigation. He is also experienced in various professional licensing matters and agency rule-related litigation. Mr. Prescott has achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest attorney rating, AV, for legal ability and ethical standards.

Mr. Prescott is a member of the Florida Bar. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado (B.A. 1984) and his law degree from the Florida State University College of Law (J.D. with honors, 1987)

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J. Stephen Menton

J. Stephen Menton

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Email: smenton@rutledge-ecenia.com

Mr. J. Stephen Menton joined the law firm of Rutledge Ecenia, P.A.  in April 1997 after serving as an Administrative Law Judge with the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH) from 1988 through 1997.  While at DOAH, he presided over cases involving all aspects of Florida administrative law including rule challenges, bid disputes and environmental permitting.  His case assignments included administrative challenges to the Everglades SWIM Plan and challenges to the consumptive use permitting rules of the Southwest Florida Water Management District which resulted in the longest hearing in the history of DOAH.  That proceeding included issues related to the authority of water management districts to establish water use restrictions and the requirements for establishment of minimum flows and levels for groundwater and surface water.  He was also assigned cases involving the siting of natural gas pipelines.

Prior to his service at DOAH, Mr. Menton had extensive litigation, business and administrative law experience.  He began his legal career in 1981 with a large firm in Miami where his practice focused primarily on commercial transactions, banking and real estate law.  In 1984, he joined the Tallahassee office of a major statewide law firm where his practice focused on administrative law, construction litigation and federal securities law litigation.

Since joining the Firm in April 1997, Mr. Menton has handled a variety of administrative law issues, including environmental and water use permitting.  His practice has included trials and hearings in state and federal courts as well as numerous administrative hearings before DOAH, the Florida Public Service Commission, environmental permitting agencies, water management districts and several local government utility regulatory boards.

Mr. Menton received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Florida State University where he was selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa.  He received his law degree from Duke University and also received a Master’s Degree from the Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke.  He has completed the training required for circuit civil mediators.  He has been appointed as an arbitrator to arbitration panels on insurance rate matters and has mediated civil and administrative law cases.  Mr. Menton maintains an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell.

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Maggie M. Schultz

Maggie M. Schultz

Shareholder

Email: maggie@rutledge-ecenia.com

Mrs. Maggie M. Schultz is a shareholder at Rutledge Ecenia, PA.  Mrs. Schultz specializes in administrative law and civil litigation with a strong emphasis on regulated industries, including specifically Florida’s alcoholic beverage laws.  Mrs. Schultz represents clients at all levels of Florida’s three-tiered system and advises clients on a wide array of both state and federal regulatory issues relating to alcoholic beverage laws. Mrs. Schultz earned her BSN from Florida State University’s College of Nursing, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Florida State University College of Law, where she graduated Cum Laude.

Mrs. Schultz is a member of the Florida Bar and a registered nurse. She  holds professional association memberships with the Alliance of Alcohol Industry Attorneys and Consultants, the National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals, the Tallahassee Women Lawyers and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and maintains an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell.

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Martin P. McDonnell

Martin P. McDonnell

Senior Attorney

Email: marty@rutledge-ecenia.com

Mr. Martin P. McDonnell joined Rutledge Ecenia, P.A. in December 2001.  He attended Florida State University, receiving his Juris Doctorate in 1980.  After graduating law school, he was employed as an Assistant Public Defender for three years and was then in private practice until 1990.  In 1990, he joined the Broward State Attorney’s office and became the head of the Organized Crime Unit, (1993-1999). He was also a Special Assistant United States Attorney assigned to Strike Force cases in the Southern District of Florida (1997-1999) and a Special Assistant Florida Statewide Prosecutor (1996-1999).  Mr. McDonnell was also employed in the executive branch of government as assistant general counsel to Governor Bush.  His duties as assistant general counsel included the representation of Governor Bush and the Executive Branch before the Florida Supreme Court and counseling the executive agency secretaries and attorneys regarding all aspects of Florida criminal law, including death penalty issues.  Since joining the Firm, he has concentrated his practice to focus primarily on criminal defenses.

Mr. McDonnell is a member in good standing of the Florida Bar and previously served on the Criminal Rules Committee of the Bar (1999-2005).  He has been elected three times to the Executive Council of the Criminal Law Section of the Bar, where he currently serves.  He is admitted to practice in United States District Courts and in the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.

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Marsha E. Rule

Marsha E. Rule

Senior Attorney

Email: marsha@rutledge-ecenia.com

Ms. Marsha E. Rule joined Rutledge Ecenia, P.A. in 2002 and has practiced law for 30 years.  Her practice is concentrated on administrative law, including representation of electric, telephone and water/wastewater utilities before the Florida Public Service Commission.

Prior to joining the Firm, she was employed as a senior attorney at AT&T, where she represented the company before the Federal Communications Commission and numerous state regulatory commissions.  Her previous experience includes nearly six years at the Florida Public Service Commission, first as a senior attorney in the Commission’s Electric and Gas Bureau and later as associate general counsel, followed by private practice representing cogenerators, gas utilities and telephone companies before the Florida Public Service Commission.   Prior to this phase of her career, she maintained an active civil litigation and appellate practice in Texas and taught at Texas A&M University.

Ms. Rule obtained her law degree from the University of Florida, graduating with honors. Court admissions include the United States Supreme Court, all state courts in Florida and Texas, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. Ms. Rule maintains an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell.

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Michael J. Barry

Michael J. Barry

Associate

Email: mbarry@rutledge-ecenia.com

Mr. Michael J. Barry joined Rutledge Ecenia, P.A., in 2010.  His practice is focused in the fields of administrative and appellate law.  He specializes in handling legal, regulatory and policy matters and disputes arising at the intersection of business and government, with an emphasis on administrative and gaming law.  He helps clients protect and promote their rights and interests with governmental entities that regulate or do business with the private sector.  Mr. Barry advises clients on legal and litigation strategies for protecting or enforcing legal rights, such as defending against adverse actions by a governmental regulator or a private party, or prosecuting claims against governmental entities and third parties.  He represents clients before governmental agencies, the Legislature, administrative tribunals, and courts throughout Florida, including Florida’s state courts and Florida’s Division of Administrative Hearings.

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Barry spent several years in government.  He worked as a congressional staffer in Washington and later as an attorney in the Governor’s Office in Tallahassee. In those roles, he advised and represented prominent elected officials on legal and constitutional matters as well as various public policy issues and judicial affairs.  He also worked for several years as an assistant general counsel at Florida’s principle administrative agency, the Department of Management Services, where he represented the contracting and business interests of the state of Florida.

Mr. Barry received his undergraduate and law degrees from Florida State University.  He has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2003.

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Diana M. Ferguson

Diana M. Ferguson

Associate

Email: dferguson@rutledge-ecenia.com

Mrs. Diana M. Ferguson joined the firm in January 2011 as an attorney and registered lobbyist.  Her practice at Rutledge Ecenia is concentrated in the areas of environmental and administrative law, regulated industries and government relations.  She currently represents several clients, including businesses, local governments and associations.  Prior to joining the firm, Mrs. Ferguson provided legislative counsel to the Florida Association of Counties.  In that capacity, she lobbied numerous environmental issues as well as other local government issues.  Mrs. Ferguson spent a significant amount of time advocating for the counties on water supply and water quality issues in particular.  With regard to water quality, she worked on several pieces of legislation pertaining to significant nonpoint sources of pollution, such as septic tanks and fertilizer, as well as regulatory issues such as total maximum daily loads and numeric nutrient criteria.

Mrs. Ferguson currently uses her extensive advocacy experience in representing several associations and other clients that have wide-ranging policy needs, including telecommunications, professional regulation and environmental permitting, community association law, beach policy and project funding and animal control.  She has also participated in numerous rulemaking processes and lobbied various regulatory issues within several state and regional agencies, including the Department of Environmental Protection, the water management districts, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Mrs. Ferguson graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City with a political science degree. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the Oklahoma City University School of Law. She is a member in good standing of the Texas Bar Association and of the Florida Bar Association, where she is a member of the Environmental and Land Use and City, County, and Local Government Law Sections.

Mrs. Ferguson was appointed to the Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change, Adaptation Technical Working Group in 2008; the Florida Legislature’s Beach Management Working Group from 2008 to 2009; and the Florida Beaches Habitat Conservation Plan Steering Committee from 2008 to 2011. She received the Friend of the Florida Association of County Attorneys in June 2009 and the Legislative Appreciation Award, Small County Coalition in June 2009. Mrs. Ferguson has also been recognized as a Florida Legal Elite Up & Comer.  This recognition is based on attorneys under the age of 40 who have exhibited leadership in the law and in their community.

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Gabriel F. V. Warren

Gabriel F. V. Warren

Associate

Email: gwarren@rutledge-ecenia.com

Mr. Gabriel F. V. Warren specializes in administrative law and civil litigation, with a strong emphasis on the representation of health care facilities.  He advises clients on a wide array of both state and federal regulatory issues relating to health care. Mr. Warren graduated from Duke University and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was a Dean’s Scholar. He is a member of the Florida Bar.

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Craig D. Miller

Craig D. Miller

Associate

Email: cmiller@rutledge-ecenia.com

Mr. Craig D. Miller is an associate at Rutledge Ecenia, PA specializing in administrative law. In law school, Mr. Miller served as an Associate Justice on the Florida State University Student Supreme Court and worked as a law clerk in the Legal Affairs Office of Valdosta State University, where he negotiated and drafted contracts.

Mr. Miller graduated from Florida State University and earned his Juris Doctorate from the Florida State University College of Law. He is a member of the Florida Bar, where he is also a section member of the Health Law and Joint Government and Administrative Law Sections.

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Jonathan M. Costello

Jonathan M. Costello

Government Consultant

Email: jon@rutledge-ecenia.com

Mr. Jonathan M. Costello is a Governmental Consultant with Rutledge Ecenia, P.A. and has more than 10 years of experience working on local, state and federal government issues. Mr. Costello holds a B.S. in Political Science and a M.S. in American Politics and Policy from Florida State University. Mr. Costello’s career in government began in 2003 as a program manager with the Department of Defense.  After serving three years in that role, he left government to begin consulting with Rutledge Ecenia.

In 2010, Mr. Costello left the firm to join the Rick Scott for Governor Campaign as a Senior Policy Advisor.  After the successful campaign, he served on Governor Scott’s transition team and was then appointed as the Governor’s Legislative Affairs Director.  Mr. Costello served as Legislative Affairs Director and Policy Advisor to Governor Rick Scott during two successful legislative sessions.  In his role, Mr. Costello was responsible for ensuring the passage of Governor Scott’s top priorities, including increasing K-12 funding by $1 billion in the 2012 budget, the creation of the Department of Economic Opportunity, Reemployment Assistance reform, Workforce Board accountability measures, Personal Injury Protection reform, regulation reduction and tax relief.

In 2012, Mr. Costello rejoined Rutledge Ecenia where he uses his extensive experience developing and implementing policy to help clients formulate and execute strategies to achieve their desired policy goals.

In addition to his work with Rutledge Ecenia, Mr. Costello also serves on the Governing Board of the Northwest Florida Water Management District and as an Adjunct Professor of Political Communication at Florida State University.

Our Practice Areas

Government

Rutledge Ecenia represents clients before all agencies of government and the Florida Legislature. Whether the representation is lobbying the Legislature or a specific state agency, we have a depth and wealth of experience in assisting clients in their relationships with the state of Florida and negotiating the regulatory process.

Rutledge Ecenia is also experienced in all aspects of government procurement law. We are knowledgeable about state procurement statutes and regularly represent clients in bid protests, contract negotiations and other aspects of state and local government contract solicitation and procurement, including contract disputes with state and local government entities.

Administrative Law

Rutledge Ecenia regularly represents clients in proceedings conducted before state agencies and at formal hearings at the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings.  We have been involved with virtually every type of administrative proceeding, including rule development and rule challenge proceedings, declaratory statements, rule waivers and variances, licensing matters, procurement disputes, environmental permits and challenges, professional disciplinary proceedings, and general regulatory matters involving state and federal agencies.  Our attorneys are knowledgeable and experienced regarding Florida’s Administrative Procedure Act, Government in the Sunshine Law, the Public Records Act and other statutes that regulate and limit the discretion actions of state agencies.

Health Care

Rutledge Ecenia regularly represents a broad spectrum of health care clients including some of the largest health care systems and managed care entities in the world.  We routinely represent acute care and specialty hospitals, physician practice groups, general hospitals, specialty hospitals, mental health centers, nursing homes, home health agencies, hospices and ambulatory surgical centers.

Our representation covers the full range of legal and business issues that face the health care industry. These include certificates of need, mergers and acquisitions, contract preparation and review, disciplinary actions, fraud and abuse, licensing, litigation, managed care contracting and payment issues, medical staff issues, physician and group practice representation and reimbursement disputes with Medicare and Medicaid.  We routinely represent clients in matters of health care litigation before the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, the Department of Health, and the various regulatory boards for health care professionals.

We are integrally involved in the strategic and business planning of our clients and serve as counselors as well as lawyers to them.  We have extensive experience in complex health care transactions and in the regulation of the health care profession by state and federal agencies.

Litigation and Appellate Practice

Rutledge Ecenia represent clients within the state and federal courts in matters as diverse as constitutional challenges to state statutes, extraordinary writs involving state agencies, and contract disputes among private business entities.  We are experienced and skilled litigators and place a premium on understanding and achieving our clients’ objectives in litigation.  We work with our clients to manage litigation costs effectively while also meeting our clients’ expectations with regard to results in the courtroom.  We have successfully prosecuted and defended appeals throughout Florida’s District Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Florida.

Gaming and Pari-Mutuel Law

Rutledge Ecenia has a well-established Gaming and Pari-Mutuel Law practice, and represents numerous businesses and individuals engaged in the gaming and pari-mutuel wagering industries.  We offer comprehensive legal, regulatory and governmental services, including legal representation in litigation and before regulatory agencies as well as the Florida Legislature. The firm’s practice group includes a former Director of Florida’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, and Secretary of the Florida Department of Business Regulation, the principal regulatory authority for the gaming industry in Florida.  We help our clients shape and successfully navigate the increasingly complex regulatory environment of the gaming and pari-mutuel wagering industries in order to achieve their business objectives.  The firm represents every segment of the industry, including operators, manufacturers, trade associations, employees and lenders.  The firm’s attorneys handle everything from routine licensing to gaming entitlements to complex administrative and commercial litigation.  We work with Florida’s policymakers and tribunals to protect and promote our clients’ interests.

State Procurement and Bid Disputes

Rutledge Ecenia has extensive experience handling state procurement and contracting matters.  We have represented vendors and state agencies in some of the most significant procurement matters in state government, including multi-billion dollar contracts for the state employee health plan, solicitations for long-term care and managed care assistance under the state Medicaid program, procurements including the state driver’s license testing program, management consulting, accounting and IT services for state agencies, educational testing services and state transportation projects.  Our attorneys include a former Administrative Law Judge who presided over numerous procurement matters and a former attorney with the Department of Management Services which oversees state purchasing.  We represent clients involved with all types of state procurements, including Requests for Proposals, Invitations to Negotiate, state term contracts, Requests for Quotes and Invitations to Bid.

Alcoholic Beverage Licensing and Regulation

Rutledge Ecenia has a well-established alcoholic beverage licensing, compliance and dispute resolution practice, representing numerous businesses and individuals at all levels and in all aspects of Florida’s three-tier system.  The firm offers comprehensive legal, regulatory and governmental services, including legal representation before judicial bodies, executive agencies, and the Florida Legislature. The firm’s alcoholic beverage practice group includes the former General Counsel of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, the principal regulatory authority for Florida’s alcoholic beverage industry.  We maintain strong working relationships with both governmental policymakers and agency administrators to promote our clients’ business interests and objectives.

Telecommunications and Utilities

Rutledge Ecenia has long represented telecommunications companies and electric, water and wastewater utilities throughout Florida.  Our firm has assisted telecommunications clients with certification, negotiation and arbitration of interconnection agreements, regulatory compliance and the resolution of intercarrier disputes, while our representation of water and wastewater clients includes certification, transfer and rate cases as well as regulatory matters before state agencies.  We have assisted electric utilities with matters, including territorial disputes, power plant need determination proceedings and rate applications.  Our representation includes administrative and civil litigation, appeals and representation before executive agencies and the Florida Legislature.

Representative Clients

Associated Industries of Florida
City of Miami Beach
Coventry Health Care of Florida, Inc.
Delaware North Companies, Inc.
HCA, Inc.
Kraft Foods Group
Mardi Gras Racetrack & Gaming Center
Miami-Dade County
MillerCoors, LLC
Pinnacle Housing Group, LLC
The Florida Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Association
The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company

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