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Ron Klein joins Holland & Knight "government advocacy team"

Former Rep. Ron Klein -- who lost to tea party and Fox News favorite Allen West -- has joined Holland & Knight's "Public Policy & Regulation Group" as a partner.

The firm says Klein will play a major role "providing counsel to clients in transactional matters and regulatory compliance in the financial services, healthcare and energy sectors." He'll split his time among the firm's three South Florida offices and its Washington, D.C. office.

Klein's the latest addition to Holland & Knight's Florida Government Advocacy Team, covering matters in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. That team includes former Governor Bob Martinez; former U.S. Representative Jim Davis; Eric Eikenberg, former Chief of Staff to Governor Charlie Crist; Kerry Feehery, former Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator George LeMieux; and Karl Koch, former Chief of Staff to Congressman Jim Davis. Klein's history of cultivating relationships on both sides of the aisle is consistent with the firm's bipartisan approach.

"Congressman Klein's prior experience as a business lawyer in South Florida for more than 20 years combined with his knowledge of government affairs makes him an invaluable asset to our local clients," said Steven Sonberg, Managing Partner of Holland & Knight. "Business leaders, now more than ever, need advocates that understand their concerns and how governmental actions may affect their future plans."