South Florida law firm latest in capital

Published January 23, 2005

As if we didn't have enough lawyers and lobbyists!

Conrad & Scherer, a Fort Lauderdale law firm, is opening a new Tallahassee office.

William R. Scherer Jr., a noted Republican fundraiser, announced that Mark Casteel will be the managing partner of the new office.

Casteel began his career as a staff attorney in the Florida Senate when Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings was president of the Senate. He has since worked for Chief Finance Officer Tom Gallagher.

The new office will also include Jack B. Tuter Jr., former director of the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco.

ON HER OWN: A familiar name is missing from the ranks of another widely known lobbying firm in Tallahassee.

Cynthia Henderson, former head of the Department of Management Services, left her state job to join former Republican Party Chairman Al Cardenas at the very Republican firm of Tew Cardenas.

Now Henderson has left Cardenas to lobby on her own.

Tew Cardenas recently added Jay Timmons, former executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, to its stable of lobbyists in Washington.

The Tew Cardenas players in Tallahassee now include Slater Bayliss, former staffer for Gov. Jeb Bush; Andreina Figueroa, a former special assistant in Bush's Miami office; Christina Johnson, former deputy for Secretary of State Glenda Hood; Rene Lewis, former cabinet aide; Brecht Heuchan, former director of senate campaigns for the GOP; Steve Shiver, former executive director of the state GOP; and Lois Tepper, former assistant general counsel at the Department of Management Services.