WASHINGTON, D.C.—Fleishman-Hillard International Communications and Smith & Ballard, one of Florida’s leading government relations and public affairs consultancies, have formed a strategic partnership to provide a full range of government, public affairs, and public relations services to clients in Florida and Washington, D.C.
Smith & Ballard is led by prominent Florida attorney Brian Ballard, who was chief of staff for former Governor Bob Martinez, and his partner Jim Smith, former secretary of state, attorney general, and chief of staff for the office of the governor. Ballard also has held positions in the U.S. government, following Martinez to Washington when Martinez was appointed White House drug czar. Fleishman is agency of record for the White House office of national drug control policy.
According to Fleishman chairman and CEO John Graham, “The powerful combination of Smith & Ballard’s government affairs and advocacy expertise with Fleishman-Hillard’s depth of experience in public affairs, corporate, consumer, healthcare, and multicultural communications, will help clients expand their opportunities in the dynamic Florida market.”
Smith & Ballard’s capabilities encompass all aspects of government advocacy, with particular emphasis on matters pending before Florida’s executive and legislative branches of government. Fleishman-Hillard’s public affairs network includes extensive operations in Washington, D.C., California, Missouri, New York, and Texas, as well as international capabilities in Latin America, Canada, Europe, and Asia Pacific.