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Business Observer Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 1 year ago

With acquisition, law firm expands influence in nation’s capital

GrayRobinson buys Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm Eris Group LLC.

TAMPA — GrayRobinson P.A., a Florida law firm with offices in Tampa, Lakeland, Fort Myers and Naples, has acquired Eris Group LLC, a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm.

Doyle Bartlett, co-founder of Eris Group LLC. Courtesy photo.

The acquisition is effective Feb. 1, according to a press release. Other terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Bringing together our resources significantly benefits both firms and our clients, integrating strong federal lobbying experience and enhancing our ability to help clients succeed at the intersection of law and politics,” states Mayanne Downs, president and managing director of GrayRobinson, in the release. “Eris Group’s impressive client list and seasoned lobbying talent are key to building out our federal component. This is in direct response to our clients requesting our services at the federal level.”

Eris Group was co-founded by Doyle Bartlett, a native Floridian and former chief of staff to former U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum.  

“Joining forces with GrayRobinson highlights our Florida roots and provides opportunities to assist our clients at the state level,” Bartlett states in the release. “The cultural fit and like-minded goals we share made this an easy decision, and we are excited for our firm and our clients as this acquisition brings the best of the business, political and legal communities together.”


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