Former Insurance Consumer Advocate Joins Meenan P.A.

Tallahassee, Fla. – Meenan P.A., a Tallahassee law firm specializing in regulatory and legislative affairs, today announced that Stephen C. Burgess has joined the firm to serve in an “Of Counsel” capacity and Sarah Niewold has joined the firm as an associate.

Stephen Burgess, the former Consumer Advocate for the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS), has more than 35 years’ experience with the Florida Legislature and state executive agencies.  While at DFS, Steve served as the Consumer Advocate on three different occasions, most recently serving CFO Jeff Atwater.  He served as staff director of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee for 5 years, and served for 15 years as Deputy Public Counsel, representing utility consumers before the Public Service Commission and Florida appellate courts.

“Steve is widely respected for his expertise in both the insurance regulatory, utility regulation,  and legislative arenas, and Meenan P.A.’s clients will be fortunate to benefit from his extensive knowledge and skills,” said Tim Meenan, managing shareholder of Meenan P.A.  “We have worked with Steve for many years on some of the most challenging issues facing our state, and saw this as an excellent opportunity to bring our resources together on behalf of select clients.”

Sarah Niewold is a recent graduate of Florida State University College of Law.  Sarah interned with the Florida Association of Health Plans as a Legislative Intern and Law Clerk.  She also worked with Capitol Insight, LLC as a legislative and legal intern.  Her knowledge of the Florida Legislature will be an asset to Meenan P.A.

With a staff of 26 that includes 12 lawyers, Meenan P.A. provides exceptional regulatory, legislative and litigation services to its clients. In addition to serving insurance regulatory clients in the areas of property and casualty, life and health insurance, the firm assists clients in the extended warranty, ancillary product and guaranteed asset protection and other regulated businesses throughout the United States.

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