Hayden R. Dempsey

Chair, Florida Government Law & Policy Practice
Tallahassee,  FL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Government Law & Policy
  • Health Care Procurement
  • Election Law
  • Global Energy & Infrastructure
Contact InfoTelephone: 850.521.8563
Fax: 850.681.0207
University Wake Forest University, B.A., Political Science, 1990
Law SchoolNova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, J.D., 1994 Nova Law Review, Moot Court Society, Inns of Court
Admitted1994, Florida; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (inactive)
Memberships The Florida Bar; American Bar Association (Member, House of Delegates, 2000-2002); Republican National Lawyers Association (Former Chair, Florida Chapter, 2006-2008).


Hayden R. Dempsey is the Chair of the firm's Government Law & Policy Practice for the state of Florida. He focuses his practice in the areas of lobbying and public policy advocacy, procurement, health care, transportation and infrastructure, and election law.

Hayden has extensive governmental experience, having served in four governors' administrations. Hayden served as Special Counsel to Gov. Rick Scott, where he oversaw the Legislative Affairs Office and advised the Governor and his staff on legislative, policy and budget issues. He also worked closely with the Governor's agencies to assist in development and passage of their legislative priorities. Hayden previously served as Legislative Affairs Director, Deputy General Counsel, and Special Counsel for Gov. Jeb Bush. He started his professional career working for Gov. Bob Martinez and Gov. Lawton Chiles.

Hayden lobbies on behalf of numerous private and public clients before both the Legislature and state agencies and represents clients in Medicaid and health policy matters, procurement disputes, transportation and infrastructure issues, health care regulatory matters, and election matters. Hayden has represented the presidential campaigns of Bush-Cheney '04, Florida and McCain-Palin '08, and the gubernatorial campaigns of Gov. Rick Scott, Gov. Charlie Crist, and Gov. Jeb Bush. Hayden also represented Congressman Vern Buchanan in the 2008 recount and Congressional contest of his election.

Hayden has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and is active in numerous professional, community and political organizations.

Areas of Concentration

· Governmental affairs

· Medicaid and health care policy and regulation

· Transportation and infrastructure

· Administration and regulatory litigation

· Procurement

· Attorney General investigations

· Election law

Professional & Community Involvement

· Board of Directors, Enterprise Florida, Inc., the State of Florida's official economic development organization, 2011-Present

· Board of Directors, Space Florida, 2011-Present

· Board of Directors, Capitol Region YMCA, 2010-Present

· Member, Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee, 2002-2012

· Former Chair, Florida Chapter, Republican National Lawyers Association, 2006-2008

· Member, Federal Judicial Nominating Commission appointed by Senator Mel Martinez, August 2005-2007

· Member, Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (Gubernatorial Appointment), May 2004-January 2007

· Board of Trustees, Florida TaxWatch, 2003-2004

· Member, Governor's Workers' Compensation Reform Commission (Gubernatorial Appointment), 2002-2003

· Member, ABA House of Delegates, 2000-2002

· Member, American Bar Association

· Member, The Florida Bar

Awards & Recognition

· Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Government Relations Practice, 2007-2012

Professional Experience

Noteworthy Experience

· Co-Chair, Lawyers for McCain, 2006

· Statewide Chair, Lawyers for Crist-Kottkamp

· Statewide Chair, Lawyers for Bush-Cheney '04

Publications & Presentations

Articles, Lectures & Publications

· Featured, "Hayden Dempsey: Gov. Rick Scott's Valuable Insider," Miami Herald, July 5, 2011

· Featured, "Hayden Dempsey is the Insider in Gov. Rick Scott's Team of Outsiders," St. Petersburg Times, July 3, 2011

· Featured, "North Port's Money Really Talks," HeraldTribune.com, March 24, 2007

· Featured, "North Port Finds Success with Lobbyist," Englewood Sun, June 03, 2005

· Featured, "Law Teams Poised for Battle," Miami Herald, October 31, 2004

· Featured, "Florida's Population to Increase on Election Day," USA Today, October 28, 2004

· Featured, "Legal Battle for Presidency Underway," Washington Post, October 20, 2004

· Featured, "Lawyers Cram for Election Day," St. Pete Times, October 17, 2004

· Featured, "The New Breed," St. Pete Times, March 7, 2004

· Lecturer, "Florida Election Law Seminar," Republican Party of Florida Annual Meeting, January 28, 2004


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Hayden R. Dempsey

101 East College Avenue
TallahasseeFL 32301


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