Jonathan Kilman

Chairman of Converge Government Affairs

jonathan@convergegov.com
+1 (305) 423 4131 Ext 701

The founder of Converge Government Affairs, Jonathan is an experienced political advisor and high-caliber advocate for Fortune 500 Companies, some of Silicon Valley’s biggest brands, and an array of regional and non-profit world-changers. Jonathan is frequently called upon by clients to advise and help manage US and global government affairs portfolios.

In his Florida lobbying practice, Jonathan represents clients before the legislative and executive branches of Florida government, including the executive branch agencies. He has a passion for innovative technologies, healthcare and transportation solutions.

Prior to founding Converge, Jonathan co-chaired the Florida government affairs practice of an AmLaw 100 law firm, where the practice he helped build earned the recognition of the most influential law firm in Florida by Southern Political Report. One major state political publication noted his practice had been involved in nearly every major issue in Florida’s policy-making process.

Jonathan’s clients include companies from an array of industries including health policy, pharmaceutical, hospital, medical device, digital media, technology, insurance, financial services, telecommunications, transportation, road construction, engineering, project and construction management, as well as local governments and government agencies.

As a lawyer, Jonathan represented the Florida House of Representatives in litigation and appeals related to the redistricting of Florida's state and federal legislative districts. Two years later, he represented the Florida Department of State in state and federal election litigation and appeals. Jonathan also served as legal counsel to the successful 2006 campaign of Florida Governor Charlie Crist. He received a gubernatorial appointment to serve on Florida’s 5th District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission and was appointed by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio to Florida’s Federal Judicial Nominating Commission.

Jonathan has six children and is married to a whip-smart lawyer named Jessica who keeps him on his toes. They live in Miami, Florida, just two blocks from the beautiful bay, but who’s counting?

Education
Harvard Law School, Juris Doctor
University of Florida, Bachelor of Science, Finance

 

Representative Government & Public Policy Experience

  • Representing one of the largest ridesharing companies in drafting, negotiating and passing statewide regulatory legislation.

  • Representing one of the world’s largest digital media entertainment companies in the drafting, negotiation and passage of legislation that created a $242 million film and digital media tax credit incentive program

  • As chief outside lobbyist and counsel to the Telehealth Association of Florida, co-drafting and passing the first statewide telehealth legislation in State of Florida

  • Successfully lobbying for a multi-million dollar appropriation to support a dispersed water management project that provides critical water storage in Southeast Florida, a component of state and federal Everglades Restoration

  • Successfully defending the interests of a coalition of the largest emergency medicine providers in the State of Florida, comprised of national and regional providers

  • Representing a national engineering firm that was selected co-general engineering consultant to the Florida Turnpike Enterprise

  • Representing a national engineering firm and an international investment firm in the drafting, negotiation and passage of tax-related legislation necessary for the creation of transportation public private partnerships (P3s) in the State of Florida

  • Representation of a regional airport in the successful drafting, negotiation and passage of legislation necessary for airports to manage and remove wildlife hazards that endanger aircraft operation

  • Representing a large county government in defeat of state legislation to protect the county’s comprehensive planning authority

  • Drafting, negotiating and passing legislation authorizing equity crowdfunding in the State of Florida.

 

Education

Jonathan received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 2000, where he was a senior editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy and winner of Harvard Law School’s prestigious Williston Contracts Competition. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Florida with highest honors in 1996, where he graduated as the University’s "Outstanding Male Leader Graduate," was selected to be a member of Florida Blue Key, and was elected to the University of Florida Hall of Fame. In addition, Mr. Kilman completed a fellowship with the Jewish Campus Service Corps at Florida State University.

 

Community Engagement

  • Board of Governors, Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Chair, Strategy Committee, Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Founding Member, Board of Directors, CANVS, technology co-working space
  • Past  Member, Executive Board, BusinessForce, Central Florida’s largest political action committee
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando
  • Past Member, Board of Governors, Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Charter member, Sunset Rotary Club, Tallahassee, Florida
     

Languages

In addition to English, Mr. Kilman has conversational knowledge of Spanish.

 

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