GrayRobinson Enhances Presence in Tampa Bay Area with New Hires

S. Douglas Knox & Laura L. Lenhart Join Firm’s Tampa Office

Tampa, Fla. – GrayRobinson, P.A. (GrayRobinson) today announced it’s expanding its presence in the Tampa Bay market with the addition of two new hires – Of Counsel S. Douglas Knox and Government Consultant Laura L. Lenhart – in the Tampa office.

“We are excited to have two new professionals join our team in Tampa,” said GrayRobinson President and CEO Dean Cannon. “Doug, a double Gator grad, brings a great deal of experience in commercial litigation and business transactions. Laura has tremendous experience in health care, telecommunication, and economic development issues, and great connections in and around the Tampa Bay region and in Tallahassee. We are honored to welcome Doug and Laura to the GrayRobinson family.”

“We are glad to have Doug and Laura joining us in our Tampa office,” said GrayRobinson Tampa Managing Shareholder Frederick S. Schrils. “Doug and Laura have the knowledge, trusted experience, and passion to deliver winning results for our clients. We look forward to having them on our growing GrayRobinson team.”

Knox joins the firm’s corporate and litigation practices, where he will focus his practice on representing franchise companies, financial institutions, and other business entities in a wide range of complex commercial litigation and business transactions. In addition to a commercial litigation practice, he provides counsel to clients on franchising, business transactions, regulatory compliance, and other areas of risk management. Knox holds a law degree from the University of Florida (UF) Fredric G. Levin College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in English from UF.

“I am excited to join the talented team at GrayRobinson and bring the positive values and ideals the firm embodies to my clients and my practice,” said Knox. “I look forward to the opportunity to grow my practice with autonomy while having access to the invaluable resources GrayRobinson offers.”

Lenhart joins the firm’s government affairs and lobbying practice, bringing more than a decade of experience in multifaceted political and legislative environments. She boasts a strong background in advocating for or against legislative issues at the state level, tracking legislation, and researching and interpreting rules and regulations. Lenhart earned her Master’s degree in Political Science with a concentration in Applied American Politics and Policy from Florida State University (FSU). She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from FSU.

“I’m thrilled to be joining GrayRobinson’s government affairs team under the leadership of Dean Cannon,” said Lenhart. “GrayRobinson has such a unique and vibrant firm culture; I’m excited to be a part of it and have the opportunity to provide our lobbying clients with a physical presence in the Tampa area.”

Press coverage:

"Personnel note: Douglas Knox, Laura Lenhart join GrayRobinson," Florida Politics

"GrayRobinson Grows Government and Franchising Groups,”

"October 1, 2020 On the Move," The Florida Bar News

"People on the Move," Tampa Bay Business Journal