Living Legends

RON BOOK

OWNER, RONALD L. BOOK P.A., MIAMI / TALLAHASSEE

“The definition of politics is the art of compromise,” says Book, a major political campaign fundraiser. “It’s my job to figure out how to get the square peg in the round hole. Take out the tools and figure it out. I mix my advocacy, my ability to think quick on my feet, but most importantly, someone new calls every single day with a problem no one else can solve or resolve.”

Book, once an aide to former Democratic Gov. Bob Graham, is a former University of Florida varsity track-and-field athlete who’s one of the best-known figures in Tallahassee. He has represented a long list of clients, from private-prison operator GEO Group, debris-removal firm AshBritt and the Miami Dolphins to more than two dozen cities, counties and school boards.

He has raised more than $30 million for various candidates and causes over the past 15 years, including funds to support Lauren’s Kids, a non-profit named after his daughter that works to provide awareness and education in fighting childhood sexual abuse.

He’s been a trustee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office’s Advisory Council, a board member of the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation and chairman of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust.

Book has an associate’s degree from UF, a bachelor’s degree from Florida International and a law degree from Tulane.

He has “400-plus orchids” in his yard, plus “swans, a toucan, a cockatoo, a macaw and an African grey.”

Mike Adams

Adams Ranch

Jim Allen

Hard Rock International

Joel Altman

Altman Cos.

Alcides Avila

Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri

Lewis Bear Jr.

Lewis Bear Co.

Robert Behr

Citrus World

James Berger

Berger Singerman

Mitchell Berger

Berger Singerman

Ron Book

Ronald L. Book PA

Peter Bos

Legendary

Colin Brown

JM Family Enterprises

Bowman Brown

Shutts & Bowen

Robert Buker

U.S. Sugar

Locke Burt

Security First Insurance

AL CARDENAS

SQUIRE PATTON BOGGS

Kendall Coffey

Coffey Burlington

DICK CORBETT

Philanthropist

CORNELIA CORBETT

Philanthropist

MAYANNE DOWNS

GRAYROBINSON

Oscar Feldenkreis

Perry Ellis International

George Feldenkreis

Perry Ellis International

Mike Fernandez

MBF Healthcare Partners

Bernardo Fort-Brescia

Arquitectonica

Eugene Franklin

Florida Black Chamber of Commerce

Matthew Gorson

Greenberg Traurig

Gerald Greenspoon

Greenspoon Marder

Lynetta Usher Griner

Usher Land & Timber

Kenneth Kahn

LRP Media Group

Rhea Law

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

David Lawrence Jr.

THE CHILDREN’S MOVEMENT OF FLORIDA

Jeff Levitetz

Purity Wholesale Grocers

Scott Lutgert

Lutgert Cos.

Ian Mackechnie

Amscot Financial

Michael Marder

Greenspoon Marder

Harvey Massey

Massey Services

JUDITH MITCHELL

RAYMOND F. KRAVIS CENTER

Larry Morgan

Morgan Auto Group

John Morgan

Morgan & Morgan

Harold Mullis

Trenam Law

Pam Muma

Philanthropist

Les Muma

Philanthropist

Thomas Peterffy

Interactive Brokers

Aaron Podhurst

Podhurst Orseck

Gene Prescott

Seaway Hotels

Beverly Raphael

RCC Associates

Ron Sachs

Sachs Media Group

Stephen Sawitz

Joe's Stone Crab

Thad Seymour Jr.

University of Central Florida

Sandy Shugart

Valencia College

Martin “Hap” Stein

Regency Centers

Jim Strickland

Strickland Ranch

John C. Sumberg

Bilzin Sumberg

John Thrasher

Florida State University

Ronald Vaughn

University of Tampa

Gary Wishnatzki

Wish Farms

Bernard Zyscovich

Zyscovich Architects