OUR TEAM

Mark Middleton, an AV rated attorney, graduated from the University of Georgia Law School. He  focuses his practice in the areas of governmental relations, and regulatory/administrative matters.

In addition to being a principal in Middleton Public Affairs, LLC, Mark is Of Counsel to the highly respected Brunswick law firm, Gilbert, Harrell, Sumerford & Martin, and works primarily from their Atlanta office.  As a former Hearing Officer at the Georgia Public Service Commission, and the Georgia Department of Education Chief of Staff, Mark brings a variety of political and governmental experiences to his practice.  He has served associations in a variety of ways.

Most recently, Mark has served as a legal advisor to the campaign of Secretary of State Brian Kemp and the Peachtree Corners Yes! city initiative.
Mark Middleton
mark@middletonpa.com
Lynne Middleton
lynne@middletonpa.com
Lynne Middleton, a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Terry School of Business (Marketing), has important and relevant experience that prepares her to focus on Association Management. Lynne currently is responsible for all administrative, event planning, and management functions for the Georgia Railroad Association.

Earlier in her career, Lynne was the Assistant Director of Public Relations and Communications at Athens Regional Medical Center, and was responsible for internal and external communications including newsletters, updates, press releases, event planning, and the publishing of the hospital’s quarterly magazine.

Additionally, she staffed the hospital‘s development office.
 

CLIENT EXAMPLES

As the voice for freight rail in Georgia, the Georgia Railroad Association promotes policies, programs, and legislation that enhance the business climate in which Georgia’s railroads operate, and oppose efforts that would negatively alter or impact Georgia’s railroads.
With over 800,000 members in Georgia, AAA is a knowledgeable and well-respected partner to the state in matters related to driver safety and transportation issues.
As the pioneer for providing curriculum and management services to charter schools and local districts, K12 focuses on creating public policy that provides choices to Georgia families.
 

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Middleton Public Affairs provides public affairs services in Georgia at the state and local level to a variety of large companies, small businesses, government vendors, governmental authorities, and associations. The firm has a wide variety of business, government and campaign experiences that we bring to bear for the benefit of our clients in the areas of issue advocacy, procurement facilitation, and regulatory representation.

Issue Advocacy
Mark has been lobbying at the Capitol since the 1990s and has a history of success and professionalism at the Capitol. Legislative lobbying is our area of expertise and we provide a comprehensive approach that leverages professional relationships, legislative process expertise, and experience. We spend time learning about our clients businesses, and assist them in creating strong strategic plans to accomplish their advocacy goals. We see lobbying as a full time endeavor and we regularly meet and communicate with our clients before, during, and after the General Assembly session.

Procurement Facilitation
The firm has a long track record of assisting clients that seek to sell goods and services to the State of Georgia and to local jurisdictions. In an increasing competitive environment, it is imperative to have counsel to help shape market demand for private products and to create opportunities for public private/ partnerships.

Regulatory Representation
Mark also has considerable experience in representing clients before the various agencies of the state such as the Department of Insurance, Department of Economic Development, Public Service Commission, State Charter Commission and Department of Education, and the numerous professional boards administered by the Secretary of State and the Department of Community Health. As Counsel to the highly respected law firm of Gilbert , Harrell, Sumerford & Martin, P.C, Mark brings the resources necessary to handle large-scale  legal and regulatory  challenges.
 

ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT

Middleton Public Affairs provides excellent services related to all aspects of association management, including financial services, event planning, member services, and communications.

MPA provides financial services that include billing, collection, accounting, accounts payable and tax reporting.

We are also experts in event planning, and our services include complete responsibility for planning and successfully executing large events such as an association’s annual meeting, and lobbying related events such as Capitol Day programs and legislative seminars.

The firm also has significant communications and member services experience, and regularly delivers industry specific communications to its clients through email blasts, newsletters, and website management.

Lynne is the firm’s principal primarily responsible for delivering the association management services. In January 2014, the firm successfully bid on the Georgia Railroad Association (“GRA”) RFP and the firm has provided full service management (including government affairs) to that association since then.  Lynne is the GRA Executive Director, and is responsible for the  leadership of that organization.

Mark has considerable experience serving trade and non-profit associations as an attorney, consultant, and lobbyist. He has served as general counsel to the Cable Television Association, created and administered legislative programs for several associations, and helped provide turnkey management of the State Bar of Georgia’s legislative program. Mark is especially focused on providing ongoing assessment and strategic planning for trade and non-profit associations.

Whether in tandem with our lobbying services or in conjunction with another lobbyist, our firm is well positioned and resourced to provide full service management for your association or legislative program.

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