Will McKinley


Recognized nationally as a government affairs professional, Will has achieved significant results for his clients. Throughout his career, Will’s dynamic leadership abilities have produced results and brought him to high‐level positions in the state and national Republican Party, in the executive and legislative branches of state government, representing Fortune 500 companies, and in his government affairs practice.

Will served as Executive Director of the Republican Party of Florida from 1989 to 1991 and contributed to the achievement of significant Republican gains in United States Congress, Florida Senate and Florida House. As Chief of Staff, he was entrusted with the administration, creation and implementation of political programs.

Will gained considerable experience in the day‐to‐day contact between business and government during his years of service to Florida’s Governor Bob Martinez and his administration. As Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of Professional Regulation and later as Assistant Secretary for Programs and Operations with the Department of Business Regulation, Will found meaningful ways in which businesses can build productive partnerships with government administrations.

Co-founding PooleMcKinley in 1993, Will has represented an impressive list of clients and facilitated the passage of a number of pieces of landmark legislation. Major accomplishments include representing some of the largest media and entertainment companies in the drafting, negotiation and passage of legislation that created a $242 million film and digital media tax credit incentive program. Will was instrumental in the creation and signing of the Florida Compact between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the State of Florida, a ground‐breaking $1 billion, 20‐year agreement. Additionally, Will has worked tirelessly on tort reform, healthcare, telecommunications, financial services and education issues in Florida, proving himself to be among Florida’s most effective lobbyists.

Will is a graduate of The Florida State University and lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Susie. They have two grown children, Megan and Max.