Sylvester Lukis is of counsel to Panza, Maurer & Maynard, P.A. Mr. Lukis is an attorney with over 30 years of legal and consulting experience in intergovernmental and political affairs at the federal, state and local levels.
Mr. Lukis began his law practice in Washington, D.C. in 1981, where he specialized in representing municipal clients before state and federal executive and legislative branches of government. His clients during his tenure as a Washington, D.C. attorney included the Florida governmental entities of Miami-Dade County, the cities of Miami and Miami Beach, and the public school systems of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
Prior to entering private practice, in 1980, Mr. Lukis was appointed Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. State Department’s Cuban Haitian Task Force, where he was responsible for coordinating policy development and implementation among several federal, state and local governmental agencies in response to the mass immigration influx of Cubans into Miami from the Port of Mariel, Cuba.
Other federal appointments include Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, and prior to that, Special Assistant to the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In that capacity, he was primarily responsible for providing legal assistance to the agencies administering health, education and welfare programs at the federal level.
Mr. Lukis is currently the Miami Managing Partner of Ballard Partners, Florida’s leading government affairs firm.
Mr. Lukis holds a law degree from New England School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Western New England College.