City Hall, New York City

Lobbying is a big business, and it’s only getting bigger.

In New York City last year, lobbyists raked in $86 million. That’s up from $72 million the year before and about $62 million in 2013. If the trend continues, the total amount spent on lobbying in the city could soon exceed $100 million.

This growth has rewarded many of the city’s top lobbying firms, who have seen compensation from powerful clients – real estate firms, corporations, trade groups, unions and advocacy groups – rise substantially.

How did these top performers get where they are? In interviews with City & State, leaders of the city’s most prominent firms cited their strong teams, their many years of experience, and plain old hard work.

But in a time when lobbying is often looked at with a critical eye, one explanation stood out: It’s less about the relationships lobbyists have with key officials and more about the in-depth knowledge that clients rely on to navigate an increasingly complex city bureaucracy.

For other insights from – and about – the city’s top 10 lobbyists, read on.

Note: Rankings are determined by total compensation.

James Capalino, CEO


Capalino + Company

Last Year's Rank: 1

Change: 0

Suri Kasirer, President


Kasirer LLC

Last Year's Rank: 2

Change: 0

Jon Del Giorno, Partner


Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin

Last Year's Rank: 4

Change: +1

Emily Giske, Partner


Bolton-St. Johns

Last Year's Rank: 3

Change: -1

Perry Vallone, Principal


Constantinople & Vallone Consulting LLC

Last Year's Rank: 5

Change: 0

Anthony Constantinople, Principal


Constantinople & Vallone Consulting LLC

Last Year's Rank: 5

Change: 0

John Mascialino, Chairman, New York Government Law & Policy Practice


Greenberg Traurig

Last Year's Rank: 8

Change: +2

Sid Davidoff, Senior Partner


Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP

Last Year's Rank: 7

Change: 0

Katie Schwab, Managing Director and Co-Chairwoman of the NYC Government Practice


Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP

Last Year's Rank: 6

Change: -2

Michele De Milly, Principal


Geto & De Milly Inc.

Last Year's Rank: N/A

Change: N/A

Mike Mckeon, Partner


Mercury Public Affairs

Last Year's Rank: 9

Change: -1