Career Spotlight: Mary Beth Savary Taylor (JD 86), The Nickles Group, Washington, D.C.
Though she arrived at law school with a finance degree from UF, Mary Beth Savary Taylor’s passions were always in politics and public policy.
Prior to her arrival at UF Law, the Sarasota native had just completed a Lyndon Baines Johnson internship with then-U.S. Congressman Connie Mack. Still, as she worked her way through law school, Savary Taylor’s interests were pulled in both directions as she took business-oriented classes while maintaining an eye for politics.
After clerkships for a judge in the Second District Court of Appeals and with the PGA Tour, she worked as deputy finance director raising funds for Mack’s successful U.S. Senate campaign, an experience that eventually led her to her first job in Washington, D.C.
“I feel like I’ve been blessed being in the right place at the right time,” said Savary Taylor, whose father, Johnson S. (Buddy) Savary (JD 56) is a member of the UF Law Board of Trustees. “I was given the opportunity to come to Washington, D.C. to work on Senator Connie Mack’s legislative team and was handed the portfolio of health care, an area where I had absolutely no background whatsoever. But I sunk my teeth into it, and as a result I worked for Senator Mack for six years.”
Savary Taylor continued to work with Mack during a brief stint as general counsel for the Joint Economic Committee before joining the American Medical Association as Washington counsel, and then spent eight years lobbying for the American Hospital Association. In 2006, she became a vice president with the Nickles Group, a strategic consulting and lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., where she’s navigating her way through a variety of physician, health-care and pharmaceutical issues as well as changes in the legislative agenda brought by the recent political shift in Congress.
“I absolutely love what I’m doing,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun.”