Jeff’s practice focuses on representation of the firm's public utility, electric cooperative, local exchange telecommunications company, school board, and trade association clients before state and federal courts and state administrative agencies, and advising clients on compliance with government affairs (gift, lobbying and campaign financing) laws. Jeff has represented local exchange companies and electric companies before the Florida Public Service Commission for over 25 years and has served as the Leon County School Board Attorney since 2002. Jeff advises clients in the area of gift, lobbying and campaign financing compliance and has represented clients before the Florida Elections Commission.
Prior to his admission to the Bar, Jeff worked in the audit division of a large international public accounting firm in Tampa, where he worked on audits of public utility, telecommunications, banking and shipbuilding clients.
Florida State University: Juris Doctor with high honors (1990) Masters of Accounting (1986) and Bachelor of Science cum laude with major in accounting (1985); Lincoln High School, Tallahassee, Florida (Salutatorian 1981).
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS:
Jeff is a member of the Florida Bar and is licensed (inactive) in Florida as a Certified Public Accountant, but has not practiced public accounting since 1988.
Jeff is admitted to practice before all State of Florida Courts, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida, and the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Jeff is a member of the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar, the Federal Communications Bar Association, the Electric Cooperative Bar Association, the Florida School Board Attorneys Association (President, 2007-2008), the Council of School Attorneys and the Education Law Association.
Law Practice. Jeff is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was recognized as one of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite in 2007, 2009 and 2015.
Law School. Member of the Florida State Law Review; Member and Treasurer of Moot Court; Order of Barrister; Order of Coif (top 10% of class); Champion and Best Brief, 1990 Robert Orseck Memorial (Florida Bar) Moot Court Competition; 1990 Richard W. Nahstoll Book Award for Professional Responsibility.
Other. Jeff received the 2007 and 2014 Leadership Florida President’s Award for outstanding service to Leadership Florida, received the 2009 Servant Leadership Award presented by Leadership Tallahassee, received the 2001 Community Leadership Association’s Distinguished Leadership Award for Tallahassee and is one of five charter members of the Lincoln High School Alumni Hall of Fame.
Florida Board of Bar Examiners. Jeff was a member (2005-2010) and served as Chair (2009-2010) of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, an administrative arm of the Florida Supreme Court that is responsible for administering the Florida Bar exam and conducting character and fitness evaluations on applicants to the Florida Bar. He continues to serve the Board as an Emeritus Member.
Communications Services Tax Advisory Committee. Jeff was appointed in 2000 to the Florida Department of Revenue’s Communications Services Tax Advisory Committee, an advisory committee established by Section 202.40, Florida Statutes (2000) to advise the Department regarding implementation of the then new Communications Services Tax.
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Foundation, Inc.: Jeff was a member of the Board of Directors of the TMH Foundation from 2001-2015. He served as Chair (2009-2011) and served as Treasurer (2005-2007).
Tallahassee Area Chamber of Commerce: Jeff served as Chair of the Chamber during the 2003-04 fiscal year, Chair-Elect in 2002-2003 and two terms as Treasurer (2000-2001 and 2001-2002). During his year as Chair, the Chamber achieved an all-time high number of members, was designated a Four Star (out of five) chamber by the United States Chamber of Commerce, hosted a community goal setting forum (Horizon Project) and launched ACTION 2010, a collaborative community action project to advocate a more vibrant downtown area for Tallahassee.
Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity: Jeff has been involved as a volunteer for his college fraternity since he began law school in 1988, first as chapter advisor and later as an area governor. He was elected to its national board of directors in 1998, and since then has served as National Chaplain (1998-2000), National Chancellor (2000-2002), National Secretary (2002-2004), National Treasurer (2004-2006), National Vice President (2006-2008) and National President (2008-2010).
Leadership Tallahassee: Jeff is a member of Leadership Tallahassee Class XII (1994-1995) and upon graduation served on the Board of Governors from 1995 to 2000 and as Chairman in 1998-99.
Leadership Florida: Jeff is a member of Leadership Florida Class XXI (2002-2003) and served as fundraising chair for the LF Northwest Region in 2004-05. He has served as volunteer General Counsel for LF from 2006-2015, and quarterbacked the legal effort to defeat gubernatorial candidate Max Linn’s legal challenge to force his way into the 2006 Leadership Florida Governors Debates. He is currently serving as Chair-Elect (2015-2016) and will serve as Chair (2016-2017).
Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc.: The TQCF is the creator and sponsor of college football’s Biletnikoff Award, which is annually given on ESPN to America’s top college football receiver. Jeff prepared the organizational documents for the foundation in 1994, was a trustee from 1994 to 2007 and 2011-2013, and served as its Chairman in 2002-2003.
Political Campaigns: Jeff served as campaign treasurer for Florida State Representative Loranne Ausley (District 9) for all four of her elections (2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006), Tallahassee City Commissioner Mark Mustian (Seat One) for all three of his elections (2002, 2004 and 2008) and Florida State Representative Alan Williams (District 8) for all four of his elections (2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014). In addition, Jeff served as treasurer/campaign treasurer for Citizens to Preserve Tallahassee, Inc., a political committee formed in 2000 to advocate extension of Leon County’s optional penny sales tax for local roads and stormwater projects (Blueprint 2000).
ABILITY EXPERIENCE, INC.:
Ability Experience is the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and teaches leadership through service to undergraduate members of the fraternity through projects that assist persons with disabilities. Jeff has served on its Board of Directors since 2012 and is presently serving as its Treasurer.
Co-author, “Florida Enacts Legislation to Simplify Taxation of Communications Services,” Interstate Tax Insights Vol. 3, No. 8 (2001).
Co-author, Chapter 11 (Florida) Lobbying, PACs and Campaign Finance 50 State Handbook (West Group, 2005 to 2015 Editions).