Previously published on www.fowlerwhite.com. Fowler White Boggs merged with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney on March 14, 2014.
Tampa, FL - Rhea F. Law, Chair of the Board, and CEO of Fowler White Boggs was awarded the University of South Florida President’s Fellow Medallion by President Judy Genshaft at the USF graduation ceremonies on August 7, 2010. Established in 1988, the President's Fellow Medallion is awarded at the President's discretion to highly distinguished meritorious individuals.
At the University of South Florida, Ms. Law has served on the USF Board of Trustees since the group's founding in 2001. After serving as Vice Chair for five years, in 2006, the Board honored her service by electing her Chair, a position she held for 4 years. Ms. Law was described as USF's ultimate advocate and one who will fight for the resources needed and deserved for her university. During her tenure as Chair, USF has continued to advance in its research and scholarly efforts. She led the university through its second strategic planning process to develop the 2007-12 plan. In addition, USF exceeded $380 million in research funds and was ranked #1 in the nation based on NSF numbers for growing its federal research enterprise at 213%, faster than any other university. In addition, USF was ranked in the top tier, very high research activity of the Carnegie rankings and only one of 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged.
Ms. Law practices in the areas of government, environmental and land use. She handles acquisitions, permitting, environmental representation, land use and zoning matters with specific emphasis on commercial, industrial, residential, acquisitions and general counsel for Community Development Districts. Since 2006 she has been rated among the Best Lawyers in America, Florida Super Lawyers and has been named in the Florida Legal Elite Hall of Fame by Florida Trend magazine. She was the Tampa Bay Business Journal 2004 Business Woman of the Year. She recently was inducted into the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties Tampa chapter Hall of Fame, an organization where she created the Tampa Bay Watch Program -which brings government and agency leaders together with NAIOP members. She has also been awarded the keys to the city of Tampa.
Providing comprehensive legal services to our clients for nearly 70 years, Fowler White Boggs is one of Florida’s oldest law firms. The Firm is internationally connected with a Florida focus with 130 attorneys in five offices located in Tampa, Fort Myers, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, and Fort Lauderdale.