TAMPA, Fla. – October 9, 2018 – Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney announces that Rhea F. Law, shareholder and chair of the firm’s Florida offices, will step down at the end of 2018, remaining in an Of Counsel role. Law’s illustrious legal career spans four decades and includes the 2014 merger of Fowler White Boggs with Buchanan, that year’s third largest law firm merger in the U.S.

“I’ve had the opportunity to accomplish countless professional and personal goals and have loved every minute of my legal career. Entering this new exciting chapter, I fully intend to continue and expand my passions in education, economic development, public and private boards whose work is focused on building and improving the state I love,” noted Law.

“I’ve been lucky to work alongside Florida’s best lawyers and am very grateful to firm leadership and my colleagues for their support and encouragement,” added Law.

“Rhea is not only a pillar of the Tampa Bay community and beyond, but also of our Buchanan family. With Rhea’s help, we are a bigger and better firm four years after our merger. She has been a mentor and a friend to many and an incredible force as an attorney,” said Joseph A. Dougherty, Buchanan’s CEO. “We’re glad we get to call her a colleague for a little longer.”    

Law is one of the most prominent and respected business leaders in the Tampa Bay area, holding top leadership positions with many local and state organizations, including the Florida Council of 100, Tampa Bay Partnership, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, University of South Florida, Stetson University College of Law and many others. She is also vice-chair of the University of South Florida Presidential Search Selection Committee.

Law’s practice focuses on areas of higher education, economic development, government and land use. She provides assistance to higher education institutions and assists clients with economic development incentives and government agreements and also handles entitlement, permitting and zoning matters with specific emphasis on commercial, industrial and residential mixed-use developments throughout Florida.