Florida Municipal Attorneys Assoc. honors St. Pete’s John Wolfe as ‘Municipal Attorney of the Year’

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John Wolfe, St. Petersburg City Attorney, was named Florida’s municipal attorney of the year and awarded the Paul S. Buchman Award during the 30th FMAA Annual Seminar, held recently in Palm Beach.

“There is no greater honor than to be recognized by your colleagues,” Wolfe said. “I have been very fortunate to have known and worked with so many knowledgeable, respected and accomplished individuals.  Paramount to my career has been the outstanding and talented staff that I’ve had the privilege of working with.   I am extremely thankful for the support they have given me over my years as a city attorney.”

The late Paul S. Buchman was an attorney renowned throughout the State of Florida and nationally for his knowledge, expertise and contributions in the area of municipal law. He served continuously as a city attorney for the City of Plant City for 42 years until his death in 1991. In 1992, the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association named its highest award, the Municipal Attorney of the Year Award, the “Paul S. Buchman Award.”

The award recognizes a municipal attorney for his or her outstanding contribution to the field of municipal government law. Each year, the award is presented to a city attorney at the FMAA’s annual seminar and is based on input from the recipient’s peers in municipal government.

The FMAA membership consists of more than 600 attorneys, who specialize in the legal representation of city governments. These members include full-time and part-time city attorneys and assistant city attorneys; as well as attorneys who engage in private practice and who render specialized legal representation to municipalities.

The FMAA’s primary objective is to provide a permanent forum for municipal attorneys—allowing them to identify and address legal problems of common concern among Florida’s municipalities, and to study, summarize, and disseminate legislation, court decisions and administrative rulings, affecting municipal operations.

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