John T. LaVia, III


Mr. LaVia is a shareholder of the firm.  He has over 29 years of experience practicing in the areas of environmental law; utility and energy law; and administrative law.  He also has experience in election law.  Mr. LaVia has represented a wide array of public and private clients in cases involving environmental permitting, remediation of environmental conditions, regulatory enforcement proceedings, and agency rulemaking.  He also has experience representing public and private clients on a variety of utility regulatory matters before the Florida Public Service Commission.  In addition, he has represented clients in election contests under the Florida Election Code and before the Florida Elections Commission.

Mr. LaVia is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.  Prior to joining the firm he was a partner at Young van Assenderp from 2006-2011, and a partner at Landers & Parsons from (1994-2005).  Before attending law school, Mr. LaVia worked as an analytical environmental chemist for Environmental Science and Engineering, Inc. (1984-1987) and as a new products development chemist for Georgia Kaolin Company, Inc. (1983-1984).

John-LaVia III
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  • The Florida State University College of Law, J.D., with Highest Honors, 1990
  • Duke University, B.A. in Chemistry and B.A. in Economics, 1983

Academic Honors

  • Order of the Coif
  • Law Review, Executive Editor (1989-90)
  • Law Review Articles and Notes Editor (1988-89)
  • Environmental Law Achievement Award (1990)
  • Florida, 1990
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem, Second Judicial Circuit
  • Past President, Goodwood Museum and Gardens Board of Directors
  • Past Member, Goodwood Museum and Gardens Board of Directors

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