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Donna E. Blanton

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Address: 301 S. Bronough Street, Suite 200, tallahassee, FL, 32301
Law Firm: Radey Law Firm
Phone: (850) 425-6654
Fax: 850-425-6694
Website: http://www.radeylaw.com

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DescriptionShareholder Donna E. Blanton practices in the areas of Florida administrative law and appellate advocacy, with an emphasis on cases involving public procurement, rule challenges, professional licensing and discipline, and affordable housing. Ms. Blanton is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in the area of State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice.Ms. Blanton has represented corporate, non-profit, and government clients in public procurement cases, both at the administrative hearing level and on appeal. Among the entities she has represented in bid protest proceedings are Cheney Brothers, Inc.; Trinity Services Group; Microsoft Corporation; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; CVS Caremark; Express Scripts; Health Management Systems, Inc.; Atlantic Pacific Communities; Housing Trust Group; Health Information Designs, Inc.; the Florida Housing Finance Corporation; Mae Volen Senior Center, Inc.; LabWare, Inc.; the North American Family Institute, Inc.; Aquatic Plants of Florida, Inc.; and General Electric Company; the Florida Department of Corrections; the Florida Department of Children and Families; the Florida Department of Health; and the Florida Lottery.A former law clerk to the chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, Ms. Blanton has been involved in appeals on behalf of a number corporate and government clients, including BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc.; Health Options, Inc. (a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida); the Biscayne Bay Pilots Association; General Electric Company; Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.; American Bankers Insurance Co.; the Seminole County School Board; the Broward County School Board; Service Insurance Co.; United Wisconsin Insurance Co., and Flo-Sun, Inc. She has prepared amicus briefs on behalf of a number of clients, including Florida Power & Light Company; the Florida Telecommunications Industry Association; the Florida Homebuilders Association, the Florida Association of Realtors; and the Florida Trucking Association. Much of Ms. Blanton’s appellate experience has been in high-profile cases, including the 2000 Florida presidential election controversy. She participated extensively in all of the major state court cases involving the 2000 presidential election as a part of the legal team representing Florida’s Secretary of State.Ms. Blanton has written a number of scholarly articles about Florida administrative procedure, several of which have been cited by Florida appellate courts. See, e.g., Florida Dep’t of Business & Prof. Reg. v. Investment Co. of Palm Beach, 747 So. 2d 374, 383 n.7 (Fla. 1999); State Bd. of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund v. Day Cruise Ass’n, 794 So. 2d 696, 700 n.4 (Fla. 1st DCA 2001); Department of Corrections v. Saulter, 742 So. 2d 368, 370 (Fla. 1st DCA 1999). In 1995-96, Ms. Blanton served as executive director of the Governor’s Administrative Procedure Act Review Commission, which recommended a rewrite of the Florida APA that was adopted by the Legislature in 1996. Ms. Blanton’s administrative law practice includes rule challenge proceedings at the Division of Administrative Hearings, proceedings involving a regulated person’s or entity’s substantial interests, declaratory statement petitions, variance and waiver petitions, as well as bid disputes.In February of 2015, Ms. Blanton was selected by the Department of Health’s Office of Compassionate Use to serve as the Florida administrative law expert on the negotiation team that developed a draft rule for the cultivation, processing, and dispensing of low-THC cannabis.Ms. Blanton graduated with high honors from the Florida State University College of Law in 1992, where she was editor-in-chief of the law review. She earned her undergraduate degree in journalism, with honors, from the University of Florida in 1977. Before attending law school, she was bureau chief for The Orlando Sentinel in the paper’s Tallahassee office. Ms. Blanton was named to Florida Trend Magazine’s annual listing of Florida Legal Elite in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2016, and 2017. She also was named in Florida Super Lawyers in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 and recognized in the 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Administrative Law.Professional ExperiencesRadey Law Firm, Shareholder, 2003 PresentKatz, Kutter, Alderman, Bryant & Yon, P.A., Shareholder, 2001- 2003Steel Hector & Davis LLP, Partner, 1999 2001Steel Hector & Davis LLP, Associate, 1996 1998Governor’s Administrative Procedure Act Review Commission, Executive Director, 1995 1996Katz, Kutter, Haigler, Alderman, Bryant & Yon, Associate, 1994 1996Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Rosemary Barkett, Law Clerk, 1992 1993The Orlando Sentinel, Chief, Tallahassee Bureau, 1984 1989The Orlando Sentinel, Reporter, Politics and Government, 1978 1984Daytona Beach News-Journal, Reporter, 1977 1978Professional Associations and MembershipsFlorida Board of Bar Examiners, 2010-2015Florida First District Court of Appeal, American Inns of Court, 2008-2010 (Master Member)Florida Bar, Administrative Law Section Executive Council Member, 1998-2009 and Chair 2003-2004Florida Bar, Second Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee B, 2007-2010Florida Bar, Florida Bar Journal/News, 1998 2001 Editorial Board MemberFlorida Bar, 1997 2001 Member, CLE CommitteeFlorida Bar, 1996 1997 Member, Appellate Rules Committee, Administrative Practice SubcommitteeFlorida Bar, FasTrain: Guide to Legal Writing for Florida Lawyers, 1st Ed. Member, Steering CommitteeAdministrative Dispute Resolution Demonstration Advisory Group, 1998 2000 MemberFlorida Supreme Court, 1996 1997 Co-Chair, Sesquicentennial CommitteeFlorida Supreme Court, 1994 1997 Member, Select Committee to Study the Florida Board of Bar ExaminersFlorida Bar, 1992U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2001U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2007U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, 2010U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2012Recent Community InvolvementLeadership Florida, Class XXI, 2002 2003; Northwest Region Council of Advisors, 2009-2011; Lifetime MemberUnited Way of the Big Bend, Power of the Purse Steering Committee, 2009-2010Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tallahassee, Member, Board of Directors, 2003-2009Florida State University College of Law, Moot Court Board of Advisors, 2005-2006
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