Lila A. Jaber
BA '88 (Political Science), JD '90
In her third decade of regulatory policy and government practice, Lila Jaber leads a statewide regulatory and legislative government affairs practice and serves as the Regional Managing Shareholder for one of the largest commercial law firms in Florida -- Gunster. Notably, Lila is also the architect of Florida's Women in Energy Leadership Forum, an annual initiative that highlights the workforce and economic development contributions of the electric and natural gas industries by affording women a platform to share their personal stories and career paths to inform, inspire and motivate others.
Lila served two terms as both Commissioner and Chairman of the Florida Public Service Commission overseeing the state's implementation of economic regulatory policy and procedure for the energy, natural gas, water and telecommunications industries. Directly accountable for a then 380-member staff and for regulatory decisions impacting a $17 billion investor-owned utility industry, Lila represented Florida nationally on NARUC and chaired the Universal Service Joint Board and the FCC Advanced Services Task Force, where she promoted policies to bridge the digital divide so that all Americans have access to telephone and broadband services.
Through her years of public service and civic engagement, Lila continuously strives to cultivate ongoing relationships with the state's most influential decision-makers in local and state governments, based on a foundation of trust and respect. As a result of years of board service, including in government, Lila is frequently sought for administrative law advice specific to public records requests and sunshine law compliance.
Fluent in English and Arabic, Lila is an experienced speaker and presenter. Lila has earned a variety of honors and recognitions over the course of her career. Most recently, she was named by the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce as the 2019 Lifetime Advocacy honoree. Other recognitions include the Tallahassee Women Lawyers Diversity & Inclusion Award, Tallahassee Democrat's "25 Women You Need to Know," and, in 2016, Lila received the commission of Kentucky Colonel by Kentucky's Governor for her noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service.
In May 2019, Lila was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Stetson University, her alma mater, where she received her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree in 1988 and her Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law in 1990. Lila and her husband, children, and grandchild reside in Tallahassee, Florida.