Rhea F. Law

Rhea Law

JD '79
Attorney, Of Counsel, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Tampa, FL

Rhea is a proud fifth-generation Floridian who is passionate about the success of the state. She focuses her practice in the 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. Over the course of her 30-year-plus career, Rhea has worked with clients to create thousands of acres of mixed-use projects, including business office parks, industrial complexes, retail and residential communities throughout Florida.

Actively involved in public policy, civic and charitable work, Rhea holds top leadership positions with many Florida-based organizations. She received gubernatorial appointments to serve on the inaugural Board of Trustees for the University of South Florida, as well as on the board of the Florida Council of 100, the public policy liaison with Florida's governor, cabinet, legislative leadership and Supreme Court. Rhea served as Chair of the Board for both organizations.

Rhea is a frequent lecturer on economic development, higher education, land use, and professional and business development topics. She serves as a member of the firm's board of directors and chair of the Diversity Committee. She is the former chair of the firm's Florida offices.

Included among Rhea's many recognitions are the following: Florida Super Lawyers list since 2006 -- named one of the Top 50 Female Lawyers; The Best Lawyers in America® since 2006; "Lawyer of the Year," Best Lawyers 2017 list; AV® Preeminent rating, Martindale-Hubbell; and Florida 500, Florida Trend magazine, 2018.

Most people like to slow down when they're not working. Rhea prefers to speed up. She and her husband have raced cars throughout the country. In addition, she has flown an F-16, parachuted with the Army Golden Knights, landed on aircraft carriers and generally involves herself with high-adrenaline activities.

As Chair of Stetson's Law Board of Overseers, Rhea joined the Board of Trustees in 2019.