Two BMO Shareholders Elected as Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" in Tampa and Orlando for Public Finance

Location: Tampa

Duane Draper, Esq. and Randall Clement, Esq. of Bryant Miller Olive P.A. Recognized by
Best Lawyers® as 2023 Public Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Tampa and Orlando


Tampa and Orlando, Fla. – August 22, 2022 ―  Duane D. Draper, Esq. (Tampa) and Randall Clement, Esq. (Orlando) shareholders of Bryant Miller Olive P.A. (BMO)’s Tampa and Orlando office, were recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2023 Public Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year" award winner in Tampa and Orlando.

Only one lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year," making this accolade particularly significant. These lawyers are selected based on voting averages received during the peer review assessments.

This is the second time Draper has received Best Lawyers® Public Finance Law Lawyer of the Year in Tampa, following his recognition in 2020. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2023 in Tampa in the field of Public Finance Law for the past 18 years.  

Draper currently chairs the firm’s Public Finance Group and serves as the Business Development Chair. He has been in public finance, either as an attorney or investment banker, beginning in 1989. Since joining BMO in 1995, Draper has focused his practice on Bond Counsel, Disclosure Counsel, Underwriters' Counsel and Bank Counsel representations including service as Bond Counsel, Disclosure Counsel, Underwriters' Counsel and Bank Counsel on financings for Florida counties, cities, special districts, interlocal agencies, and non-profits. Draper is rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell. He also is a member of NABL and is listed in the Municipal Bond Attorneys' section of The Bond Buyer's Municipal Marketplace.

“I am honored to be recognized as Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America 2023 for Public Finance in Tampa,” said Draper. “This designation is special because it is a selection made by my peers in the greater Tampa area legal community, and further showcases my dedication to Public Finance Law.”

Clement has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for the past 18 years. He has been involved in the public finance practice since 1982 and has extensive experience in state and local government revenue bond financings in the State of Florida.

Mr. Clement’s experience includes fixed rate, variable rate and auction rate financings, commercial paper programs, various derivative products and credit and liquidity enhanced transactions. Mr. Clement has also been extensively involved in matters pertaining to Florida’s P3 statute. 

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About Bryant Miller Olive

With a distinguished history of over 50 years serving its clients' needs, Bryant Miller Olive represents governments, businesses and agencies in legal matters relating to public finance, real estate, state and local government law, complex transactions, project finance, litigation, and labor and employment. Firm attorneys are often called upon to handle some of the most complex legal issues in the boardroom and in the courtroom. The firm has offices in Tampa, Tallahassee, Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville, Atlanta and Washington, D.C.


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