Grace E. Dunlap

Attorney

Office phone: 813-273-6677

gdunlap@bmolaw.com

Office Location: Tampa

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PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

Grace Dunlap is a member of Bryant Miller Olive's Public Finance practice group.

For over 35 years, Ms. Dunlap's practice has been concentrated in the area of public finance. She has practiced in Tampa since graduating from law school and has served as bond counsel for numerous Florida governments and governmental entities in the utility, transportation, educational and healthcare industries. Through those representations, she has participated in various complex bond issues, including governmental pooled financings, conduit transactions, housing, industrial development, educational and healthcare issues.

Ms. Dunlap joined Bryant Miller Olive in 1993, opening the firm's Tampa office and serving as the office Managing Shareholder before taking over as firm Managing Shareholder from late in 2011 through early 2021. Prior to joining BMO, she began her practice of public finance law at the firm of Foley & Lardner.

Grace Dunlap is rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell. She has been published in The Bond Buyer's Municipal Marketplace as bond counsel since 1986. She is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, and has taught the public finance section of the City, County and Local Government Law Certification course for the Florida Bar for over 15 years. Ms. Dunlap graduated in 1986 from the Stetson University College of Law, magna cum laude.
 

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

College: George Mason University- B.A., with distinction, 1979

Law School: Stetson University College of Law- J.D., magna cum laude, 1986

BAR ADMISSIONS

The Florida Bar, 1986

COURT ADMISSIONS

United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1987

U.S. Supreme Court

All Florida Courts

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

National Association of Bond Lawyers, Member

City, County and Local Government Law Section of the Florida Bar, Member

Hillsborough County Victim Assistance Planning Council, Former Member
 

CIVIC ACTIVITIES

Board of Overseers, Stetson University College of Law, Board Member

HONORS & AWARDS

Grace Dunlap was the recipient of the 2020 Ralph A. Marsicano Award. The award is the City, County, and Local Government Law Section’s highest honor and is given to an individual, who over a period of time, has made “significant and outstanding” contributions to the development of local government law in Florida.

Grace Dunlap was featured as a “Top Rated Lawyer” in the Legal Leader’s Magazine distributed with the Tampa Tribune. The magazine commends law firms and attorneys as legal leaders in their specific practice areas by evaluating a wide variety of criteria including board certification, peer review, case history, etc.

The American Lawyer magazine (ALM) and Martindale-Hubbell recognized Grace Dunlap as Top Rated in banking and finance. ALM has partnered with Martindale-Hubbell to distinguish attorneys who have achieved an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, the highest rating in legal excellence and ethical standards as measured by each attorney’s peers.

Hillsborough County Bar Association Most Productive Lawyer

Victims Voice Award, Victims Assistance Planning Council

PRESENTATIONS

Florida Bar City, County and Local Government Law Certification Exam Review Course, Presenter on the topic of Public Finance, 2006-2021

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