For over 30 years, Ms. Dunlap’s practice has been concentrated in the area of public finance. She has served as bond counsel for numerous Florida governments and governmental entities in the utility, transportation, education and healthcare industries. Through those representations, she has participated in various complex bond issues, including governmental pooled financings, conduit transactions, housing, industrial development, education 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 in 2011. 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 frequently taught the public finance section of the City, County and Local Government Law Certification course for the Florida Bar. Ms. Dunlap graduated in 1986 from the Stetson University College of Law, magna cum laude.
College: George Mason University- B.A., with distinction, 1979
Law School: Stetson University College of Law- J.D., magna cum laude, 1986
United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1987
U.S. Supreme Court
All Florida Courts
Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society, Member
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
Hillsborough Constituency for Children, Inc., Board of Directors
Guardian Ad Litem Program, Volunteer Attorney
2015 and 2016 – 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.
2014 – 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.
2013 – Florida Trend Legal Elite list. The 2013 Florida Legal Elite list recognizes the state’s top lawyers as selected by their peers through a voting process in 28 practice areas and recognizes less than 2 percent of the more than 66,000 Florida Bar members practicing in the state.
2012- Recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as a finalist for the 2012 Business Woman of the Year Award.
Hillsborough County Bar Association Most Productive Lawyer
Victims Voice Award, Victims Assistance Planning Council