Friday, January 11, 2019

Florida State Senate President Using "Senator" in His Law Firm Website Eight (8) Times on One (1) Page? State Senate President WILLIAM GALVANO Blurs Ethical Lines

Florida Senate President WILLIAM SAINT GALVANO uses the title "Senator" repeatedly on the website of his developer law firm -- which has its own in-house land planner -- to market his services to corporations.

I say it is an appearance of impropriety and should be investigated by FBI and outlawed by Florida ethics law.  

This is not like a school board member who owns a feed store. It's not like GALVANO were a feed store owner and used the title of school board member on his feed store website.

This is our State Senate President, WILLIAM SAINT GALVANO.

Who will file complaint(s)?

I have sent an Open Records request:

-----Original Message-----
From: Ed Slavin
To: galvano.bill.web ; wgalvano ; jeremiath.hawkes ; stillman.kerrie ; doss.virlindia ; anderson.chris ; rscott ; msuskauer
Cc: georgio ; waltbog
Sent: Fri, Jan 11, 2019 7:16 pm
Subject: Request No. 2019-37: Florida Senate President WILLIAM SAINT GAVANO Using "Senator" in Law Firm Marketing Materials Some Eight (8) Times on One (1) Page

Dear Sen. Galvano, Florida Bar President Suskauer and Chair Scott, Senate General Counsel Hawkes, Ethics Commission General Counsel Anderson, Ms. Doss and Ms. Stillman:
1. Please send me any legal opinions or orders on the ethics of a public official marketing his legal professional services using his elected office title.
2. Please send me any research on the ethics, efficacy, legality and perception of Senate President WILLIAM SAINT GALVANO immodestly referring to himself some eight (8) times on one (1) corporate law firm marketing webpage as "Senator," openly and notoriously selling his wares and marketing his services to developers and other corporations by trading on his public office.
3. If you believe this is not a breach of the public trust, or of the lawyer's ethical duties, please explain it to me, like I were a six year old. 
4. Please include scholarly legal and ethics citations that support or oppose your position.
5. Please call me to discuss. 
Thank you.
With kindest regards, I am,
Sincerely yours,
Ed Slavin



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As a litigator with over 20 years of experience, Senator Galvano has successfully litigated jury and bench trials in both state and federal courts throughout the United States and maintains an impressive record for results. Senator Galvano concentrates his trial practice in the areas of commercial litigation, government relations, and eminent domain.  He regularly contributes the benefit of his skills to complex bankruptcy litigation and other insolvency matters.
In addition to his trial practice Senator Galvano has substantial experience in representing clients in sophisticated commercial and business transactions. He assists both public and private clients with governmental law, including procurement issues. With the many changes in our healthcare laws, he has tailored his practice to assist his corporate clients through the myriad of ever changing regulations. Senator Galvano represents healthcare providers, insurers, and related industries.
In addition to his impressive legal career, Senator Galvano was elected in 2002 as a member of the Florida House of Representatives for District 68 and continued to serve until term limited in 2010. In 2012, Senator Galvano was elected to the Florida Senate for District 21 and continues to serve the public and his community with pride and honor.


Admitted to the Florida Bar in 1992 Senator Galvano has also been admitted to practice before the the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the Florida Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. He is an active member of the Florida Bar Association and the Manatee County Bar Association (for which he formerly served on the Board of Directors).



  • University of Miami J.D.
  • University of Florida B.S.
  • SCFC Manatee Community College, A.A.


Senator Galvano is a current member of the Florida Senate and a former member of the Florida House of Representatives. He is a member of the Manatee Sheriff’s Advisory Council. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton and formerly served on the Board of Directors. He also formerly was a trustee for Mote Marine Laboratory and served on the Manatee County YMCA Board of Directors.

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