Steven J. Uhlfelder, a lawyer who specializes in public and administrative law and has received the highest lawyer rating in Martindale-Hubbell. He has represented many of the nation’s largest corporations, including ABC News, American Express, General Electric, Kaplan, Pearson, Tenet Healthcare, and UPS. He is a legislative consultant for the Florida Press Association. Florida Trend magazine named him one of Florida’s 150 most influential citizens. Uhlfelder received the National Points of Light Award, one of the most prestigious national honors for community and public service. He was selected by Tallahassee Magazine as one of Tallahassee’s most distinguished citizens.
In 2001, he was appointed to the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board by President George Bush; he was elected chair in 2003. Governor Jeb Bush selected Uhlfelder to serve on both the Florida Board of Governors for the State University System and the Board of Trustees for Florida State University. Governor Lawton Chiles appointed Uhlfelder to the Board of Regents, of which he was elected chair. He was a member of the University of Florida Law School’s Board of Trustees. Uhlfelder served as a member of the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, as general counsel for the Florida Department of Community Affairs and as special counsel to Governor Reubin Askew. He was the executive director of the state’s first mandated Constitution Revision Commission. Governor Bob Graham appointed him to the First District Court of Appeals Selection Commission, of which he was elected Chair. Governor Lawton Chiles appointed him to the Southern Regional Education Board.
Uhlfelder is a former chair of the ABA’s Committee on Election Law. Uhlfelder was elected by his peers to the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar and the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates.
During the 2000 presidential post election contest, he was an election law consultant for the ABC, NBC and Fox News networks.
Uhlfelder’s work with state and local charitable organizations has been widely recognized. Governor Jeb Bush named him volunteer CEO of the Florida Hurricane Relief Fund in 2004; the fund successfully raised more than $23.5 million. He currently co-chairs Florida Campus Compact, a statewide organization that promotes service on Florida college campuses. In 1999 Uhlfelder was named by the Governor to chair the Governor’s Mentoring Initiative, an effort that has recruited more than 200,000 volunteers to work with Florida’s at-risk children. For the past 25 years, Uhlfelder has been a volunteer and mentor in at-risk schools in Leon County. He is a board member of the Challenger Learning Center. He was vice-chair of the Tallahassee Chamber’s Board of Directors.
As chairman of the Florida Children’s Coalition, he led the successful effort to obtain $23 million for the initial funding of the state’s pre-K program. Kids Inc presented him its Outstanding Child Advocate Award. Uhlfelder was recognized by the Tallahassee Democrat as Volunteer of the Year. The United States Olympic Committee chose him to carry the 1996 Olympic Torch in Tallahassee. Florida A&M University presented him with a Special Recognition Award for his service to the university. The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce awarded him one of its highest honors for his lifetime of community service. The Boys and Girls Club gave him the Starfish Award for outstanding years of service.
Uhlfelder earned his B.S. and J.D. degrees from the University of Florida, where he was president of the student body. He has since been selected as a member of the university’s Hall of Fame.