CEO Spotlight – Reggie Bouthillier and Kelly O’Keefe, Stearns Weaver Miller

Reggie Bouthillier and Kelly O’Keefe are part of the team of dedicated lawyers at Stearns Weaver Miller, a full-service Florida law firm known for high-quality legal services. Located at the crossroads of business and government, the Tallahassee office is positioned to assist clients in North Florida and statewide by working collaboratively across the Firm’s five offices. Dedicated to supporting the North Florida business community, they work alongside clients to further local business growth and economic development. The Firm’s Tallahassee footprint continues to grow, adding and expanding strategic practice areas to better serve clients’ needs across all aspects of their business.

Key areas of experience include:

Land Development, Zoning & Environmental: The statewide team has 25 attorneys, 3 in-house planners, a Geographic Information System (GIS) Director, and a real estate analyst. They are ranked Band 2 in Chambers USA, a prestigious global directory publisher that ranks the world’s top lawyers and law firms. Clients praise their “deep knowledge and strong ability to handle transactions and offer advice that addresses specific circumstances as well as the bigger picture.” Group Chair, Reggie Bouthillier, is Past-Chair and current Board Member of the Tallahassee Chamber.

Litigation: The group’s depth of experience is varied and deep, covering a wide range of issues and industries including commercial and fiduciary litigation, complex business and civil litigation, class actions,  trust and estate litigation, real estate, land use and environmental litigation, governmental investigations and white collar crime, intellectual property litigation, and appeals. They are ranked Band 1 (the highest ranking) in Chambers USA. Clients call them “… a well-oiled machine…” Litigation Shareholder Kelly O’Keefe is a past Tallahassee Chamber Board Member and member of the Grow Business Committee.

Administrative & Agency: The team represents clients in all aspects of Florida administrative law, including regulatory compliance, licensure, administrative complaints and disciplinary proceedings, government contracts, procurement and bid protests, rulemaking and rule challenges, state and local taxation, and non-profit and trade association formation, compliance and management.

Real Estate: The statewide team routinely provides business advice regarding virtually every type of residential and commercial real estate transaction. Ranked Band 1 in Chambers USA, clients rave about their “level of sophistication, business-mindedness and ability to find several different pathways to get to yes.”

Government, Election & Political Law: The team advises on a range of issues including campaign advertising and finance, disputed elections, Florida Open Government/Sunshine Laws, and ethics. They also counsel clients on drafting and advancing proposed legislation, constitutional amendments, and other ballot initiatives.

Labor & Employment: The statewide group is one of Florida’s largest within a full-service firm. They are ranked Band 2 in Chambers USA. The group hosts annual seminars in Miami and Tampa that draw hundreds of attendees. They plan to bring a similar seminar to Tallahassee in 2020. The group publishes an annual “pocket guide” to Florida employment laws and an award-winning blog,  ( in Spanish).

Cannabis: The group represents medical marijuana license holders, investors, and applicants in regulatory, licensure, land use/zoning, litigation and transactional matters.