Florida League of Cities General Counsel Receives Prestigious Paul S. Buchman Award
Chip Morrison, general counsel for the Florida League of Cities, was named the municipal attorney of the year as he received the Paul S. Buchman Award at the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association’s (FMAA) recent seminar. The award recognizes Morrison’s “significant contributions to the practice of municipal law.”
The Hon. James R. Wolf, judge, Florida First District Court of Appeal, presented the award. He said, “Chip has spent untold hours providing outstanding legal counsel to city attorneys, written numerous articles and lectured repeatedly on municipal law, and filed well over 50 briefs in Florida’s appellate courts on issues of statewide import to Florida’s cities. His dedication to Florida’s municipalities over the last 30 years makes him the perfect recipient of an award named for Mr. Buchman.”
Paul Buchman served Plant City as its city attorney for 42 years, until his death in 1991. He was one of the founding members of the City, County, and Local Government Law Section of The Florida Bar, serving as its first chairman. He, along with 10 other city attorneys, organized the FMAA. He was recognized throughout the state and nation for his contributions to municipal law and for his willingness to share his knowledge and expertise with Florida’s many city attorneys.
“Chip has given tirelessly and unselfishly to Florida’s municipal community,” said Don Smallwood, city attorney of Kissimmee and president of the FMAA. “He has practiced municipal law with an integrity and humbleness that brings respect and admiration to the profession.”
“Words can’t express how proud I am to have my name associated with that of Mr. Buchman and how grateful I am to have received the Buchman Award,” said Morrison. “I’m still not sure I really deserved it. I’m just good at surrounding myself with good people. And everyone knows good things happen when you work around good people. But, I’ll do my best to carry the award with the dignity and respect it deserves.”
The FMAA is an association consisting of more than 600 attorneys who specialize in the legal representation of city governments. Its purpose is to foster the sound practice of municipal law, to provide educational opportunities to Florida’s city attorneys, and to provide a forum where city attorneys can exchange their expertise and experiences. Some 225 city attorneys attended its 31st Annual Seminar in Marco Island.Tweet