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The start of the 2021 Legislative Session is just around the corner. For many, November and the elections are a distant memory. For the Florida Justice Association®, our work has continued since November 3 as we prepare for another Session to defend Florida consumers, your clients’ rights, and your practices.

Thank you to those who met with candidates, volunteered your time, raised money, and contributed to the Florida Justice PAC® program. We are proud to have made a critical difference in the election of a bipartisan roster of principled leaders serving in the 2021-2023 Florida Legislature. We deeply appreciate the role you have played to build even stronger relationships with lawmakers who support our mission of protecting the Seventh Amendment right to a jury trial We now work to advance our 2021 priority legislative issues.

Now is not the time to sit back and passively observe this process. Now is the time for FJA members to take an active role in ensuring the rights of all Floridians are protected. We must educate and engage with lawmakers for the sake of your clients. Time and time again, we see legislation being introduced by legislators who do not have a true understanding of the issue at hand. Often, legislators simply file bills given to them by special interest lobbyists. We then begin the process of educating and advocating to make sure policy proposals ultimately protect citizens, allow access to the courts and ultimately create a stronger civil justice system.

The FJA and our members remain vigilant in ensuring Floridians are not victims of any unintended consequences of poorly drafted or ill-advised legislation.

FJA has worked hard to provide access to multiple resources — including access to each other — more than 3,000 members strong as we head into the new decade. We may be competitors for clients and cases, but we’re one team when it comes to protecting the rights of those clients.

This year, because of the COVID crisis, you may even be able to help us without physically coming to Tallahassee. We can use your help in analyzing bills and amendments, drafting arguments, and other essential elements of lobbying by Zoom or conference calls.

If you can spare a couple of days between now and May 2021, please contact FJA Deputy Legislative Director Lynn McCartney at She can help you select the best days to come.

Remember — your clients depend on you — not only in the courtroom, but also in the halls of the Legislature.

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Paul Jess

Paul Jess is the Executive Director of the Florida Justice Association. Paul is a Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rated attorney and has decades of experience as a lawyer, lobbyist and association executive. Paul received his undergraduate degree in social work from the Ohio State University, and his J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law (with high honors, Order of the Coif, Law Review, and Moot Court national championship team). Paul also served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy (active and reserve) and served several tours as a Commanding Officer prior to his retirement as a Navy Captain.