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Larry Morgan

“If you are interested in public service, working for DEP can be one of the most personally and professionally satisfying jobs you will ever have.”

~ Larry Morgan

Larry Morgan
Chief Deputy General Counsel

Office of General Counsel, Tallahassee 
 

I went to law school with the goal of having a public service career — working at a job that would be both professionally and personally satisfying.

As the Chief Deputy General Counsel, I function in some respects like a managing partner of a large law firm. The administrative work I am involved in includes budget and personnel issues for the whole office while establishing and overseeing office-wide practices and procedures concerning the day-to-day legal work. I also help advise the General Counsel, Secretary, and Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs on Agency final orders, policies and guidance, and regulatory practices.

A few of the most interesting things about the practice of environmental law over the past 24 years is that the statutes, rules and case law are always changing; the scientific information used to detect violations and their affects on the environment is steadily improving; and the technical solutions to remedying environmental problems are becoming more creative and effective. The two most rewarding parts of my job are actually seeing the protection and restoration of Florida’s diverse environment by the use of the Department’s legal authorities, and having the opportunity to contribute to the growth and competency of the younger attorneys I work with.

Although the financial rewards of the job are not comparable to private practice, I have been able to raise a family of three daughters, put them all through college, and live comfortably enough on my salary. I feel that I have been blessed to be able to support my family and at the same time reap the benefits of a high satisfaction career. If you are interested in public service, working for DEP can be one of the most personally and professionally satisfying jobs you will ever have.