In her third decade of regulatory policy and government practice, Lila Jaber leads Gunster’s Government Affairs practice, as well as serves as the firm’s regional managing shareholder. Notably, Lila is also the architect of the Florida’s Women in Energy Leadership Forum, a group focused on highlighting the workforce and economic development contributions of the electric and natural gas industries in the state.

Lila is dedicated to providing strategic and regulatory advice to clients on a number of business and economic development issues. Her experience ranges from utility specific matters in energy and water, to general business strategy development and implementation for companies doing business in Florida. Lila’s counsel includes C-level consulting to clients with priority for growth in Florida. Lila’s advocacy involves the Florida Attorney General’s Office, the Florida Legislature and the Office of the Governor. Fluent in English and Arabic, Lila is an experienced speaker and presenter, and has testified before the Florida Legislature, the Florida Cabinet, the United States Department of Treasury, and the United States Senate Committee on Commerce.

A former chair of the Florida Public Service Commission, Lila served two terms as both commissioner and chairman, overseeing the state’s implementation of economic regulatory policy and procedure for the energy, natural gas, water and telecommunications industries. Directly accountable for a 380 member staff and for regulatory decisions impacting a $17 billion investor owned utility industry, Lila represented the state on the State-Federal Universal Service Joint Board, FCC Advanced Services Task Force, and the NARUC committees on water, telecommunications and consumer affairs.

Lila is passionate about and personally committed to making Florida a great place to live and work. She is involved at the state and local leadership levels, helping to promote civic engagement and economic development. Lila’s civic commitments include her appointment to the City of Tallahassee’s inaugural Ethics Board, where she served as chair. Lila is also a founding member of the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce, where she strives to promote growth and support for women and minority owned businesses in five counties in the Big Bend region. Additionally, Lila is a member (and former chair) of Leadership Florida, a 1,600 member statewide organization helping to build leaders for the public good.

Lila has earned a variety of honors and recognitions over the course of her career. Most recently, she was named one of Tallahassee Democrat’s “25 Women You Need to Know” in 2015, and received the commission of Kentucky Colonel by Kentucky’s Governor in 2016 for her noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service.

  • Tallahassee Democrat’s “25 Women You Need to Know” in 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Utilities Law, 2013-17
  • “The Promise of Civic Advance in Florida: Five Perspectives,” Florida Civic Advance Summit, 2015
  • “Defining Green Jobs for Florida,” co-author
  • “Legal and Regulatory Developments in Florida,” 2015 Southeast Water Infrastructure Summit, National Association of Water Companies Southeast Summit, Charleston, SC, April 30, 2015
  • “Independent Management Issues in Regulation,” 29th PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy, Gainesville, FL, January 20, 2011
  • “Managing the Regulatory Process: Independence of the Regulatory Agency,” PURC World Bank International Training Program, Gainesville, FL, January 17, 2006
  • “Driving the Regulatory Process: Independence and Management Issues,” PURC World Bank International Training Program, Gainesville, FL, June 14, 2005
  • “Regulator’s Forum 2003 – Florida: Still Nixes Merchant Generation,” Public Utilities Fortnightly, November 15, 2003
  • “Role of Diversity in a Changing Energy Market,” Southeast Regional Meetings for the American Association of Blacks in Energy, Orlando, FL, October 11, 2003
  • “Infrastructure Development and Florida’s Electric Supply,” 23rd Annual Bonbright Center Electric and Natural Gas Conference, Atlanta, GA, September 11, 2003
  • “Florida’s Electric Supply: Issues Affecting Reliability,” Governor Bush and Cabinet, Tallahassee, FL, August 26, 2003
  • “The Desire to Serve: Alumni Consider Public Service a Privilege,” Stetson Lawyer, Volume 43, Number 1, Spring 2003
  • “5 Minutes With… Lila Jaber, Chairman, Florida Public Service Commission,” The Prepaid Press, April 4, 2003“Improving Competition in the Telecommunications Markets,” testimony before the Florida House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Telecommunication, Tallahassee, FL, March 18, 2003
  • “Overview of the Florida Public Service Commission,” testimony before the Florida Senate, Committee on Communication and Public Utilities, Tallahassee, FL, March 18, 2003
  • “Advancing New Opportunities,” Gulf Power Company’s 7th Annual Economic Symposium, Destin, FL, October 22, 2002
  • “Connecting Rural America,” NECA Expo 2002, Las Vegas, NV, September 16, 2002
  • “Water Pricing to Promote Conservation,” Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Water Conservation Initiative, Orlando, FL, August 21, 2002
  • “Telecommunications: Florida’s Future,” ALTS Annual Conference & Exposition, Orlando, FL, July 22, 2002
  • “The Regulator’s Role in Serving Low Income Energy Consumers,” National Low Income Energy Consortium Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, June 26, 2002
  • “Regulation of Telecommunications & Energy Industries… A Look Ahead,” Gulf Power Company’s 6th Annual Economic Symposium, Destin, FL, October 15, 2001
  • “Universal Service,” testimony before the United States Senate, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Washington, DC, June 19 2002
  • “Successful Adjudication Before the State Commission,” National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, Savannah, GA, November 9, 2001
  • “Managing the Regulatory Process: Obtaining and Managing Information,” Public Utility Research Center/ World Bank 9th International Training Course for Utility Regulators, Gainesville, FL, June 19, 2001
  • “Overview of Current Water Issues,” 28th Annual Eastern Utility Rate School (NARUC Water Committee), Clearwater, FL, October 30, 2000
  • “Status of Competition and Deployment in Telecommunication and Advanced Technology,” Gulf Power Company’s 5th Annual Economic Symposium, Destin, FL, October 10, 2000
  • “The Impact of Regulation on the Broadband Industry,” Florida Cable Telecommunications Association, Naples, FL, September 11, 2000
  • “State Regulatory Telecom Initiatives,” Comptel Business Forum, Orlando, FL, May 25, 2000
  • “Taxability of Water Laterals,” appearance before the United States Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service, Washington, DC, April 27, 2000
  • “Administrative Dispute Resolution – Its Past and Future,” 2000 Pat Dore Administrative Law Conference, Tallahassee, FL, April 14, 2000
  • “Legal Framework in the Regulatory Environment,” Institute of Public-Private Partnerships in Washington, DC, March 18, 1998 and March 22, 1999
  • “Analysis of Comprehensive Plan Provision Contained in Chapter 367, Florida Statutes,” Lila Jaber and JoAnn Chase, October 10, 1997
  • Certified Circuit Court Mediator
  • Florida Bar, Government, Public Utility Law and Administrative Law Sections
  • University of Florida Public Utility Research Center, senior fellow
  • Florida Conflict Resolution Consortium Leadership Steering Council, member
  • The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, member, commissioned 2016
  • City of Tallahassee Ethics Board, chair, 2015
  • Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce, founding board member and vice chair, 2012-15
  • United Way of the Big Bend, past board member, 2013-15
  • Leadership Florida
    • Chair, 2011-12
    • Member of Class XXIII
  • Florida Chamber, board of directors, 2011-12

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