Village Attorney

About the Office of the Village Attorney


The Village Attorney position is one of the three Chartered positions in the Village. The Village Attorney is appointed by the Village Council and reports to the Village Council.  The Village Council appointed Mr. John Dellagloria to serve as the Village Attorney effective November 12, 2019, following the retirement of former Village Attorney Dexter Lehtinen.


John Dellagloria is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law.  He also served his alma matter for 29 years as a full-time lecturer and was part of the faculty for the undergraduate and graduate sections of Business Law and Real Estate Law.  In 2004, he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award and was recognized as Top Government Lawyer by the South Florida Legal Guide in 2004 and again in 2005.

In his earlier career, Attorney Dellagloria served as Senior Associate at Cassel & Cassel P.A. and Law Clerk for the Honorable Alan R. Schwartz, Chief Judge for the Third District Court of Appeal.  Over the course of his legal career, he has served as General Counsel for the Palm Bay CRA, the South Miami CRA and the Miami Beach Housing Authority.  His municipal experience also includes serving as Chief Deputy City Attorney for the City of Miami Beach, Deputy Attorney for the City of North Miami Beach, and City Attorney for the City of South Miami and the City of North Miami.

Attorney Dellagloria is also coauthor of the book entitled, “Supplement to Products Liability in Florida.”  He is married and has two daughters.


  • Endeavor to always provide the highest quality legal services to the Village.
  • Vigorously maintain professional independent judgment and adhere to a high standard of ethics.
  • Ensure that the legal process remains apolitical and provide the Village with clear and useful legal advice. In providing legal advice, the main objectives shall be to aid the Village in accomplishing its legitimate objectives and to avoid legal trouble.
  • Assist the Village in implementing the ordinances, resolutions, contracts, and inter-local agreements necessary to assist the Village Manager establish the daily operations, functions, tax base, and code of ordinances for the Village, including a land development code tailored to the needs of the Village.