About 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 is fortunate to have the excellent services of the highly experienced attorneys of the Law Firm of Lehtinen, Schultz, Riedi, Catalano, de la Fuente, as the Village's counsel, primarily assisted by Attorney Dexter W Lehtinen. Attorney Lehtinen provides high quality counseling and advice to the Council. Mr. Lehtinen was appointed as the Village Attorney on March 19, 2014.
- 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.
Dexter Wayne Lehtinen was chosen to be the Palmetto Bay village attorney by unanimous vote of the village council in March of 2014.
Mr. Lehtinen is a decorated Vietnam War veteran and a former politician, serving in the 116th District of the Florida House of Representatives. He also served as the U.S. Attorney for South Florida between 1988 and 1992 and is a law professor at the University of Miami School of Law and an adjunct professor at Florida International University.
While serving as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida for three and a half years, his three biggest cases were those of former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega, religious sect leader Yahweh Ben Yahweh and of Hialeah Mayor Raul L. Martinez. Lehtinen served as the general counsel for the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida Indians until May 2010. He is the husband of U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
Graduating from the University of Miami in 1968 magna cum laude with a BA, Mr. Lehtinen then graduated with an MA from Columbia University and an MBA in 1974. In 1975, he graduated first in his class from Stanford Law School. He received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in the Vietnam War.