FWC names new general counsel
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Media contact: Wendy Dial, 850-488-9477
Harold G. "Bud" Vielhauer will become general
counsel for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC) on Jan. 25. Vielhauer replaces James Antista, who is
FWC Executive Director Nick Wiley noted that
Vielhauer has a distinguished career working in environmental law.
"He has extensive experience working with stakeholders, local
governments, other state agencies, and the governor and Cabinet,"
Wiley said in making the announcement.
As director of the FWC's Legal Office, Vielhauer
will lead attorneys providing legal services for the FWC and
coordinate through the Attorney General's Office and the Florida
Division of Risk Management. The Legal Office represents the FWC in
litigation, prepares legal opinions, develops and reviews contracts
and other legal instruments, drafts and reviews legislation and
rules, and provides general legal counsel relating to FWC
Vielhauer is deputy general counsel for the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection's Office of General Counsel,
Public Lands Section. He represents the department's Land and
Recreation Program, including the Division of State Lands and
Division of Recreation and Parks.
He acts as counsel to the Board of Trustees of the
Internal Improvement Trust Fund and the Acquisition and Restoration
Counsel. He handles land acquisition, land management and
state-owned submerged land issues for the board.
Vielhauer worked in the department's Enforcement
Section as the waste supervisor, handling hazardous waste and waste
cleanup issues. He was a staff member of the 2000-2001 Florida
Growth Management Study Commission and has represented Clean Water
Act issues in Ohio as senior assistant attorney general there.
His education includes a juris doctorate, with
honors, from the University of Toledo, Ohio, and a master's degree
from the University of Washington, Seattle, in environmental and
marine affairs. Vielhauer is married and has a 7-year-old son.
FWC's current general counsel, Antista, has had a
long and distinguished career with the agency, Wiley said. "He has
worked diligently behind the scenes on many, many issues that have
been important to our agency, to our fish and wildlife resources,
to our Commissioners and to our staff."