Jody Lamar Finklea is General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer for Florida Municipal Power Agency, a position he was promoted to in September 2017. Finklea replaces Fred Bryant, who retired in January 2018.
Finklea joined FMPA in 2001 and has held several positions during his tenure. Most recently, he served as Deputy General Counsel and Manager of Legal Affairs.
Finklea has more than 19 years of experience in municipal utility law. As FMPA’s General Counsel, Finklea also represents the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA), as requested by FMEA and its Board of Directors, on utility issues that could impact members of both organizations. Most of FMPA’s members are also members of FMEA, so this partnership provides value to both organizations.
Finklea holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Florida and a juris doctor degree from The Florida State University College of Law. He is admitted to The Florida Bar and is board certified as an expert in city, county and local government law.
Finklea is active in the American Public Power Association (APPA), and serves as the 2017 Chairman of the Legal Section. In 2011, Finklea was recognized by APPA as a Rising Star in Public Power. He holds a peer review rating as AV-Preeminent by Martindale Hubble.