Former DEP Deputy Secretary John Truitt Joins GrayRobinson Environmental and Sustainability Law Team

January 17, 2023

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – GrayRobinson today announced former Deputy Secretary of Regulatory Programs for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) John Truitt has joined the firm’s Environmental and Sustainability Law Team as a shareholder in the Tallahassee office. Known for his extensive regulatory experience in environmental, energy, and water issues, Truitt will work with GrayRobinson business clients to address today’s changing landscape of environmental regulatory challenges and compliance demands facing the public and private sectors.

“Having served under two Florida Governors, John has an uncanny creative ability to craft legislative and regulatory solutions for clients within the environmental, energy, and water space,” said GrayRobinson Shareholder Ryan Matthews. “We’re excited to have John at GrayRobinson and continue the forward momentum of our environmental and sustainability law practice in the Sunshine State and beyond.”

Prior to joining GrayRobinson, Truitt served as the longest-tenured deputy secretary for Regulatory Programs for the DEP. During his lengthy tenure with the DEP, Truitt oversaw the implementation of environmental regulations and policy through four agency divisions, six district offices, the Office of Emergency Response, and the Florida Geological Survey. He was responsible for more than 1,000 employees and a budget of nearly $500 million. 

Truitt also previously served as the chief advisor for Environmental and Regulatory Policy for the DEP, chief prosecuting attorney and section manager at the Florida Department of Health, a chief advisor to a commissioner at the Public Service Commission, and a chief attorney at the Office of Public Counsel.

“I’m thrilled to be at GrayRobinson, where I have the opportunity to work alongside some of the best attorneys and advisors in the business,” said Truitt. “GrayRobinson knows Florida, and I am eager to get to work helping clients ensure consistent compliance, mitigate risk, and forecast sustainability concerns.”

Some of Truitt’s greatest career accomplishments to date include negotiating the largest groundwater cleanup consent order in Florida; coordinating multiple emergency response efforts related to Hurricanes Irma, Michael, Ian, and Nicole, as well as Piney Point; leading Florida’s assumption of the Section 404 Program of the Clean Water Act; negotiating several multi-million dollar settlements; and prevailing in the Citizens of the State of Florida v. Art Graham, etc., et al. case before the Florida Supreme Court.

A native of Florida, Truitt holds a Juris Doctor from the Florida State University College of Law, a certificate in Land Use and Environmental Law, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Kaplan University. He served in the United States Army as a team leader, squad leader, and Operations NCO.

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