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Lewis, Longman & Walker President Michelle Diffenderfer Appointed by West Palm Beach Mayor to Co-Chair Task Force for Racial and Ethnic Equality

Lewis, Longman & Walker President and Shareholder Michelle Diffenderfer was appointed by West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James on August 11, 2020 to Co-Chair the Mayor’s Task Force for Racial and Ethnic Equality (“Task Force”).  Michelle will Co-Chair the Task Force with Patrick Franklin, President and CEO of the Urban League of Palm Beach County. 

The Task Force will take a historical look at the City of West Palm Beach, look to other cities for best practices for policies, and present to the Commission and make their policy recommendations to help promote racial and ethnic equality throughout the City.  For more information about the Task Force, click here.

“I want to thank Michelle Diffenderfer and Patrick Franklin for agreeing to co-chair the Task Force for Racial and Ethnic Equality,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James. “This Task Force has the ability to create lasting, transformative change in our community today and also for future generations to come. To realize the Task Force’s true potential for future impact, it was important to me to ensure that we had the right leadership at the helm of the Task Force, and with the help and service of Michelle and Patrick, I believe that we achieved that.”

Michelle assists landowners, businesses and governments with local, state and federal, environmental, natural resource and land development legal requirements. Michelle helps clients navigate these laws and regulations in the permitting of their land development and infrastructure projects.  For more information about Michelle, visit

Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. is a statewide law firm with 30 attorneys and over 25 years of experience practicing in the areas of environmental, land use, real estate, litigation, legislative and governmental affairs. LLW has the experience to navigate complex local, state, and federal laws and regulations. Our offices are in Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Tampa, St. Petersburg and West Palm Beach. For more detailed information on our qualifications, visit our website at

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