Funeral Arrangements Set For Dexter Douglass

By Julie Montanaro
September 20, 2013

Funeral arrangements have been set for Dexter Douglass.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 21st at 11am at Faith Presbyterian Church. It's located at the corner of North Meridian and John Knox Road.

Bevis Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

By Julie Montanaro
September 17, 2013

Tallahassee, FL -A Tallahassee attorney at the center of not one, but two of the biggest legal battles in U.S. history, has lost his battle with cancer. Dexter Douglass passed away last night at the age of 83.

Bush v. Gore. The presidential recount put Tallahassee in the national - even international - spotlight. Dexter Douglass was right at the center of it all as lead counsel for then Vice President Al Gore.

The man who headed up the Bush legal team says Douglass will always be remembered-- not just for that case-- but a career full of landmark cases.

Barry Richard, Attorney: "I think at the height of his career, Dexter was the go-to person for any major issue-- a public official who was in trouble, redistricting, any major constitutional issue."

Douglass argued many cases before Florida's Supreme Court, from redistricting to school vouchers. He advised governors and presidents.

Douglass was a longtime personal friend of Governor Lawton Chiles and served as his chief legal counsel. The two worked together in the 1990's to sue big tobacco companies-- and win.

Ron Sachs was the governor's Communications Director then.

Sachs: "Because of Dexter's legal advice, Governor Chiles was able to say on the 13 billion dollar settlement-- that it was 'the straw that broke Joe Camel's back' and 'sent the Marlboro man off into the sunset for good.'"

Douglass's assistant says he practiced law at his office on Call Street right up until the end. "He loved being a lawyer," she said.

Funeral arrangements are not yet complete.

By Julie Montanaro
September 17, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - An attorney at the heart of the historic Bush v. Gore election battle has died.

Dexter Douglass represented the Gore campaign in its court battle to win Florida - and thus the presidency - in the 2000 election.

He argued before the Florida Supreme Court on other critical cases including redistricting and school vouchers and worked on Florida's landmark liability suit against tobacco companies.

Douglass was a longtime friend and advisor to former Governor Lawton Chiles and served as his general counsel.

Douglass's office confirms he passed away last night after a battle with cancer.

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