General Counsel

  • Peter Dunbar,
    Ethics General Counsel

Peter Dunbar,Ethics General Counsel


Peter Dunbar is the senior attorney in the Tallahassee office of the Dean, Mead & Dunbar law firm. Prior to returning to private practice, he served as General Counsel and Director of Legislative Affairs for the Office of the Governor and later as the Governor’s Chief of Staff during the transition period between the administrations of Governors Martinez and Chiles.

Mr. Dunbar served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives for ten years; as Chair of the NCSL Committee on Ethics, Elections and Reapportionment; as General Counsel of the Department of Financial Services in 2004-2005; and as Special Counsel to the Florida Senate following the 1990 and 2010 decennial censuses. He served two terms as a member Florida’s Florida Commission on Ethics and was the Commission’s Chair in 1999 and 2000. He has also previously served as a staff director in the Florida House Representatives; as Interim General Counsel for Tampa Bay Water; and as the Pasco County Attorney. In addition to being a member of the Florida Bar, Mr. Dunbar has served as a member the Executive Council of the Government Lawyers Section and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Bar; he is a member of the Condominium and Planned Development Law Certification committee of the Florida Bar; he is a Board Certified Specialist in Condominium and Planned Development Law; he is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers; he has taught as an Adjunct Professor at the FSU College of Law; and he is an honors graduate from the College of Law at Florida State University.

Mr. Dunbar is the author of 5 books on community association housing, including The Condominium Concept, The Law of Florida Homeowners Associations and The Resident Owned Community Guide for Florida Cooperatives. His most recent books are Before They Were the Black Sheep which is an historical account of a Marine Corps fighter squadron during the Battle for the Solomon Islands in 1943 and The Modern Republican Party in Florida which is part of the political history series published by the University Press of Florida.