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Business Observer Friday, Jun. 12, 2015 5 years ago

Law Firm founder honored

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June 2 was special day for Frank Pavese, the 91-year-old retired founder of Pavese Law Firm. Lee County Commissioners proclaimed that day “Frank A. Pavese Sr. Day,” to honor the long-time attorney for his contributions to the region.

June 2 was special day for Frank Pavese, the 91-year-old retired founder of Pavese Law Firm. Lee County Commissioners proclaimed that day “Frank A. Pavese Sr. Day,” to honor the long-time attorney for his contributions to the region.

Pavese started the one-man general practice law firm in 1949 after serving as an infantryman in World War II. He was a Lee County prosecutor from 1952 until 1964, and was then a county attorney for a decade.

His legal work for the county touched on many of the region's most important projects. The list includes the original Cape Coral bridge; Sanibel Causeway; Lee Memorial Hospital; Southwest Florida International Airport; the Pine Island bridge expansion; and Lee County's first water plant. Pavese even helped negotiate land acquisition deals for the islands between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach, including Lovers Key. Pavese was also a founding member of Fort Myers Downtown Property Owners Association, which led to the construction of the Federal Courthouse and several other improvements.

“Throughout my years in Lee County,” Pavese says in a press release, “I have been fortunate to receive so much support and I am thankful for the members of my community for helping me reach my goals and make a difference in Southwest Florida.”

Pavese and his wife, Marlene, raised five children, including Frank Pavese Jr., who joined the law firm in 1986.

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