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Michelle Diffenderfer Receives the 2022 Leadership Excellence Award (Private Sector) from Leadership Palm Beach County

West Palm Beach, Fla., June 6, 2022 – Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. Shareholder and President Michelle Diffenderfer received the 2022 Leadership Excellence Award (Private Sector) from Leadership Palm Beach County (LPBC) last week in West Palm Beach. The award recognizes exceptional LPBC Alumni who have made significant contributions to improve their communities. Michelle was recognized for her work with Mayor Keith James’ Task Force for Racial and Ethnic Equality. James Gavrilos, Education Foundation of Palm Beach County received the LEA in the nonprofit sector, Chelsea Reed, Mayor of the City of Palm Beach Gardens received the LEA in the public sector, and Jessica Cecere, Nonprofits First, received the President’s Award. All award winners have been recognized by their colleagues for upholding LPBC’s core values of “connecting, collaborating, and changing” the community around them.

Michelle is a graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County class of 2000. She assists landowners, businesses and governments with local, state and federal, environmental, natural resource and land development legal requirements. She helps clients navigate these laws and regulations in the permitting of their land development and infrastructure projects. Michelle also serves as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, & Resources.

Leadership Palm Beach County, Inc., is a nonprofit organization designed to foster awareness of community issues and promote efficient communication and cooperative relationships between existing and emerging community leaders. LPBC’s stated mission is to educate and unite leaders to build a better community. Initiated in 1983 through a collaborative effort of the local Chambers of Commerce, LPBC has prepared nearly 3,000 adult and youth graduates for enhanced community leadership roles. Learn more about LPBC at

Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. is a statewide law firm with 33 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 their website at

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