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Josephine Marie Balzac

Josephine Marie Balzac
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Location:

Orlando, FL

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407-246-0883

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Josephine M. Balzac has been practicing law for 10 years. She received her LL.M. degree in International Environmental Law at The George Washington University Law School, where she served as a Randolph C. Shaw Research Fellow and interned at the Environmental Protection Agency. She holds a Juris Doctorate from FAMU College of Law where she graduated as Valedictorian. 

While in law school, Josephine Balzac received the Holland and Knight scholarship and worked as a summer associate for the Orlando office. She also worked as a law clerk in insurance defense learning the insurance side of a case. Even before attending law school, Josephine Balzac worked in personal injury and workers compensation law firms for over 8 years serving clients who have been wrongfully injured by negligent parties helping them get the compensation and justice they deserve.

She is an Assistant Professor at Rollins College in the Department of Social Entrepreneurship. She was the former President of the Law Office of Josephine Balzac, P.A. working general civil practice cases, land use, civil rights, and environmental consulting. She also worked as a staff attorney for the Center for Earth Jurisprudence with Barry University School of Law. Prior to this she worked as an associate attorney in trial litigation specializing in personal injury, auto accidents, product liability and premises liability.

In 2021, she was honored in Orlando Business Journal's as one of the 2021 Women Who Mean Business. In November 2019, she was highlighted in the GW Law's Environment and Energy Program 50th Anniversary Newsletter as a GW Alumni prominent in the environmental and energy fields. In 2017, she was appointed to serve on the City of Orlando, Mayor's Green Works Task Force and was recognized by U.S. House of Representative Darren Soto as a community leader as a part of Hispanic Heritage month. In May 2017, the FAMU College of Law presented her with the Distinguished Alumni Awards. While at Rollins College she received two teaching awards, an Outstanding Faculty Award and the Walter E. Barden Distinguished Teaching Award. In April 2018, she represented Rollins at the TEDxOrlando. She is actively involved in the local community as an avid speaker and advocate always pursuing justice.

She enjoys a simple life in Central Florida with her husband Phillip, a criminal defense attorney and their dog Oliver.

Areas Of Practice

  • Personal Injury - Auto Accidents
  • Environmental Law

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2013

Education

  • Florida A&M University College of Law, Orlando, Florida
    • J.D. - 2011
    • Honors: magna cum laude
  • The George Washington University Law School, Washington, District of Columbia
    • LL.M. - 2013
    • Major: International Environmental Law
  • University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
    • B.A. - 2003
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Psychology

Published Works

  • Movement Lawyering: A Social Innovation to Achieve Climate Justice, Journal of Law and Social Deviance, Vol. 21, 2021
  • Corporate Responsibility: Promoting Climate Justice through the Divestment of Fossil Fuels and Socially Responsible Investment, ELI Press, 2016
  • Public Engagement “Reach in, Reach out”: Pursuing Environmental Justice by Empowering Communities to Meaningfully Participate in the Decision-Making Processes of Brownfields Redevelopment and Superfund Cleanups, Florida A&M University College of Law Journal, Volume 9, No. 2, 2014
  • CAFTA-DR’s Citizen Submission Process: Is It Protecting the Indigenous Peoples Rights and Promoting the Three Pillars of Sustainable Development?, Loyola University Chicago School of Law International Law Review, Fall/Winter 2013, Volume 11, Issue 1

Classes/Seminars

  • Business Law and Ethics, Rollins College, 2014 to 2018
  • Law and Ethics of Social Entrepreneurship, Rollins College, 2018 to Present
  • Law and Environmental Sustainability, Rollins College, 2018 to 2020
  • Sustainability and Business, Barry University School of Law, 2016 to 2016

Honors and Awards

  • Orlando Business Journal - 2021 Women Who Mean Business Honoree
  • George Washington Law, Highlighted GW Alumni, Environment and Energy Program 50th Anniversary
  • U.S. House of Representatives, Distinguished Leader in Central Florida for Hispanic Heritage Month
  • FAMU College of Law, Professional Excellence Award -Solo Practitioner
  • Randolph C. Shaw Fellowship Scholarship Recipient
  • Semi-Finalist & Third Best Oralist Award, Stetson’s International Environmental Moot Court Competition, 2010-2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Judicial Reception Committee, 2021 to Present
  • Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section, Present
  • Florida Bar Criminal Law Section, Present
  • Florida Bar Environment and Land Use Section, Present

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Attorney, Modification Program at Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, 2021 to Present

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish