Pavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn has graduated from the Chamber of Southwest Florida’s Leadership Lee County program. Schwinn and 15 other community leaders from the 24thclass of Leadership Lee County were recognized during a graduation ceremony held on Friday, Feb. 25 at the St. Charles Yacht Club in Fort Myers.

“This unique opportunity has given me a new appreciation for the forward-thinking leaders that have helped to grow Lee County,” says Schwinn. “For example, a class visit to one of the region’s waste-to-energy facilities highlights Lee County’s leadership in solving the mounting problem of landfill space. Lee County is clearly ahead of the game in terms of creating renewable energy. In addition, attracting new businesses such as Algenol and VR Laboratories and approving the new Red Sox baseball stadium will help to further diversify Lee County’s economy.”

The 16-week intensive program includes a proactive series of retreats, seminars and site visits designed to expose current and emerging leaders to Southwest Florida’s greatest challenges and opportunities. Leadership Lee County addresses topics including our community history, community trusteeship, servant leadership, economic bases, healthcare, transportation, education, growth management, social challenges, law enforcement and criminal justice, agriculture, local government, media, the developer’s perspective, the arts, cultural diversity and the role of volunteerism within our community. Programs are held at various locations throughout Lee County, providing participants an opportunity to view some of our community’s unique facilities and assets.

Participants in Leadership Lee County are chosen by a selection committee based on their qualifications. Class participants represent the public and private sector, as well as adequate geographic representation from throughout Lee County and the Southwest Florida region.

Schwinn joined Pavese Law Firm in 2005. Her primary practice areas are employment law, business transactions, community association law and real estate law. Schwinn has served in numerous leadership roles in the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations, Mid-Atlantic Association of Professional Employers, and Florida Association of Professional Employers. She received the Michaeline A. Doyle Volunteer Leadership Award from the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations in 2001.

Schwinn is an accomplished public speaker and regularly writes articles that have been published both locally and nationally in a variety of publications. Locally, Schwinn writes a monthly article for the Lee County Building Industry (BIA) on employment topics. She has served as a volunteer attorney for Gulfcoast Legal Services, Inc. in Sarasota and performs pro bono work for the Lee County Alliance for the Arts and Dress for Success Southwest Florida, Inc.

Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, bankruptcy, business and taxation, civil litigation, community association, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trust, family, land use and government, and real estate law. Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida. With a long history of service to Southwest Florida, Pavese Law Firm has played a significant role in the growth of local businesses, communities and major development projects.