University of Florida
Michael T. Olexa

Michael T. Olexa

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2126 MCCB
P.O. Box 110240 IFAS
Gainesville, FL 32611-0240



Agricultural and natural resource law


  • BA West Virginia University
  • MS University of Florida
  • Ph.D. University of Florida
  • J.D. Nova Southeastern University

Current Projects

  • Undergraduate Minor In Agricultural and Natural Resource Law
  • JD/MAB or MS Degree
  • Chair Executive Council of the General Practice Solo and Small Firm Section of The Florida Bar
  • Chair Agricultural Law Committee The Florida Bar
  • Director UF/IFAS Agricultural Law Center

Extension Activities

Agricultural and Natural Resource Law EDIS Publications in English and Spanish

International Experience

Seminars and workshops for Brazilian prosecutors and judges of the state of Parana

Selected Publications

  • Leviten, A. Olexa, M.T. & Sheesley, R. 2005. "Rethinking the Application of Contingency Risk Multipliers in Fee Awards - Should Florida Courts Recede from Quanstrom?" The Florida Bar Journal. Vol. 47. No. 9: 75-78
  • Olexa, Michael T., Minton, L., Taylor, A., Fischer, J., Leviten. A. and Saju, A. Handbook of Florida Agricultural Laws. UF/IFAS, Circula 1224, 61 pp. 2004
  • Olexa, M. T., Hodge, N. C. and Owens, T. No Grave Like Home: Protecting the Deceased and Their Final Resting Places from Destruction Without Going Six Fee Under. Drake Journal of Agricultural Law. Volume 11. No. 1. Spring 2006

Honors and Awards

  • 2007 Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture Senior Faculty Award of Merit
  • 2005 University of Florida Distinguished Teaching Scholar
  • 2004 NACTA Southern Regional Outstanding Teacher
  • 2001 USDA/NASULGC National Award for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences
  • 2001 University of Florida Blue Key Distinguished Faculty Award
  • 2000 Southern Agricultural Economics Association Outstanding Teaching of a Course Award
  • 2000 Superior Accomplishment Award
  • 2000 NACTA Fellow Award
  • 1999 American Agricultural Law Association Distinguished Service Award
  • 1999 College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Teacher of the Year Award
  • 1999 USDA Secretary of Agriculture Honor Award
  • 1999 NACTA Teaching Award of Merit
  • 1996 TIP Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 1988 Certificate of Recognition from Secretary of Agriculture Richard Lyng
  • 1987 USDA Distinguished Service Award

Courses Taught

  • AEB 4123 Agricultural and Natural Resource Law
  • AEB 4124 Legal Issues In Agriculture and Agribusiness
  • ALS 4085 Agricultural Risk Management and the Law
  • LAW 6474 Agricultural Law and Policy

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