Tony Ettore has been an attorney for over 25 years and his experience includes being the General Counsel for the Florida Division of Emergency Management. During that time he not only acted as FDEM’s attorney on all operational, contract, and personnel matters but also acted as attorney for the State Emergency Response Team. In this position Ettore helped lead the State of Florida through the 120 day activation precipitated by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Mr. Ettore has also provided legal counsel to the Recovery Section of FDEM on the specific interpretation of the rules and regulations governing the Public Assistance program, and therefore he is extremely familiar with all aspects of the Stafford Act and its implementing policies. He also served the Bureau of Mitigation extensively and is familiar with all aspects of the 406 program. While at FDEM Ettore was also responsible for the review of all draft first and second appeals filed with FEMA, and is a member of several federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. He also holds at least 12 relevant FEMA certifications.
At DSI, Mr. Ettore is responsible for providing legal opinions to the company and its staff on all business issues, all PA and mitigation issues, and for assisting in the resolution of any insurance related disputes. He has also submitted over 70 Category Z appeals to FEMA, likely more than any appeals officer in the country. Further, during the recovery from a disaster, Mr. Ettore functions as DSI’s QAQC Project Officer, in which position he has reviewed well over 1000 project worksheets.