University of North Florida (B.A., with honors, 1998)
University of Florida (J.D., with honors, 2002)
Lawsikia J. Hodges is the Deputy General Counsel of the Government Operations Department. Ms. Hodges is a Florida Bar Board Certified City, County & Local Government Lawyer and is an AV Preeminent® Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rated™ attorney.
Ms. Hodges provides government operations and transactional counsel to the Mayor’s Office, 19-member City Council, Executive Department Directors and Chiefs, Constitutional Officers, independent authorities, and City boards and commissions. Her government practice includes real estate and public finance transactions, government procurement, budgets, economic incentives and community redevelopment, federal and local grants, employment contracts, sovereign immunity, sunshine law, public records, and ethics. Ms. Hodges has served as lead counsel to various independent authorities and City boards and commissions, including, the Jacksonville Port Authority (JPA), JEA, Jacksonville Housing Authority (JHA), Jacksonville Housing Finance Authority (JHFA), Police and Fire Pension Board of Trustees (PFPF), Research Development Authority (RDA), Downtown Investment Authority (DIA), Tourist Development Council (TDC), Public Service Grant Council, Kids Hope Alliance (KHA), Jacksonville Housing and Community Development Commission (JHCDC), and the Northwest Economic Development Trust.
Prior to joining the office in 2007, Ms. Hodges practiced law at Foley & Lardner LLP in its Jacksonville Office. Ms. Hodges was a member of the firm’s Business Law Department and Real Estate and Finance Practice Group. During her tenure at Foley, Ms. Hodges represented various private lenders and developers in complex commercial real estate and finance transactions, which included the acquisition and sale of multi-family housing, commercial and condominium developments, shopping center complexes and master planned communities.
Ms. Hodges earned her law degree with honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2002. During her graduate career she was a member of the Moot Court Team, served as an intern for the United States House of Representatives, and was a Legal Research and Writing Professor’s Assistant. Ms. Hodges received her undergraduate degree with honors from the University of North Florida in 1998. She majored in Political Science and minored in History.
Ms. Hodges is a member of the Florida Bar Association, the Jacksonville Bar Association, the D.W. Perkins Bar Association, and the Florida Association of County Attorneys. Ms. Hodges is a current participant of Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2022. She serves on the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Inc., a private nonprofit visual arts educational institution and cultural institute of the University of North Florida, and is a former Pace Center for Girls, Inc. (Jacksonville) board member. Ms. Hodges is an active member of St. Catherine Catholic Church and enjoys spending time with her family, reading spiritual books, and attending the Jacksonville Symphony.