On January 30, 2014, Hopping Green & Sams (HGS) bid farewell to Brian Bibeau, an original member of HGS when the firm was formed in 1979. After 45 years, Brian is retiring from law practice to focus on his new passion as a small business owner of Sweat Therapy Fitness, an innovative exercise studio in Tallahassee. It is a perfect new career path for Brian because it joins his personal passion for fitness with his desire to remain active in the professional world.
Brian practiced law at HGS for more than 34 years and was an integral member of the firm’s legislative and real estate practice groups. As a HGS lawyer/lobbyist, Brian represented firm clients before the Florida Legislature and state agencies on a number of legislative and regulatory matters including timeshare, vacation clubs and other real property development, telecommunications, taxation, and environmental issues. The firm will continue its representation of HGS clients in these areas with Gary Hunter having already fully transitioned to fill Brian’s big shoes.
During his career at HGS, he served as principal Florida lawyer and lobbyist for Avatar Properties, ARDA, Exxon-Mobil, RCI, MCI, and Waste Management, Inc. of Florida. Brian’s many professional accomplishments include his significant involvement in Florida’s first timeshare act and all subsequent revisions to that law, his work on important revisions to Florida’s Solid Waste Management Act, and his service as an advisory group member for the Division of Florida Land Sales, Condominiums and Mobile Homes on timeshare and vacation club issues.
In addition to his accomplishments on behalf of firm clients in the Florida Legislature and before state regulatory bodies, Brian will be remembered by his HGS colleagues for his great contributions to the firm’s success in recruiting talented new lawyers while serving a lengthy term as chair of the firm’s recruiting committee. While his professional skills and internal contributions will be missed, more so will be Brian’s high energy, abundant optimism, and friendly demeanor. Through his personality and persistence, Brian helped shape the firm’s culture. His contributions are indelible. He will always remain an important part of the HGS “foundation.”
The entire HGS family wishes Brian the very best in his new life adventures.
Brian and Kim Bibeau