Florida Water Services' Kirk Martin Wins Paralegal of the Year
Updated 10:08 AM ET May 8, 2001

ORLANDO, Fla., May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Kirk D. Martin, Florida Water Services' legal administrator, has been named Paralegal of the Year by the Central Florida Paralegal Association.

Martin joined Florida Water Services as a legal research analyst in 1995. He now serves as administrator for the entire legal department.

In nominating Martin for this honor, Fred Leonhardt, Florida Water's senior vice president and general counsel, noted that staff in multiple departments rely on Martin's paralegal skills on a daily basis. He handles complex research matters regularly. He keeps the appropriate personnel abreast of changes affecting the company as it relates to the Florida Administrative Code, pending legislation, county regulations and city ordinances. Martin also represents Florida Water on the Southwest Florida Water Management District's Public Supply Advisory Committee. He actively participates in rulemaking and other administrative matters with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, all five of Florida's water management districts and the Florida Public Service Commission.

"I have worked with many paralegals, and I can't think of one more deserving of this honor than Kirk," Leonhardt said. "He certainly has used his talents in turning Florida Water's office of general counsel into a fine- tuned machine. He is an individual of exceptional service and ability and is a tribute to the profession."

Martin received his paralegal certificate from the Rollins College Paralegal Studies Program and he holds a bachelor's degree from Concordia College in Bronxville, N.Y., and a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

Martin has been an active member of the Central Florida Paralegal Association (CFPA) and is a past member of the Board of Advisors of the Rollins College Paralegal Studies Program.

Central Florida Paralegal Association, founded in 1983, has over 100 members and is the second largest organized paralegal organization in the state of Florida. Its main goal is to provide professional and educational enhancement for members and other paralegals.

Florida Water Services (www.florida-water.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Allete (NYSE:ALE)(www.allete.com), has more than 30 years' experience serving Florida citizens and communities, such as the treatment and distribution of drinking water and the treatment of wastewater. More than 500,000 Floridians in 27 Florida counties rely on Florida Water Services. ALLETE is a multi-services company with corporate headquarters in Duluth, Minn. Holdings include the second largest wholesale automobile auction network in North America; the leading provider of independent auto dealer inventory financing; the largest investor-owned water utilities in Florida and North Carolina; significant real estate holdings in Florida; and a low-cost electric utility that serves some of the largest industrial customers in the United States.