Disaster Law and Consulting (DLC) was formed for the purpose of providing the highest level of consulting assistance to Counties, Cities and certain non-profits as they prepare for and recover from disasters. DLC is operated and staffed by experienced disaster professionals that will help lead entities out of the chaos caused by a major event. Our primary service is FEMA disaster grant management. Our staff has decades of experience in the area and has developed hundreds of millions of dollars of Public Assistance projects across the country, including Florida, Louisiana, Texas and New Jersey.
Our services also include the development of FEMA appeals. Since the firm is owned by an attorney that is admitted to many federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, DLC will aggressively challenge FEMA determinations to ensure that our clients receive their maximum federal reimbursement from every disaster.
DLC’s primary goals are to assist their clients be prepared for disasters, to ensure that their FEMA disaster grant management process maximizes federal reimbursement, to challenge any adverse decisions from FEMA, and advocate for the expeditious dispatch of recovery funds to our clients.
Anthony J. Ettore
CEO and Principal Attorney
Anthony J. Ettore is an attorney with over 27 years of experience, which includes serving as the General Counsel for the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM). During his time with FDEM he was the Division's attorney on operational, contract, and personnel matters, and also acted as counsel for the State Emergency Response Team. In this role, Tony worked to assist the State of Florida through the 120 day activation precipitated by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Mr. Ettore is knowledgeable and familiar with all aspects of the Stafford Act and its implementing policies. He provided legal counsel to the Recovery Section of FDEM on the specific interpretation of the rules and regulations governing the Public Assistance program and also served the Bureau of Mitigation extensively and is well versed with the 406 program. While at FDEM, Tony was also responsible for the review and approval of all draft first and second appeals filed with FEMA.
For the last seven years Tony has been working almost daily with the FEMA Public Assistance programs rules and regulations as General Counsel/Chief Operating Officer of Disasters, Strategies and Ideas Group, LLC. In this position he has provided legal advice to the company on personnel, tax, corporate, and regulatory issues. Tony also gained extensive experience with the application of both state and federal procurement regulations and issues, including the application of the recent "Super Circular" regulations. Further, Tony has performed QAQC on over 1,250 FEMA projects and drafted more than 150 FEMA first appeals so he is intimately familiar with the details of the processes that lead to FEMA appeals and the appeals process itself.
Tony is admitted to the United States Supreme Court, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Northern District Courts of both Florida and Georgia, and the Florida and Georgia Bars. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan (1990), his Masters of Arts Degree from the Florida State University (1987), and his Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida State University (1986), Summa Cum Laude.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND NATIONAL RECOVERY DIRECTOR
Jeanne Devlin has over 25 years of Emergency Management experience as both a government employee and as a private contractor. Jeanne is one of the most expertly skilled FEMA grant managers in the country. She has worked with FEMA-HQ directly, with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Texas Division of Emergency Management, with Witt in Louisiana – GOHSEP and New Jersey – State OEM, and with DSI in Florida. Jeanne has deep substantive knowledge on all aspects of the Public Assistance program and experience with every element. There is no PA issue with which Jeanne and DLC Law cannot assist.
Jeanne’s experience includes project development and formulation, project auditing, development of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program proposals under Sections 404 and 406, and research to support the development of appeals. Her duties have included analyzing and evaluating selected project applications, supporting documentation, and federal agency inspection reports for accuracy and compliance with applicable FEMA policies and procedures. Jeanne has also coordinated with FEMA compliance audits and closeout procedures to audit and close large federally-funded project and event grants. In several states, Jeanne has worked closely with DHS-OIG auditors to analyze and develop grant status and recommendation reports. She is also an expert in the conduct of cost benefit analyses and financial grant and subgrant account reconciliation. With Jeanne’s extensive experience in Florida, Texas, Louisiana and New Jersey, DLC is able to provide stellar insight and assistance to entities throughout the country.