As a real estate, land use and zoning lawyer, J. Dudley Goodlette has been instrumental in the development of Collier County and continues to advocate for the best interests of his clients and community. He current serves as Chairman of Naples Ethics Commission.
During his eight years as a member of the Florida House of Representatives, Dudley served as Chairman of the Rules and Calendar Council and Chairman of the Policy Council. He also served for two years as Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the Florida House. In recognition of his efforts for spearheading the passage of the Florida Access to Civil Legal Assistance, Dudley received the Medal of Honor from the Florida Bar Foundation.
Throughout his distinguished career, Dudley has received many accolades, including most recently honored as one of Collier County’s most influential business leaders by Naples Illustrated magazine in the “Naples 100.” He also was named Naples Daily News’ "Citizen of the Year", Hodges University’s "Humanitarian of the Year", Edison State College’s Holland T. Salley Leadership in Fostering Education Award, Boys & Girls Club of Collier County’s "Man of the Year", and was inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Leadership Hall of Fame.
Originally from Kentucky, Dudley has resided in Naples since 1954. He and his wife, Barbara, have three daughters and one son.
Professional And Civic Affiliations
Dudley is Chair of Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company’s Underwriting Committee, Executive Committee, Business Development Committee and Nominating Committee. He currently serves on the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, as Immediate Past Chairman. Dudley also served on the Florida Bar Board of Governors, was a member of the 20th Judicial Circuit Judicial Nomination Commission, and served as Chairman of the Real Estate Certification Committee.
Dudley devotes countless hours to ensure children have access to quality education. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Winged Foot Scholarship Foundation, an organization that provides scholarships and honors the best scholar-athlete from each Collier County High School. Dudley also serves on the Quest Board of Directors, assisting high school students to prepare for college. He previously served as Interim President of Edison State College (n/k/a Florida SouthWestern State College), was a member and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Florida Gulf Coast University and was a member of the Board of International College (now Hodges University).