Awards & Endorsments

Throughout Moffitt’s distinguished career, he has received numerous honors. A summary of the highlights are listed below.


“It’s a hard thing to pass a law in Florida.  There are over 25 steps for a bill to go completely through the legislative process.  At any point, a bill could be killed. That’s a substantial number of hurdles. The process requires an enormous amount of dedication and  tactical insight, knowledge of personalities and power relationships.  Moffitt possesses all of those traits.”

“With Speaker Lee Moffitt, what you see is what you get. His passion, commitment, vision and experience speak for themselves. His decades of leadership in Florida are as impactful as anyone I have ever met.”

A Tampa Tribune editorial described the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute as the product of Moffitt’s “steel persistence and cotton diplomacy.” It captured the essence of the man whose sheer will, visionary leadership and tenacious character had endured a legislative struggle to establish Florida’s first free-standing cancer center. “The art of politics is compromising,” said the editorial. “But the point of compromise is to get things done. Lee Moffitt did.” ​

Awards and Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent Peer Rated Attorney (2019). Martindale-Hubbell awarded Moffitt the top “AV” rating for “professional excellence.” He has over 40 years of experience in business law, government relations, and legislative law.
  • Person of Vision Award (2019). Preserve Vision of Florida honored Moffitt as “an individual who has had a profound impact on the Tampa Bay region or the state of Florida through true community leadership and vision.”
  • Florida Trend’s “Florida 500” (2019). Florida Trend magazine identified Moffitt as one of the 500 most influential business leaders and one of the 150 most influential people in Florida.
  • Sapphire Award (2018). Florida Blue bestows their externally-reviewed Sapphire Award on “individuals, programs, and organizations whose effectiveness and services are distinguished by exemplary leadership, innovation in service delivery and demonstrated successes in community health.”
  • BioFlorida Lifetime Achievement Award (2017). BioFlorida recognized Moffitt with their Lifetime Achievement Award as an individual who has demonstrated “outstanding leadership in the industry throughout their career” and has “significantly contributed to the growth of the industry.”
  • Association of Community Cancer Centers Annual Achievement Award (2015). The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) presented Moffitt with their Annual Achievement Award for “his long-standing dedication and commitment to providing patients with high-quality cancer care and for founding the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute.
  •  “Florida ICON” (2014). Florida Trend magazine recognized Moffitt as a “Florida Icon” for his achievements as an elected official, lobbyist, and founder of the Moffitt Cancer Center.
  • LeRoy Collins Lifetime Achievement Award (2013). Leadership Florida confers their LeRoy Collins Lifetime Achievement Award, an award named for the late Florida Governor, on individuals who have “gone above and beyond by using [their] leadership abilities over a lifetime to improve the quality of life for Florida’s citizens and its future generations.”
  • Doctor of Humane Letters. Moffitt received this honor from the Board of Governors of the University System of Florida.
  • Distinguished Alumnus. Awarded to Moffitt by the Department of Political Science at his alma mater, the University of South Florida.
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Community Service

As a legislator, Moffitt was twice recognized by his colleagues as the Most Effective Member of the Florida House of Representatives. Since then, he has continued to receive numerous awards and distinctions for his public and community service.

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