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Carrie Sarver

Carrie Sarver

Deputy General Counsel position at Toho Water Authority

Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL United States
Profession: Deputy Counsel, Toho Water Authority

After advising the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Public Works department for eight years, Carrie L. Sarver, Law (‘05) moved into the Deputy General Counsel position at Toho Water Authority. Sarver now handles the day-to-day legal operations of the public utility charged with providing regional stewardship over water resources in Osceola County. With a 250+ person workforce and a nearly $85 million operating budget, the utility owns and operates 15 water plants and 8 wastewater plants, treating and distributing approximately 31 million gallons of potable water and reclaiming 20 million gallons of wastewater each day.

Carrie L. Sarver, professionally:

  • Credits NSU’s AAMPLE® program for making her legal career possible

  • Grateful to Torts instructor for bringing the law to life and serving as a mentor

  • Wore special honor cords at graduation for work with Pro Bono Honor Program

  • Served as a law clerk at Adorno & Yoss. P.A.

  • Served eight years as Assistant City Attorney III, advising the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Public Works Department, which serves a population of 300,000+ and maintains all City-owned buildings, public streets and right-of-ways

  • Admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar at age 32

  • In February became Deputy General Counsel at Toho Water Authority (Kissimmee, Fla.), which owns and operates 15 water plants and 8 wastewater plants

  • Serves on the Board of Directors for the Osceola County Bar Association

  • Serves on the Board of Directors for Help Now of Osceola, Inc., a nonprofit providing safe shelter and empowering survivors of domestic violence through counseling and advocacy.

Most fulfilling part of your work:

“As a local government lawyer, I work on a wide variety of legal issues—public records law, government in the sunshine, land use, property rights, and labor matters to name a few. Each matter presents a new and interesting challenge and an opportunity to impact the law. I've also been fortunate to work with brilliant and successful attorneys who have mentored me not just as a young lawyer, but as a woman in a traditionally male business. The evolving nature of the law and our legal profession presents both opportunities and challenges that make working as hard as we do worth it.”

Carrie L. Sarver, personally:

  • Celebrates pivotal moments with her mom and grandmother
  • She has a beautiful 11-year-old yellow lab named Haley and a small, but very close family (mother, grandmother, brother, uncles and cousins) that lives in South Florida not to mention a great network of friends some of which she met while attending law school at NSU.
  • Is passionate about traveling and experiencing new places and cultures
  • Her bucket list includes meeting the love of her life, having a family and being able to balance it all along with a successful career in local government law.Would jump at the chance to live abroad for a year and learn a new language
  • Most people may not know that she played the clarinet on the White House lawn in the fourth grade as part of a trip my school band took to Washington D.C. (“I was so terrible that I only ‘pretended’ to play the clarinet and since it was a catholic private school that had to let everyone who wanted to participate play in the band and they couldn’t turn me away since my mom paid for the trip to D.C.)

Advice to fellow alumni:

  • Get involved with the alumni association as early as possible. It’s nice to have that common denominator and be able to say ‘oh, you went to Nova, too.’ I feel like it gives you a network and a resource of people that you can pick up and call whether you meet on a transaction or at a networking Bar event.
  • Be a resource for others. Even if you don’t know somebody, but you both graduated NSU, say ‘Here’s my card if you ever have a question.’ I can’t tell you how many times just from that initial interaction and that common denominator an immediate report has developed that proved helpful. It removes the adversarial aspect of what we do.
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