Florida's longest-serving attorney general, Robert A. Butterworth.
Florida’s longest-serving attorney general, Robert A. Butterworth. (Robert A. Butterworth)

Florida’s longest-serving attorney general, Robert Butterworth, will receive the Florida Bar Foundation’s highest award, the 2014 Medal of Honor Award, in June.

Butterworth was selected by his peers for his leadership in multi-state litigation against the tobacco industry, which brought $11 billion to Florida. The attorney general from 1987 to 2002, he also was recognized for enforcing victim and consumer protection, environmental, civil rights and antitrust laws.

Butterworth also revamped the state Department of Children and Families, instituting more transparency and accountability at the troubled agency. He was nominated for the award by former American Bar Association president Martha Barnett.

After leaving public office in 2006, Butterworth became dean of the St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami Gardens. He is now of counsel at Fowler White Boggs, which is set to merge with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.

Butterworth will receive the award June 26 at the Florida Bar Foundation’s 38th annual dinner to be held in conjunction with the Bar’s annual conference in Orlando.