About Us


Over the past three decades, Hopping Green & Sams has built a comprehensive, client-focused practice in governmental law throughout the State of Florida. With a current legal team of 50 attorneys, the firm maintains a “boutique” legal practice that represents individuals, corporations and governmental entities needing assistance in resolving a problem with government.

Since its founding in 1979, our firm has expanded beyond its original core practice areas of environmental and land use law. While those fields remain as two of the firm’s principal practice areas, Hopping Green & Sams today also represents clients on matters involving infrastructure financing and management through special districts, real estate transactions and state and local taxation. We provide this representation in a variety of forums – state and federal courts, the Florida Legislature, the Governor and Cabinet, and state, federal and local governmental agencies – across the entire state and neighboring states.

From the beginning, the firm’s founding shareholders – Wade Hopping, Bill Boyd, Bill Green, and Gary Sams – were committed to providing quality legal services for the most sophisticated and demanding clients through an extraordinary commitment to innovation in legal problem-solving and fostering in-depth subject matter experience. As Gary Sams once said: “Environmental and land use law were emerging fields when we began our practice. We set out to become leaders in this arena at a time when most others did not yet realize it existed.”

Our founders’ decision to foster distinct practice area focuses among firm attorneys is a continuing business strategy that we believe makes it possible to assist institutional clients with the complex projects needed in a growing state, such as electrical power generating plants and transmission lines, master-planned communities, industrial projects, and coastal resorts. Such projects frequently require various legal skill sets to negotiate the regulatory process, so our founders created a business structure that minimizes internal competition and fosters teamwork.

As a result, we intend that a client’s particular legal issue is matched with the attorney most qualified to handle it. “Our firm was created with the idea of a new business model – one focusing on innovation in addition to critical legal thinking,” founder Bill Green said. “Such innovative thinking was particularly important in the emerging areas of law in which we developed our practice.”

Over the years, Hopping Green & Sams has stayed true to its founders’ vision. We are committed to a client-centric practice of law, where our attorneys accrue subject matter experience intended to translate into client benefits.