Frank has over 30 years of experience in environmental and administrative law in Florida, including participation in the legislative process, rule making and litigation. Frank has been involved in many significant developments in Florida environmental and administrative law. Frank’s experience is the outgrowth of over three decades of his involvement with engineers, biologists, hydrologists, and developers throughout the State.

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Experience

  • Represents clients before local, state, and federal government officials, agencies and elected bodies, including the Florida Legislature, on a variety of issues including land use, environmental, administrative, and local government matters.
  • Litigates environmental disputes in state and federal administrative law.
  • One of the original 56 Florida Bar members who were Board certified in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice.
  • Provides counsel to major developments and serves as counsel and lobbyist for the Florida Electric Power Coordinating Group, CF Industries, Association of Florida Community Developers, Florida Farm Bureau, and the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida.
  • Represented clients in connection with the review, drafting, and passage of environmental legislation, including legislation relating to property rights, wetland laws, numeric nutrient criteria, brownfields, and siting acts.
  • Represented clients in connection with developments of regional impact, environmental permitting, and mining issues.
  • Represented clients in connection with hundreds of environmental permits associated with thousands of wetland acres with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, water management districts, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including for power plants, expressways, mines, shopping centers, industrial parks, and residential community developments.

Representative Published Decisions

  • St. Johns River Water Management District v. Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co., 717 So. 2d 72 (Fla. 1st DCA 1998)
  • Save the Manatee Club, Inc. v. Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, 773 So. 2d 594 (Fla. 1st DCA 2000)
  • Sierra Club v. St. Johns River Water Management District, 816 So. 2d 264 (Fla. 1st DCA 2002)
  • Broward County v. Arthur Weiss, Trustee, and South Florida Water Management District, DOAH Case No. 01-3373, Final Order Issued 11/14/2002
  • Florida Audubon Society, etc., et al., v. Lennar Homes, Inc. and South Florida Water Management District, DOAH Case No. 02-1629, Final Order Issued 2/21/2003
  • Sierra Club, Inc. v. FCC Partners LP, Ltd. et al., DOAH Case No. 05-0130, Final Order Issued 9/20/2005
  • Conservancy of Southwest Florida v. G.L. Homes of Naples Associates II, Ltd. and South Florida Water Management District, DOAH Case No. 06-4922, Final Order Issued 7/12/2007
  • Peace River/Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority, et al., v. IMC Phosphates Company and Department of Environmental Protection, 18 So. 3d 1079 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2009)
  • Lee County and Sarasota County v. Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC and Department of Environmental Protection, 29 So. 3d 301 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2010)
  • Florida Wildlife Federation, Inc. et al., v. Lisa P. Jackson etc., et al., U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida (Tallahassee Division), Case No. 4:08-cv-00324-RH-WCS, Order on the Merits Issued 2/18/2012

Publications & Presentations

  • APA Reform Refined,  Florida Bar Administrative Law Section Newsletter (March 1999).
  • Rules of the Wetlands Regulatory Game,  CLE International Florida Wetlands Conference (September 10, 1998).
  • Regulation of Protected Species, Florida Bar Environmental Law in Real Estate Transactions, (June 1998) (co-authored with Kathleen Blizzard).
  • Mark S. Dennison, Wetland Mitigation: Mitigation Banking and Other Strategies for Development and Compliance (Book Review), Florida State University Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law (Spring 1998)(Co- author with Kimberly Grippa).
  • Florida Water Policy: A Twenty-Five Year Mid-Course Correction,  Florida State University Law Review (Winter 1998) (co-authored with Gabriel E. Nieto).
  • ERPs, SLERPs, and NWPs: Wetland Permitting and Sovereign Land Authorization,  Florida Bar (February 21, 1997).
  • Why Is The Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission An Unconstitutional Body?, Environmental Network  (February 2, 1993).
  • Give DOAH Final Order Authority,  Florida Bar Administrative Law Section Newsletter (December 1, 1992).
  • Funding for Contamination Clean-Ups,, Florida Specifier  (November 4, 1992).
  • West Lake: The Creation of Fort Lauderdale’s Central Park, American Society of Civil Engineers Urban Planning, Journal of Urban Planning and Development (September 1991).
  • Environmental Mitigation, Florida Environmental Permitting and Growth Management Handbook (1990 & 1992).
  • Wekiva River: Riverine Protection Areas and BuffersThe Wave of the Future, International Symposium on Wetlands and River Corridor Management (1989).
  • The Wekiva River Buffer Experience: Land Use in the Fourth Dimension, South Carolina Riverine Symposium (September 1989).
  • Why Shouldn’t Administrative Citizen Suit Petitioners Pay a Price?,  Florida Bar Journal (February 1988).
  • Pro/Con: Intervention in Environmental Permitting – Should There be a Price? Environmental and Land Use Law in the Florida Bar Journal,  (January 1990).
  • Florida Water Policy: A Twenty-Five Year Mid-Course Correction, Florida State Law Review, (Winter 1998).
  • Why Do Federal Agencies Rely on ARNI Designations in Environmental Permitting?  Environmental and Land Use Law in the Florida Bar Journal, (December 2010).

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, for Environmental Law and Land Use & Zoning Law, 2001-2017 Edition.
  • Listed in the annual publication of The Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2016 Editions.
  • Listed in Chambers USA, 2003-2016 Editions.
  • Listed in the 2004-2008, 2012 and 2014 Editions of Florida Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite”.
  • Has achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards.
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Florida 2008, for Environmental Law.
  • Listed in 2007-2010 Legal 500 for Real Estate/Land Use and Zoning.

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