Vicki Weber has spent over 30 years working in the area of state and local tax. For the past 20 years, she has represented Florida, national and multi-national businesses with Florida tax planning and controversies. Additionally, a large portion of her practice entails representation of statewide trade associations on tax policy issues before the Florida Legislature and the Florida Department of Revenue.

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Experience

  • Represents clients on state and local tax issues before the Florida Department of Revenue, in the Florida courts, before the Division of Administrative Hearings and the Florida Legislature.
  • Represents businesses before the Florida Legislature by monitoring and reporting on legislation, preparing amendments, testifying before legislative committees, developing coalitions and advocating clients’ positions to legislators and legislative staff.
  • Served as General Counsel for the Florida Department of Revenue, and counseled the agency on a variety of state and local tax issues, including Florida’s ad valorem, corporate income, intangibles and sales and use taxes.
  • Served as Tax Counsel for the Florida House Finance and Taxation Committee, assisted in drafting Florida’s Truth in Millage legislation and the Florida sales tax on services.
  • Represents trade associations before the Florida Legislature,  state agencies, and court on tax and other public policy issues that have been addressed through the enactment of legislation or the adoption or amendment of agency rules and regulations.
  • Assists clients in developing and implementing strategies to obtain state and local tax abatement and other financial incentives for new and expanded capital facilities under Florida’s economic development laws.
  • Counsels and represents corporate clients with Florida sales tax problems, including commercial rental transactions, real estate development, manufacturing operations, retail operations, construction, publishing, electric and telecommunications utilities, financial services and entertainment and hospitality industries.
  • Served on the Florida Department of Revenue’s Property Tax Administration Task Force.
  • Served on the Ad Valorem Tax Task Force appointed by Governor Chiles in 1997 to review state policy on the administration of ad valorem taxes.
  • Advised numerous study commissions and task forces on state and local tax policy, including IT Florida.com, Internet Task Force which reviewed the application of sales and use taxes on Internet transactions.
  • Represented businesses and trade associations on tax policy issues before the Florida Constitution Revision Commission, including the sales tax on services, personal income tax and proposed tax exemptions for pollution control equipment and special district property.
  • Served as Legislative Counsel to Governor Bob Graham, responsible for maintaining legislative relations on a wide range of issues, including state and local taxation.

Representative Published Decisions

  • Sarasota County v. Sarasota Church of Christ, Inc., 667 So.2d 180, 20 Fla. L. Weekly S600, Fla., December 21, 1995 (NO. 84414) (Amicus)
  • Dryden v. Madison County,727 So.2d 245, 24 Fla. L. Weekly S47, Fla., January 21, 1999 (NO. 87,594) (Amicus)
  • Advisory Opinion to Attorney General Fee on Everglades Sugar Production, 681 So.2d 1124, 21 Fla. L. Weekly S394, Fla., September 24, 1996 (NO. 88,345, 88,343, 88,344)
  • Advisory Opinion to Governor–1996 Amendment 5 (Everglades), 706 So.2d 278, 22 Fla. L. Weekly S728, Fla., November 26, 1997 (NO. 90,042)
  • Fuchs v. Robbins, 818 So.2d 460, 27 Fla. L. Weekly S288, Fla., April 4, 2002 (NO. SC96182, SC96183, SC96674) (Amicus)
  • City Nat. Bank of Florida v. Miami-Dade County, 800 So.2d 236, 26 Fla. L. Weekly S754, Fla., November 8, 2001 (NO. SC00-1764) (Amicus)
  • Palm Beach County Canvassing Bd. v. Harris, 772 So.2d 1220, 25 Fla. L. Weekly S1085, 2000 Daily Journal D.A.R. 12,457, Fla., November 21, 2000 (NO. SC00-2349, SC00-2346, SC00-2348)
  • Palm Beach County Canvassing Bd. v. Harris, 772 So.2d 1273, 25 Fla. L. Weekly S1126, 26 Fla. L. Weekly S26, Fla., December 11, 2000 (NO. SC00-2348, SC00-2346, SC00-2349)
  • Fladell v. Palm Beach County Canvassing Bd., 772 So.2d 1240, 25 Fla. L. Weekly S1102, Fla., December 1, 2000 (NO. SC00-2373, SC00-2376)
  • Jacobs v. Seminole County Canvassing Bd., 773 So.2d 519, 25 Fla. L. Weekly S1123, 26 Fla. L. Weekly S6, Fla., December 12, 2000 (NO. SC00-2447)
  • Taylor v. Martin County Canvassing Bd., 773 So.2d 517, 25 Fla. L. Weekly S1125, 26 Fla. L. Weekly S6, Fla., December 12, 2000 (NO. SC00-2448)
  • Mazourek v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 831 So.2d 85, 27 Fla. L. Weekly S570, 27 Fla. L. Weekly S761, 27 Fla. L. Weekly S979, Fla., June 13, 2002 (NO. SC01-663) (Amicus)
  • Florida Senate v. Florida Ass’n of Realtors, Inc., 829 So.2d 854, 27 Fla. L. Weekly S804, Fla., September 20, 2002 (NO. SC02-2032) (Amicus)
  • Sunset Harbour Condominium Ass’n v. Robbins, 914 So.2d 925, 30 Fla. L. Weekly S763, 30 Fla. L. Weekly S548, Fla., July 7, 2005 (NO. SC03-520) (Amicus)
  • Crescent Miami Center, LLC v. Florida Dept. of Revenue, 903 So.2d 913, 30 Fla. L. Weekly S366, Fla., May 19, 2005 (NO. SC03-2063) (Amicus)
  • In re Advisory Opinion to the Atty. Gen. re Additional Homestead Tax Exemption, 880 So.2d 646, 29 Fla. L. Weekly S405, Fla., July 15, 2004 (NO. SC04-942)
  • Initiative Requiring Legislative Determination That Sales Tax Exemptions and Exclusions Serve a Public Purpose, 880 So.2d 630, 29 Fla. L. Weekly S410, Fla., July 15, 2004 (NO. SC04-947)
  • Advisory Opinion To The Attorney General re Extending Existing Sales Tax To Non-Taxed Services Where Exclusion Fails To Serve Public Purpose, 953 So.2d 471, 32 Fla. L. Weekly S104, Fla., March 22, 2007 (NO. SC05-1564, SC05-1834, SC05-1565, SC05-1835, SC05-1566, SC05-1833)
  • Walton County v. Stop Beach Renourishment, Inc., 998 So.2d 1102, 33 Fla. L. Weekly S761, Fla., September 29, 2008 (NO. SC06-1447, SC06-1449) (Amicus)
  • Crossings At Fleming Island Community Development Dist. v. Echeverri, 991 So.2d 793, 33 Fla. L. Weekly S445, Fla., July 3, 2008 (NO. SC07-1556) (Amicus)
  • Roberts v. Doyle, 43 So.3d 654, 35 Fla. L. Weekly S473, Fla., August 31, 2010 (NO. SC10-1508) (Amicus)

Publications & Presentations

  • ABA Property Tax Deskbook 2002-2010, Florida Chapter
  • Committee on State Taxation Audit Project, Regular Contributing Author through 2010
  • Florida’s Fleeting Sales Tax on Services, Florida State University Law Review, Vol. 15, No. 4, (Winter 1987)
  • Truth or Consequences: Florida Opts for Truth in Millage in Response to the Proposition 13 Syndrome,  Florida State University Law Review, Vol. 8, No. 4, (Fall 1980) (co-author).
  • Fuchs v. Robbins Dictum on Property Appraiser Standing to Challenge Taxing Statutes Inconsistent with Longstanding Precedent Set in Atlantic Coast Line,  The Florida Bar Journal, May 2003.

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed in Chambers USA, 2003-2016 Editions.
  • Listed in Best Lawyers “Lawyers of the Year” for Florida (Tallahassee region) in 2017 for Tax Law; listed in Best Lawyers in America, for Tax Law, 2005-2017 Editions.
  • Listed in the annual publication of The Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2016 Editions.
  • Listed in the 2004-2016 Editions of Florida Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite”.
  • 2009-2012 Florida Legal Elite “Hall of Fame”.
  • Has achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards.
  • Kids Incorporated 2005 “Champion for Children” Award
  • Children’s Home Society 2006 “R. David Thomas Child Advocate of the Year” Award

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