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In Memoriam: Frank E. Matthews, January 5, 1956 – July 6, 2017

With sadness we announce the death of our friend and colleague, Frank E. Matthews. Surrounded by his loving family, Frank passed from this life in Tampa on Thursday, July 6, 2017, while undergoing treatment in his valiant battle against leukemia. He was 61. Since joining our firm in 1981 after law school graduation from his […]

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HGS Lawyers Tops in their Field!

This summer, Florida Trend Magazine named several HGS Lawyers to its “Legal Elite List” for 2012, Brian Crumbaker, Frank Matthews, Mike Petrovich, Susan Stephens, and as a “FL Legal Elite Up & Comer”, Jason Walters.  David Powell was inducted into their Hall of Fame for 2012, and joins Vicki Weber in this distinction of the Florida Trend […]

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Latest Tarmac victory

Tarmac America LLC, represented by HGS attorneys Frank Matthews, Vinette Godelia, and Mike Collazo, and Greg Beauchamp, Esq. of Chiefland, has prevailed in W.A.R., Inc.’s appellate challenge to Tarmac’s local land use special exception approval for its proposed King Road mine in Levy County, Florida.

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How Implementing a Sabbatical Program benefits the employee and the firm

Hopping Green and Sams’ sabbatical program was highlighted in a recent article published in the ALA Legal Management magazine.

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HGS at 2012 Florida Chamber Environmental Permitting Summer School in Marco Island

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the 2012 Florida Chamber Environmental Permitting Summer School in Marco Island!

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D.C. Circuit Court Upholds EPA GHG Regulations

On June 26, 2012, the D.C. Circuit Court dismissed or denied numerous challenges to a series of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) greenhouse gas (GHG) related rulemakings: the "Endangerment Finding," "Tailpipe Rule," "Timing Rule," and "Tailoring Rule." See Coalition for Responsible Regulations, Inc., et al., v. EPA, Case No. 09-1322 (lead case in consolidated action).

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Governor Scott’s Executive Order Impacts Environmental Resource Permits

On June 25, 2012, Governor Scott declared a state of emergency due to Tropical Storm Debby. Executive Order 12-140 is effective statewide and expires on August 24. The emergency order has two main impacts on applications or permits issued pursuant to chapter 373, Florida Statutes.

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HGS Shareholder Ralph A. DeMeo to serve as Chair for the Animal Law Committee in 2012-2013

HGS Shareholder Ralph A. DeMeo spoke at the Florida Bar Annual Meeting in Orlando on June 23 at the Animal Law Committee Annual Seminar on Animal Law.

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Florida Department of Environmental Protection Enters Final Order Approving CF Industries, Inc. Permits for South Pasture Extension

HGS secured a significant victory for client CF Industries, Inc. (CF) in FINR II, Inc. v. CF Industries, Inc. and Department of Environmental Protection, OGC Case No. 11-1756, DOAH Case No. 11-6495 (June 8, 2012), for its proposed South Pasture phosphate mine extension located in Hardee County, Florida.

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HGS Legal Team Applauds Judge’s Ruling Upholding Florida Nutrient Rule

On June 7, 2012, Administrative Law Judge Bram Canter issued a final order rejecting legal challenges against the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP’s) proposed numeric nutrient standards and existing narrative nutrient criterion.

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