Amelia practices primarily in the area of environmental law, seeking to help clients navigate the regulatory process, the legislative arena, or a litigation setting. She routinely works with various agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. She has assisted clients on projects ranging from single-family docks, energy facilities, to wetland mitigation banks, to large scale developments, to water supply matters.

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Experience

  • Represents clients in obtaining environmental permits from federal, state, and local agencies including participating in consultation with supporting agencies on wildlife and other issues.
  • Defends environmental permits from challenge before Federal Courts, Florida Courts, and the Division of Administrative Hearings.
  • Guides wetland mitigation bank clients through the permitting process with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and Florida’s water management districts.
  • Guides species conservation bank clients through the permitting process with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Negotiates agreements with governmental agencies on behalf of private clients, including conservation easements.
  • Participates in rulemaking regarding imperiled species and other environmental rules with state agencies as stakeholder on behalf of private clients.
  • Defends private clients from enforcement actions brought by state and federal agencies.
  • Negotiates agreements for water use among various private and public suppliers.

Representative Published Decisions

  • 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.
  • Old Pelican Bay III Association, Inc. v. Terry Carlson and Department of Environmental Protection, DOAH Case No. 08-0510, Final Order Issued 8/8/2008.
  • Lee County and Sarasota County v. Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC and Department of Environmental Protection, DOAH Case No. 08-3886, Final Order Issued 2/2/2009.
  • Lee County and Sarasota County v. Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC and Department of Environmental Protection, 29 So. 3d 301 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2010).
  • FINR II, Inc. v. CF Industries, Inc. and Department of Environmental Protection, DOAH Case No. 11-6495. Final Order Issued 6/8/2012.
  • Nancy Condron v. St. Johns River Water Management District and 1044PVB, LLC. DOAH Case No. 16-806. Final Order Issued 7/25/16.

Publications & Presentations

  • Presentation, Florida Chamber of Commerce Environmental Permitting Summer School, Emerging Issues in Environmental Resource Permitting (2014, 2016, 2017).
  • Presentation, Gopher Tortoise Council, Mosaic’s Memorandum of Agreement Regarding Gopher Tortoises on Mosaic Land (2013).
  • Presentation, University of Florida College of Law 19th Annual Public Interest Environmental Conference, Reconciling Federal and State Interests in Endangered Species Protection (2013).
  • Presentation, The Florida Bar Environmental Land Use Law Section Annual Update, A Developer’s Guide to Navigating Bug and Bunny Issues with the Wildlife Agencies (2013).
  • Statewide Environmental Resource Permitting, Florida Treatise on Environmental and Land Use Law (2015) (co-author).
  • Incidental Take Permitting and Habitat Conservation Planning, Florida Treatise on Environmental and Land Use Law (2015) (co-author).
  • The Endangered Species Act Listing Process, Florida Treatise on Environmental and Land Use Law (2015) (co-author).
  • Environmental Resource Permitting in the Northwest Florida Water Management District, Florida Treatise on Environmental and Land Use Law (2012) (co-author).
  • Division of Responsibility for Wetlands Permitting, Florida Treatise on Environmental and Land Use Law (2008-2015) (co-author).
  • Nationwide Permits Under Both Rivers and Harbors Act Section 10 and Clean Water Act Section 404, Florida Treatise on Environmental and Land Use Law (2015).
  • Why Do Federal Agencies Rely on ARNI Designations in Environmental Permitting?,  Environmental and Land Use Law in the Florida Bar Journal, December 2010 (co-author).
  • Why is ARNI an Environmental Permitting Stumbling Block?, Trends, ABA Section of Environmental, Energy, and Resources Newsletter, Volume 41, Number 3, January/February 2010 (co-author).

 


Awards & Recognition

  • Listed in 2018 edition of Florida Trend Magazine’s “Up & Coming Legal Elite”.

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