Ralph A. DeMeo is a Shareholder with Hopping Green & Sams, P.A. and practices environmental, land use, administrative, health and safety, and animal law, with an emphasis in civil and administrative litigation.

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Experience

  • Represents private and public clients in federal and state judicial and administrative forums, and in the Florida Legislature, on environmental, land use, administrative, and civil law and litigation.
  • Involved with the development and implementation of several Florida environmental statutes, rules and policies.
  • Current Chairman of The Florida Bar Animal Law Committee, past Chairman of The Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section, past Chairman of The Florida Bar Journal and News Editorial Board, past member of The Florida Bar Administrative Law Section Executive Council.
  • Former University English Professor, current Adjunct Professor of Legal Studies and of Environmental Policy, and frequent author and lecturer on environmental, land use, and administrative law and litigation.
  • Author / co-author of over twenty articles on environmental, land use, and administrative law and litigation, including for The Florida Bar Journal, the FSU Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law, Florida Environmental and Land Use Law Treatise, and Stetson University Law Review.

Representative Published Decisions

  • Highland Lakes Estates Homeowners’ Ass’n v. Republic Services of Florida, L.P., Slip Copy, 2011 WL 5307472, Unpublished Disposition, Fla.App. 2 Dist., November 2, 2011 (No. 2D10-6055)
  • Environmental Trust v. State, Dept. of Environmental Protection, 714 So.2d 493 (Fla. 1st DCA 1998)
  • Fletcher v. Fletcher, 573 So.2d 941 (Fla.1st DCA 1991)
  • Rasmussen v. South Florida Blood Service, Inc., 500 So.2d 533 (Fla. 1987)

Publications & Presentations

  • Applying Old Methods to New Values: Considerations for Green Leases, American Bar Association Smart Growth & Green Buildings Committee Newsletter 18 (Jan. 2012) (co-author).
  • Restrictive Covenants as Institutional Controls for Remediated Sites: Worth the Effort?, for Environmental and Land Use Law in the Florida Bar Journal (February 2011) (co-author).
  • Insuring Against Environmental Unknowns, Vol. 23, Florida State University Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law (Fall 2007) (co-author).
  • All Appropriate Inquiries in Commercial Real Estate Due Diligence: What Inquiring Minds Need to Know, for Environmental and Land Use Law, Florida Bar Journal (February 2007) (co-author).
  • Environmental Stewardship of Florida Shooting Ranges, for Environmental and Land Use Law in the Florida Bar Journal (June 2006) (co-author).
  • Florida Supreme Court Takes Property Owners to the Cleaners: The Impact of Aramark v. Easton, for Environmental and Land Use Law in the Florida Bar Journal (June 2005) (co-author).
  • More Flexible Cleanup in Florida: RCRA Corrective Actions Reforms, for Environmental and Land Use Law in the Florida Bar Journal, March 2003 (co-author).
  • Florida’s 1996 Administrative Procedure Act, in the Florida Bar Journal, March 1997 (co-author).
  • By the Way More APA, Florida Bar Journal (October 1997) (co-author).
  • Biomedical Waste Regulation in Florida, for Environmental and Land Use Law in the Florida Bar Journal (August 1996) (co-author).
  • Air of Equality: An Analysis of Florida’s Environmental Equity and Justice Act, for Environmental and Land Use Law in the Florida Bar Journal (October 1994) (co-author).
  • Conflicts of Interest, for Ethics in Practice in the Florida Bar Journal (January 1991) (co-author).
  • Legislative History Projects: Finding Intent in Solid Waste and Stormwater Management Legislation, for Environmental and Land Use Law in the Florida Bar Journal (November 1990) (co-author).
  • A Super Act for Florida: Funding Cleanup of Leaking Underground Petroleum Storage Tank Sites, for Environmental Law, Florida Bar Journal (December 1986) (co-author).
  • 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 as an Emerging Remedy Against Unconstitutional Local Government Land Use Policies, for Environmental and Land Use Law in the Florida Bar Journal (August 1985) (co-author).

 


Awards & Recognition

  • Listed in the annual publication of The Florida Super Lawyers, 2007-2017 Editions.
  • Has achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for attorney legal ability and ethical standards.
  • Listed in Chambers USA, 2004-2016 Editions.
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, for Environmental Law, 2006-2017 Editions.
  • Recipient of: The Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section’s Judy Florence Memorial Outstanding Service Award, and Stephens/Register Memorial Award; The Florida Bar Journal/News Editorial Board’s Deborah M. Smoot Memorial Award for Exceptional Editorial Service (twice); The American Jurisprudence Award; The March of Dimes National Legal Counsel of the Year Award.
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Florida 2008, for Environmental Law.

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