After over 40 years of full-time practice, Richard is currently Of Counsel to the Firm. In this capacity he selectively maintains his state-wide practice in state and federal environmental and administrative law. Richard’s experience includes the siting and licensing of complex energy facilities, including power plants, distribution and transmission lines, natural gas storage facilities and pipelines, and oil and gas exploration and production activities both on and off shore.

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  • Represents clients before local, state and federal government officials, agencies, courts and elected bodies, including county commissions, the Governor and Cabinet, and the Florida Legislature, on a variety of environmental, land use,
    regulatory and proprietary matters.
  • Co-counsel in property rights takings case before the U.S. Supreme Court, “Stop the Beach Renourishment, Inc. v. Florida Department of Environmental Protection”, No. 08-1151 (argued December 2, 2009).
  • Advises clients on the siting and licensing of complex energy facilities, including electric power plants, transmission and natural gas storage facilities and pipelines.
  • Represents clients on issues involving oil and gas, including geophysical permits, well drilling and operating permits, re-certifications, field unitization, correlative rights, and hydrocarbon transportation and storage.
  • Represents clients on issues relating to submerged land leases for docks and other structures, submerged lands easements for bridges, cable and pipeline crossings, and incidental crossings and temporary uses of state-owned lands.
  • Represents clients on coastal regulation matters, including coastal permitting for single and multi-family structures, seawalls and revetments, beach restoration, and property rights.

Publications & Presentations

  • Incipient Incompatible Use Policy, Florida Bar Journal, (April 1995) (Author).

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed in the annual publication of The Florida Super Lawyers, 2007 Edition.
  • Listed in 2006 Edition of Florida Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite”.
  • Has achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards.


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