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Amelia A. Savage

Amelia practices primarily in the area of environmental and natural resources law, seeking to help clients navigate the regulatory process, the rule making arena, or a litigation setting.
She routinely works with various agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. Her clients and projects range from single-family docks, to energy facilities, to wetland mitigation banks, to large scale developments, to water supply matters, and beyond. Amelia works with clients and agencies on issues related to threatened and endangered species as well. Her experience is not limited strictly to environmental matters; she also has assisted on various issues including real estate, property taxation, health law, and adoptions.
Education
  • Florida State University, J.D., with honors, (Order of the Coif)
  • Indiana University, B.A.
  • Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (Eleventh Circuit)
  • U.S. District Court (Middle District of Florida, Southern District of Florida)
Professional Affiliations
  • Florida Bar Association (Environmental and Land Use Section, Administrative Law Section)
Community Involvement
  • United Way
  • Power of the Purse, 2010-2012
  • Children’s Home Society, Board Member, 2014-2017
Awards & Recognition
  • Listed in Florida Trend Magazine’s “Up & Coming Legal Elite,” 2018 edition
Legal Experience
Represents clients in obtaining regulatory environmental permits from federal, state, and local agencies including participating in consultation with supporting agencies on wildlife and other issues.
Represents clients in obtaining proprietary authorizations to use lands owned by the state of Florida, both with regards to upland and submerged land parcels.
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 rule making 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.
Publications & Presentations
Presentation, Florida Chamber of Commerce Environmental Permitting Summer School, Emerging Issues in Environmental Resource Permitting (2014, 2016-2019).
Presentation, Florida Chamber of Commerce Environmental Permitting Summer School, Sovereign Submerged Lands and Aquatic Preserves (2018, 2019)
Presentation, Florida Chamber of Commerce Environmental Permitting Summer School, Florida Energy Policy Outlook (2019)
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).
Florida Real Property Complex Transactions, The Florida Bar (9th edition, 2018) (author of Chapter 8 - Waterfront Property)
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).
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.
Significant Transactions
Mosaic Mines: (DeSoto, Ona, South Pasture Extension, South Fort Meade, Wingate)    
Florida Power & Light, Turkey Point Units 6 & 7
Duke Energy, Levy Nuclear Project
In the News
Nov 12, 2019
HGS celebrates Mosaic’s win before 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
Amelia Savage mentioned
Jul 15, 2019
Twelve HGS Attorneys among Environmental Permitting Summer School Faculty
Amelia Savage mentioned
Jul 10, 2018
Florida Trend’s 2018 Legal Elite Recognizes HGS Attorneys
by Amelia Savage
Sep 8, 2017
HGS Receives 2017 Champion for Diversity in the Legal Profession Award
by Amelia Savage
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