Hopping Green & Sams

Post Office Box 6526
Tallahassee, Florida 32314

Our Team

Cheryl G. Stuart

Cheryl has more than 30 years experience in the use of special taxing districts as a way to finance, maintain and manage infrastructure for development, representing both landowners and districts.
Since taking a part-time Of Counsel position with the firm in 2013, she now spends her time in Tallahassee talking with legislative and agency leaders about laws and regulations of these special forms of government. She continues to consult with clients and other firm lawyers on these and related matters.
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, J.D., (Order of the Coif)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.A. (Public Administration)
  • James Madison College at Michigan State University, B.A. (Socio-Economic Policy Problems)
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Florida
Professional Affiliations
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Tallahassee Women Lawyers
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • Leadership Tallahassee Class XVII
  • ELCA Attorneys Association
Community Involvement
  • Florida-Bahamas Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Vice-President
  • St. Stephen Lutheran Church, member
  • Reconciling Works, Lutherans for Full Participation, Past Co-Chair
Awards & Recognition
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2011-2022 editions
  • Listed in the annual publication of The Florida Super Lawyers, 2007-2014 editions
  • Listed in Florida Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite,” 2004-2008, 2014 editions
  • Has achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards
  • Listed in 2007-2009 Legal 500 for Real Estate/Land Use and Zoning
Legal Experience
For more than 30 years, has advised landowners and developers on the economic use of property and the use of special taxing districts as a way to finance and manage infrastructure for development.
Draft and analyze legislation and represent clients in the state capital on issues relating to special districts, land use, and economic regulation.
General counsel to numerous community development districts throughout the state, tackling a wide array of contractual, real property, local government, and financial matters as they arise.
Experience in utility regulation with the Michigan Public Service Commission as an economic analyst; the Wisconsin Public Service Commission as a telecommunications analyst during the break-up of AT&T; and in private legal practice, most recently in the water/wastewater utility field.
Publications & Presentations
CDDs: Where We’ve Been, Where We Might Go and Where Might We Go?, Florida Bar Land Use CLE,(May 2012) (Presenter/Moderator)
CDDs: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, Where Might We Go?, Florida APA, (2011) (Presenter/Moderator)
Public/Private Partnerships: The Use of Community Development Districts in Florida, Georgia Municipal Association, (2006) (Presenter)
Sacred Conversations: Telling Your Faith Story, Religious Coalition Against Discrimination (Maine), (April 2012) (Presenter)
Sacred Conversations: Creating a Faith Dialog About Who We Are, Human Rights Campaign, (October 2011) (Presenter)
In the News
Aug 15, 2019
HGS attorneys recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020
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