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Katie S. Buchanan

As a member of the special district practice group, Katie represents large landowners in the planning and establishment of special taxing districts throughout the State of Florida, enabling landowners to utilize favorable financing options for the development of new communities.
Katie further counsels dozens of districts on matters including contracts, real property, public procurement and construction, ethics, public records, and litigation. She also utilizes the experience gained while serving as Assistant General Counsel for the Florida Department of Transportation in advising clients on administrative matters before state agencies. This experience includes private property rights, scope of easements, construction foreclosures, and contract and procurement disputes.
Education
  • Florida State University College of Law, J.D., with Honors,

Certificates, Environmental and Land Use Law, with Honors

  • University of Florida, B.S., Business Administration, cum laude
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Florida
Professional Affiliations
  • Florida Bar, Section on Environmental & Land Use Law
  • William H. Stafford Inn of Court (2005-2011)
Community Involvement
  • Treasurer, Ox Bottom Homeowners’ Association
  • 100+ Women Who Care - TLH
Legal Experience
Represents special taxing districts in matters relating to contracting, real property, public procurement, ethics, public records and open meetings.
Represents special taxing districts in various disputes including foreclosures and bankruptcy matters.
Served as Assistant General Counsel for the Florida Department of Transportation, from 2005 to 2008.
Publications & Presentations
The Role of Community Development Districts in Florida, Florida Environmental and Land Use Law Treatise (2014) (Co-Author)
The Intersection of Transportation and Florida Law, Planning Law and Ethics Workshop, Florida Section of the Institute of Engineers (2009)
In the News
May 12, 2021
HGS Attorneys Facilitate Bond Issuance for River Glen Community Development District
Katie Buchanan mentioned
Oct 19, 2020
Entrada Community Development District Established in St. Johns County
Katie Buchanan mentioned
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