Mohammad O. Jazil
Mohammad’s practice is focused on litigation in state and federal courts.
He represents clients in state and federal constitutional cases, Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act rulemaking and enforcement cases, federal telecommunications matters, Everglades restoration, takings cases, pricing disputes, and general civil appeals. He has served as first chair in federal district court trials and state court evidentiary hearings; briefed and argued dispositive motions and appeals before the federal district courts, Florida’s intermediate appellate courts, the Florida Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; and briefed cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Chambers USA 2020 calls Mohammad “a very good thinker” with “a strong litigation practice.” Since the summer of 2018, Mohammad continues to represent Florida’s Secretaries of State on election-related matters before the federal and state trial courts, the Florida Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He served as lead counsel for the Florida Secretary of State in federal cases filed during the 2018 recount for three statewide races. Of the nineteen federal cases filed against Florida’s Secretaries of State since the summer of 2018, where Mohammad served as lead counsel, seventeen cases were dismissed (two after reversal of the district court’s judgment after trial), and two cases settled. Mohammad also represents the Florida House of Representatives on issues of statewide importance. His work for the House spans two speakerships on issues as varied as cannabis regulation and transportation policy. Mohammad’s active litigation practice includes work on other matters as well. Since 2009, Mohammad has represented farmers within the Everglades Agricultural Area on environmental issues before the federal courts, the state courts, and state agencies; this work has included extensive evidentiary development before federal district courts and the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings, and briefing before the Eleventh Circuit and Florida appellate courts. Mohammad’s environmental representation has also included work for major mining companies in Clean Air Act enforcement matters and land use disputes, large municipal utilities in Clean Water Act enforcement matters, electric and wastewater utilities in federal and state rulemakings (including eight years of litigation and three trips to the Eleventh Circuit in the numeric nutrient criteria rulemaking under the Clean Water Act), and continuing work for municipal interests from eight southeastern states on the Waters of the United States rulemaking. In addition to environmental litigation, among other things, Mohammad has represented both a local government and a telecommunications provider in litigation under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, a multinational oil company in litigation arising from allegations of price-gouging, a multinational automobile manufacturer in litigation arising from a tax dispute, a majority African-American city and city commissioners in defense of a Voting Rights Act claim, a father and his young son separated at the border under the Trump Administration’s immigration policies, an independent candidate for President of the United States during the 2016 election, and former U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese as an amicus curiae in a First Amendment case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Mohammad remains committed to the local legal community. Since his 2018 appointment by then-Governor Scott, Mohammad has served on the First District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission; Mohammad currently serves as Vice Chair of the First District JNC. In 2019, Chief Judge Walker of the Northern District of Florida also appointed Mohammad to the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel. While he calls Tallahassee home, Mohammad is a proud triple Gator who roots for all things orange and blue. He encourages others in Tallahassee to do the same.
- University of Florida, J.D., cum laude (3-year merit scholarship)
- University of Florida, B.A., cum laude (4-year merit scholarship)
- University of Florida, B.S., summa cum laude (4-year merit scholarship)
Bar & Court Admissions
- Supreme Court of the United States
- U.S. Court of Appeals (D.C. Circuit, Eleventh Circuit, Fourth Circuit, Sixth Circuit)
- U.S. District Court (District of Columbia, Middle District of Florida, Northern District of Florida, Southern District of Florida)
- American Bar Association
- American Chemical Society (past member)
- Beta Gamma Sigma
- Connect Florida Class I
Awards & Recognition
- Listed as a “Rising Star” in the annual publication of Florida Super Lawyers, 2013-2020 editions
- Listed in Florida Trend Magazine’s “Up & Coming Legal Elite,” 2018-2020 editions
- Listed in Chambers USA, 2020 edition
Represents Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida on Everglades restoration issues.
Represents municipal interests from 8 Southeastern States on issues related to the Waters of the United States rule-making.
Represents Florida’s electric, wastewater, and storm-water utilities in Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act rule-making and enforcement cases before the federal district courts, the circuit courts of appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Briefed, argued, and obtained unanimous ruling and attorney’s fees from Florida Supreme Court in a case that resolved a split between the en banc First District and a panel of the Second District Courts of Appeal.
Represented political consultants in litigation related to Florida’s 2012 congressional and state legislative redistricting efforts, developing and raising First Amendment argument for relief.
Served as general counsel to political candidates for federal office.
Principal author of amici curiae briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court in T-Mobile South LLC v. City of Roswell, Georgia (Telecommunications Act Case), L.A. County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council (Clean Water Act Case), and Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District (takings case).
Served as lead counsel for the City of Tallahassee in its successful defense of a case under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and then served as lead counsel for a telecommunications provider in its successful prosecution of a case against a Georgia municipality under the same Act.
Represented General Motors in its successful challenge to assessments by the Florida Department of Revenue on the value of goodwill repairs performed by dealers and reimbursed by General Motors under its case-by-case adjustment program.
Represented ExxonMobil in its successful resolution of a case filed against it under Florida’s price-gouging statute.
Developed strategy to convince Florida Supreme Court to recede from 20 years of precedent on civil procedure issue after termination of prior counsel shortly before oral argument.
Helped major municipal utility avoid all civil penalties in Clean Water Act enforcement case.
Represented major phosphate mining company in Clean Air Act enforcement matter.
Publications & Presentations
Numeric Nutrient Criteria in Florida: The Road to Cooperative Federalism, ABA Trends, (November/December 2015) (lead author with David W. Childs as co-author).
Koontz: An Evolution – Not a Revolution – in Takings Law, Natural Resources & Environment, ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Volume 28, Number 4, Supreme Court Review (Spring 2014).
EPA Clears Muddy Waters With Revisions to the 2009 Construction and Development Rule, Water Quality and Wetlands Committee Newsletter, ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Volume 12, No. 2 (May 2014)
Koontz: Tilting the Bargaining Table Ever so Slightly – American Planning Association Florida Chapter Newsletter (Fall 2013)
The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule: Will EPA Learn From Experience? ABA Trends, (January/February 2013) (lead author with Joseph A. Brown as co-author).
Why Should You Care About Numeric Nutrient Criteria, ActionLine, Florida Bar Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section (Spring 2012) (co-author with Vinette D. Godelia).
EPA Imposes Strict Numeric Nutrient Criteria in Florida: Background & Implications, ABA Trends, (November/December 2011) (lead author with David W. Childs as co-author).
The Statewide Stormwater Rule: A Work in Progress, Florida Water Resources Journal, (November 2010).
An Eerie Erie Question: Does Florida’s Offer of Judgment Statute Apply in Maritime Cases?, 21 Fla. J. Int’l L. 357 (2009) (lead author with Judge David C. Miller as co-author) (cited by appellants and recommendation followed by en banc court in Royal Caribbean Cruises v. Cox, 137 So. 3d 1157 (Fla. 3d DCA 2014)).
NPDES Update, Florida Chamber (July 2015) (moderator).
Tri-State Water Litigation, Florida A&M and Florida Lake Management Association Symposium, (May 2015)
Cooperative Federalism and Environmental Law, Florida Government General Counsel Association, (September 2014) (panelist).
Are you liable for your neighbor’s discharges? Southeast Stormwater Association Annual Conference, (October 2014).
Urban versus Rural Water Demands, American Planning Association Conference (September 2012).
NNC Unfinished Business, Florida Chamber (July 2012) (moderator).
Numeric Nutrient Criteria: Where do we go from here?, UF Water Institute Annual Symposium, (February 2012) (panelist).
Governance Approaches to Nutrient Management, UF Water Institute Annual Symposium, (February 2012) (panelist).
Tales from the Crypt: EPA & Citizen Enforcement of MS4 Permit Requirements, Florida Stormwater Association Winter Conference, (December 2011) (panelist).
Update on Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act Rulemaking, Florida EHS Roundtable, (November 2011).
The Gods Must be Crazy: Implications of Recent Stormwater Decisions & Regulatory Efforts, Southeast Stormwater Association Annual Conference, (October 2011).
Sterile Rain: New Legal Mandates for Stormwater Utilities, Florida Stormwater Association Annual Conference, (June 2011).
Gubernatorial & Other Appointments
Appointed by Governor Scott to the First District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission.
Appointed by Chief Judge Walker of the Northern District of Florida to the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel.
Representative Published Decisions
T-Mobile S. v. City of Roswell, Ga., 135 S. Ct. 808 (2015) (amicus)
EPA v. EME Homer City Generation, L.P., 134 S. Ct. 1584 (2014) (respondent)
Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, 133 S. Ct. 832 (2013) (amici)
TowerCom V, LLC v. City of College Park, Ga., 2013 WL 4714203 (N.D. Ga. Aug. 21, 2013)
EME Homer City Generation, L.P. v. Environmental Protection Agency, 696 F.3d 7 (D.C. Cir. 2012)
New Cingular Wireless PSC, LLC v. City of Tallahassee, 856 F. Supp. 2d 1244 (N.D. Fla. 2012)
Department of Revenue v. General Motors, LLC, 104 So. 3d 119, (Fla. 1st DCA 2012)
Florida Wildlife Federation, Inc. v. Jackson, 853 F. Supp. 2d 1138 (N.D. Fla. 2012)
Florida Wildlife Federation, Inc. v. South Florida Water Management District, 647 F.3d 1296 (11th Cir. 2011)
St. Johns River Water Management District v. Koontz, 77 So. 3d 1220 (Fla. 2011) (amici)
Westgate Miami Beach, Ltd. v. Newport Operating Corp. 55 So. 3d 567 (Fla. 2010)
ExxonMobil Oil Corp. v. State, Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, 50 So. 3d 755 (Fla. 1st DCA 2010)
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