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Richard S. Brightman

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. Richard’s experience also includes obtaining rights to use state-owned lands, including dozens of appearances before the Florida Governor and Cabinet sitting as the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund, and representation of port facilities and dozens of marinas all over Florida. Richard grew up in Vero Beach, Florida, and received a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering Sciences before attending law school. Richard’s environmental science background informs his practice in this area.
Education
  • University of Florida, J.D., with honors (Research Assistant at the Eastern Water Law Research Center under Professor Frank Maloney)
  • University of Florida, M.S., Environmental Engineering Sciences (Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant for Professors Howard Odom and Jack Fox)
  • Florida State University, B.S.
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Florida
  • California (inactive)
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (9th Circuit, 11th Circuit)
  • U.S. District Courts (Southern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida, Northern District of Florida, Northern District of California)
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Professional Affiliations
  • Florida Bar Association (Environmental and Land Use Law, Administrative Law, Local Government Law)
Community Involvement
  • Frequent participant in charitable motorcycle rallies
Awards & Recognition
  • Listed in the annual publication of The Florida Super Lawyers, 2007 Edition
  • Listed in Florida Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite”, 2006 Edition
  • Has achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards
Legal Experience
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 submerged 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).
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