Environmental, Land Use, Planning & Zoning

The Environmental Practice Group provides environmental advice and services associated with all aspects of business planning, development, and operation.

The group seeks to assure compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements and thereby avoid enforcement actions and litigation. Our area of services are described below:

Permitting Requirements & Options

Identify requirements and options for permits and authorizations necessary for business operation including air emissions controls, water withdrawals, wastewater discharges, and waste management. Advise clients on all facets related to permits and authorizations.

Stormwater Management

Advise clients on stormwater management requirements, including permits, throughout construction and in their daily operations.

Recycling Requirements

  • Environmental site assessment review

    Ensure compliance with site assessments primarily associated with innocent purchaser protections available under federal Superfund and similar state laws.

  • Brownfield redevelopment and voluntary property remediation

    Secure limitations on liability for prospective purchasers and operators of property.

  • Due diligence investigations of prospective acquisitions

    Provide advice on investigations of environmental aspects of real property and business operations prior to acquisition.

  • Wetlands protection and development

    Identify regulated wetlands and advise on compliance with requirements for development or protection of wetlands.

Regulatory Compliance

Advise clients on air, water, and waste compliance obligations.

  • Planning and Zoning

    Identify and obtain necessary land use approvals and variances under local government zoning codes, regional development impact planning regimes, and state and federal environmental policy regulations.

  • Project management

    Assist with applicable environmental requirements associated with a particular project.

We serve as counsel on various types of projects, including:

  • Wind and solar power
  • Mining and energy development
  • Electric power generation, including peaking power sources
  • Industrial development authorities
  • Iron and steel manufacture
  • Automobile manufacture
  • Local governments, including utilities boards
  • Greenfield development
  • Brownfield development
  • Construction activities

Our Attorneys

Douglas Anderson
Partner ~ Mobile, Alabama|
(251) 345-8209
(251) 706-2401
D. Christopher Carson
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5372
(205) 244-5617
John DeBuys, Jr.
Counsel ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5290
(205) 244-5626
Matthew Devine
Associate ~ Orlando, Florida|
(407) 540-6679
(407) 386-3457
Ronald Farley
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5185
(205) 244-5633
Deborah Fisher
Retired Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5295
(205) 244-5635
Jesse Graham
Of Counsel ~ Orlando, Florida|
(407) 540-6645
(321) 249-0526
Jesse Graham, Jr.
Partner ~ Orlando, Florida|
(407) 540-6615
(321) 249-0525
Scott Hitch
Counsel ~ Atlanta, Georgia|
(404) 685-4260
(404) 214-7392
Justin Kelly
Associate ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5452
(205) 244-5610
Vivien Monaco
Counsel ~ Orlando, Florida|
(407) 540-6658
(321) 249-0751
Norman Orr
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5142
(205) 224-9453
William Penny
Partner ~ Nashville, Tennessee|
(615) 724-3213
(615) 724-3313
James Pratt
Partner ~ Orlando, Florida|
(407) 540-6655
(321) 249-0702
Robert Rosen
Counsel ~ Orlando, Florida|
(407) 540-6612
(321) 234-0251
Daniel Snyder
Associate ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5417
(205) 244-5652
Scott Steady
Partner ~ Tampa, Florida|
(813) 367-5719
(813) 357-3529
Keith Taylor
Counsel ~ Atlanta, Georgia|
(404) 685-4311
(404) 214-7380
Peter Vilmos
Partner ~ Orlando, Florida|
(407) 540-6622
(407) 650-2955
Gregory Young
Partner ~ Nashville, Tennessee|
(615) 724-3222
(615) 724-3322

Experience Matters

Brief sentence defining representative matters.

  • Landfill Operation

    Represented venture capital group in acquisition and operation of solid waste landfill and coal mine.
  • Biodiesel Startup

    Served as outside general counsel for algae-based biodiesel startup.
  • Enforcement Action

    Defense of enforcement action brought by Division of Water Pollution Control of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
  • Hazardous Waste Disposal

    Represented county government in preventing hazardous waste disposal facility from development on wetland property adjacent to area water resource.
  • Environmental Related Agreements

    Facilitated methane gas-to-energy transaction between municipal landfill and industrial facility.


May 08, 2014
Vivien Monaco to Speak at Florida Bar's City, County and Local Government Section Seminars
March 20, 2014
“Managing Large Scale Development for the Long Term - Sector Planning in Osceola," a webcast presented by The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Environmental and Land Use Law Section