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.
Retired Partner ~ 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
Justin Kelly
Partner ~ 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) 540-6603 (Eric Golden)
Robert Rosen
Counsel ~ Orlando, Florida|
(407) 540-6612
(321) 234-0251
John Schifino
Partner ~ Tampa, Florida|
(813) 367-5739
(813) 357-3524
Scott Steady
Partner ~ Tampa, Florida|
(813) 367-5719
(813) 357-3529
Chenicqua Williams
Associate ~ Orlando, Florida|
(407) 540-6681
(407) 641-8669
Gregory Young
Partner ~ Nashville, Tennessee|
(615) 724-3222
(615) 724-3322

Experience Matters

Brief sentence defining representative matters.

  • Environmental Permits

    Negotiated environmental permits under various environmental statutes.
  • Environmental Permits

    Assisted with environmental permitting of Developments of Regional Impact.
  • Biodiesel Startup

    Served as outside general counsel for algae-based biodiesel startup.
  • Federal False Claims Act

    Represented litigants in federal False Claims Act case involving RCRA, FIFRA, TSCA, CAA and CWA violations at chemical manufacturing facility.
  • Environmental Related Agreements

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


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