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Board Certified Specialists in City, County & Local Government Law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education

Florida Bar Board Certification in Government Law - Under Rule 6-18.2, the term "city, county and local government law" is defined as the practice of law dealing with "legal issues of county, municipal or other local governments, such as, but not limited to, special districts, agencies and authorities, including litigation in the federal and state courts and before administrative agencies; the preparation of laws, ordinances and regulations; and the preparation of legal instruments for or in behalf of city, county and local governments."


Lawyers certified in City, County & Local Government Law by the Florida Board of Legal Specialization have met minimum standards for city, county and local government law certification. The standards are set out in Rule 6-18.3 which include the practice of law for at least 5 years (or 4 years with an LL.M. in urban affairs or a related field), substantial involvement in the specialty of city, county and local government law (40% or more), and 60 hours of approved city, county and local government law certification continuing legal education. Attorney must also submit to peer review and passing a written examination.

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Patricia Anne Petruff

Patricia Anne Petruff
Dye Deitrich Petruff & St Paul P L
1111 3rd Ave W Suite 300
Bradenton, FL 34205
Licensed for 41 years, Patricia Anne Petruff is a Real Estate Law and Environmental Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin Col... read more >

Iris V. Escarra

Iris V. Escarra
Greenberg Traurig
333 Ave of the Americas Suite 44
Miami, FL 33131
Licensed for 18 years, Iris V. Escarra is a Local Government Law lawyer who attended St. Thomas University School of Law... read more >

Karen Zagrodny Consalo

Karen Zagrodny Consalo
Bogin, Munns & Munns, P.A.
1000 Legion Place Suite 1000
Orlando, FL 32801
Karen Zagrodny Consalo is a Natural Resources / Oil and Gas and Real Estate Law lawyer who attended University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin ... read more >

Patricia D. Smith

Patricia D. Smith
Office of the City Attorney
120 Malabar Road SE
Palm Bay, FL 32907
Licensed for 15 years, Patricia D. Smith is a Civil Rights and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended Nova Southeastern University - Shepard B... read more >

Fred Koberlein Jr

Fred Koberlein Jr
Koberlein Law Offices, PLLC
855 SW Baya Dr
Lake City, FL 32025
Licensed for 16 years, Fred Koberlein Jr is a Personal Injury and Administrative Law lawyer who attended University of Florida, Fredric G. ... read more >

Thomas H Robertson

Thomas H Robertson
Bercow, Radell, Fernandez and Larkin P.A
200 S Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33131
Licensed for 39 years, Thomas H Robertson is a Local Government Law and Environmental Law lawyer who attended University of Miami School of... read more >

Mark Patrick Barnebey

Mark Patrick Barnebey
Blalock Walters, Attorneys at Law
801 11th St W
Bradenton, FL 34205
Licensed for 36 years, Mark Patrick Barnebey is a Local Government Law and Environmental Law lawyer who attended The Florida State Universi... read more >

Michael Shannon Davis

Michael Shannon Davis
Bryant Miller Olive
201 N Franklin St Suite 2700
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 52 years, Michael Shannon Davis is a Local Government Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Frederick John Murphy Jr.

Frederick John Murphy Jr.
Boswell & Dunlap, L L P
245 S Central Ave
Bartow, FL 33830
Licensed for 32 years, Frederick John Murphy Jr. is a Local Government Law lawyer who attended Wayne State University Law School... read more >

Robert Milner Bradley Jr.

Robert Milner Bradley Jr.
Kopelousos & Bradley, P.A.
PO Box 562
Orange Park, FL 32067
Licensed for 23 years, Robert Milner Bradley Jr. is a Local Government Law and Family Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin C... read more >

Clay Brooker

Clay Brooker
Cheffy Passidomo P A
821 5th Ave S S
Naples, FL 34102
Licensed for 25 years, Clay Brooker is a Local Government Law and Business Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of L... read more >

Timothy Franklin Campbell

Timothy Franklin Campbell
Clark,campbell & Lancaster P A
500 Florida Ave S Suite 800
Lakeland, FL 33801
Licensed for 31 years, Timothy Franklin Campbell is a Real Estate Law and Local Government Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Le... read more >

Wayne Edwin Flowers

Wayne Edwin Flowers
Lewis Longman & Walker P.A.
245 Riverside Ave Suite 150
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Licensed for 44 years, Wayne Edwin Flowers is a Administrative Law and Local Government Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin... read more >

Norm Daniel Fugate

Norm Daniel Fugate
Norm D Fugate PA
PO Box 98
Williston, FL 32696
Licensed for 24 years, Norm Daniel Fugate is a Real Estate Law and Local Government Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin Col... read more >

Jason Raphael Gabriel

Jason Raphael Gabriel
Office of the General Counsel
117 W Duval St Suite 480
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Licensed for 17 years, Jason Raphael Gabriel is a Local Government Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

Melissa M Gross-Arnold

Melissa M Gross-Arnold
Arnold & Sichta
6279 Dupont Station Ct
Jacksonville, FL 32217
Licensed for 19 years, Melissa M Gross-Arnold is a Education Law and Administrative Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin Col... read more >

Isabelle Christine Lopez

Isabelle Christine Lopez
Office of the City Attorney
75 King St
St Augustine, FL 32084
Licensed for 23 years, Isabelle Christine Lopez is a Local Government Law and Environmental Law lawyer who attended University of Florida L... read more >

Maggie D Mooney-Portale

Maggie D Mooney-Portale
Lewis Longman & Walker, P.A.
6853 Energy Ct Suite 620
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240
Licensed for 17 years, Maggie D Mooney-Portale is a Local Government Law and Environmental Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Le... read more >

Alan Hardy Prather

Alan Hardy Prather
Porges Hamlin Knowles & Hawk, PA
1205 Manatee Ave W
Bradenton, FL 34205
Licensed for 45 years, Alan Hardy Prather is a Local Government Law and Real Estate Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin Col... read more >

Christopher Joseph Ryan

Christopher Joseph Ryan
Ryan & Ryan
700 E Dania Beach Blvd
Dania, FL 33004
Licensed for 31 years, Christopher Joseph Ryan is a Local Government Law and Commercial Real Estate Law lawyer who attended University of F... read more >

Clifford B Shepard

Clifford B Shepard
Shepard Smith and Cassady PA
2300 Maitland Center Pkwy Suite 100
Maitland, FL 32751
Licensed for 34 years, Clifford B Shepard is a Local Government Law and Insurance Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin Colle... read more >

Thomas Jay Baird

Thomas Jay Baird
Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A.
4741 Military Trail Suite 22A
Jupiter, FL 33458
Licensed for 34 years, Thomas Jay Baird is a Local Government Law and Environmental Law lawyer who attended Shepard Broad Law Center - Nova... read more >

Carole Joy Barice

Carole Joy Barice
McGee & Mason PA
101 S Main St
Brooksville, FL 34601
Licensed for 43 years, Carole Joy Barice is a Local Government Law and Real Estate Law lawyer who attended Florida State University College... read more >

Mark Steven Bentley

Mark Steven Bentley
Mark Bentley, P.A.
201 N Franklin St Suite 1650
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 32 years, Mark Steven Bentley is a Local Government Law and Real Estate Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of ... read more >

Robert Hugo Berntsson

Robert Hugo Berntsson
Berntsson, Ittersagen, Gunderson, et al.
3195 S Access Rd
Englewood, FL 34224
Licensed for 30 years, Robert Hugo Berntsson is a Local Government Law lawyer who attended Emory University School of Law... read more >

J Giffin Chumley

J Giffin Chumley
Volusia County Attorney's Office
123 W Indiana Ave
Deland, FL 32720
Licensed for 13 years, J Giffin Chumley is a Local Government Law and Administrative Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of ... read more >

Laura Jacobs Donaldson

Laura Jacobs Donaldson
Southwest Florida Water Management District
109 N Brush St
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 21 years, Laura Jacobs Donaldson is a Local Government Law and Environmental Law lawyer who attended Florida State University ... read more >

Noreen Slagle Dreyer

Noreen Slagle Dreyer
Greenspoon Marder, P.A.
416 SE Cortez Ave Suite 200
Stuart, FL 34994
Licensed for 43 years, Noreen Slagle Dreyer is a Local Government Law and Real Estate Law lawyer who attended Cleveland-Marshall College of... read more >

Jody Lamar Finklea

Jody Lamar Finklea
Florida Municipal Power Agency
PO Box 3209
Tallahassee, FL 32315
Licensed for 19 years, Jody Lamar Finklea is a Local Government Law and Administrative Law lawyer who attended Florida State University Col... read more >

Lonnie Neil Groot

Lonnie Neil Groot
Stenstrom, McIntosh, Colbert, Whigham, etc.
3047 S Atlantic Ave Suite 4001
Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32118
Licensed for 41 years, Lonnie Neil Groot is a Local Government Law and Real Estate Law lawyer who attended Florida State University College... read more >

Daniel William Langley

Daniel William Langley
Fishback Dominick
1947 Lee Rd
Winter Park, FL 32789
Licensed for 16 years, Daniel William Langley is a Local Government Law and Commercial Real Estate Law lawyer who attended Florida State Un... read more >

Cindy A Laquidara

Cindy A Laquidara
Office of General Counsel
50 N Laura St Suite 480
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Licensed for 35 years, Cindy A Laquidara is a Local Government Law and Real Estate Law lawyer who attended Boston College Law School... read more >

Katherine Walker Latorre

Katherine Walker Latorre
Brown Garganese Weiss & D'agresta P A
201 S Rosalind Ave Suite 2000
Orlando, FL 32801
Licensed for 17 years, Katherine Walker Latorre is a Local Government Law lawyer who attended Florida State University College of Law... read more >

Michele L Lieberman

Michele L Lieberman
Technology Conservation Group, Inc.
12 SE 1st St
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 21 years, Michele L Lieberman is a Local Government Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Pedro Juan Mercado

Pedro Juan Mercado
Monroe County Attorneys Office
1111 12th St Suite 408
Key West, FL 33040
Licensed for 23 years, Pedro Juan Mercado is a Local Government Law and Administrative Law lawyer who attended University of Miami School o... read more >

Frances Johnson Moss

Frances Johnson Moss
PO Box 1366
Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
Licensed for 33 years, Frances Johnson Moss is a Local Government Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

Paul Joseph Nicoletti

Paul Joseph Nicoletti
City of Stuart
1445 SE Lark Blvd
Stuart, FL 34996
Licensed for 36 years, Paul Joseph Nicoletti is a Local Government Law and Administrative Law lawyer who attended Shepard Broad Law Center ... read more >

James Jay Porter

James Jay Porter
Adams and Reese LLP
401 E Jackson St Suite 4000
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 29 years, James Jay Porter is a Local Government Law and Real Estate Law lawyer who attended Emory University School of Law... read more >

Robert Keith Robinson

Robert Keith Robinson
Nelson Hesse L L P
240 S Pineapple Ave
Sarasota, FL 34236
Licensed for 30 years, Robert Keith Robinson is a Local Government Law lawyer who attended Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law... read more >

Diego Rodriguez

Diego Rodriguez
Orange County Public Schools
445 W Amelia St 9th Floor
Orlando, FL 32801
Licensed for 24 years, Diego Rodriguez is a Local Government Law and Divorce Mediation lawyer who attended Florida State University College... read more >

Christopher Benigno Roe

Christopher Benigno Roe
Bryant Miller Olive
101 N Monroe St Suite900
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Licensed for 18 years, Christopher Benigno Roe is a Local Government Law lawyer who attended Florida State University College of Law... read more >

Derek Patrick Rooney

Derek Patrick Rooney
Charlotte County Attorney'S Office
1404 Dean St Room 573
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Licensed for 13 years, Derek Patrick Rooney is a Local Government Law lawyer who attended Washington College of Law - American University... read more >

Jeffrey Phillip Sheffel

Jeffrey Phillip Sheffel
City of Hollywood
505 N Highland Dr # 407
Hollywood, FL 33021
Licensed for 33 years, Jeffrey Phillip Sheffel is a Local Government Law and Administrative Law lawyer who attended University of Miami Sch... read more >

D Andrew Smith III

D Andrew Smith III
Shepard Smith and Cassady PA
2300 Maitland Center Pkwy Suite 100
Maitland, FL 32751
Licensed for 17 years, D Andrew Smith III is a Local Government Law lawyer who attended Washington and Lee University School of Law... read more >

Lori Smith-Lalla

Lori Smith-Lalla
Squire Sanders & Dempsey
401 E Las Olas Blvd Suite 4000
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Licensed for 32 years, Lori Smith-Lalla is a Local Government Law lawyer who attended Quinnipiac University School of Law... read more >

Susan Lanelle Trevarthen

Susan Lanelle Trevarthen
Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske
200 E Broward Blvd Suite 1900
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Licensed for 28 years, Susan Lanelle Trevarthen is a Local Government Law and Environmental Law lawyer who attended University of North Car... read more >

Jeff E Wright

Jeff E Wright
Collier County Attorney's Office
8889 Pelican Bay Blvd Suite 800
Naples, FL 34108
Licensed for 13 years, Jeff E Wright is a Local Government Law and Real Estate Law lawyer who attended University of Denver Sturm College o... read more >

Jennifer Rhea Cowan

Jennifer Rhea Cowan
Lewis, Longman, & Walker P.A.
101 Riverfront Blvd Ste 620
Bradenton, FL 34205
Licensed for 12 years, Jennifer Rhea Cowan is a Education Law and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Alison Link Dawley

Alison Link Dawley
City of Melbourne, Florida
E Strawbridge Ave
Melbourne, FL 32901
Licensed for 20 years, Alison Link Dawley is a Real Estate Law and Administrative Law lawyer who attended DePaul University College of Law... read more >

Eileen Del Carmen Fernandez

Eileen Del Carmen Fernandez
Orange County Public Schools
Orange County Public Schools District General Counsel Office 445 W Amelia S
Orlando, FL 32801
Licensed for 18 years, Eileen Del Carmen Fernandez is a Real Estate Law and Local Government Law lawyer who attended Florida State Universi... read more >
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Certified in Government Law

Florida Bar Board Certification in Government Law - Under Rule 6-18.2, the term "city, county and local government law" is defined as the practice of law dealing with "legal issues of county, municipal or other local governments, such as, but not limited to, special districts, agencies and authorities, including litigation in the federal and state courts and before administrative agencies; the preparation of laws, ordinances and regulations; and the preparation of legal instruments for or in behalf of city, county and local governments."


Lawyers certified in City, County & Local Government Law by the Florida Board of Legal Specialization have met minimum standards for city, county and local government law certification. The standards are set out in Rule 6-18.3 which include the practice of law for at least 5 years (or 4 years with an LL.M. in urban affairs or a related field), substantial involvement in the specialty of city, county and local government law (40% or more), and 60 hours of approved city, county and local government law certification continuing legal education. Attorney must also submit to peer review and passing a written examination.




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