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Overview

Our litigation team has substantial experience representing clients in land use, zoning, environmental and administrative matters throughout the process—from contested hearings through appeal. The members of our land use team draw upon our litigators early in the process to provide litigation analysis and support. Our litigators are experienced trial and administrative attorneys who appear regularly in state and federal court and administrative proceedings throughout Florida. Our attorneys have extensive experience litigating a variety of environmental and land use claims. Many of the claims include disputes regarding comprehensive land use plans, consistency challenges under Chapter 163, petitions for certiorari, permits and development orders. Our attorneys have extensive experience litigating a variety of environmental claims involving wetlands, protected species, contaminated sites, coastal permitting, consumptive use permitting, sovereign submerged lands, and riparian rights issues. These claims usually involve defending against an enforcement action or defending a permit that has been issued and challenged by a third party. Additionally, we have experience managing and defending against environmental class actions and complex toxic tort matters. We also have extensive experience in litigating restrictive covenants, easements, title issues and entitlements and in prosecuting challenges to property tax assessments and exemptions. We aggressively seek to protect our clients’ property rights, including constitutional rights, takings, inverse condemnation, Bert Harris Act and rights arising from estoppel, assuring that the value of our clients’ property is protected or compensated. Our goal is to utilize the various forums to resolve disputes so our clients can obtain the maximum use of their property.

  • ADA & Fair Housing
  • Ad Valorem Tax Assessment Challenges & Appeals
  • Administrative Enforcement Action
  • Administrative Hearings & Appeals (Fla. Sta. §120)
  • Bert Harris Act Claims
    • New Rule Inordinately Burdens Private Property
    • Prohibited Exaction as Condition of Government Approval
  • Certiorari Proceedings
  • Citizen Suits
  • Class Actions
  • Code Violations – Fee Mitigation
  • Comprehensive Plan Consistency (Fla. Stat. §163)
  • Constitutional Issues (Due Process, Equal Protection)
  • CDD Litigation
  • Declaratory Judgment
  • Deed Restrictions
  • Development of Regional Impact (DRI) Rights
  • Development Order & Zoning Appeals
  • Dispute Resolution with Interest Groups & Interested Parties
  • Easement Disputes
    • Easements by Necessity
    • Negative Reciprocal Easements
    • Prescriptive Easements
  • Eminent Domain
  • Environmental Cost Recovery
  • Environmental Enforcement Actions
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Florida Land Use and Environmental Dispute Resolution Act Proceedings
  • Golf Course Entitlements for Alternative Use
  • Greenbelt Exemption (Agricultural Classification) Litigation
  • Infrastructure Agreement Disputes
  • Indoor Air Quality – Sick Buildings
  • Injunctions
  • Inverse Condemnation
    • Access
    • Regulatory Taking
    • Views
  • Mold Litigation
  • Neighborhood & Adjacent Property Owner Disputes
  • Permit Challenges
  • Property & Groundwater Contamination
  • Property Rights
    • §1983
    • Civil Rights
    • Due Process
    • Equal Protection
    • Estoppel
  • Property Tax Litigation
  • Public Records Act Violations
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Rule Challenges
  • Submerged Land
    • Ownership/Title
    • Riparian Rights
  • Sunshine Law Violations
  • Takings
  • Telecommunications Regulation & Litigation
    • Cell Towers
  • Title, Survey & Boundary Disputes
  • Title Insurance Claims & Disputes
  • Toxic Torts
  • Vacating Rights-of-Way
  • Vested Rights
    • Estoppel
  • Water Use Litigation

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David M. Smith

David M. Smith

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Publications, Recent News Updates: What's Developing Fall 2018
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update |December 2018|Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jacob T. Cremer, Olivia Sanchez

Events: “The Future of Florida’s Electorate – How will Florida Respond to the Rising Independent Voters?”
Association of Florida Developers, Inc. |November 2018|Reggie L. Bouthillier

Publications, Recent News Updates: What's Developing | Summer 2018
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|September 2018|Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jeffrey A. Collier, Jacob T. Cremer, Christopher P. Smith

Publications, Recent News Updates: Do You Own Real Property? Be on the Lookout for Your TRIM Notice!
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|August 2018|Michael P. Paparesta, Ph.D., Sabrina Weiss Robinson

Publications, Recent News Updates: Qualified Opportunity Zones
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|August 2018|Maria A. Gralia

Events: Navigating the Unique Challenges of Urban Infill Development
Florida Chamber's Environmental Permitting Summer School|July 2018|Jeffrey A. Collier

Events: Florida Chamber's Environmental Permitting Summer School
JW Marriott Marco Island |July 2018

Events: Resolving Property Rights Disputes
Florida Chamber's Environmental Permitting Summer School|July 2018|Jacob T. Cremer

Events: Transportation Planning: How Do We Get There From Here?
Florida Chamber's Environmental Permitting Summer School|July 2018|Kenneth B. Metcalf, AICP

Publications, Recent News Updates: Proposed Changes Would Relax Endangered Species Act Restrictions
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update |July 2018|Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jeffrey A. Collier, Jacob T. Cremer

Publications, Recent News Updates: What's Developing? | Spring 2018
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|June 2018|Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jeffrey A. Collier, Jacob T. Cremer

Events: Competent Substantial Evidence Before Local Government: Heated Discussion
Florida Bar Advanced Hot Topics 2018 Seminar |April 2018|Jacob T. Cremer

Publications, Recent News Updates: What's Developing? | Winter 2018
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|March 2018|Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jeffrey A. Collier, Abigail Corbett, Jacob T. Cremer

Events: Analyzing Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategies at the City of Coral Gables
Resilient Utility Coalition - Operationalizing Resilience Summit |January 2018|Abigail Corbett

Events: How Local Government is Shaping Climate Resiliency in SE Florida
UM Environmental Law Society; UM Office of Sustainability |January 2018|Abigail Corbett

Publications, Recent News Updates: A New, Narrower Take on the "Incidental Take" of Bird Species under the MBTA
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|January 2018|Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jeffrey A. Collier, Jacob T. Cremer

In the Media: The Inside Story of Miami's New Climate Tax
Earther|December 2017

Publications, Recent News Updates: What's Developing | Fall 2017
Stearns Weaver Miller Update|December 2017|Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jeffrey A. Collier, Jacob T. Cremer, Kenneth B. Metcalf, AICP, Christopher P. Smith

In the Media: Fresh From Deluge, Miami Weighs Bonds to Gird for Climate Change
Bloomberg Markets|November 2017

Events: Classic Takings and 2017 Cases
Eminent Domain Institute |October 2017|Jacob T. Cremer

In the Media: The high cost of losing for the football capital of Florida
Tallahassee Democrat|October 2017

In the Media: Tallahassee Chamber charges ahead with new leadership
Tallahassee Democrat|October 2017

Events: 2017-2018 Brownfield Legislative & Technical Issues & Opportunities
Florida Brownfield Association |October 2017|Jacob T. Cremer

Events: Land Use in the U.S.
National Italian American Bar Association |September 2017|Vin Marchetti

Firm Announcements: Stearns Weaver Miller Names Three New Shareholders
September 2017

Publications, Recent News Updates: What's Developing | Summer 2017
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|September 2017|Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jeffrey A. Collier, Jacob T. Cremer, Kenneth B. Metcalf, AICP

Publications, Recent News Updates: Should You Challenge Your Property Tax Assessment?
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update |August 2017|Jacob T. Cremer, John N. Muratides, Darrell Payne, Mark D. Solov

In the Media: Interview: Live in Tallahassee
Live in Tallahassee|August 2017

In the Media: Chamber conference first-timers share expectations
Tallahassee Democrat|August 2017

Publications: Sea level rise adaptation: Funding sources
The Environmental and Land Use Law Section of the Florida Bar Reporter |August 2017|Abigail Corbett, Jason S. Koslowe

Publications, Recent News Updates: Landowners with Contiguous Parcels Should Heed Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decision
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update |July 2017|Jacob T. Cremer, Darrin J. Quam

Events: Environmental Permitting Summer School
Florida Environmental Network |July 2017

In the Media: Talk Show Appearance
WCTV - The Usual Suspects|June 2017

Publications, Recent News Updates: What's Developing | Spring 2017
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|May 2017|Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jeffrey A. Collier, Jacob T. Cremer, Vin Marchetti

In the Media: Pinning Down City's Brand
Tallahassee Democrat|May 2017

In the Media: Chamber highlights Nashville "brand"
WCTV|May 2017

Events: Boundaries and Easements
HalfMoon Education, Inc. |April 2017|Jacob T. Cremer

In the Media: Chamber takes stance on urban infill
Tallahassee Democrat|March 2017

Events: Hot Topics in Property Rights
Association of Eminent Domain Professionals |March 2017|Ronald L. Weaver

Events: History of Inverse Condemnation, Regulator Takings, and Exactions
Association of Eminent Domain Professionals |March 2017|Jacob T. Cremer

In the Media: Tallahassee Chamber supports city's substation plan
Tallahassee Democrat|March 2017

Events: Acquisition Due Diligence & Entitlement Considerations
Florida State University Real Deals and Entrepreneurs Speaker Series |February 2017|Reggie L. Bouthillier

Publications: We are at critical economic development point
Tallahassee Democrat|February 2017|Reggie L. Bouthillier

Publications, Recent News Updates: Florida Appellate Court Confirms that Even Unusual Agricultural Uses Must be Greenbelted
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|February 2017|Jacob T. Cremer, John N. Muratides

Publications, Recent News Updates: Residential Developers May Now Be Liable for Unfunded Reserves
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update |February 2017|Glenn Burhans, Jr., Christian F. O'Ryan, Bridget Smitha

Events: Ground Zero: Miami
University of Miami Law Review’s Symposium: Climate Wrongs and Human Rights |February 2017|Abigail Corbett

In the Media: Florida's economic forecast shows improvement
Tallahassee Democrat|February 2017

In the Media: Our issues Tallahassee
WTWC NBC 40 |January 2017

Publications, Recent News Updates: What's Developing | Winter 2017
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|January 2017|Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jeffrey A. Collier, Jacob T. Cremer, Maria A. Gralia

In the Media: Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce launches 'GrowTLH'
WCTV|January 2017

In the Media: Tallahassee and Leon County
Florida Trend|January 2017

In the Media: Is Tallahassee ready to meet future job needs?
Tallahassee Democrat|December 2016

Publications: A Tough Eight Years
Forest Landowners|October 2016|Jacob T. Cremer

Events: Chasing Yield: Thinking Outside the Box in a Risk-Reward Environment
FSU Real Estate Network’s 22nd Annual Real Estate Trends Conference |October 2016|George A. Pincus

Publications: New Chamber plan will strengthen businesses
Tallahassee Democrat|October 2016|Reggie L. Bouthillier

In the Media: Chamber's strategic plan focuses on growing businesses
Tallahassee Democrat|October 2016

In the Media: States Ask Federal Appeals Court to Reconsider Endangered Species Act Ruling
Forest Landowners Association Newsletter|August 2016

Events: Land Use Law: Charting New Territory
CLE International |August 2016|Ronald L. Weaver

Events: Commercial Real Estate Mid-Year Update
CCIM Florida Southwest & West Coast Districts |July 2016|Ronald L. Weaver

Events: Environmental Permitting Summer School
Florida Environmental Network |July 2016

In the Media: Mobility fee study may include other options for Tallahassee and Leon
Tallahassee Democrat|May 2016

In the Media: Miami Backs $115M Subsidy Plan for Hotel, Expo Center
Daily Business Review|May 2016

In the Media: Hillsborough OKs developers' fees for transportation improvements
The Tampa Tribune|April 2016

Publications, Recent News Updates: Important Recent Developments in the Federal Regulation of Wetlands
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|April 2016|Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jeffrey A. Collier, Jacob T. Cremer

Publications: The Uncertain Fundamentals of Federal Regulation of Wetlands
The Environmental and Land Use Law Section of the Florida Bar Reporter|March 2016|Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jacob T. Cremer

Publications, Recent News Updates: Florida Campaign Contribution Guidelines
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|March 2016|Glenn Burhans, Jr.

Events: A Birds Eye View of Real Estate Development: Perspectives from Developers, Contractors, Attorneys, and the Government
Dade County Bar Association Real Property Committee |January 2016|Maria A. Gralia

Publications, Recent News Updates: New Mobility Fees on the Horizon in Hillsborough County
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|November 2015|Jacob T. Cremer, Vin Marchetti, David M. Smith, Ronald L. Weaver

Events: The Planner as a Social Entrepreneur
Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association |September 2015|Jacob T. Cremer

Publications, Recent News Updates: EPA and Army Corps Release New Clean Water Act Rule Interpreting and Expanding Jurisdiction
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|August 2015|Reggie L. Bouthillier, Jacob T. Cremer

Firm Announcements: New Faces at our Tampa Office
August 2015

In the Media: Stearns Weaver Team Handles CocoWalk Acquisition
Daily Business Review|June 2015

In the Media: Planners: Mobility fee more fair to developers
Tallahassee Democrat|April 2015

Events: Capital Region Trends in Real Estate 2015
Urban Land Institute (ULI) |March 2015|Reggie L. Bouthillier

Events: 2015 Legislative Session & Higher Education
Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Advocacy Forum |February 2015|Reggie L. Bouthillier

Events: Dade County Bar Association 2015 Bench & Bar Conference
Hyatt Regency - Downtown Miami |February 2015

Events: Miami Transit & Development Outlook
FIU College of Business's Real Estate Alumni Affinity Council (REAAC) |January 2015

In the Media: Late-Summer Lateral Moves An Anomaly
Daily Business Review|August 2014

Events: Market Update-Tampa
Florida CCIM Mid-Year Gulf Coast Market Conference |July 2014|Ronald L. Weaver

Events: Real Estate Deals, Zoning and Litigation
Dade County Bar Association 2014 Bench & Bar Conference |February 2014|Gisela M. Munoz

Events: Growth Management
King Engineering Associates, Inc. 2011 Legislative Session Seminar |June 2011|Ronald L. Weaver

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