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Overview

Erin Tilton represents private and public sector clients before local, regional, and state agencies, courts, and elected bodies on environmental, real estate development, and land use matters. She has experience advising clients on a wide-range of complex land use permitting and entitlement issues, including comprehensive plans and amendments, rezonings, variances, concurrency and development agreements, Development of Regional Impact (DRI) review and rescission, and other related aspects of securing development authorization. She is skilled in developing and implementing litigation strategy as it relates to obtaining, challenging, and defending development approvals. 

In addition to her land development practice, Erin also maintains a broad litigation practice where she represents clients in administrative, circuit court, and appellate litigation on a variety of matters, including complex business, real estate, contract, and private property rights disputes. She also has extensive experience litigating issues under Florida’s Public Records Act on behalf of both private and public sector clients. 

Representative Experience

  • Represented large landowner seeking to recover $298 million under the Bert J. Harris, Jr. Private Property Rights Protection Act in a case involving multiple issues of first impression.
  • Assisted electric utility in amending local comprehensive plan and land development code provisions to allow for the establishment of solar generation facilities in agricultural areas.
  • Served as counsel to mortgage holder in $150 million multi-family residential foreclosure action in federal court involving several construction liens and hundreds of unit purchasers.
  • Obtained judgment for community development district allowing issuance of $19 million in municipal bonds after contested validation hearing
  • Negotiated complex settlement agreement on behalf of state agency resolving $60 million in potential liability over failed public-private partnership.
  • Obtained judgment after evidentiary hearing against local government for public record violations, recovering $75K in attorney’s fees and costs.
  • Served as in-house counsel to a large investor-owned electric utility on matters before the Florida Public Service Commission.

Judicial Clerkships

  • Judicial Intern, Honorable Elizabeth A. Kovachevich and Anthony E. Porcelli, United States District Court District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Stetson Lawyers Alumni Association Advisory Council, 2020-Present
  • Tallahassee Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2018-Present
    • President, Young Lawyer Section 2017-2018
  • The Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, Development and Land Use Planning Committee, 2014-Present
  • Leon County Teen Court, Volunteer Judge, 2013-Present
  • American Bar Association, Managing Editor, Administrative & Regulatory Law News, 2018-2021

Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, 2021
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2017-2021
  • Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite, Up & Comers, 2021
  • Tallahassee Bar Association, Thomas M. Ervin, Jr. Distinguished Young Lawyer Award, 2018
  • Tallahassee Woman Magazine, Women to Watch, 2018
  • The Florida Bar, Environmental and Land Use Law Section, Dean Frank E. Maloney Memorial Writing Contest winner, 2013
  • Stetson University College of Law, Hearne Environmental Law Award, 2013

Publications & Presentations

Events: From Paper to Silver: Case Law Update
Administrative Law Section of the Florida Bar’s Pat Dore Conference|October 2021

Government & Administrative News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: City of Tallahassee Proposes “Glitch” Revisions to Land Development Code
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|September 2021

Government Affairs News Update, Land Development News Update, Publications: What's Developing | Fall 2021
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|September 2021

Events: Litigation in a Post-COVID World
2021 Florida APA Conference: UF Speaker Sessions|September 2021

Events: The Legal Basis of Planning
Florida State University, Department of Urban and Regional Planning|August 2021

Events: Strategies for Winning (and Defending) Land Use Approvals
The Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section|August 2021

Publications: Florida Administrative Practice, Chapter 8: Environmental Agencies
The Florida Bar, 2014-Present|May 2021

Events: Virtual Hearings – Statewide Best Practices for Local Government Land Use Hearings
American Planning Association Florida Chapter Annual Conference|November 2020

Events: Litigation Skills: What Your Lawyer Wants You to Know
American Planning Association Florida Chapter Annual Conference|November 2019

Events: Planning for the Future: How Emerging Technologies Could Impact Development
Tallahassee Bar Association Legal Community Conference|March 2018

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