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Very thorough, very strategic and very well connected.

- Chambers USA 2017

Ronald Weaver has extensive experience in advising landowners, development companies and occasionally local governments in environmental, land use and property rights law and real estate acquisition and financing. He has conducted land use, environmental, zoning, Developments of Regional Impact (DRI), comprehensive plan, and concurrency due diligence for the acquisition and development of over $6 billion worth of Florida property in 32 different counties and 62 cities, including a $600 million due diligence of 12 properties for one acquisition/financing, and a dozen others over $100 million throughout Florida.

Ronald speaks regularly on land use issues and has written over 200 articles in national, local and regional publications, law journals and newsletters. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal on growth management, concurrency, property rights and takings cases. Ronald has published commentaries and articles in NAIOP's Development magazine and the ULI's Urban Land magazine.

Representative Experience

  • Environmental work on Florida’s only major petroleum pipeline through Big Cypress and Everglades National Parks.
  • Land Use and Environmental Counsel for five 2,500 to 13,000 acre new Florida mixed-use communities and dozens of 500+ acre communities.
  • Rezoning for 1,500 units in downtown Tampa including mixed-use with environmental and regulatory and permitting follow-up.
  • Rezoning for 13 downtown Tampa and six Westshore high-rise/mid-rise office buildings and 8 apartment projects, 12 hotels, and 5 office parks.
  • Representation of over 100 Florida developers, 80 landowners and 20 banks regarding entitlements and due diligence issues under Florida land use and environmental law.
  • Land use or environmental Counsel for acquisition or sale of 65 hotels over 25 years.
  • Hundreds of permitting and zoning cases, 28 Developments of Regional Impact and 68 Comprehensive Plan amendments, 200 major transportation analyses, advocacies, or settlements for major resorts, office buildings, general retail and eight regional malls, and several dozen mixed-use communities.
  • Due diligence for over 45 affordable housing projects.
  • Environmental audits and compliance issues for over 400 Florida properties ranging from service stations and regional malls, to 1,000+ acre developments, and development communities.
  • Representation of Florida, California and Nevada developers and governments and Chambers of Commerce on concurrency, property rights and National Environmental Policy Act projects, including a $1.3 billion roadway, a $56 million people mover, city redevelopment and downtown plans and all aspects of City and County Comprehensive Plans, concurrency, proportionate fair share and property rights, new Florida SB 360 Community Renewal Act, and Bert Harris Private Property Rights Act claims.
  • Co-counsel for plaintiffs in major construction law litigation.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Heart Association, Local Chapter, Former Chair
  • The Florida Bar, Public Interest Law Committee, Founding Chairman, 1978
  • The American Bar Association
    • Banking Law Committee, Real Estate Finance Subcommittee, Chairman, 1984-1986
    • International Real Estate Finance Forum & British Barristers Society in London, Chairman, 1985
  • Baycare Health System Board of Trustees, Past Chairman of Finance Committee
  • The Children's Home, Past Board of Trustees
  • First Baptist Church of Tampa, Past Chairman of Deacons
  • Greater Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Land Use and Economic Development Committee
  • Junior Achievement, Past Board of Directors, Former Member
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Florida Chapter, Co-Founder
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Tampa Bay Chapter
    • Vice President, Public Affairs
    • Former Chair, Public Affairs Committee
  • St. Joseph's-Baptist Hospital
    • Executive Committee
    • Former Chair, Long-Range Planning Committee
    • Former Chair, Finance Committee
  • University of South Florida Business School, Board of Advisors Former Member
  • University of Tampa, Board of Fellows, Former Member and Program Chair
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • REIC – Real Estate Investment Council, Inc.


  • Chambers USA, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (North & Central Florida), Senior Statespeople, 2005-2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2007-2023
    • Tampa Land Use & Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year, 2014 & 2019
    • Tampa Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2021, 2023
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2022
  • Luminary Award, Junior League of Tampa, 2020
  • Breezin’ Magazine “The New Tampa Bay” Half-Century Professional Award, 2019
  • Florida Trend's Florida 500, 2018
  • 2011 NAIOP President's Award for Real Estate Lives- Assisting Real Estate Professionals Back to Work, 2008-2012
  • Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite, 2005-2009 and 2011
  • Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition, 2009
  • Tampa Bay Real Estate Hall of Fame, inducted, 1996
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Publications & Presentations

Publications: Private Property Rights Protection Legislation: Statutory Claims for Relief from Governmental Regulation
Florida Bar Treatise Florida Environmental and Land Use Law, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012 Editions

Publications: Florida Real Property Litigation: Statutory Private Property Rights Protection
The Florida Bar, 5th Edition

Events: Ethics in Modern Practice
Florida Eminent Domain Conference|October 2022

Events: The Luminaries - Documentary premiere featuring Ron Weaver
Junior League of Tampa's Facebook Live Stream|May 2021

Land Development News Update, Publications: What's Developing | Summer 2020
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|July 2020

Land Development News Update, Publications: Friday Deadline for Hillsborough County's Final Impact Fee Buyback Solicitation
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|July 2019

Events: Hillsborough Community College: An Oral History
Tampa Bay History Center |March 2019

Events: Harris Act Recoveries and Florida Legislative Update
CLE International Eminent Domain Conference|November 2018

Events: 9 presentations, Bert Harris Private Property Rights Act
CLE International, 2003-2017

Events: Regulations and Environmental Issues for Building Professionals
HalfMoon Education, Inc. |April 2017

Events: Hot Topics in Property Rights
Association of Eminent Domain Professionals|March 2017

Land Development News Update, Publications: Opportunities to Reduce Mobility Fees and Monetize Impact Fee Credits as Hillsborough County's Mobility Fee Takes Effect
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|January 2017

Events: Land Use Law: Charting New Territory
CLE International |August 2016

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

Land Development News Update, Publications: Hillsborough County's Mobility Fee Ordinance Likely to Affect Existing, Ongoing, and Future Projects
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|April 2016

Land Development News Update, Publications: Hillsborough County Releases Draft Mobility Fee Ordinance Ahead of March 24 Commissioner Workshop
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|March 2016

Land Development News Update, Publications: Hillsborough County's Mobility Fee Proposal to Affect Ongoing Projects and Development Agreements
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|December 2015

Land Development News Update, Publications: New Mobility Fees on the Horizon in Hillsborough County
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|November 2015

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

Events: Growth Management
Florida Economic Development Council State Convention|January 2012

Events: Co-Chair
Statewide Eminent Domain Continuous Legal Education Seminar|January 2012

Events: 15th Annual Conference: Eminent Domain
CLE International|October 2011

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

Events: Legal Issues Related to Entitlements, Permitting and CDDs for Distressed and Foreclosed Property
Real Estate Expo & Distressed Asset Conference|April 2011

Events: Annual Housing Workshop
Tampa Housing Authority|February 2011

Events: Designing for Florida's Future
AIA Florida 2010 Convention|August 2010

Events: The Future of Florida Land Use Law
American Institute of Architects|June 2010

Events: Developers' Perspective and How We Can Work Together
Southwest Florida Chamber of Commerce Joint Meeting with AIA|February 2010

Events: Creative Networking in the 21st Century
Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce|January 2009

Events: Florida Legislative Update
Real Estate Investment Society|January 2009

Events: Florida Growth Management Real Estate Investment Society Legislative Update
Florida Planning Zoning Association State-wide Convention|January 2009

Events: Current Land Use and Environmental Issues for Distressed Real Estate
CCIM Institute|January 2009

Events: The Bert J. Harris Act: Parts I and II
5th Annual Conference Litigating Land Use|December 2008

Events: Taking & Public Private Partnerships: The Next Generation
The Second Annual Conference on Florida's Growth Management Act|October 2008

Events: Creative Concurrency, Proportionate Fair Share and Florida Hometown Democracy
The Development Approval Process in Florida|September 2008

Events: The Results of the Legislative Session for Redevelopment and Economic Development in Florida
FL Redevelopment Association - Tampa Bay Regional Meeting|July 2008

Events: Development Agreements, Easements and CCRs Conference
Law Seminars International|June 2008

Events: Bert Harris Act and Takings Update
University of Florida Law School|March 2007

Events: Unconstitutional Takings
CLE International|March 2007

Events: Property Taxes, and Insurance Crisis in Florida
Real Share|March 2007

Events: Golf Course Conversions Symposium: Zoning and Planning Considerations
University of Florida Law School|March 2007

Events: New Directions in Land Use Law and Land Use Litigation
CLE International|January 2006

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