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Government Law

The Firm has deep and extensive experience in representing local governments and governmental agencies in local, state, and federal proceedings. This challenging practice area requires detailed knowledge of governmental law, including civil litigation, appellate matters, comprehensive planning, zoning and land development, annexation, government financing, eminent domain, inverse condemnation, Bert J. Harris Act, bid/procurement, construction contracts, Administrative Procedures Act, Government in the Sunshine, ethics and public records law, real estate acquisition and contract negotiation matters, and drafting and interpretation of ordinances, development agreements, and interlocal agreements. Firm attorneys attend numerous municipal board meetings as legal counsel, including City Council/Commissions, Planning & Zoning Boards, Code Enforcement Boards, Charter Review Boards, Community Redevelopment Agencies, Election Canvassing Boards, Development Review Committees, and Redistricting Committees. The Firm also selectively represents a number of private land owners, businesses, and developers in government law matters.

Board Certification Ensures the Highest Standards

The Florida Bar has certified four of our partners — Kurt Ardaman, Dan Langley, Rick Geller, and Giffin Chumley — as board certified specialists in City, County and Local Government Law. Board certification requires a rigorous evaluation of legal knowledge, experience, and professionalism. The Florida Bar states, “Board certification’s stringent requirements for legal expertise and professional conduct give the public objective standards by which to evaluate attorneys.” According to the Bar, board certified attorneys meet the “highest standards for special knowledge, skills and proficiency.”

As of July 2019, out of more than 106,000 Florida Bar members, only 264 attorneys held board certification in City, County and Local Government Law. Fishback Dominick aims to represent its local government clients, and private sector clients appearing before other local governments, with the highest level of expertise.

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