Ms. Petrick’s practice focuses on litigation. She has experience with both bench and jury trial work in federal and state court, and before the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings, and handling state and federal appeals. She also provides pre-suit legal advice on a broad range of matters, including zoning and comprehensive planning issues, environmental, aviation and utility matters. She represents clients on a wide variety of land use, administrative, regulatory, construction and contractual matters in state and federal court and administrative forums.
Publications and Presentations
Fourth Amendment Issues in Code Enforcement, Florida Association of Code Enforcement Conference, June 18, 2018
Liability of County and Public Officials, Florida County of Government Guide, Florida Association of Counties, August 1, 2010
Fourth District Court of Appeals Rules Monetary Damages Cannot be Awarded as Supplemental Relief in Sunshine Law Actions, The Florida Bar Government Lawyer Section Newsletter, August 1, 2008
Journal of Law & Public Policy, Notes Editor, August 1, 1999
Comment, Constitutional Law, Decency Requirements in Arts Fundraising, NEA v. Finley, 118 S. Ct. 2168, 1998 & FLA. J.L. & PUB POL’Y 423, August 1, 1999
Professional, Civic and Community Involvement
Board certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in City, County and Local Government Law
The Florida Bar, Member
Admitted to the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal
Florida Association of County Attorneys, Growth Management Committee Chair, 2012-present
Previous Professional Experience
Martin County Attorney's Office, Senior Assistant County Attorney, 2015-2016
Palm Beach County Attorney's Office, Senior Assistant County Attorney, 2001-2015
Florida Atlantic University, Adjunct Graduate Professor, taught Administrative Law to candidates in the Masters of Public Administration Program, 2009-2010
Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal, Law Clerk for the Honorable Robert M. Gross, 2000-2001
Representative Court Decisions
Mizner Trail Golf Club Ltd. v. Palm Beach County, 16 So. 3d 331 (Fla. 4th DCA 2006), Ms. Petrick successfully defended Palm Beach County against a $65 million inverse condemnation claim relating to a golf course conversion application at trial and on appeal.
Flagler Center Properties, LLP v. Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 49 So. 3d 1280 (Fla. 4th DCA 2010), Ms. Petrick successfully defended Palm Beach County's environmental resource permit for the South Cove environmental restoration project, at hearing and on appeal.
Dascott v. Palm Beach County, 988 So. 2d 47 (Fla. 4th DCA 2008), Ms. Petrick successfully argued that no claims for monetary damages can be maintained for Sunshine Law violations.
Westgate Tabernacle, Inc., v. Palm Beach County, 14 So.3d 1027 (Fla. 4th DCA 2009), Ms. Petrick obtained a defense jury verdict for the County, which was later affirmed in the cited appellate case, in a religious land use case brought against the County under the Religious Freed Restoration Act ("RFRA") and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalize Persons Act ("RLUIPA").
Awards and Recognitions
Florida Association of County Attorneys, Writing Award, 2011 and 2016; President’s Award 2012; Amicus Brief Award, 2013
Book Awards: Trust & Estates, Family Law, White Collar Crime
Order of the Coif