Rachael B. Santana

Rachael’s practice focuses on working closely with clients to listen, understand and execute their strategic objectives within the evolving and complex area of environmental and land use permitting and litigation. Rachael assists clients in obtaining local, state and federal environmental permits and is specialized in defending those permits in the courts. Rachael’s experience has involved defending sovereignty submerged land authorizations and successfully challenging the location of a new power plant, as well as the environmental compliance of an existing power plant under Florida’s Power Plant Siting Act.

Publications and Presentations

Professional, Civic and Community Involvement

  • Environmental and Land Use Law Section of the Florida Bar (ELULS), Executive Council, Natural Resources and ELULS Treatise Co-Chair, 2015-present

  • The Florida Bar, Member, 2013-present

  • University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Natural Resource Leadership Institute, Fellow, 2017-2018

  • Sea Turtle Conservancy – Conservation Clinic, Legal Intern, 2012-2013

  • Public Interest Environmental Conference, “The Endangered Species Act at 40: Polishing the Crown Jewel” University of Florida Levin College of Law, Finance Chair 2011-2012; Co-Chair 2012-2013

  • Division of Administrative Hearings, Legal Intern for Administrative Law Judge Bram Center, 2012

  • University of Florida Law’s Conflict Resolution Initiative, Outreach Coordinator, 2011-2012

Representative Court Decisions

Awards and Recognitions

  • International and Comparative Environmental Law Book Award, University of Florida Levin College of Law

  • Sustainable Development Law Book Award, University of Florida Levin College of Law

  • Conservation Clinic Book Award, University of Florida Levin College of Law

  • Capstone Colloquium Book Award, University of Florida Levin College of Law

Practices

Industries

Education

  • J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, Environmental and Land Use Law Certificate, 2013

  • B.A., English and Anthropology, cum laude, University of Florida, 2010