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Tara W. Duhy

Areas of Practice

  • Counsels clients regarding sustainability law and policy, including transportation planning.
  • Advises clients through all phases of development of regional impact review, comprehensive planning, zoning and other local, state and federal land use approval processes from the application for such approvals through the defense and prosecution of administrative, local or federal litigation.  Ms. Duhy represents agricultural, development and mining clients before local government entities, regional planning councils and the Department of Community Affairs.
  • Represents clients throughout environmental and administrative permitting processes involving local, state and federal regulations and laws governing endangered species, coastal development, the consumption, management and storage of surface waters and the dredging or filling of wetlands, including jurisdiction and permitting pursuant to the Clean Water Act. Representation includes consultation regarding Endangered Species Act and NEPA compliance. Ms. Duhy successfully represents public and private clients with matters before the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the various Florida water management districts, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 
  • Represents public and private clients participating in the creation and negotiation of public/private partnerships – including community redevelopment agencies – from conceptual and site planning, to supervising requests for proposals and responses thereto, to drafting and negotiating development agreements and contracts. 
  • General representation of local governments and special districts, including drafting and reviewing ordinances, resolutions, policies and procedures, and providing general counsel.
  • Experience in civil and administrative litigation.


Professional, Civic and Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar, Member, 2004
  • The Florida Bar, Environmental and Land Use Law Section
    o Executive Council Member, 2009-present
  • The American Bar Association, Section on Energy and Environmental Resources
    o Water and Wetlands Committee Vice-Chair, 2007 to present
  • Leadership Palm Beach County, Class of 2011
  • The Palm Beach County Bar Association, Member
    o Environmental and Land Use Committee, Co-Chair
  • Easter Seals of Florida, Inc., Board of Directors, 2012-2014; Event Committee Member.
  • Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County, Inc., Co-Chair of Moments Luncheon and Silent Auction, 2014.

Publications and Presentations

Awards and Honors

  • Florida Rising Star in Environmental Law, 2009 and 2013.
  • Leadership Palm Beach County, Class of 2011. 
  • Listed as a “Rising Star” in the Daily Business Review’s “40 under 40” Issue, September 2013.
  • Recipient, the Judy Florence Memorial Outstanding Service Award, presented by the Executive Council of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section of the Florida Bar, 2007-2008.