Ms. Rustin is board certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in City, County and Local Government Law. Ms. Rustin’s practice focuses on public pension, local government, and land use law.
Areas of Practice
Advises public employers and pension boards on federal and state laws pertaining to governmental retirement plans and works closely with local governments and pension actuaries in restructuring retirement benefit programs and preparing pension plan documents and amendments.
Represents local government in matters concerning employment law, procurement procedures, contract management, ethics, public records, Sunshine Law, quasi-judicial hearings, land use and real property issues.
Assists local government in drafting ordinances, resolutions, land development regulations, zoning codes, board orders, easement agreements, interlocal agreements and vendor agreements.
Represents local government in civil litigation and appellate matters.
Publications and Presentations
Firefighter Cancer Benefits: A Case for Prospective Application, The Florida Bar Journal, July 2020
Moving Toward Reopening Government, LLW Lunch & Learn, June 2020
Professional, Civic and Community Involvement
Board certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in City, County and Local Government Law
Admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
Admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
Florida Municipal Attorneys Association, Member
The Florida Bar, City, County and Local Government Law Section, Member
Palm Beach County Bar Association, Member
Craig S. Barnard Inns of Court, Member, 2011-2013, 2015-2017
Previous Professional Experience
Served as an Assistant City Attorney from 2012 to 2018
City of Boca Raton Planning and Zoning Board, Member, 2013-2018
City of West Palm Beach, City Attorney Office, Certified Legal Intern, 2011
Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc., Legal Intern, 2010-2011
Representative Court Decisions
O’Boyle v. City of Delray Beach, 260 So. 3d 271 (Fla. 4th DCA 2018) , Successfully defended City against a citizen lawsuit alleging unlawful refusal to produce public records and unreasonable delay.
Casserly v. City of Delray Beach, 228 So. 3d 135 (Fla. 4th DCA 2017), Successfully argued at hearing and on appeal that the City has statutory immunity against claims related to inline skating accidents in the public right-of-way.
Richard v. City of Delray Beach and the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) (2018), Obtained a defense jury verdict for a pedestrian fall in a City park that was being used by another governmental agency.
Brown v. City of Delray Beach (2013), Obtained a defense jury verdict for a pedestrian fall on the City sidewalk.