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Janice D. Rustin

Shareholder | West Palm Beach

Vice-Chair of: Governmental Law, Government

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 procurement,  public pension, and local government matters.

Areas of Practice

  • Represents local government in matters concerning state and federal procurement procedures, contract management, employment law, ethics, public records, Sunshine Law, quasi-judicial hearings, land use and real property issues.

  • 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.

  • Assists local government in drafting ordinances, resolutions, land development regulations, zoning codes, board orders, easement agreements, interlocal agreements and vendor agreements.

Publications and Presentations

Professional, Civic and Community Involvement

  • Board certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in City, County and Local Government Law

  • Florida Municipal Attorneys Association, Member

  • The Florida Bar, City, County and Local Government Law Section, Member

  • American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section, Member

  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Member

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.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, Labor and Employment Law - Employee, 2024




  • J.D., summa cum laude, Nova Southeastern University, 2011

  • M.A., (English), University of Victoria, 1996