Ms. Poot represents public and private clients in the areas of environmental, land use, and local government law.
Areas of Practice
Assists local governments in matters concerning public records, Sunshine Law, quasi-judicial hearings, procurement procedures, and contract management.
Assists public and private clients in matters concerning land use and environmental issues.
Assists local governments in drafting ordinances, resolutions, and land development regulations.
Represents public and private clients in civil litigation, appellate, and administrative litigation matters.
Provides general and special counsel representation to local governments.
Publications and Presentations
Enforcement of Environmental Laws, LLW Lunch & Learn, October 2020
State and Regional Water Management and Planning, Florida Water Laws Seminar, August 2020
Moving Toward Reopening Government, LLW Lunch & Learn, June 2020
COVID-19 and Its Impact on Special Districts, LLW Virtual Lunch & Learn, April 2020
Let's Talk about Stress Management, St. Petersburg Bar Association Paraclete, March 2020
Law Day 2019 – Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society, St. Petersburg Bar Association Paraclete, May 2019
Public Records and Private Consultants: Obligations and Opportunities in Section 119.0701, Florida Statutes, LLW Lunch & Learn, October 2018
A Fond Farewell As We Honor Judge Shames and Judge Schaefer, St. Petersburg Bar Association Paraclete, January 2018
What to do if new regulation limits your vacation rental value, co-authored with Richard Green, August 2016
The Public Records Act - When Good Faith Compliance Is Not Enough!, co-authored with Jennifer Cowan, April 2016
Professional, Civic and Community Involvement
Admitted to the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
The Florida Bar, City, County, and Local Government Law Section Member
St. Petersburg Bar Association, Government Law Section Vice Chair; Member of the Editorial Committee for the Bar's publication, Paraclete
St. Petersburg Bar Foundation, Board Member
Clearwater Bar Association, Member
Stetson University previous experience: President and Treasurer of the Environmental Law Society; Recipient of the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award; Treasurer of Phi Alpha Delta; Center Fellow of the International Programs Office; and Student Editor of the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy
Previous Professional Experience
City of St. Petersburg, City Attorney’s Office, Legal Intern, Jan. 2015 – May 2015
Pinellas County, County Attorney’s Office, Certified Legal Intern, Aug. 2014 – Dec. 2014
Center for Biological Diversity, Legal Intern, Aug. 2012 – Dec. 2012, Summer 2013
Ramsar Convention, Legal Extern, Summer 2012
Awards and Recognitions
Florida Rising Stars, Administrative Law, 2022
William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award, Stetson University, 2015
Juris Doctor, Stetson University College of Law with a Concentration in Environmental Law, 2015
Honors Bachelor of Arts and Science, McMaster University, 2012