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Nicole J. Poot

Attorney | St. Petersburg

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

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, 2020-2023

  • 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

  • Tampa Magazine Top Lawyers List, Environmental Law and Water Law, 2024

  • Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, Environmental Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, and Environmental Litigation, 2024

  • Florida Rising Stars, Administrative Law, 2022-present

  • 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