R. Steven Lewis
Of Counsel | Tallahassee
Of Counsel | Tallahassee
Mr. Lewis represents clients before state and federal governmental bodies, agencies, courts and the Division of Administrative Hearings in matters concerning environmental and administrative issues for ports, airports and private development projects.
Areas of Practice
Negotiates issuance of state and federal permits for large-scale developments involving impacts to wetlands, endangered and threatened species, water quality, coastal construction and use of sovereign lands.
Negotiated settlement of complex class action suit against the State of Florida involving over 3,500 plaintiffs resulting in the sale of property to the state for approximately $17 million dollars.
Negotiates issuance of state and federal permits for the expansion of major Florida ports and airports.
Won administrative rule challenge against St. Johns River Water Management District on water quality standards for Lake Apopka.
Publications and Presentations
Frequent lecturer at the Florida Chamber’s Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School, topics include Florida Coastal Construction Control Line Permitting and Special Permit Considerations for Sovereign Lands and Aquatic Preserves
Authored “Spot Zoning, Contract Zoning and Conditional Zoning” Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Treatise, 1987
Professional, Civic and Community Involvement
The Florida Bar: Environmental and Land Use Law Section, Member
The American Bar Association: Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, Member
Technical Advisory Committee to the Department of Environmental Protection on rules pertaining to sovereign submerged lands, Member
Previous Professional Experience
Field Operations Division, Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund, Director
Division of Environmental Permitting, Department of Environmental Regulation, Deputy Director
Chief of Staff to former United States Congressman Bill Nelson
Awards and Recognitions
Martindale Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated.
Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation, 2006-present, Natural Resources Law, 2020; Lawyer of the Year, Natural Resources, Tallahassee, 2021, 2023.
Florida Trend Magazine's Legal Elite, Environmental and Land Use Law, 2013, 2011 and 2004.
Listed in The International Who's Who of Environment Lawyers, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010 and 2008.
Listed in Chambers and Partners USA Guide, an annual listing of the leading lawyers and law firms in the world, 2005-present
J.D., with honors, Florida State University College of Law, 1984
B.S., Florida State University, 1969