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Rachael B. Santana

Attorney | West Palm Beach

Rachael’s practice focuses on working closely with clients to listen, understand and execute their strategic objectives within the evolving and complex area of environmental and land use permitting and litigation in Florida. Rachael assists clients in obtaining local, state and federal environmental permits and, when necessary, defending those permits in administrative and civil courts.

Areas of Practice

  • Rachael’s practice involves understanding the ever-evolving interplay between science and the law in issues related to:

    • Federal versus state jurisdiction for “waters of the United States”

    • Wetlands and impacts to wetlands

    • Endangered species

    • Sovereignty submerged land authorizations and other land use related topics

Publications and Presentations

Professional, Civic and Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar, Member, 2013-present

  • Environmental and Land Use Law Section of the Florida Bar (ELULS), Chair-Elect, 2019-2020; Natural Resources Committee, Chair, 2017-2019; Membership Committee, Chair, 2018-present; CLE Committee, Member, 2015-present

  • The American Bar Association, Member, 2014-present

  • North Palm Beach Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association, Board Member, 2018-2020

  • University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Natural Resource Leadership Institute, Fellow, 2017-2018

  • Sea Turtle Conservancy – Conservation Clinic, Legal Intern, 2012-2013

  • Public Interest Environmental Conference, “The Endangered Species Act at 40: Polishing the Crown Jewel” University of Florida Levin College of Law, Finance Chair 2011-2012; Co-Chair 2012-2013

  • Division of Administrative Hearings, Legal Intern for Administrative Law Judge Bram Center, 2012

  • University of Florida Law’s Conflict Resolution Initiative, Outreach Coordinator, 2011-2012

Representative Court Decisions

Awards and Recognitions

  • Florida Rising Star, 2020

  • Stephens/Register Memorial Award, Environmental and Land Use Law Section of the Florida Bar (ELULS), 2016 and 2017. Rachael is the only person in the Section’s history to receive the award twice.

  • International and Comparative Environmental Law Book Award, University of Florida Levin College of Law

  • Sustainable Development Law Book Award, University of Florida Levin College of Law

  • Conservation Clinic Book Award, University of Florida Levin College of Law

  • Capstone Colloquium Book Award, University of Florida Levin College of Law

Practices

Industries

Education

  • J.D., University of Florida, 2013

  • Environmental and Land Use Law Certificate, University of Florida, 2013

  • B.A., cum laude, University of Florida, 2010