Robert Angus Williams has extensive experience in environmental, land use, and agriculture, both in public and private practice. His practice focuses on land use and environmental permitting, zoning, state and local permitting, administrative matters and business and real estate transactions.
Publications and Presentations
Enforcement of Environmental Laws, LLW Lunch & Learn, October 2020
Cultivating Hemp - What could go wrong; What could go right?, The Florida Bar ELULS Reporter, October 2019
Guest lecturer at Stetson College of Law to the Environmental Law Society and Environmental Law Class, 2018
General Counsels’ Roundtable Discussion, Florida Bar Annual Convention, 2018
Since 2002, Mr. Williams has presented on topics related to land use and environmental law
Professional, Civic and Community Involvement
Admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court
The Florida Bar, Member
Martindale Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, Member
American Agricultural Law Association, Member
Florida 4-H Foundation, President of the Board of Directors, 2014-present
Association of Florida Community Developers, Environmental and Water Task Force, Co-Chair
Tallahassee Tiger Bay Club, Member, 2010-present
University of Florida, Alpha Gamma Rho, Alumni Coordination Chair, 2010-present
University of Florida, Alpha Gamma Rho, Alumni Advisor, Florida Southern College, Colony and Chapter, 2004-2008
Previous Professional Experience
Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Office of the General Counsel, General Counsel, 2017-2019
Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Office of the General Counsel, Chief Deputy General Counsel, 2015-2017
Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Public Lands Section, Deputy General Counsel, 2014-2015
Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Defense Section, Deputy General Counsel, 2014-2015
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Office of the General Counsel, Senior Attorney, Clemency Aide, 2011-2014
Sixth Circuit, Pinellas and Pasco Counties, Assistant State Attorney, 1995-1999
Representative Court Decisions
Pending: Florida v. Georgia, No. 142 Original (United States Supreme Court), Served as in-house counsel for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the lead agency in the dispute. Florida seeks a consumption cap on Georgia’s unreasonable consumption of water from the Flint River basin. The equitable apportionment of water is needed to restore adequate flows of water to Apalachicola River System and Bay to alleviate serious environmental harm caused by Georgia’s unreasonable use.
Zagame v. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, DOAH Case No. 12-1356, Drafted Final Order modifying in part the Administrative Law Judge’s Recommended Order in a case of first impression regarding the application of Section 373.406, Florida Statutes. Question presented: whether the agricultural exemption applied to the destruction of a wetland for the purpose of excavating a cattle-watering pond.
Citrus County v. Halls River Development, Inc., 8 So.3d 413 (Fla. 5th DCA 2009), review denied, 23 So.3d 712, (Fla. 2009). Defended Citrus County at trial in a case of first impression regarding the Bert Harris Act. Appellate case overturned an incorrect ruling by the Circuit Court resulting in a favorable outcome for the client.
Gills v. Hillsborough County, Case No: 01-CA-007350 (Circuit Court, 2001), Challenged the unlawful approval by Hillsborough County for the construction of a building on adjacent property.
State v. Boatwright, Misdemeanor Criminal, Pinellas County Court, The first successful prosecution for violations of Florida’s gill net ban imposed by Article X, Section 16 of the Florida Constitution.