Mr. Walker’s practice focuses primarily on water resources, environmental and administrative law and has over 40 years of experience in environmental and water-related issues in Florida.
Areas of Practice
Special environmental counsel to the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Advises and advocates for the Tribe on Everglades issues, water rights, Clean Water Act issues and various state and federal regulatory matters.
Represents water users in consumptive use and environmental permitting, water use litigation and advocating for proactive water supply development strategies affecting the industry.
Assisted in drafting and advocating sound water and wastewater reuse legislation and rule making on behalf of utility clients and development clients.
Federal and state environmental permitting of major development projects including obtaining permits through the Water Management Districts, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Publications and Presentations
Seminole Tribe of Florida Tribal Update, AWRA Florida Annual Meeting, August 2022
Lake Okeechobee and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Environmental Permitting Summer School, July 2022
The Proposed "Waters of the United States" Rule: Clearer or more confusing?, Journal American Water Works Association, September 2014
2011 Water Supply Planning Issues, Stephen Walker at the AWRA Quarterly Meeting, September 2012
What Do You Do When the Government Shows Up?, October 2009
Ninth Circuit Holds that Jurisdictional Determinations from U.S. Army Corps Are Not Judicially Reviewable: Practical Considerations, Water Quality and Wetlands Committee Newsletter, January 2009
Florida Water Resources: Surface and Stormwater Management, The Florida Bar Journal, co-author, May 1982
Professional, Civic and Community Involvement
The Florida Bar, Environmental and Land Use Law Section, Former Executive Council Member
Palm Beach County Bar Association, Member
American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, Member
Corkscrew Regional Watershed Council, Trustee and General Counsel
South Florida Manufacturers Association, Board Member, Chair of Government Affairs Committee
Gulf Stream Council, Boy Scouts of America, Board Member
Appointed to the Florida Chamber Foundation Six Pillars Caucus, Infrastructure and Growth Leadership
Previous Professional Experience
General Counsel, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), 1985-1991
Negotiated a historic Water Rights Compact between the Seminole Tribe and SFWMD
Negotiated Everglades Settlement Agreement with Federal government
Developed the legal framework for most SFWMD regulatory programs including consumptive use, water shortage, wetlands and surface water management
General Counsel, Southwest Florida Water Management District, 1983-1985
Involved in the development and adoption of the Surface Water Management Permitting Program and the Water Shortage Plan
Awards and Recognitions
Martindale Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation, 2008-present, Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law, West Palm Beach, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020; Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Litigation, West Palm Beach, 2017-2018
Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2018
Listed in Chambers and Partners USA Guide, an annual listing of the leading lawyers and law firms in the world, 2004-present
Who's Who Legal Florida: Environment, 2020
Palm Beach Illustrated Magazine Top Lawyer in Environmental Law, 2021-2018
Listed as a Top Lawyer in Environmental Law, South Florida Legal Guide, 2013-present
The International Who's Who of Environmental Lawyers, 2010 and 2008