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Tara W. Duhy

Executive Shareholder | West Palm Beach

Chair of: Land Use and Real Estate Law

Areas of Practice

  • Maintains a state-wide land use, natural resource and water law practice, counseling clients through all aspects of development and advising clients through every stage of permitting and government coordination and enforcement related to:

    • Comprehensive land use planning;

    • Zoning, site planning and other local development orders;

    • Transportation planning and concurrency, including coordination with the Florida Department of Transportation and regional metropolitan planning organizations;

    • Development of regional impact (“DRI”) review, including coordination with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and regional planning councils;

    • Environmental resource permitting (“ERP”) and water use permitting through the various Florida water management districts;

    • Coastal construction and environmental wetland permitting through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission;

    • Federal wetland and coastal construction permitting through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers;

    • Endangered Species Act coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and

    • Federal NEPA compliance

  • Represents public and private clients in administrative and civil litigation, including appeals, related to land use, government, natural resources and water law.

  • Represents local governments, community redevelopment agencies and special districts as general counsel and as special counsel related to environmental and land use issues, public/private partnerships, public records and the Government in the Sunshine Law.

Publications and Presentations

Professional, Civic and Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar, Member, 2004-Present, Environmental and Land Use Law Section, Executive Council, 2009-2013

  • The American Bar Association, Member, Section on Energy and Environmental Resources, Section on Real Property, Trust and Estate Law

  • The Palm Beach County Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Law Committee, Co-Chair, 2011-2015

  • Association of Florida Community Developers, Member

  • North Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, Member

  • Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, Trustee, 2023-present

  • Leadership Florida, Cornerstone Class 38 (2019), Gulfstream Regional Council, 2021

  • Leadership Palm Beach County, Class of 2019

  • Easter Seals of Florida, Board of Directors, 2012-2014

  • Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County, Inc., Board of Directors, 2015-Present, Co-Chair of Moments Luncheon and Silent Auction, 2014-Present

Representative Court Decisions

Awards and Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in America, Land Use and Zoning Law, Environmental Law, 2023-present

  • Palm Beach Illustrated Magazine Top Lawyer in Land Use and Zoning Law, 2020-present; Top Lawyer in Environmental Law, 2022

  • Florida Rising Star, 2009-2010, 2013-2015

  • Listed as a “Rising Star” in the Daily Business Review’s “40 under 40” Issue, September 2013

  • Recipient, the Judy Florence Memorial Outstanding Service Award, presented by the Executive Council of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section of the Florida Bar, 2007-2008