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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

  • Transportation Planning: How Do We Get There From Here?, Florida Chamber Foundation Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School, July 2016

  • Current Issues in Florida Land Use Law, Lorman Education Services Webinar, April 2016

  • Legal Issues in Environmental Permitting and Land Use, Florida Association of Environmental Professionals Annual Conference and Training Symposium, September 2015

  • Repositioning your Florida Development by Substantially Reducing Transportation Mitigation Costs, Florida Chamber Foundation Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School, July 2013 and July 2014

  • U.S. Supreme Court Offers Clean Water Act Plaintiffs Their Day in Court, co-authored with Kevin Hennessy, Journal American Water Works Association, June 2012

  • Clean Water Act Section 404 Jurisdiction Update: The Everglades Agricultural Area, presented at the Florida Mine Safety, Health & Environmental conference held in Orlando, February 21, 2011

  • Status of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Limerock and Aggregate Mining in Southwest Florida, presented at the Florida Limerock and Aggregate Institute Meeting in Orlando, October 20, 2010

  • Mining in the EAA, presented to the Palm Beach County Bar Association Environment and Land Use Law Committee on August 24, 2010

  • Transportation Update, presented at the Florida Bar Environment and Land Use Law Annual Update, held in Ponte Vedra Beach on August 12, 2010

  • When is Agricultural the Normal Circumstance? presented as part of the “Water Issues in an Evolving Legal Climate,” panel at the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources 39th Annual Conference on Environmental Law, held in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 19, 2010

  • Mobility and Economic Development, presented as part of “Transportation Impact Fees” panel at the American Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting held in Orlando, February 5, 2010

  • Green Initiatives: In Theory and In Practice, presented at the 4th Campus & Community Sustainability Conference held at the University of South Florida, October 9, 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 21, 2009

  • Rapanos: An Interpretive Dance, presented at the South Florida Association of Environmental Professionals Annual Conference, November 29, 2007

  • Special Districts and Florida’s Sunshine Law: How to Stay in the Sun and Avoid the Shadows, June 20, 2007

  • State and Federal Administrative Mechanisms for Protection Instream Flows: Key Issues in the East, the Role of Reservations in Florida Water Law, March 11, 2006

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

  • Florida Association of Community Developers, Member

  • North Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, Member

  • PGA Corridor Association, Member

  • Leadership Florida, Class XXXVIII, 2019-2020

  • Leadership Palm Beach County, Class of 2011

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

  • Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County, Inc., Chair of Board of Directors, 2016-2018, Board of Directors, 2015-Present, Co-Chair of Moments Luncheon and Silent Auction, 2014-Present

Representative Court Decisions

Awards and Recognitions

  • 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

  • Palm Beach Illustrated Magazine Top Lawyer in Land Use and Zoning Law, 2020