Mr. Lewis works primarily in the fields of environmental and land use law, administrative law and state and local government administration and legislation.
Areas of Practice
Represents more than 50 regional and local general purpose and special purpose governments including the West Coast Inland Navigation District, St. Lucie County, cities of North Port and Cape Coral, and Lake Worth Drainage District as general or special counsel on general governmental issues, legislation, environmental and land use regulation and litigation including Federal, Clean Water Act regulation, State environmental resource permitting, the Florida Community Planning Act, and the Endangered Species Act.
Represents national and regional developers and agribusiness companies before federal, state and local agencies in matters involving Everglades Restoration, Clean Water Act and environmental resource permitting, rule-making, and comprehensive plan compliance.
Serves as general counsel to the Florida Association of Special Districts and several regional water management and supply agencies.
Represents numerous governments and private clients in state and federal agency rule-making proceedings, permitting and regulatory proceedings.
Represents public and private clients before the Florida Legislature on issues involving taxation, ethics, public records, Government in the Sunshine, Florida's Water Resources Act, the Local Government Comprehensive Planning Act, coastal management, Everglades protection and local government accountability and operations.
Was a co-author of the State of Florida's Coastal Management Plan.
Was a principal draftsman and successfully lobbied for passage by the Florida legislature of the Special Districts Accountability Act, Community Development Districts Act, and Educational Facilities Benefit Districts Act.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, was an environmental planner and served as the Agency Coordinator for the State Coastal Management Program.
Publications and Presentations
Moving Toward Reopening Government, LLW Lunch & Learn, June 2020
COVID-19 and Its Impact on Special Districts, LLW Virtual Lunch & Learn, April 2020
Florida’s Environment, Water Policy, the 2019 Legislature and Beyond, Environmental Permitting Summer School, July 2019
Ethics, Elections, Public Records and Sunshine Laws, Florida Association of Special Districts annual conference, June 2019
Water District Roundtable, Florida Association of Special Districts annual conference, June 2019
Legislative Update, Florida Association of Special Districts annual conference, June 2019
Legislative Update, Florida Association of Special Districts Legislative Forum, March 2017
Legislative Update, Annual Florida Bar Convention, June 2016
Contract Management and Procurement (Certified District Official's Program), Association of Special District's CDM Program, January 2013
Contract Management and Procurement Back Up Materials, Florida Association of Special Districts Certified District Official's Program, June 2012
Florida's Government in the Sunshine Act, July 2010
Professional, Civic and Community Involvement
Martindale Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
Ralph A. Marsicano Award, City, County and Local Government Law Section of the Florida Bar, 2015
Top Lawyer in Government Law, South Florida Legal Guide, 2013-Present
Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation, 2006-Present, Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law, 2018, 2017, 2015 and 2011 and Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Litigation, 2016
Florida Super Lawyer, 2006-Present
Listed in Chambers and Partners USA Guide, an annual listing of the leading lawyers and law firms in the world, 2003-Present
Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite, Environmental and Land Use Law, 2004-2008, 2010 and 2013
The International Who’s Who of Environment Lawyers, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013
Who’s Who Legal Florida: Environment, 2020
Florida Bar: Environmental and Land Use Law Section, Executive Council Chair, 1989-1990
Written and lectured extensively on environmental and land use legislation, coastal zone management, water law, developments of regional impact, comprehensive planning and public finance
American Bar Association, Member
The Florida Bar, Member
J.D., with honors, Florida State University College of Law, 1978
University of Kansas, National Defense Foreign Language Scholar, Latin American Studies, 1969-1971
M.A., with honors, Florida State University, 1966
B.A., with honors, Florida State University, 1965