With over 45 years of experience, Mr. Flowers represents the public and private sector in the areas of environmental, land use and governmental law.
Areas of Practice
Provides general and special counsel representation to counties, municipalities, and special districts.
Clients include private land owners and developers as well as entities of government. He represents these clients before local, state and federal agencies and courts on matters related to wetland and storm water permitting, sovereign submerged lands, water supply, the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act.
Successfully represented governmental and private sector land owners in major Federal Court litigation concerning Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and NEPA.
Successfully represented environmental permit applicants in challenges to permits before Florida Department of Administrative Hearings.
Successfully negotiated ERP and Section 404 permits authorizing wetland and surface water impacts for private developers of major residential, golf course, commercial and marina facilities.
Publications and Presentations
Riparian Rights and Sovereignty Submerged Lands Issues in Real Estate Transactions, co-presenter, Jacksonville Bar Association Environmental and Real Property Law Committee Meeting, May 2017
Coastal Marine Permitting and Mitigation, presented at the Florida Chamber Environmental Permitting Summer School, July 2016
Water Wars in the Southeast, Journal American Water Works Association, co-author, February 2014
Emerging Law and Regulations Affecting Mitigation Banking, Ecological and Environmental Mitigation Banking Conference, November 2012
Florida's Experience with Implementation of Numeric Nutrient Criteria, American Agricultural Law Association Symposium, November 2012
Moving From Adoption to Implementation of Numeric Nutrient Criteria, Journal American Water Works Association, co-author, August 2012
Numeric Nutrient Water Quality Criteria: Lessons from Florida, ABA Journal of Natural Resources and Environment, February 2012
Numeric Nutrient Criteria for Surface Waters: Coming to a Neighborhood Near You, Journal American Water Works Association, co-author, January 2012
Professional, Civic and Community Involvement
Board certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in City, County and Local Government Law
Board certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice
St. Johns River Water Management District, General Counsel, 1988-1996
The Florida Bar Sections on Environmental and Land Use Law, Administrative Law, and City, County and Local Government Law, Member
University of North Florida Foundation, Board Member and Former Advancement Committee Chair, 2010-2016
St. Johns County Housing Finance Authority, Member, 2001-2013, Chair, 2006-2007
Awards and Recognitions
Martindale Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law, Environmental Litigation and Water Law, 2006-present; Jacksonville Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year, 2022, 2016 and 2013
Florida Super Lawyers, Environmental Litigation, 2006-present
Florida Trend Magazine's Legal Elite, Environmental and Land Use Law, 2011
The International Who's Who of Environment Lawyers, 2008