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Gary Hunter

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Gary maintains a broad governmental law practice with emphasis on state government affairs, land use entitlements, property rights advocacy and environmental issues.

In nearly three decades of practice in Florida, Gary has represented Florida’s largest landowners in complex land use strategic development, litigation, and large area planning. He is equally motivated and privileged to represent everyday landowners in protecting property rights from regulatory intrusion or securing needed entitlements. Gary’s experience includes counseling clients through the maze of the federal Superfund and hazardous waste programs with litigation of both cost recovery actions as well as private landowner suits resulting from the migration of pollutants beyond property boundaries. In addition to his land use and property rights expertise, Gary spends considerable hours with Florida’s policymakers, both in the capital and throughout the state advocating for legislative policy on behalf of large land interests, community developers, Florida timeshare industry, the world’s largest energy company, Florida agriculture, and international leader in the pharmaceutical industry and others.

Gary devotes his personal time to college sweetheart, Meredith, and their two adult children managing a timber form and serving on a variety of community boards. He has taken an active leadership role with the Florida bar where he served from 1996 – 2009 on the environmental and land use law section executive council, the last year as chair of that organization, on the 2nd judicial circuit nominating Commission from 2006 – 10, serving as chair in his final year, and presently on the 1st District Court for Appeals Nominating Commission.

Education: The University of Georgia College of law J.D., cum laude; The University of Georgia, Bachelor of Business Administration

Bar and Court Admissions: Florida, Georgia, Colorado (inactive), US Supreme Court, U.S. court of appeals (Eleventh Circuit), US District Court (Northern District of Florida, middle district of Florida, Southern District of Florida, Northern District of Georgia, Middle District of Georgia)

Professional Affiliations: The Florida Bar (Environmental & Land Use Law, Past Chair 2009, Real Property and Probate Law, Trial Lawyers): The State Bar of Georgia, The Tallahassee Bar Association, The Pacific Legal Foundation, Wade Hopping Institute Round, Table of Advisors, 2012-present; Second Judicial Circuit Judicial Nomination Commission, 2006-2010, Chair 2009-2010, The Maelay School, Board of Directors 2007-2014, Chair 2012-2014; Urban Land Institute, North Florida District Council Advisory Board,  Member 2013- present, first District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission, September 10, 2013-present.

Community Involvement: The Maelay School Board of Trustees, The Goodwood Gardens Board of Trustees, The Tallahassee Exchange Club Gary spent a decade as the head middle school/JV football coach at Maelay school where he led his teams to remarkable success.

Awards and Recognition: Listed in Best Lawyers in America, for Litigation-Land Use & Zoning Law, and Environmental Law, 2010-2021 editions, Listed in Best Lawyers, “Lawyer of the Year” in Tallahassee for Litigation-Land Use & Zoning, 2012-2019, Listed in the annual publication of The Florida Super Lawyers, 2007. 2012-2021 editions, Listed in Chambers USA, 2009-2021 editions, Listed in Florida Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite,” 2009-2010,2014-2019 editions, Achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards.

Legal Experience: Represents clients federal and state truck funeral addressing property contamination issues relating to the migration of contaminants as well as the associated issue of securing compliance with federal, state and local regulatory programs.

Advises numerous commercial and construction firms on regulatory compliance and litigation of construction and commercial disputes.

Litigates silviculture and aquaculture cases for agricultural interests.

Counsels clients on citing cellular communication towers including appearing before and litigating against local governments in securing approvals of such facilities.

Represents clients before local government boards on land use permitting/entitlements, including comprehensive plan amendments, rezoning’s, variances and other related aspects of securing development authorizations.

Counsels and advocates on behalf of clients before various Florida executive branch agencies, including primarily the department of economic opportunity, Department of Environmental protection, Department of Business and professional regulation, Department of Transportation, Department of Agriculture and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Advocates before the Florida legislature for legislative policy development in the area of land development, property rights, timeshare interest, energy production, and automobile manufacturers. Recent efforts include the overhaul of Florida’s Comprehensive Planning Act, improvements to the Bart J. Harris private property rights act, and an update for timeshare Doctors share statutes.

Litigates Bert J. Harris property rights claims against local and state government on behalf of private owners.

Represents clients in federal and state tribunal addressing property contamination issues related to the migration of contaminants as well as the associated issues of securing compliance with federal, state and local regulatory programs.

Advises numerous commercial construction firms on regulatory compliance of litigation of construction and commercial disputes.

Litigates silviculture and aquaculture cases for agricultural interests.

Counsels clients on citing cellular communication towers including appearing before and litigating against local governments in securing approvals of such facilities.

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