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Kent Safriet

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From small claims to the U.S. Supreme Court, Kent has represented clients in a variety of forums.

Kent’s experience in both trial and appellate courts is diverse and varied: from assisting local Florida clients relating to beach and coastal issues, private property rights, takings, contract disputes, class action defense, toxic tort claims, and business litigation to challenging federal halibut fishing regulations in Alaska. Kent assists clients in a variety of trial or appellate cases. His goal is to use his experience to bring a fresh voice and perspective to every case.

Kent grew up in Columbia, South Carolina and moved to Tallahassee immediately after law school. For more than a decade, Kent has enjoyed the outdoor activities in the Florida Panhandle, including hunting, fishing, diving, and farming. During season, Kent coaches his son’s baseball team.

EDUCATION

  • University of South Carolina, J.D. (South Carolina Law Review, publications editor)
  • Clemson University, B.S. (Aquaculture, Fisheries and Wildlife Biology)

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

  • Florida
  • South Carolina
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (Eleventh Circuit)
  • U.S. District Court (Northern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida, Southern District of Florida, District of Columbia)
  • U.S. Supreme Court

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Florida Bar Association (Environmental and Land Use Law Section)
  • William H. Stafford Inn of Courts
  • Leon County Teen Court Volunteer

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, for Litigation-Land Use & Zoning Law, 2016-2021 editions
  • Listed in the annual publication of The Florida Super Lawyers, 2014, 2016-2021 editions
  • Listed as a “Rising Star” in annual publication of The Florida Super Lawyers, 2009, 2011-2013 editions

PRACTICE AREAS

Litigation

Administrative & Regulatory

Appellate

Land Use & Real Estate Development

Environmental

Ocean and Coastal

Legal Experience

Represents clients before the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services regarding pesticide and aquaculture issues.

Represents clients before the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on endangered species / manatee issues.

Represents clients before the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on beach and coastal issues.

Represents clients before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Florida Department of Environmental Protection on solid and hazardous waste issues.

Argued seminal property rights takings case before the United States Supreme Court, “Stop the Beach Renourishment, Inc. v. Fla. Department of Environmental Protection”, No. 08-1151 (argued December 2, 2009).

Represents clients in civil litigation and appeals before State and federal courts.

Obtained a verdict of $741,496 after a seven-day jury trial for a client against the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Forestry for gross negligence in conducting a prescribed burn.

Obtained a verdict of $4.4 million after an eight-day trial on behalf of a client suing a biomass electric plant for breach of contract.

Represents private landowners pursuing claims under the Bert J. Harris, Jr., Private Property Rights Protection Act, §70.001, Fla. Stat.

Represents clients before local governments seeking land use and development approvals.

Represents telecommunication clients seeking land use approvals for towers and facilities.

Represents clients in CERCLA Superfund actions.

Publications & Presentations

Miguel Collazo, III and D. Kent Safriet, “When Fire Breaks Out” Recognizing the Inherently Dangerous Activity of Prescribed Burning in Florida,” University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol 26, No. 1 (April 2015).

Returning to Pre-Hurricane Status: What Does the United States Supreme Court’s Ruling in Stop the Beach Forecast for Litigants Seeking to Protect Private Property Rights?, 61 Syracuse L. Rev. 261, 2011 (co-author).

Takings and Ecosystem Restoration: How do Judges Judge an Ecosystem Restoration’s Public Uses?, A.B.A Section of Environmental, Energy & Resources Course Materials (38th Annual Conference on Environmental Law), March 2010 (co-author).

Administrative Law and Agency chapters of the South Carolina Environmental Handbook, 2nd Ed., Government Institutes. (Author)

Representative Published Decisions

US: Stop the Beach Renourishment v. Florida Dept of Environmental Protection, 130 S. Ct. 2592 (2010)

4th Cir: American Whitewater v. Tidwell, 70 F. 3d 1108 (2014)

D.C: Charter Operators of Alaska v. Blank, 844 F. Supp 2d 122 (2012)

N.D. Fla: Democratic Senatorial Campaign Comm. v. Detzner, 347 F. Supp 3d 1033 (2018)

M.D. Fla: Grand Palisades Loan Holdings LLC v. Lake Austin Props. I, Ltd, 2014 US Dist LEXIS 192520

S.D. Fla: St. Andrews Park, Inc. v. US Dept of the Army Corps of Engineers, 314 F. Supp 2d. 1238 (2004)

S.D. Fla: St. Andrews Park, Inc. v. US Dept of the Army Corps of Engineers, 299 F. Supp. 2d. 1264 (2003)

Fla: Hardee Cnty v. FINR II, Inc., 221 So 3d 1162 (2017)

Fla: Bainter v. League of Women Voters of Fla, 150 So. 3d 1115 (2014)

Fla: League of Women Voters of Fla. v. Data Targeting, Inc., 140 So. 3d 510 (2014)

Fla: Donovan v. Okaloosa county, 82 So. 3d 801 (2012)

Fla: Walton County v. Stop the Beach Renourishment, Inc., 998 So. 2d 1102 (2008)

Fla. 1st DCA: Nat’l Ctr for Constr. Educ & Research, Ltd v. Crapo, 248 So 3d. 1256 (2018)

Fla. 1st DCA: Crapo v. Nat’l Ctr. For Constr. Educ. & Research, 169 So. 3d 1293 (2015)

Fla. 1st DCA: Non-Parties v. League of Women Voters of Fla., 150 So. 3d 221 (2014)

Fla. 1st DCA: Department of Agric & Consumer Servs., Forestry Div. v. Shuler, 139 So. 3d 914 (2014)

Fla. 1st DCA: Boardwalk & Baseball, Inv. v. City Center Bonds, LLC, 161 So. 3d 402 (2014)

Fla. 1st DCA: Board of Trustees of Internal Improvement Trust Fund v. Walton County, 121 So. 3d 1166 (2013)

Fla. 1st DCA: Arnold v. Woodlands of Gainesville, LLC, 95 So. 3d 216 (2012)

Fla. 1st DCA: Jetty E. Condo Ass’n v. United States Army Corps of Eng’rs, 45 So. 3d 465 (2010)

Fla. 1st DCA: Crapps v. City of Lake City, 987 So. 2d 82 (2008)

Fla. 1st DCA: Cherry v. City of Destin, 956 So 2d 459 (2007)

Fla. 1st DCA: Save Our Beaches, Inc. v. Florida Dept of Environmental Protection, 27 So. 3d 48 (2006)

Fla. 1st DCA: Dept of Bus & Prof Regulation v. Henry, 903 So 2d 938 (2005)

Fla. 1st DCA: Sansoucy v. Univ. of South Fla. Bd. Of Trustee, 898 So. 2d 943 (2005)

Fla. 1st DCA: Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Comm. v. McGill, 823 So. 2d 236 (2002)

Fla. 2d DCA: SKRS Mgmt LLC v. Dept of Bus. & Prof. Regulation, Div of Alcoholic Bevs & Tobacco, 304 So. 3d 311 (2019)

Fla. 2d DCA: City Center Community Dev. Dist. v. City Center Bonds, LLC, 127 So. 3d 510 (2013)

Fla. 2d DCA: Rehill v. Manatee County, 49 So. 3d 759 (2010)

Fla. 2d DCA: Collier County Board of County Comms v. Fish and Wildlife Conservation Comm., 993 So. 2d 69 (2008)

Fla. 3d DCA: Royal World Metropolitan, Inc. v. City of Miami Beach, 863 So. 2d 320 (2003)

Fla. 4th DCA: Eldon v. Perrin, 78 So. 3d 737 (2012)

Fla. 4th DCA: Palm Beach County Envt’l Coalition v. S. Fla. Water Mgmt Dist., 902 So. 2d 812 (2005)

Fla. 5th DCA: Pantry, Inc. v. Mijax Manager, LLC, 2020 Fla. App. LEXIS 18678

Fla. 5th DCA: Louis De Favero Orchids, Inc. v. Fla. Dept. of Health, 290 So. 3d 464 (2020)

Fla. 5th DCA: M&I Reg’l Props, LLC v. East Park Community Dev. Dist., 100 So. 3d 712 (2012)

Fla. 5th DCA: McGill v. Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Comm, 842 So. 2d 190 (2003)

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