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Ralph A. DeMeo

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Ralph A. DeMeo focuses his practice on environmental and land use law, with emphasis in regulation and litigation.

Professional Biography

Overview

Ralph A. DeMeo is a shareholder in Tallahassee with a concentrated practice on environmental and land use law.

His experience includes environmental, land use, administrative, occupational health and safety, toxic torts, brownfields, construction defect, transportation and aviation, energy, local government, aquaculture and pesticides, and animal law, with emphasis in civil and administrative litigation. He represents industry, businesses, landowners, corporate and individual clients, as well as local governments, throughout Florida and the southeastern United States. He also represents clients in state and federal courts, and before agencies and the Legislature.

Ralph has served as environmental and land use counsel on more than $3 billion in projects and transactions in his career, including some of Florida's most significant projects. He has also served as counsel in several high-profile cases in Florida, including the leading case on primary administrative jurisdiction, and the leading case on right to privacy.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in Florida Super Lawyers (2007 – 2018)
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2004 – 2019)
    • Band 1
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® in Environmental Law (2006 – 2019)
  • Listed in Who's Who in Florida Environmental Law (2010 – 2018)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (1999 – 2018)
  • Former Chair and Current Executive Council Member – The Florida Bar Animal Law Section
  • Former Chair and Executive Council Member – The Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section (ELULS)
  • Former Executive Council Member – The Florida Bar Administrative Law Section
  • Former Chair and Editorial Board Member – The Florida Bar Journal, News Editorial Board
  • Recipient – Judy Florence Memorial Outstanding Service Award, ELULS
  • Recipient – Stephens/Register Memorial Award (twice), ELULS
  • Recipient – Deborah M. Smoot Memorial Award for Exception Editorial Service (twice), The Florida Bar Journal, News Editorial Board
  • Recipient – National Legal Counsel of the Year Award, March of Dimes
  • Recipient – American Jurisprudence Award
  • CEO – Pets Ad Litem, INC.
  • Member – Leon County Community Human Services Partnership, Health Care Grants Committee
  • Member – Tallahassee Community College Legal Studies Advisory Board
  • Adjunct Professor of Legal Studies and Political Sciences, Tallahassee Community College
  • Adjunct Professor of Environmental Regulation and Policy, Environmental Sciences Institute, Florida A&M University
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • Frequent lecturer on Environmental Law and Animal Law, FSU College of Law, FAMU College of Law, Barry University College of Law, and others.
  • Environmental Health & Safety Spring 2017 Roundtable (2017)
  • Environmental Permitting Summer School, Florida Chamber of Commerce (2017)
  • Annual Local Government Law in Florida Seminar, The Florida Bar (2016)
  • ELULS Advanced Topics in Administrative, Environmental and Government Law Seminar, The Florida Bar (2016)
  • "Environmental & Land Use Law Annual Update," The Florida Bar (2015)

Industries

Education

  • Florida State University, J.D., 1984, with honors
  • Stetson University, M.A. in English, 1980, with honors
  • Stetson University, B.A. in English, 1976, with honors

Admissions

  • Florida, 1984
  • U.S. District Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Northern District Courts of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Ralph DeMeo is labeled as 'an excellent practitioner' by peers, who note his wealth of expertise in a wide range of environmental law issues.

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