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Ralph A. DeMeo


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

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What in the PFAS is This All About? December 19, 2019
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Professional Biography

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.

  • Listed in Florida Super Lawyers (2007 – 2021)
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2004 – 2021)
    • Band 1
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® in Environmental Law (2006 – 2021)
  • Listed in Who's Who in Florida Environmental Law (2010 – 2020)
    • National Leader - Florida Environment (2020)
  • 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 – Baker Donelson Tallahassee Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (2020)
  • 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
  • Frequent lecturer on Environmental Law and Animal Law, FSU College of Law, FAMU College of Law, Barry University College of Law, and others.
  • "What in the Devil is PFAS and Why Should I (or my Clients) Care?," ELULS Audio Webcast Series (December 2019)
  • Moderator – "Water Quality and Remediating Harmful Algae Blooms," 2019 Florida Environmental Health & Safety Roundtable (November 2019)
  • "The Intersection of Environmental Law & Animal Law," Florida A&M University College of Law (October 2019)
  • "Animal Shelter Law," American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Seminar (October 2019)
  • Panel Moderator – "Financing, Lending, and Environmental Insurance Usage Issues in Transactions Involving Contaminated Property," 33rd Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School (August 2019)
  • "Corporate Environmental Responsibility and Leadership," Florida Environmental Health & Safety Roundtable, Lakeland, Florida (2019)
  • 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)



  • 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


  • 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 knowledgeable, experienced, results-oriented and customer-service driven.'

Ralph DeMeo enjoys a premier reputation for his handling of environmental work, including disputes. Sources describe him as 'an excellent lawyer who understands the legal, political and technical issues of a project.'

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