Board Certified in City County and Local Government Law by The Florida Bar
Ralf Brookes, Attorney. 1998-present.
Local government law, land use and environmental law.
Representing local governments, public and private sector clients, public interest groups and not-for-profit organizations.
Prepare and present to local city councils, county commissions and boards, to assist you with:
legal review of applications,
litigate approvals and denials,
prepare, challenge or defend ordinances, land development regulations, comprehensive plan amendments, settlements, development agreements,
local, state and federal agency permits, approvals,
administrative appeals and proceedings
challenges and appeals in state and federal courts.
COUNTY ATTORNEY EXPERIENCE:
Monroe County (the “Florida Keys”) - Land Use Litigation Counsel (1992-1998)Representing Monroe County Florida in land use litigation in state and federal courts, serve as counsel for Growth Management Division, counsel for Planning Department, Planning Commission and Code Enforcement; prepared and defended vacation rental ordinance, noise ordinances, resolutions and land development regulations, development agreements, comprehensive plan amendments, defended Monroe County in state and federal court.
Sarasota County Assistant County Attorney (1990 – 1992) Advise County Attorney, Board of County Commissioners of Sarasota County; Planning Commission, Planning, Natural Resources, Code Enforcement, Solid Waste Departments, interagency and interlocal agreements; established Pollution Control Trust Fund.
MUNICIPAL/CITY ATTORNEY EXPERIENCE:
City of St Pete Beach, Florida (Pinellas County, population 10,086) (City Attorney 2007-2008):
City of Bradenton Beach Florida, (Manatee County, population 1,536) 2004 – 2009
Town of Yankeetown, Florida, (Levy County, population 760) 2006 – present
As City/Town Attorney. Meet with and advise City Manager and Departments; Litigation, Comprehensive Plan Amendments, Land Development Code Amendments and review of development application, variances, cell towers, planned developments, rezonings, comp plan amendments ordinances, contracts, government and public works projects.
Florida Court Appointed Arbitrator – Florida Supreme Court Approved Training
Special Magistrate/Master, Fla. Stat. 70.51 Land Use & Dispute Resolution Act: Alternative dispute resolution process for land use applications. (e.g., Village of Islamorada Florida)
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE:
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT & ANALYST:1998 –2000
Senior Consultant & Analyst Business Management–Cambridge Management Consulting (Celerant Consulting ). Delivered measurable improvements in Operations and Maintenance systems to deliver sustainable measurable results of $2.7 to 3.5 million dollars in annual client savings and increased profits. Identify and implement systems, reporting and management procedures for sustainable continual improvement. Texas, NJ, La, Delaware; Manuf. Facilities (1000+ workers); Corp. Headquarters (100+).
Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) - Adjunct Professor Env Law 2005 - 2014. Masters of Public Administration Program: Environmental & Land Use Law PAD 5620.
University of Florida Law School – Env and Land Use Law Program, Practitioner in Residence 2013; Guest Lecturer: Env Law, Conservation Clinic and Water Law Clinic 2014, 2015, 2016
University of Florida –Law School Gainesville, Florida, Juris Doctorate (J.D. 1988)
Jessup’s Cup Moot Court Team;
UF Law Center for Governmental Responsibility Fellowship
University of Miami - Bachelor Science degree in Marine Sciences/Geology, Coral Gables, (B.S. 1985)
Admitted to Florida Bar – 1988 (Over 22+ years as member in good standing)
Board Certified: City, County and Local Government Law by The Florida Bar – 2004 to date
Florida Federal Courts:Admitted Middle District Fla., Southern DistrictFla., Northern District Florida
FloridaState Courts: Admitted all state circuits, all appellate district courts, Florida Supreme Court
The Florida Bar, Sections and Committees:
City, County and Local Government Law Section, active member in good standing present
Environmental and Land Use Law Section (ELULS), Executive Council, 1993-2001, active member in good standing through present
Administrative Law Section Executive Council, 1991- 1999, active member in good standing through present
Florida League of Cities, Florida Municipal Attorney’s Association Member/Lecturer
The Florida Chamber of Commerce,
Growth Management Short Course
Environmental Permitting Short Course
The Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Programs
City, County and Local Government Section of the Florida Bar
Environmental and Land Use Law Section of the Florida Bar
Administrative Law Section of the Florida Bar
University of Florida Law program, speaker and guest lecturer