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EthanL@sblfirm.com

(813) 223-3888

Areas of Practice:
Complex Business
Litigation

Education

Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 2003
University of South Florida, B.S. (Business Administration), 2000

Bar + Court Admissions

Florida

U.S. District Courts, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

 

Awards + Recognitions

Stetson Law Review, Recent Developments Editor

Florida Bar’s City, County and Local Government Law Section Student Award, 2003

Stetson Law Review, Outstanding Associate Award, 2002

William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award, 2003

Award of Distinction for Research Assistant, 2003

Cecil C. and Augusta M. Bailey Endowed Scholarship Fund Recipient

Super Lawyer Rising Star. 2011, 2013.

 

Publications + Speeches

Recent Developments, Barley v. South Florida Water Management District, 32 STETSON LAW REVIEW 561 (2003)

Recent Developments, SMM Properties, Incorporated v. City of North Lauderdale, 31 STETSON LAW REVIEW 509 (2002)

 

Notable Cases

Toucan Partners, LLC v. Hernando County,  2014 WL 3036937 (11th Cir. 2014)

State of Florida v. Florida Gas Transmission Company, LLC, 126 So. 3d 1095 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012)

Schwarz v. City of Treasure Island, 544 F.3d 1201 (11th Cir. 2008)

Morrispring Natural Water Corp. v. Levy County, 978 So. 2d 162 (Fla. 1st DCA 2008)

Matthews et al. v. City of Maitland, 923 So. 2d 591 (Fla. 5th DCA 2006)

 

Verdicts and Settlements

2016. Successful arbitration resulting in entry of final judgment on behalf of Pinellas County business declaring ownership rights to private beach against the State of Florida’s Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund.

2015. $750,000 recovery (zoning entitlements and damages) on behalf of sober living residence against City of Bunnell for discrimination claims in the United States District Court under the federal Fair Housing Act.

2014. $3,500,000 recovery ($2,400,000 cash and $1,100,000 in development entitlements) following jury verdict on behalf of rehabilitation facility against local government for intentional discrimination under Federal Fair Housing Act.

2014. $10,418,000 state court jury verdict on behalf of landowner against the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

2013. $18,500,000 recovery on behalf of natural gas company against the State of Florida.

2013. Federal court jury verdict finding intentional discrimination against Hernando County under Federal Fair Housing Act. Link

2012. $475,000 recovery on behalf of local medical clinic against billing company for breach of contract.

2011. $82,697,567 state court jury verdict on behalf of natural gas company against the state of Florida. Verdict affirmed on appeal.

2010. $3,725,000 settlement following a federal jury verdict on behalf of alcohol rehabilitation clinic against the City of Treasure Island.

2009. $110,000 total recovery following a state court jury verdict for wrongful demolition of home by City of Tampa.

2008. Successful defense of approximately $50,000,000 vested rights and taking claim following a four day trial on behalf of Northern Florida local government.