Edward P. de la Parte, Jr.
Edward P. de la Parte, Jr., the firm’s vice managing partner, practices in the areas of Land Use and Environmental Law. He is a Board Certified State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice Lawyer. The American Research Corporation designates him as a “Leading American Attorney” and “Leading Florida Attorney” in these categories. He was selected by his peers as a Florida Super Lawyer from 2007 through 2023. He is listed as a “Top Lawyer” by Tampa Magazine in Water Law from 2021-2023. Additionally, the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory rates Ed “AV” and names him a Preeminent Attorney in Environmental Law. He has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2008 in two categories: Environmental Law and Water Law.
He has served as General Counsel of the West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority, now known as Tampa Bay Water and the Lee County Regional Water Supply Authority and currently serves as General Counsel of the Polk Regional Water Cooperative. He has appeared before most administrative agencies of the State of Florida in areas such as rule making, rule challenges, rate hearings, administrative hearings, environmental permitting and professional licensure proceedings.
The Florida Bar – 1977
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida – 1978
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida – 1979
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit – 1979
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit – 1981
U.S. Supreme Court – 1994
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida – 2011
Board Certified State and Federal Government Administrative Practice Lawyer
“AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
Listed as a “Preeminent Attorney” in Environmental Law by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
Listed as a “Leading American Attorney” and “Leading Florida Attorney” in the areas of Environmental Law and Land Use Law by American Research Corporation
Listed as Florida Super Lawyer in Environmental Law (2007-2022)
Listed as a Top Lawyer by Tampa Magazine in Water Law (2021-2023)
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Environmental Law and Water Law (2008-2023)
Representative Community and Bar Involvement:
Appointed in 1995 to a reorganized Florida State Fair Authority chaired by George Steinbrenner, Ed helped spearhead the Florida State Fair into one of America’s premier state fairs. He is also an active member of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and a former member of the Board of Trustees of Tampa Catholic High School.
Representative Professional Affiliations:
Florida Bar Association
- Trial Lawyers, Environmental Law & Land Use, Administrative Law and Local Government Sections
Hillsborough Bar Association
- Environmental and Land Use and Administrative Law Sections
Federal Bar Association
American Bar Association
- Environmental Law and Administrative Law Sections
American Water Works Association
American Water Works Association, Florida Section
Edward de la Parte, Jr. Environmental Short Course, July, 2009
Merits of withdrawal permits for bottled water debated on local TV show. January, 2010