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 2021. He is listed as a “2021 Top Lawyer” by Tampa Magazine. Additionally, the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory rates Ed “AV” and names him a Preeminent Attorney in Environmental 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.

  • Practice Focus

    Environmental Land Use
    Water Law


    University of Florida, J.D., 1977
    University of South Florida, B.A., with honors, 1974

Bar Admissions:

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

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
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Video Presentations:

Merits of withdrawal permits for bottled water debated on local TV show. January, 2010