Perhaps more than any other state, Florida’s economy and quality of life are directly tied to the environment. Our most abundant and valuable environmental resource is water. And probably no firm has done more than ours to shape laws and policies that regulate and protect Florida’s water.

Since Lou de la Parte argued the landmark 1979 Tequesta case in which the Florida Supreme Court established the bulwark of the state’s water policy, we have been involved in numerous precedent-setting Florida cases and projects involving water rights, land use and environmental protection.

We have decades of experience working closely with environmental regulators and we use it to guide our public and private clients through complex federal, state and local environmental permitting.

The firm regularly works to avoid litigation, helping competing interests find common ground that advances both economic progress and environmental well-being.

Our lawyers frequently work on controversial permitting cases involving public water supplies, hazardous materials, energy supplies, pollution, wastewater, storm water, reclaimed water and solid waste.

Moreover, we have focused experience assisting public utilities in addressing environmental regulations for various projects including wellfields, surface water reservoirs, water treatment plants, desalination projects, wastewater treatment works and transmission lines.

If you require assistance in “Environmental Law” related matters, call Ed de la Parte at 813-229-2775 or email him at

Additional Resources

Desalination and Reclaimed Water - Emerging Issues in Eastern Water Law (PDF)

"Meeting Public Utilities' Legal Needs"