Our firm has extensive experience
representing the public sector in all phases of their operations. Some of our utility clients have included Pinellas
County, DeSoto County, Manatee County, Sarasota County,
Charlotte County, the West Coast Regional Water Supply
Authority (now known as Tampa Bay Water), the Orlando
Utility Commission, the City of Cocoa, and the City of
Sarasota. We are also very familiar with the creation
of separate governmental entities (such as special districts,
regional authorities, interlocal entities, and government
utility authorities), which are usually advantageous
for obtaining financing and/or operating the system in
a manner which minimizes fiscal impacts.
Since our law firm was founded in 1975, we have represented numerous public utilities. Representative examples of our experience include:
Serving as general and special counsel to numerous interlocal utilities, and municipal and county utilities.
Creating and re-organizing major regional utilities.
Negotiating wholesale supply and distribution contracts between regional utilities and their member governments and other customers.
Negotiating bulk gas contracts.
Siting and environmental permitting of natural gas pipelines, water pipelines, wastewater systems, wellfields and electrical transmission lines, before regulatory agencies such as Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and Florida Public Service Commission, as well as federal, state and local environmental agencies.
Acquisition of private utility facilities, and other properties, by eminent domain.
Real estate transfers and financing.
Ratemaking and rule challenges.
How We Meet the Legal Needs of Public Utilities:
Creation, Reorganization and Acquisition
Permitting and Compliance Enforcement
Construction and Supply Contracts
Legislation and Lobbying
Land Use and Comprehensive Planning
Real Property and Eminent Domain
Open Meeting and Public Records Laws
State, Federal and Administrative Litigation
Arbitration, Mediation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution
West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority, now known as Tampa Bay Water — Our firm served as General Counsel from 1974 to 1995 for this interlocal utility comprised of municipalities and counties in the Tampa Bay Area.
Municipal Gas Authority of Florida — We represented this Authority in its reorganization and dissolution. We also represented the Authority in the wind-down of its business activities.
Orlando Utilities Commission — We serve as special counsel on planning and environmental permitting matters.
Members of the Peace River/Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority — We represented members of the Authority in the acquisition of a private gas, water and sewer utility, as well as the subsequent reorganization of the Authority.
Pinellas County — Our firm represented Pinellas County concerning the reorganization of Tampa Bay Water. We were involved in all phases of this monumental reorganization effort, and participated in evaluating different governance options, passing new legislation, preparing interlocal agreements, preparing a new master water supply contract, and negotiating and drafting the agreements to transfer the members’ facilities. We also assisted in evaluating rates, financing options, and valuation of the transferred facilities.