Howard E. Nelson has over 20 years of experience in environmental and land use law and over 25 years of experience in zoning and regional planning. He represents clients throughout all phases of the development process--from site location through permitting and construction, as well as in permit appeals and defense of environmental enforcement matters.
Howard focuses a substantial portion of his practice to the analysis and remediation of site contamination issues, representing several national homebuilders in pre-acquisition site analysis and contamination remediation. He works closely with environmental professionals in the formulation of appropriate diligence inquiries and the preparation of remedial strategies designed to reduce costs and time frames for completion of projects. Howard also represents a variety of non-residential developers and industries with respect to contamination assessment and remediation issues.
Howard has extensive experience in representing clients in complex wetland matters, including issues related to protected and sensitive Wetlands and preservation efforts. He was instrumental in the drafting of Florida's new Wetlands Uniform Mitigation Assessment Method, and he focuses a substantial portion of his practice on assisting property owners in navigating the maze of local, state and federal wetland permitting. In addition to traditional permitting for Wetlands and other natural resources, Howard has substantial experience in Wetland litigation and enforcement defense, both locally and throughout the state.
Howard is a frequent author and lecturer on environmental law topics and has participated in Florida Environmental Network's Annual Growth Management & Environmental Permitting Conference and Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School for the past 13 years. He has been quoted in local and national media and trade publications, including The Wall Street Journal and NAIOPs Development Magazine.
Howard is consistently recognized by legal publications such as Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, and Florida Super Lawyers. In 2013, he was named "Urban and Regional Planning Distinguished Alumnus" by the University of Florida's College of Design, Construction & Planning.
Prior to entering private practice, Howard served as a regional planner for both the South Florida and Treasure Coast Regional Planning Councils. In addition, he worked as senior planner for a major South Florida engineering firm.