Howard E. Nelson
"He is incredibly versatile in various environmental issues; Howard Nelson is the best environmental lawyer in Florida."
- Chambers USA source
Howard represents several national homebuilders throughout Florida and the eastern United States in pre-acquisition site analysis and post-acquisition remediation. He works closely with a network of environmental professionals, including engineers and planners. He also represents a variety of other types of businesses in contamination assessment and remediation.
Howard has extensive experience representing clients in complex wetland matters, including issues related to protected and sensitive wetlands, preservation efforts and enforcement defense.
We really understand the science behind many decisions being made — from chemistry and hydrology to contamination and wetland viability. Everyone on our team has some background in engineering, planning, or science.
EducationNova Southeastern University, J.D., 1991University of Florida, M.A., Urban and Regional Planning, 1985University of Florida, B.A., 1980
InvolvementBroward CountyParks Advisory Board, Vice Chair
Parks FoundationBuilders Association of South FloridaEnvironmental Subcommittee Co-ChairFlorida Brownfields Association1998 - 2005Florida Department of Environmental ProtectionContaminated Media Forum, 2013 - PresentLaw360 Editorial Advisory BoardEnvironmental Issues, 2017Leadership FloridaClass XXXINational Association for Industrial and Office ParksUniversity of Florida
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Advisory Council Chair
Bergstrom Real Estate Center
Advisory Board Member, 2017 - 2018
Band 1, Chambers USA, Environmental, 2007 - present
The Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law, Litigation - Environmental, 2012 - present
Florida Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2009, 2012 - present
Daily Business Review, Florida Trailblazers, 2019
Daily Business Review, Top Dealmakers of the Year - Office finalist, 2014
Florida Trend's Legal Elite, 2013
Martindale-Hubbell™, Top Rated Lawyer in Land Use & Zoning, 2013
University of Florida Urban and Regional Planning Distinguished Alumni, 2013
Daily Business Review, Finalist, Most Effective Lawyers, Environmental Law - 2006, Real Estate - 2010, Government/Regulatory - 2019
AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
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