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Richard Brightman

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Richard Brightman

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About Richard Brightman

Richard’s unique education background, which includes a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering Sciences before attending law school, lends to his 40 plus years of experience in state and federal environmental law and administrative law. Richard’s experience includes obtaining rights to use state-owned lands, siting and licensing of complex energy facilities, and representation of port facilities and dozens of marinas all over Florida. His work with energy facilities includes power plants, distribution and transmission lines, natural gas storage facilities and pipelines, and oil and gas exploration and production activities both on and offshore.

Experience Highlights

Represents clients on issues involving oil and gas, including geophysical permits, well drilling and operating permits, re-certifications, field unitization, correlative rights, and hydrocarbon transportation and storage.

Advises clients on the siting and licensing of complex energy facilities, including electric power plants, transmission and natural gas storage facilities and pipelines.

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Richard Brightman News & Insights

  • Florida Bar Association
  • Sections on Environmental and Land Use Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Local Government Law

  • University of Florida, J.D., with honors, 1979; Research Assistant at the Eastern Water Law Research Center under Professor Frank Maloney
  • University of Florida, M.S., Environmental Engineering Sciences, 1976; Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant for Professors Howard Odom and Jack Fox.
  • Florida State University, B.S. 1971

  • Listed in the annual publication of The Florida Super Lawyers, 2007 Edition.
  • Listed in 2006 Edition of Florida Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite”.
  • Has achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards.

  • Represents clients before local, state and federal government officials, agencies, courts and elected bodies, including county commissions, the Governor and Cabinet, and the Florida Legislature, on a variety of environmental, land use, regulatory and proprietary matters.
  • Represents clients on issues involving oil and gas, including geophysical permits, well drilling and operating permits, re-certifications, field unitization, correlative rights, and hydrocarbon transportation and storage.
  • Co-counsel in property rights takings case before the U.S. Supreme Court, “Stop the Beach Renourishment, Inc. v. Florida Department of Environmental Protection”, No. 08-1151 (argued December 2, 2009).
  • Represents clients on issues relating to submerged land leases for docks and other structures, submerged lands easements for bridges, cable and pipeline crossings, and incidental crossings and temporary uses of state-owned lands.
  • Represents clients on coastal regulation matters, including coastal permitting for single and multi-family structures, seawalls and revetments, beach restoration, and property rights.

  • Incipient Incompatible Use Policy, Florida Bar Journal, April 1995, Author.

  • California, 1980 (inactive)
  • Florida, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court