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Cari L. Roth


Ms. Roth has 35 years of public and private sector legal and legislative experience and is a recognized leader in government relations and environmental and land use law. Her broad knowledge of state government and the people in it, combined with her attention to detail and bottom line approach to solving client problems makes her an effective advocate in the halls of government.

Her legal and legislative practice focuses on state and local government issues, including land use, water and environmental law, growth management and infrastructure issues, and intergovernmental relations. She also has significant experience in special district law.

Prior to joining Dean Mead, Ms. Roth served as chair of a statewide firm’s land use and government consulting practices. Prior to that, she worked for four years as General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of the Florida Department of Community Affairs in Tallahassee where she played a lead role in negotiating major growth management legislation. As General Counsel, she was involved in many inter-agency efforts, particularly those with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Department of Transportation and all the regional Water Management Districts.

Ms. Roth has been recognized by her peers for her work in the government relations and administrative areas of practice, – including being repeatedly selected as one of the state’s “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine and other publications. This year, she was named to the prestigious Legal Elite Hall of Fame. She is also an “AV Preeminent” rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell by both her peers and judges. She currently chairs the State’s Environmental Regulation Commission by Governor’s appointment.

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Professional and Civic Activities

  • The Florida Bar
    • Environmental and Land Use Law Section
      • Executive Council
      • ELULS, Co-editor, 1987-1988
      • ELULS, Section Reporter, 1986-1987
    • City, County and Local Government
  • Tallahassee Women Lawyers
  • Leadership Florida (2002)
  • Leadership Florida Institute Advisory Board
  • Leadership Tallahassee – Board of Directors, 1995-1996
  • Leadership Tallahassee Alumni Association
  • Capital Women’s Network
  • Florida Legal Services Inc. – Board of Directors, 1988-1993

Charitable and Pro Bono Service

  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer - Tallahassee Chair
    • Chair 2003-2005
  • Joanna Francis Living Well Foundation
  • Tallahassee Homeless Shelter Meal Team
  • United Way - Board Member, 1987


  • J.D.: Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida, 1983
  • Undergraduate Degree:  B.S., Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, cum laude, 1979
    • Dean's List

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1983

Prior Legal Experience

  • Bryant Miller Olive, P.A., Tallahassee, Florida, 2003 – 2014
  • General Counsel, Florida Department of Community Affairs, 1999-2003
  • Lewis, Longman and Walker, 1994- 1999, Founding Partner
  • Messer, Rhodes and Vickers, 1983-1994, Shareholder

Recognition & Awards

  • Honored as the Best Lawyers 2013 and 2018 Tallahassee Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year
  • Named an Outstanding Land Use and Zoning Law, Water Law and Administrative/ Regulatory Law Attorney in The Best Lawyers in America, 2009-2020
  • Named to the prestigious Legal Elite Hall of Fame by Florida Trend magazine, 2018
  • Named an Outstanding Government & Administrative Attorney and Environmental & Land Use Attorney in Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite, 2008, 2010, 2013-2019
  • Named one of Florida's Top 50 Female Attorneys in the State of Florida; and Outstanding Land Use and Zoning, Government Relations Attorney, 2007 - 2019 in Florida Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Martindale Hubbell: Preeminent AV Rating by both peers and judges

Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School, hosted by the Florida Environmental Network, Inc. 20+ years
  • Florida Legislative and Regulatory Update on Agriculture Related Issues, Florida Agriculture Financial Management Conference (FAFMC), Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, Orlando, FL August 26, 2016
  • Implementing the Florida Land and Water Conservation Amendment, Environmental Permitting Summer School, Orlando, FL, July 8, 2015
  • Resetting the Table: A Pivotal Year for Land Use Practice in Florida, Environmental and Land Use Law Section of The Florida Bar on August 11-12, 2011
  • Facilitated a County Manager Roundtable discussion for the Florida Association of Counties June 23, 2011 on the topic, Growth Management: Where Do We Go From Here?


  • Transportation Concurrency in Dense Urban Land Use Areas After Passage of the Community Renewal Act of 2009 appears as part of a compendium of articles on Florida growth management legislation in the October edition of The Florida Bar Journal