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Timothy M. Riley

Of Counsel

Timothy Riley has over 13 years of experience practicing in Governmental Relations and Administrative law, focusing on Land Use, Environmental, Oil and Gas law. Prior to moving to Florida, Timothy previously worked in Texas as the Manager of Environmental Resources for the Town of Flower Mound. He then worked as the Manager of Policy & Development for the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District where he was appointed to the City of Austin’s Environmental Board. While there he was responsible for managing the district’s groundwater regulatory compliance, enforcement, planning, legislative, intergovernmental affairs, and resource development operations. Since 2008, Timothy has been in Florida working closely with clients and representing them before local, state and federal regulatory agencies and civil and administrative courts concerning corporate, commercial environmental, land use, and land use related legal matters.

Currently, Timothy serves as the Command Judge Advocate for the 83rd Troop Command, in the Florida Army National Guard, where he recently completed a 16-month federal activation with the Florida Division of Emergency Management in support of the State of Florida’s COVID19 response. Timothy is also a veteran who served in Afghanistan as an Operational Law Attorney in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 82nd Airborne Division.

In his free time, Timothy enjoys working as an Adjunct Professor where he teaches Oil & Gas Law at Florida State University’s College of Law.

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Professional and Civic Activities

  • Adjunct Professor at the Florida State University College of Law
    • September 2020 – present
  • Major & Judge Advocate at the Florida Army National Guard
    • March 2009 – Present


  • Juris Doctor: Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT, 2008
  • Master of Arts in Philosophy: University of North Texas, 2003
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy & Political Science: University of North Texas, 1999

Bar Admissions

  • The Florida Bar
  • State Bar of Texas

Prior Legal Experience

  • Served as Florida lead environmental counsel for a 517-mile long interstate natural gas pipeline.

  • Represented an oil and gas operator before the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to reopen an abandoned oil field and successfully permit three oil production wells in northwest Florida.

  • Successfully represented an oil and gas operator’s administrative challenge to establish a non-routine drilling unit in south Florida (Hendry Energy Services, LLC v. Department of Environmental Protection (DOAH Case No. 17-003253)

  • Successfully represented a national natural gas pipeline company against a third party environmental challenge to a 517-mile interstate natural gas pipeline project (WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. v. Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC, & Department of Environmental Protection (DOAH Case No. 15-004975).

  • Successfully defended a Texas-based oil and gas operator’s oil drilling permit from a third party administrative challenge in Southwest Florida (Matthew Schwartz & Thomas G. Mosher v. Dan A. Hughes Company, L.P., & Department of Environmental Protection (DOAH Case No. 13-004920)


  • Timothy Riley & Cai Huiyan, Unmasking Chinese Business Enterprises: Using Information Disclosure Laws to Enhance Public Participation in Corporate Environmental Decision Making, 33 HARVARD ENVTL. L. REV. 177 (2009)

  • Timothy Riley, Piercing the Regulatory Veil: The Need to Expand Federal Clean Water Act NPDES Permit Coverage to Include Municipal "Satellite" Sewer Collection Systems, 10 VA. ENVTL. L.J. 615 (2008)

  • Timothy Riley, Wrangling with Urban Wildcatters: Defending Texas Municipal Oil and Gas Development Ordinances Against Regulatory Takings Challenges, 32 VT. L. REV. 349 (2007)

  • Timothy Riley, Crimes Against the Corps: Defending the Morality of Military Prosecutions for Acts Bringing "Discredit Upon the Armed Forces" Under Article 134, Uniform Code of Military Justice, 5 DARTMOUTH L.J. 245 (2007)

  • Timothy Riley, Protecting Service Members from Illegal Pretrial Punishment: A Survey of Article 13, Uniform Code of Military Justice, Case Law, ARMY LAW., 2006, at 36

  • B. Brooks, T. Riley, R. Taylor, Water Quality of Effluent Dominated Ecosystems: Ecotoxicological, Hydrological, and Management Considerations, 556 HYDROBIOLOGIA 365 (2006)

  • Timothy Riley, Redressing the Silent Interim: Precautionary Action & Short Term Tests in Toxicological Risk Assessment, 12 RISK: HEALTH, SAFETY, & ENV’T 281 (2001)