Daniel H. Thompson
Dan Thompson is Board Certified by The Florida Bar as an expert in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice. He assists clients with governmental regulatory matters, with a particular emphasis on environmental and land use issues. His experience includes licensing, permitting, enforcement, policy development, government contracts, bid disputes and assistance in the transfer and development of environmentally-distressed property. This can involve negotiation, administrative and civil litigation, rulemaking, regulatory due diligence, appearances before legislative and administrative bodies, including the Florida Cabinet, various Florida House and Senate committees, Florida Commission on Ethics, Department of Education Commission for Independent Education, Water Management District Governing Boards (South Florida Water Management District, Southwest Florida Water Management District, and Suwanee Water Management District), Orange County School Board, City and County Commissions, such as Tallahassee, Hamilton County, Miami-Dade County, and City of Hollywood, as well as state professional boards, including Boards of Accountancy, Architecture and Interior Design, and Electrical Contractors and such other activities as are necessary to resolve client problems. Dan’s practice also includes general civil and appellate litigation.
Dan has also spoken at numerous seminars offered by The Florida Bar, the American Bar Association, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and various other professional, trade and other organizations.
- Federal court litigation over the scope of Clean Water Act NPDES permitting requirements associated with the water management activities of the South Florida Water Management District
- Administrative litigation over the issuance of environmental permits to the Florida Department of Transportation to widen 20 miles of U.S. 1 through wetlands in the Everglades and Florida Keys
- An arbitration hearing, as arbitrator, over an application by Tampa Bay Water for environmental permits to construct a 1100 acre, 15 billion gallon reservoir in Hillsborough County
- Rule development activities before the Florida Department of Environmental Protection ("DEP") (including rule drafting, public hearing participation and rule challenge litigation) associated with the promulgation of a numeric phosphorus criterion for the Everglades
- Assisting a major oil company resolve a variety of ongoing environmental concerns associated with its operation of oil terminal facilities located in Port Everglades, Tampa and Jacksonville related to state cleanup program eligibility, the remediation of leaking tanks and resolution of stormwater runoff permitting requirements
- Resolving the regulatory and enforcement concerns of state and local agencies in order to enable a developer to obtain the necessary authorizations to construct in a cost-effective manner a major mixed use development on a 20-acre portion of an old municipal landfill located in Tampa
- Assisting a landfill company with obtaining an unprecedented closure agreement from the DEP that enabled the client to use the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy process to freeze the cancellation of its closure insurance, thereby enabling the insurance to be used for reimbursement to the client of its closure costs, and also enabling the client to stay in business and protect its other assets.
- While at DER and DEP, chief litigation and legislative strategist for the State of Florida's response to the so-called "Everglades Lawsuit," and a leader in negotiations that resulted in the 1991 Settlement Agreement and the 1993 Statement of Principles, as well as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Everglades Protection Act (1991) and the Everglades Forever Act (1994)
- Served as counsel to Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Commission on Oil Spill Response, composed of the Chairs of the County Commission of the Northwest Florida counties, along with representatives of various state agencies between 2012-2013
- Served as General Counsel of the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation between 1986 and 1993
- Served as attorney for the Department of Environmental Regulation’s Environmental Regulation Commission (gubernatorial-appointed members)
- Served as Deputy Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection between 1993 and 1995
- Served as the chief liaison between the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Regulation Commission
- Board Certified, State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice
- Chambers & Partners USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers, Environment, 2007-2020
- Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2020
- The Best Lawyers in America®, 2007-2021
- Best Lawyers' 2018, 2020 Water Lawyer of the Year
- Best Lawyers' 2017 Environmental Lawyer of the Year
- Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ rated
- Member, Board of Directors, The Florida Bar Foundation
- Member, Board of Directors, Legal Services of North Florida
- Mentor, Florida State University Environmental Law Society Mentor Program
- Former President, Board of Directors, Bobbin Brook Homeowners' Association
- Tallahassee Area Director, Yale Alumni Schools Committee
- Former Member and President, Board of Directors, Florida Legal Services, Inc.
- Former Co-Chair, Refuge House Capital Campaign
- Former President, Legal Aid Foundation, Tallahassee Bar Association
- Former Member, Executive Council of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section, The Florida Bar
- Deputy Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, directing its regulatory divisions and district Offices and supervising approximately 1300 employees from (1993-1995)
- Florida Department of Environmental Regulation ("DER"), as Deputy General Counsel for Enforcement, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary (1982-1993)
- Previously, Adjunct Professor of Law at the Florida State University College of Law, and staff and supervising attorney at Florida Legal Services, Inc. and Legal Services of North Florida, Inc.