2018 Fall Newsletter

Published by Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A.

September 13, 2018


LLW Attorney Natalie Kato’s Win on Behalf of the Sean Shaw Campaign

On August 24th, LLW attorney Natalie Kato successfully sued to remove a statewide candidate from Florida’s primary ballot. Leon County Court Judge Karen Gievers ruled in favor of LLW’s client Sean Shaw and found that his Democratic Primary opponent did not properly qualify for the ballot. This ruling marks the first time in recent Florida history that a statewide candidate for office was removed from the ballot. Click here to read more, or contact Natalie Kato at nkato@llw-law.com or at (850) 222-5702.

Eight LLW Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2019

Eight Lewis, Longman & Walker attorneys have been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®:

  • Terry E. LewisLawyer of the Year in Environmental Law, and Best Lawyer in the area of Environmental Litigation, West Palm Beach
  • Stephen A. Walker – Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation, West Palm Beach
  • Alfred J. Malefatto – Environmental Law, West Palm Beach
  • Anne Longman – Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation, Tallahassee
  • Steven Lewis – Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation, Tallahassee
  • James W. Linn – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law and Employment Law – Management, Tallahassee
  • Wayne E. Flowers – Environmental Law, Environmental Litigation and Water Law, Jacksonville
  • Brenna M. Durden – Real Estate Law, Real Estate Litigation and Land Use and Zoning Law, Jacksonville

Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.   The 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© includes 58,108 lawyers covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is based on more than 7.4 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Best Lawyers® lists are excerpted in a wide range of general interest, business and legal publications worldwide, reaching an audience of more than 17 million readers. For more information on “Best Lawyers” rankings, visit https://www.bestlawyers.com/default.aspx.


LLW President Michelle Diffenderfer Elected as a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers

Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. President and Shareholder Michelle Diffenderfer was recently elected as a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL).

Michelle is one of 24 attorneys from across the country to receive this honor in 2018. Fellows are selected for distinguished experience, high standards of practice and substantial contributions to the field of environmental law. ACOEL members are dedicated to maintaining and improving the ethical practice of environmental law; the administration of justice; and the development of environmental law at both the state and federal levels.

Michelle assists landowners with understanding the environmental, natural resource and land development laws and regulations that affect their property. Michelle helps clients navigate these laws and regulations in the permitting of their land development and infrastructure projects. Michelle is the Budget Officer for the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources and is Past Chair of the Florida Bar’s Environmental and Land Use Law Section. For more information about Michelle, click here.


LLW Attorneys Fred Aschauer and John Wallace Recognized by Florida Trend Magazine as 2018 Legal Elite

Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. is pleased to announce that Fred Aschauer has been named a 2018 Florida Legal Elite in the area of Environmental and Land Use Law and John Wallace has been named a Florida Legal Elite Up and Comer.

The select group of Florida Legal Elite earned the prestigious title by votes cast by their peers from across the state. Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite list represents less than two percent of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida.

The Legal Elite Up and Comers category is a special designation for attorneys under the age of 40 who have exhibited leadership in law and in their community.  For more information about Florida Legal Elite, visit www.floridatrend.com/legal-elite.


LLW News, Events and Presentations

Robert Diffenderfer, Fred Aschauer and Kathryn Rossmell were recently admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. https://www.dcd.uscourts.gov/ 

LLW is listed in the “Top 100 South Florida Law Firms List” by South Florida Business & Wealth Magazine. https://sfbwmag.com/2018/07/top-100-south-florida-law-firms-no-51-75/

Seth Behn moderated the Lake Worth Lagoon Environmental Restoration Boat Tour September 14, 2018 in West Palm Beach in conjunction with the annual American Planning Association Conference. The tour included a discussion of the challenges of waterfront development, riparian rights, and environmental permitting in the region. https://floridaplanning.org/apaflconf/?intcmp=FP-MENU

Fred Aschauer attended the American Association of Port Authorities Energy & Environment Seminar September 11-12, 2018 in Jersey City. https://my.aapa-ports.org/Public/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=18ENERGY

Robert Diffenderfer and Fred Aschauer attended the Florida Ports Council Annual Board Meeting September 4-6, 2018 in St. Petersburg. https://flaports.org/event/florida-ports-council-annual-board-meeting-3/

Julia Jennison and Alfred Malefatto participated in the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Florida Conference and Deal Making August 26-28, 2018 in Orlando.  https://www.icsc.org/attend-and-learn/events/details/florida-conference-deal-making3

Fred Aschauer presented a Florida Bar CLE webinar on August 28, 2018 titled “Environmental Litigation Update: Florida v. Georgia and Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative.”  https://tfb.inreachce.com/Details/Information/46d109bd-9222-442f-b4a3-594541d5289b

Amy Taylor Petrick and Brenna Durden participated in the Florida League of Cities Annual Conference August 16-18, 2018 in Hollywood. LLW was a proud sponsor. https://www.floridaleagueofcities.com/university/annual-events-conferences/annual-conference

Michelle Diffenderfer spoke at the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches Women in Business Committee Meeting on August 9, 2018 in West Palm Beach. https://business.palmbeaches.org/events/details/women-in-business-committee-meeting-21311?_ga=2.95525148.1271835865.1532440796-1625161200.1532440796

Natalie Kato attended the Florida Onsite Wastewater Association Conference August 2-4, 2018 in Daytona Beach. https://fowaonsite.com/convention

Richard Green and Nicole Poot volunteered on July 21, 2018 at the ‘Holidays in July’ event hosted by the Young Lawyers Section of the St. Petersburg Bar Association. Every year the event aims to give children living in foster homes a day of fun, bowling, gifts and happy memories. https://tinyurl.com/y8yyl2uk

LLW attorneys participated in the Florida Chamber’s Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School July 17-20, 2018 in Marco Island.  LLW is proud to be a long-time supporter of the event. Eight LLW attorneys presented at the conference. https://floridaenet.com

Bob Diffenderfer participated in the Floridians for Better Transportation Conference July 16-18, 2018 in St. Petersburg. https://bettertransportation.org/2018-summer-camp

Bob Diffenderfer and Amy Taylor Petrick attended the Florida Airports Council July 16-19, 2018 in Tampa. LLW was a proud sponsor. https://www.cvent.com/events/2018-fac-annual-conference-and-exposition/event-summary-afeb887eba41432aac5386ecc8e36821.aspx …

LLW attorneys attended the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association annual seminar July 12-14, 2018 in Miami. https://members.flcities.com/FMAA/Seminar_Info/FMAA/Seminar_Information.aspx?hkey=ddb7d9ae-03fc-428b-a065-c9bb3daeee49 …

Amy Taylor Petrick presented “Trespass” June 19-22, 2018 at the Florida Association of Code Enforcement Conference. https://face-online.org/conference/

Jim Linn presented “Pension Bargaining and Sustainability” on June 19, 2018 at the Florida Government Finance Officers Association Annual Conference. https://www.fgfoa.org/training_education/annual-conference

LLW sponsored the 30th Annual Big Bend Saltwater Classic June 15-16, 2018 in St. Marks. https://www.saltwaterclassic.com/

Terry Lewis presented an Environmental Legislative Update at The Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section Annual Conference on June 15, 2018 in Orlando.

LLW was a sponsor of the Florida Association of Special Districts Conference June 11-15, 2018 in Orlando. https://www.cvent.com/events/2018-fasd-annual-conference/event-summary-5f6d9ccf4492472aa311335be2064ec7.aspx