Byron Flagg, a member of the firm’s Real Estate + Development Group, handles land use and environmental matters in Florida.
Mr. Flagg helps clients navigate through legal issues involving the use of land, water, and natural resources. He focuses on representing businesses, local governments, individuals, and non-profit organizations that need advice and solutions on matters that include: land use development projects, environmental permitting, zoning, comprehensive planning, homeowner or condominium association issues, commercial lease agreements, real estate transactions, environmental due diligence, variances, special use permits, coastal projects, docks, sovereign submerged lands issues, FEMA floodplain issues, wetland issues, wetland mitigation banks, conservation easements, environmental enforcement and compliance matters, as well as regulation of navigation and boating in state waters. He handles matters in both federal and state court.
Land Use & Environmental Permitting
Mr. Flagg has conducted in-depth legal review and analysis on environmental resource permit applications for several large-scale projects in Florida, including waterfront resort development, a private rocket manufacturing plant at NASA Kennedy Space Center’s “Exploration Park,” a post-storm shoreline restoration effort, and wetland mitigation banks. He also has extensive experience reviewing stormwater management permit applications related to commercial and residential development projects and environmental mitigation projects required to offset wetland impacts.
Mr. Flagg is an experienced litigator who has represented clients in over 30 jury trials and numerous hearings. His litigation experience includes cases involving property rights disputes, inverse condemnation and takings issues, easement disputes, plats, restrictive covenants, ad-valorem property tax issues, and unusual real property issues. He has also represented private property owners before local government boards for site plan applications, cell tower variances, special use permits, building permits, zoning matters, and flood plain issues.
Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Mr. Flagg was an assistant general counsel for the St. Johns River Water Management District (a state agency that regulates water resources and wetlands impacts across 18 counties), where he represented the district in litigation and regulatory matters. Before that, he worked for several years as a land use and environmental lawyer, representing private property owners in Florida. He is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard who was called to active duty following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He is also a former Assistant State Attorney who represented the state of Florida in felony and misdemeanor criminal prosecutions. He served as State Attorney Representative on the Alachua County Environmental Crimes Task Force, a role that involved regularly advising state, county, and city code enforcement officers. Mr. Flagg is known for his professionalism and for building exceptional client relationships.