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H. Ray Allen II

H. Ray Allen II

Of Counsel

Overview

Ray Allen has experience in the areas of judicial and administrative litigation, appellate practice, land use law and environmental and water permitting. As a result of his long history of representing local governments, he is intimately familiar with the inner workings of local governments and has significant relationships with government officials and staff members at the local, state, and federal levels.

Prior to joining the firm, Ray served as the Managing Attorney of the Land Use Section for the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office in Tampa, Florida. He also previously served as Assistant County Attorney in Sarasota, Florida and Assistant General Counsel, State of Florida Department of Environmental Regulation.

Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America as "Lawyer of the Year," Tampa Land Use and Zoning Law (2016)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Land Use and Zoning Law (2016-2019)
  • Listed in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers, Environmental (2007-2009)
  • Listed in The Legal 500 , Land Use and Zoning (2015)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar
    • Environmental and Land Use Section
    • Administrative Law Section
    • Trial Lawyers Section
  • American Bar Association 
    • Chair, Land Use and Zoning Committee, Land Use and Environmental Group of the Real
    • Property, Trusts and Estate Law Section
  • Hillsborough County Bar

Speaking Engagements

  • “Local Government Law,” CLE International, Tampa, FL (March 3, 2017)
  • “Quasi-Judicial Hearings, How to Prepare and Present Your Case,” Annual Land Use Law CLE Conference, Tampa, FL (August 27, 2010).
  • “The Infinite Challenges and How to Handle Them,” Annual Land Use Law CLE Conference, Tampa, FL (August 27-28, 2009).
  • “Quasi-Judicial Hearings,” Florida Chamber of Commerce’s 2009 Growth Management, Energy, Climate Change, and the Environment Short Course, Daytona Beach, FL  (February 18-20, 2009).
  • “Environmental and Land Use Considerations for Real Estate Transactions,” The Florida Bar, Environmental and Land Use Section (January 26, 2007).
  • “Zoning and Development Permits,” The Florida Bar, Real Property Section  (January 26, 2007).
  • “Quasi-Judicial Proceedings Before Local Governments,” Litigating Land Use Disputes Conference (December 11-12, 2006).
  • “Florida’s Recent Revisions to Growth Management Law,” Westshore Alliance Development Forum (November 14, 2006).
  • “First Amendment Law – Billboards,” City, County, Local Government Law Seminar, The Florida Bar (May 12-13, 2006).
  • “Updated Quasi-Judicial Hearings-Pointers for an Effective Presentation” Litigating Land Use Disputes Annual Conference (2005).
  • “Challenges to Local Government Development Orders Under Section 163.3215,” Litigating Land Use Disputes Annual Conference (2004).
  • “Ethical Considerations: Confidentiality, Competence, Conflicts of Interest and Public Records,” Florida Wetlands and Mitigation Banking Conference (2004).
  • “Ethical Issues: What Every Legal Assistant Should Know,” Environmental Law for Paralegals and Legal Assistants Conference (2004).
  • "Florida Wetlands and Mitigation Banking,” Ethics Considerations for the Environmental Practitioner Annual Conference (2002).
  • “Resolving Land Use Disputes,” Ethics Considerations for the Land Use Practitioner Annual Conference (2002).

Credentials

Education
  • University of Miami School of Law (LL.M., 1977)
  • Samford University (J.D., 1976)
  • University of Florida (B.S., with honors, 1973)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida State Courts

Background

  • Managing Attorney, Hillsborough County Attorney's Office, Hillsborough County, FL(1995-2005)
  • Assistant County Attorney, Sarasota, FL (1991-1995)
  • Private Practice, Law Firm of H. Ray Allen, P.A. (1983-1991)
  • Private Practice, Law Firm of Sireci, Allen, Kelly, and Muldoon (1981-1983)
  • Assistant General Counsel, State of Florida Department of Environmental Regulation (1978-1981)

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