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Martha H. Chumbler

Martha H. Chumbler

Of Counsel

Overview

Martha (“Marti”) Chumbler has almost forty years’ experience in the area of Florida government law and administrative practice, including matters relating to Florida K-12 schools, colleges, and universities. Marti routinely advises government agencies and public contractors on issues relating to the applicability of and their compliance with Florida’s public records and open meetings laws.  She is the editor and a chapter author of a book published by the American Bar Association, Access to Government in the Computer Age: An Examination of State Public Records Laws.  Marti has provided training to the staff and officers of clients that – due to their role as either public contractors or semi-public entities – are subject to Florida’s Government in the Sunshine laws. She developed a training manual for the Florida Association of District School Superintendents, for use by superintendents and school district employees in responding to public records requests and participates in annual training of school superintendents relating to Florida’s Government in the Sunshine laws, public procurement, and government ethics.  Marti has also provided advice and representation to Florida school superintendents in connection with the statutory division of authority and responsibilities between superintendents and school boards.

Marti represents both vendors and service providers, as well as agencies themselves in procuement matters. Her public contracting practice covers all stages of the procurement process, and includes developing procurement policies and procedures for a school district, preparing responses to major procurements, protesting or defending agency decisions, handling contract negotiations, and resolving issues relating to contract implementation and performance. Marti also advises public contractors on issues regarding the protection of trade secret/proprietary information submitted to state agencies as part of the procurement process or contract performance, and compliance with the Florida Public Records Act.

Marti received her B.A. from Vanderbilt University, magna cum laude, and her J.D. from Florida State University, with honors.  She is currently chair elect of the ABA State and Local Government Law Section. 

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Experience

  • Represented school superintendents in disputes with school boards.
  • Represented school districts in development of procurement procedures.
  • Represented manufacturer in rule challenge involving establishment of total maximum loads in surface water body.
  • Represented manufacturer in proceeding involving remediation of formal manufacturing facility.
  • Represented construction industry associations in various rule challenges.
  • Represented major real estate development companies in proceedings relating to environmental resource and consumptive use permits, zoning, annexation, developments of regional impact, and comprehensive plan amendments.
  • Represented property owners in proceedings involving coastal construction permitting.
  • Represented mitigation bank in challenge of competing mitigation bank’s permit.
  • Represented state contractors in negotiations regarding disputed contract provisions.
  • Represented service provider in procurement protest challenging an award of substance abuse treatment services to prison inmates.
  • Represented Medicaid recipients in administrative challenges to denial of coverage.
  • Represented Medicaid managed care provider in procurement protest involving award of Medicaid managed care contracts.
  • Represented clients seeking certificates of need and other approval of health care facilities.
  • Represented client seeking approval as Medicaid provider.
  • Represented major private correctional services provider in procurement protests, contract negotiations, and contract disputes.
  • Represented major provider of mental health services in procurement protests and contract negotiations.
  • Represented both vendor and service providers, as well as public entities themselves, in all phases of the procurement process.
  • Represented businesses in challenge to Florida tax assessments.
  • Represented businesses in proceedings involving Florida tax refunds.
  • Represented private providers of correctional, psychiatric services, and juvenile justice.
  • Represented provider of online lottery services to Florida Lottery.
  • Represented provider of electronic government services.
  • Represented major video game retailer in challenge to state sales tax rule.
  • Represented various professionals in connection with their state licensure.
  • Represented pharmaceutical companies in proceedings involving licensure and enforcement.
  • Represented health care entities in licensure and enforcement proceedings.
  • Represented government contractors and quasi-government entities regarding applicability of and compliance with public records and open meetings law.
  • Represented local government in development and defense of comprehensive plan amendments.
  • Represented numerous taxpayers, including local governments, in informal and formal protests of state and use tax audits.

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Recognition

  • Board Certified in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice by The Florida Bar
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Tallahassee Government Relations Practice "Lawyer of the Year," The Best Lawyers in America (2016)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Government Relations Practice, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning (2006–2020)
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers Magazine (2007–2009, 2013–2019)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association 
    • Chair, State and Local Government Law Section 
    • Section of Public Contract Law
  • The Florida Bar 
    • Chair (2015–2016); Member (2013–2018), State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice Certification Committee
    • Administrative Law Section (1984–present)
  • Big Bend Habitat for Humanity 
    • Board Chair (2010–2012)
    • Board Member (2007–2014, 2016–present)
  • Guardian ad Litem, Second Judicial Circuit of Florida
  • Trinity United Methodist Church (1976–present)
    • Chair, Church Council (2014–2016)
    • Co-Chair, Adult Ministries and Congregational Connections (2016–present)

Speaking Engagements

  • "Government Transparency & Open Meetings: Is It a Meeting When No One's in the Same Room?," ABA Section of State and Local Government Law Spring Meeting (May 19, 2020)
  • "Public Private Partnerships," Land Use Institute (2018)
  • “How to React When You Get an In-Person Public Records Request,” Florida Association of District School Superintendents (2017)
  • “Urban Agriculture: Land Use and Zoning Tools,” ABA Section of State and Local Government Law (2017)
  • "Land Use Regulation of Marijuana Cultivation: What Authority Is Left to Local Government?," Joint Meeting of the ABA State and Local Government Law, Public Contract Law, and Civil Rights and Social Justice Section and Forum on Affordable Housing (2017)
  • “Government Procurement 101,” Joint Meeting of the ABA State and Local Government Law and Public Contract Law Sections (2016)
  • “Legal Issues Affecting Superintendents,” Florida Association of District School Superintendents (2016)
  • “Handling the Mega-Procurement,” Joint Meeting of the ABA State and Local Government Law and Public Contract Law Sections (2015)
  • "Governmental Outsourcing and Its Ethical Implications," Joint Meeting of the ABA State and Local Government and Public Contract Law Sections (2013)
  • “Public Contracting: From Plain Vanilla to Double Rocky Road with a Raspberry Swirl,” 34th Annual Local Government Law Conference (2013)
  • “Public Records in Private Hands: NCAA v. AP,” ABA State and Local Government Law Section (2010)
  • “Competitive Procurement Under the Florida APA,” The Florida Bar Administrative Law Section (2010)
  • “Procurement Variations at the Local and State Level," "Negotiation of Contract Terms and Conditions," "Contracting for All to See: The Application of Government in the Sunshine Laws to Public Procurement," and "The Ethics of Public Procurement: Winning the Contract Without Losing Your Freedom or Reputation," Lorman Education Services (2008)

Credentials

Education
  • Florida State University (J.D., with honors, 1978)
  • Vanderbilt University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1975)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Board Certifications
  • State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice
Court Admissions
  • Florida State Courts
Clerkships
  • Hon. Arthur J. England Jr., Florida Supreme Court

Background

  • Assistant General Counsel, Florida Department of Environmental Regulation (1980–1984)
  • Administrative and Executive Clerk to the Honorable Arthur J. England Jr., Florida Supreme Court (1978–1980)

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