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Nancy G. Linnan

Nancy G. Linnan



Nancy Linnan practices primarily in the areas of environmental and land use law, administrative law, and government consulting.

In the growth management area, she counsels clients regarding developments of regional impact, comprehensive plan amendments, sector plans, and local land use and related approvals. She also works on policy development with the Florida Legislature, state agencies, and local governments. Additionally, Nancy handles state, federal, and local environmental permitting matters, including those related to water use permits, environmental resource permits, coastal permits, and approvals for use of state-owned upland or sovereign lands.

Nancy's general administrative law and government consulting activities include work before all state agencies with an emphasis on the Departments of Economic Opportunity, Legal Affairs, Transportation, Environmental Regulation, Management Services in State Procurement, Revenue, Business and Professional Regulation. Her administrative law and government consulting range in the areas of Executive Office of the Governor, Cabinet, Florida Legislature, regional planning councils, water management districts, special districts, and local governments.

Nancy is the Government Law & Consulting Practice leader.

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  • Over 200 DRIs, a Rural Lands Stewardship Area (Collier), two sector plans (Hendry - 25,000 acres and Bay-Walton - 110,000 acres).
  • Rewrite of Growth Management law in 2011 and subsequent amendments.
  • Numerous agreements with FDOT and local governments regarding transportation concurrency and proportionate share payments.
  • Expansion of non-water dependent structures over sovereign land and swap, sale, or lease of state lands.

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  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named The Best Lawyers in America's Tallahassee Lawyer of the Year
    • Government Relations Practice (2018)
    • Environmental Law (2017)
    • Land Use & Zoning Law (2012)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite (2004-2019)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame (2007-2019)
  • Listed in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers, Zoning and Land Use (2007-2014, 2017-2018)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law, Government Relations Practice, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, Real Estate Law (2005-2020)
  • Listed as "Lawyer of the Year" in The Best Lawyers in America, Tallahassee Litigation – Land Use and Zoning  (2016)
  • Listed as "Lawyer of the Year" in The Best Lawyers in America, Tallahassee Real Estate Law (2012-2016)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2019)
  • Listed in The Legal 500, Land Use and Zoning (2014-2015 and 2018)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar
  • Chair, Florida Chamber Growth Management Leadership Task Force
  • Associated Industries of Florida
    • Board of Directors
    • Chair, Governance Committee and Real Estate Committee 
  • City of Tallahassee Charter Review Commission (2009)

Speaking Engagements

  • Florida Chamber of Commerce Annual Short Course on growth management (July 2015).
  • American Planning Association, Florida Chapter, Public Policy Meeting (February 2015).
  • American Planning Association, Florida Chapter, Public Policy Meeting (February 2014).
  • Legislation and DRI legislation at annual Land Use conference in Tampa, FL (July 2014).
  • Florida Chamber of Commerce Annual Short Course on new issues in growth management (July 2014).
  • AFCD Strategic Planning and Legislative Prioritization, Tampa, FL (November 2013).
  • “2013 Legislative Review – Did the Legislature Help or Hurt,” 16th Annual CLE International Conference on Land Use, Tampa, FL (August 2013).
  • "New Policy Directions for Growth Management," 27th Annual Environmental Permitting, Marco Island, FL (July 2013).
  • "Dismantling State Oversight of Local Land Use Decisions – Has the Pendulum Swung too Far?" Ethical Challenges for the Environmental Lawyer and Consultant Conference, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (August 2012).
  • “Legislation & Case Law Roundup – What on Earth Have They Done Now,” 15th Annual CLE International Conference on Land Use, Tampa, FL (August 2012).
  • "Shifting the Burden," Florida Chamber Foundation 26th Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School, Marco Island, FL (July 2012).
  • "Ethics for Professional Planners," American Planning Association Florida Chapter webinar, Destin, FL (July 2012).
  • "A New Era for Land Use Management in Florida: So What Happens Next?" FSU College of Law Fall Environmental Law Forum, Tallahassee, FL (November 2011).
  • 27th Annual Growth Management, Energy, Climate Change and the Environment Short Course that included topics on environmental, growth management,  and energy law and policy, Orlando, FL (February 2011).
  • 27th Annual Growth Management, Transportation Innovations and Funding, Orlando, FL (February 2011).
  • 27th Annual Growth Management, Legislative and Agency panel, Orlando, FL (February 2011).
  • Association of Florida Community Developers, Growth Management Legislation (February 2011).
  • Annual Policy Conference of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association, Emerging Growth Management Legislation, Tallahassee, FL (February 2011).
  • Association of Florida Community Planners, Community Development Districts, Orlando, FL (November 2010).
  • Florida State University College of Law Environmental Forum, DCA rulemaking to implement energy efficient development, Tallahassee, FL (October 2010).
  • "The Challenges of Locating Mixed-Use,” APA Florida Annual Conference, Tampa, FL (September 2010).
  • Florida Chamber’s 26th Annual Short Course, Growth Management, Energy, Climate and Environment, Orlando, FL (February 2010).
  • CLE, Resolving Land Use Disputes, Tampa, FL (February 2010).
  • Association of Florida Community Developers Membership meeting, Tallahassee, FL (February 2010).
  • Florida Chapter of American Planning Association. Annual Statewide Public Policy Workshop, Tallahassee, FL (February 2010).
  •  Association of Community Developers, four quarterly meetings on special districts and growth management.


  • Florida State University College of Law (J.D., with honors, 1974)
  • Dickinson College (B.A., 1970)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • Florida State Courts


  • Assistant Secretary, Florida Department of Community Affairs (1983-1985)
  • Assistant Deputy Attorney General and Chief, Division of Cabinet Affairs for the Florida Attorney General (1979-1983)
  • Assistant General Counsel to Governor Reubin Askew (1977-1978)
  • Assistant General Counsel, Florida Department of Administration (1977)


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