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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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  • More than 200 developments of regional impact (DRIs), a rural lands stewardship area (Collier), three sector plans (Hendry - 25,000 acres; Bay-Walton - 110,000 acres; and Highlands - 69,000 acres).
  • Rewrite of growth management law in 2011 to create the Community Development Act and subsequent amendments. Rewrite of DRI law in 2018 to return process to local government development orders.
  • Numerous agreements with FDOT and local governments regarding transportation concurrency and proportionate share payments and transportation concurrency and with school boards on school concurrency.
  • 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 and Chair, Governance Committee and Real Estate Committee 
  • City of Tallahassee Charter Review Commission (2009)
  • Chair, Tallahassee Civic Center for three years prior to transfer to FSU

Speaking Engagements

  • Annual speaker, Florida Chamber of Commerce Annual Short Course on growth management. Moderate and present on what’s new in Florida Growth Management.
  • Annual speaker, American Planning Association, Florida Chapter, Public Policy Meeting regarding upcoming legislation on growth management and environment.
  • Annual speaker, American Planning Association, Florida Chapter, Public Policy Meeting.
  • Legislation and DRI legislation at annual Land Use conference in Tampa, FL (July 2014).
  • Annual speaker, Florida Chamber of Commerce Annual Short Course on new issues in growth management (2005–2019).
  • Speaker at Association of Florida Community Developers (AFCD) Strategic Planning and Legislative Prioritization, Tampa, FL (twice a year).
  • “2013 Legislative Review – Did the Legislature Help or Hurt,” 16th Annual CLE International Conference on Land Use, Tampa, FL (August 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).
  • "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?" Florida State University College of Law Fall Environmental Law Forum, Tallahassee, FL (November 2011).
  • Florida State University College of Law Environmental Forum, DCA rulemaking to implement energy-efficient development, Tallahassee, FL (October 2010).
  • CLE, Resolving Land Use Disputes, Tampa, FL (February 2010).


  • 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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