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James E. Parker-Flynn

James E. Parker-Flynn



James Parker-Flynn focuses on appellate advocacy, land use litigation, and environmental law.

James handles all aspects of appeals, from initial case assessment through oral argument and beyond. Licensed in Florida and Georgia, he has worked on appeals in all of the state appellate courts in both states. His appellate experience includes complex commercial litigation, insurance coverage disputes, and landowner liability. He is also the editor of the firm's I Object! A Blog on Preservation of Error.

In addition, James has extensive experience in environmental and land use law. He has helped clients in challenging environmental litigation and with a variety of unique regulatory issues involving, among other things, the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, and the Clean Air Act. He was a member of Florida's trial team in Florida v. Georgia, a unique case brought under the U.S. Supreme Court's original jurisdiction to address the interstate dispute over water use in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin.

James has written extensively about climate change and the law and speaks frequently on the topic at conferences and for CLE events. He has taught Environmental Law, Climate Change Law & Policy, and Land Use Regulation at Florida State University College of Law. He also served as a judicial extern to Administrative Law Judge Bram D.E. Canter of the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings.

A father of two, James plays the guitar and is an avid sports fan.

Featured Insights


  • Palafox, LLC v. Diaz, 47 Fla. L. Weekly D374, 2022 WL 390777 (Fla. 1st DCA Feb. 9, 2022). Obtained reversal of administrative order denying sanction against attorney who filed pleading for an “improper purpose.”
  • Alachua Cnty v. Watson, 47 Fla. L. Weekly S15, 2022 WL 247086 (Fla. Jan. 27, 2022). Obtained quashal of decision of lower appellate court where, applying fundamentals of statutory interpretation, statutes governing budgetary process for counties and sheriffs did not permit sheriffs to make object-level transfers in budget without approval of board of county commissioners.
  • Lombardy v. Lombardy, No. 5D21-0472 (Fla. 5th DCA July 27, 2021). Obtained dismissal of petition for writ of certiorari as choice-of-law issue could be remedied on appeal, if there was error, and thus there was no irreparable harm.
  • Epstein, Becker & Green, P.C. v. Anduro Holdings, LLC, 816 S.E.2d 695 (Ga. Ct. App. 2018). Obtained reversal of a judgment notwithstanding the verdict in a case involving substantial unpaid legal fees.
  • Evergreen Cmtys., Inc. v. Palafox Pres. Homeowners' Ass'n, Inc., 213 So. 3d 1127 (Fla. 1st DCA 2017). Obtained reversal of summary judgment in dispute over whether restrictive covenants blocked planned residential development.
  • BASF Corp. v. Fla. Dep’t of Evntl. Prot., No. 17-3684RP, 2018 WL 3131712 (DOAH Mar. 2, 2018). Finding the Department had not met its burden of proving a proposed total maximum daily load was not an invalid exercise of delegated legislative authority.

All Insights

Linking Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change
American Journal of Public Health

A Race to the Middle in Energy Policy
Sustainable Development Law & Policy


The Fraudulent Misrepresentation of Climate Science
Environmental Law Reporter News & Analysis



  • The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, Environmental Law, Land Use and Zoning Law (2021–2022)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Impacts of Climate Change on Brownfield Redevelopment and Remediation,” Florida and Alabama Brownfields Conference (October 26–27, 2021)
  • "Climate Change and Environmental Considerations," 10th Annual Construction Law in Florida, The Seminar Group (October 13–14, 2021)
  • "Coastal Issues and Shoreline Management," The Seminar Group, Miami, FL (May 7–8, 2020)
  • "Climate Change and Resilient Development," 33rd Annual Land Use Institute (2019)
  • "Legal and Policy Issues in Addressing Health Impacts of Climate Change," American Public Health Association Annual Conference (2016)
  • "Resource Production Limits," Environmental, Energy, and Land Use Law Spring Colloquium, Florida State University College of Law (Spring 2014)
  • "Misrepresentation Nation: Why the United States Allows the Reckless Distortion of Climate Science," Environmental, Energy, and Land Use Law Spring Colloquium,  Florida State University College of Law (Spring 2013)


  • Florida State University College of Law (LL.M., summa cum laude, 2014)
  • Georgia State University College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2013)
    • Environmental Law Award
    • Research, Writing, and Advocacy Award
    • Outer Barristers’ Guild Award
  • Appalachian State University (B.A., 2010)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
  • Georgia
Court Admissions
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • Florida State Courts
  • Georgia State Courts


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