This article originally appeared in the Florida Bar City, County and Local Government Law Section’s The Agenda in Fall 2020 and was written by firm partners David Tolces and Susan L. Trevarthen [...]
As a Florida Bar Board Certified attorney in City, County and Local Government Law with a Master’s degree in planning, Susan Trevarthen has an in-depth and specialized knowledge of the challenges faced by local government clients in the complex areas of land use, planning and zoning. Her work includes negotiating development agreements and approvals, drafting municipal codes and plans, defending challenges to municipal regulations and decisions, handling public hearings and advocating for municipalities on legislative issues in her field.
Susan is also a trusted advisor to elected officials, municipal staff, managers and attorneys on new and evolving municipal issues such as medical marijuana and loss of control over rights of way as ride-sharing services and e-scooter companies compete for use. She also serves as the lead municipal attorney for two coastal communities in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
Susan’s practice includes constitutional law issues such as regulatory taking cases and land use and zoning decisions that raise First Amendment issues, including sign codes, adult use and religious regulations, Bert J. Harris Act claims, comprehensive plan challenges and petitions for writs of certiorari.
Susan was instrumental in helping to develop the field of school concurrency policy and law in Florida, and has represented local governments and school boards across the state on school planning, facilities issues and mandatory school concurrency.
Susan is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners and has held leadership positions in The Florida Bar’s Section for Environmental and Land Use Law and Section for City, County and Local Government Law. She is the chairperson of the Board of Directors of 1000 Friends of Florida. She speaks and publishes frequently on planning, zoning and land use issues and has been a regular guest lecturer at the University of Miami School of Law, St. Thomas University School of Law and Florida Atlantic University School of Urban Planning.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 1993
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 1997
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2011
United States Supreme Court, 2003
University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1991
University of North Carolina, MRP, 1991
Duke University, AB Public Policy Studies, cum laude, 1986
Board Certified by The Florida Bar in City, County and Local Government Law, 2003
American Institute of Certified Planner (FAICP), College of Fellows
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
Public School Facilities
Developments of Regional Impact (DRI)
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