Stephen Tilbrook has over 25 years of experience practicing land use and environmental law, and he focuses his practice on complex land use, development, and environmental matters throughout the state of Florida. He represents property owners, expanding businesses, developers, financial institutions, and institutional clients, including hospitals, universities, regional shopping centers and real estate investment trusts. He specializes in addressing the land use and environmental challenges of urban and waterfront redevelopment, including brownfields, developments of regional impact, barrier island redevelopment, downtown development, marina developments, special entertainment districts, and mixed-use development.
As a former economic development coordinator for the City of Fort Lauderdale, Stephen represents clients on all matters of entitlement and land development. With legal experience enhanced by his government service, Stephen uses an insider's perspective to counsel clients and to advocate before government agencies in resolving regulatory challenges and issuing development approvals. He also practices government law and lobbying at the state and local levels, particularly on matters of business development, economic incentives for business growth/relocation, public procurement and public/private partnerships.
As a former assistant general counsel with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Stephen is well-versed in the regulatory systems that protect the state's environment and he also advises clients on matters of sustainability and resilience. He represents clients on environmental due diligence, permitting, compliance, assessment, and remediation. Notably, he represents brownfield sites throughout Florida and he has experience in environmental permitting and cleanup for marinas, gas stations, dry cleaners, chemical manufacturers, and golf courses.