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Ellen M. Avery-Smith


Office: 904.825.1615 | 407.567.1160
Fax: 904.396.0663


University of Florida, B.S., 1988
Florida State University College of Law, J.D., 1997

Main Biography

Ms. Avery-Smith practices in the areas of land use, environmental and real estate law, including all aspects of real estate transactions from pre-purchase due diligence to entitlement of land to purchase and development of property. She often serves in a strategic management role of consultant teams on large and complex projects and has negotiated development orders, development agreements, school concurrency agreements, mitigation agreements and other documents establishing development rights.  Ms. Avery-Smith also represents private landowners in obtaining federal, state and local permits associated with wetland impacts from construction projects and with creation of wetland mitigation and conservation banks.  Florida circuit court mediator focusing on real property, land use, environmental and contract dispute. She is a member of the firm's Governmental & Regulatory Law and Real Estate departments and the Transportation & Logistics Industry Team. 

Bar Association Memberships

  • The Florida Bar, Section Memberships:
  • Environmental & Land Use Law
  • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law
  • Local Government Law

Awards & Distinctions

  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Editor, Author, Florida State University Law Review
  • Editor, Author, Florida State University Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law
  • 2010 Economic Development Member of the Year, St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Memorial Presbyterian Church
  • Chair, St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council Executive Committee, 2010
  • Member, St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • Active Member, Volusia County Association for Responsible Development (VCARD)
  • Member, Anastasia Dunes Homeowners Association Board of Directors
  • Member, Society for the Preservation of the Historic Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church
  • Guardian ad Litem/Pro Bono matters
  • Board Member, Flagler Hospital Health Services Board

Client Successes

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