Businesses and individuals regulated by state government in Florida must understand the Florida Administrative Procedure Act (APA). This Act governs disputes between all state agencies and the entities and people the agencies regulate. The APA also governs how agencies adopt rules and dictates how those affected by rules can challenge them. Florida’s APA is unique to the 50 states and is substantially different from the federal administrative procedure act. Litigation in the administrative process is not the same as civil litigation in the state or federal court systems, and navigating the administrative process requires attorneys who understand it.
Attorneys at Radey work with the APA every day. We handle rule challenges, nonrule policy challenges, public procurement bid protests, certificate of need applications, permit disputes, and all manner of license and disciplinary actions that are heard by administrative law judges at the Division of Administrative Hearings. Our attorneys also draft declaratory statement petitions and petitions to initiate rulemaking to state agencies and handle appeals from all final agency action.
Our managing shareholder, Travis Miller, shareholders Donna Blanton, Susan Clark, and Brittany Adams Long have achieved Board Certification in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice. Board Certification is the highest level of evaluation by the Florida Bar, recognizing their special knowledge, skills and proficiency in this practice area, and their professionalism and ethics in practice.
Donna Blanton also is a past Chair of the Florida Bar’s Administrative Law Section after serving for years as a member of the Section’s governing body, the Administrative Law Section Executive Council. Ms. Blanton also served as Executive Director of the Governor’s Administrative Procedure Act Review Commission, which recommended substantial revisions to Florida’s APA that were adopted by the Legislature in 1996. Three additional firm attorneys previously practiced law with state agencies, which provides them with an insider’s perspective on agency decision making and how it affects those regulated by government.
Thus, from all possible perspectives – expertise, experience, and practical involvement with state agencies from the inside out – the lawyers at Radey are well positioned to serve the regulatory needs of the firm’s clients.