Thomas Boroughs

Retired Senior Partner
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Thomas "Tommy" Boroughs is a retired senior partner in the Orlando office of Holland & Knight. Mr. Boroughs focused his practice in the areas of zoning and land use regulatory matters with real estate development, acquisition and sales. He served for several years as chair of the firm’s Florida Land Use Team.

In addition to his considerable experience in zoning and land use, Mr. Boroughs also has extensive experience in various areas of real estate development, as well as transactional aspects of real estate, including purchase and sale negotiations, and structuring and financing of complex commercial real estate transactions. He has focused on energy law with an emphasis upon renewable and alternative energy. Mr. Boroughs has experience in solar PV, solar concentrating power and biomass gasification projects.

Mr. Boroughs served as chair of the Florida Energy Commission from 2006 to 2008 and served on the Board of Orlando Utilities Commission from 2001 to 2008 (serving as President of the Board from 2004 to 2006). He also chaired the American Public Power Association's Policy Makers Council in 2005 and 2006 and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association. In December 2005, former Governor Jeb Bush appointed Mr. Boroughs to the Florida Energy Forum. In 2007, Florida Governor Charlie Crist appointed Mr. Boroughs to the Governor's Energy and Climate Action Team. Mr. Boroughs was voted the 2006 Florida Municipal Electric Association Member of the Year.

Currently, Mr. Boroughs serves as Co-Chair of Mission United of Central Florida, serves on the Policy Advisory Board of the Florida Solar Energy Center, on the Advisory Board of the Florida Energy Systems Consortium, on the Board for Citizens for Clean Energy, and the Orange County, Florida, Advisory Board for Sustainability.

Between graduation from college and commencement of law school, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Radar Intercept Officer in an F-4 fighter/bomber (Phantom II) and is a veteran of the Vietnam conflict. Mr. Boroughs has practiced law in Central Florida since graduation from law school.

Honors & Awards

  • Veterans of Influence Honoree, Orlando Business Journal, 2014
  • Orange County Legal Aid Society Award of Excellent 2014 for role in creation of The Veterans Pro Bono Legal Clinic
  • Orange County Bar Association Outstanding Service Award 2014 for role in establishment of the Orange County Bar Association Veterans Committee and the Orange County Veterans Court
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated


  • Mission United of Central Florida, Co-Chair
  • Florida Energy Systems Consortium, Advisory Board
  • HANDS of Central Florida, Board of Directors, 2018-present
  • Orange County, Fla. Advisory Board for Sustainability
  • Citizens for Clean Energy Inc., Board Member
  • Florida Solar Energy Center, Policy Advisory Board, former Chairman, 2010-2014
  • Florida Energy Commission, former Chairman, 2006-2008
  • Orlando Utilities Commission, former President 2004-2006; former Member, Board of Directors 2001-2008
  • The Century Commission for a Sustainable Florida, former Member
  • Governor's Action Team on Energy and Climate Change, former Member 2007-2008
  • Florida Energy Forum, former Member
  • American Public Power Association, former Chairman, Policy Makers Council 2005-2006; former Member, Board of Directors
  • Naval Training Center/Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Orlando, former Chairman, Advisory Board
  • Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce, former Chairman, Responsible Growth Coalition; former Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee
  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Nomination Commission, former Chairman
  • The Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, former Chairman, Federal Regulation of Land Use Committee; former Member (11 years), Executive Council
  • East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, former Member
  • Attorney Review Committee of the City of Orlando, former Chairman
  • Downtown Development Board of Orlando, former Chairman, Project Review Committee
  • Orange County Citizens Advisory Committee, former Member
  • Orange County Bar Association, Real Property Section, former Chairman; former Member, Executive Council; former Chair of the Veterans Committee