Ted R. Brown has more than 50 years of legal experience and practices in Holland & Knight's Real Estate Section. Mr. Brown focuses his practice on the representation of developers and owners seeking to develop land, and the environmental and land use issues that impact land development.

In addition to his legal, development and management experience, Mr. Brown is a full member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and has served as a member of the National Policy Council, Environmental Council and Senior Housing Council, and is currently a member of the Community Development Council. He is also active in the Association of Florida Community Developers (AFCD) as well as numerous other development and environmental organizations with aligned interests.

From 1988 to 1996, Mr. Brown served as vice president and general counsel of Arvida Company, a firm engaged in the development of master-planned communities in various markets around the United States. In that capacity, Mr. Brown was responsible for managing the legal affairs of the company and, in particular, the land entitlement and environmental permitting processes. After leaving Arvida, he worked as a management consultant, assisting companies in the development of strategic plans to ensure environmental and regulatory compliance.

In 1993, Mr. Brown was appointed by Florida Governor Lawton Chiles to serve on the Private Property Rights Study Commission II, which was tasked with analyzing the interface of regulatory takings and private property rights. Out of that work came the Bert J. Harris Private Property Rights Act.

From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Brown served as the president of the Foundation for Environmental and Economic Progress (FEEP), a coalition of land development companies seeking to make the Section 404 wetlands program and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) operational protocols more balanced. During his tenure, Mr. Brown testified before the Water Resources Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Environment and Public Works Committee of the U.S. Senate on the reauthorization of both the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.


  • The Ohio State University College of Law, J.D.
  • University of Florida, B.S.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
  • American Bar Association: Corporation, Banking, Business Law, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, Natural Resources, and Energy and Environmental Law sections
  • Vice chair of Endangered Species subcommittee, American Bar Association, 1996-1997
  • Urban Land Institute, Community Development Council; National Policy, Environmental and Senior Housing Councils, former Member
  • The Florida Bar, Real Property and Environmental and Land Use Sections
  • Environmental Law Institute
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Association of Florida Community Developers
  • Association of Florida Community Developers, Affordable Housing Task Force, former Co-chair
  • Foundation for Environmental and Economic Progress, former President
  • James Madison Institute, Regional Board
  • Florida Tax Watch Streamlining Regulation Task Force
  • Forum on Clean Water Law, Steering Committee
  • Congress of New Urbanism
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Orlando Governmental Relations Practice Lawyer of the Year, 2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Environmental Law, Litigation - Environmental, Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law, Litigation - Real Estate, 2006-2022; Government Relations Practice, 2015-2022
  • Chambers USA — America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, 2006-2022
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Orlando Environmental Lawyer of the Year, 2012
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine 2006-2016
  • Best Lawyers in Orlando, Orlando Magazine 1997-2013


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