Ted R. Brown has more than 45 years of legal experience and practices in Holland & Knight's Real Estate Section. His focus is on the representation of developers and owners seeking to develop land, and the environmental and land use issues that impact land development.
From 1988 to 1996, he 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. Most recently, Mr. Brown worked in private practice at a firm in Orlando.
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, 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.
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