Roger W. Sims is a partner in Holland & Knight's Orlando office. Mr. Sims chairs the firm's Water Resources Team and practices in the areas of water resources, environmental and land use law.  Mr. Sims deals with many governmental agencies on a regular basis, including the state's Water Management Districts and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

He has practiced before water regulators for more than 30 years and has experience with rule development, permitting and third party challenges.

Mr. Sims has authored numerous publications and articles and lectures frequently on environmental and land use matters, including water law, wetland issues and other environmental topics.



  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D.
  • University of Florida, B.A., with high honors
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American Bar Association, 33rd Annual Water Law Conference Planning Committee, 2015
  • American Bar Association, Section of Energy, Environment and Natural Resources, Water Programs Committee
  • Florida Association for Water Quality Control, former President 
  • The Florida Bar, Environmental and Land Use Law Section, former Chairman
  • American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Environmental Law, former Member
  • Boy Scouts of America, Central Florida Council, Executive Board Member
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Florida Blue Key
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Environmental Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, Water Law, Litigation - Environmental, Litigation - Land Use & Zoning, 1995-2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Orlando Land Use & Zoning Lawyer of the Year, 2012, 2015, 2019; Orlando Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year, 2013, 2018; Orlando Litigation - Environmental Lawyer of the Year, 2016
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Environment Law, 2008-2019
  • Florida Legal Elite Hall of Fame, Florida Trend magazine, 2011-2019
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine, 2008-2019
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2019
  • Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine, May 2009  
  • Best Lawyers, Orlando Magazine
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Who's Who Legal
  • University of Florida Moot Court Team, former member


Speaking Engagements