Areas of Practice
Administrative, Ports, Airports & Transportation, Land Use, Water, Marine & Coastal Construction, Special Assets Assessment Services, Local Government & Special Districts and Sustainability
Assists clients in airport land use related matters including compliance, land use, environmental and regulatory permitting.
Represents clients on federal and state rulemaking and legislative issues involving wetlands, water quality and water supply.
Represents special districts, municipalities and counties on environmental and water supply issues including implementation and environmental restoration projects.
Counsels clients regarding sustainability law and policy.
Advises clients through all phases of development of regional impact review, comprehensive planning, zoning, coastal zone issues and other local, state and federal land use approval processes from the application for such approvals through the defense and prosecution of administrative, local or federal litigation.
Represents clients throughout environmental and administrative permitting processes involving local, state and federal regulations and laws governing endangered species, coastal development, the consumption, management and storage of surface waters and dredging or filling of wetlands, including jurisdiction and permitting pursuant to the Clean Water Act. Representation includes consultation regarding Endangered Species Act and NEPA compliance. Ms. Baker successfully represents public and private clients with matters before the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the various Florida water management districts, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Counsels clients concerning acquisition of special assets including all impacts on value created by zoning, environmental, regulatory and permitting factors applicable to the special asset.
Experience in civil and administrative litigation.
Professional Civic and Community Involvement
The Florida Bar: Admitted 2005, Florida Young Lawyer Section’s District Representative from Florida to the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.
Palm Beach County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division: Member 2007 – Present, Board of Directors 2009 – Present, Sustainable Practices Team, Education Team
Palm Beach County Bar Association Environmental & Land Use Section: Member 2008 - Present
American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division: Member 2003 – Present, Membership Services Team 2009-2010, Liaison to State & Local Government Section 2009-2010, Host Committee 2010 Midyear Meeting, Council 2010 – Present, Resolutions Team 2010 – Present, Membership Board 2010 - Present
American Bar Association State & Local Government Section: Member 2007 – Present, Council 2009 – 2010, Environmental Committee Vice-Chair 2009 – Present
South Florida Fair: Director 2008 – 2010, Green Fairway Committee Chair 2009 – 2010
Economic Forum of the Palm Beaches: Member 2007 – Present
Palm Beach County Literary Coalition: Board Member 2007 – 2009, Spelling Bee Co-Chair 2008, Love of Literary Luncheon Committee 2007 – 2009
Leadership West Palm Beach: Graduate 2008 Class
Presentations, Publications and Awards
Speaker, ABA Teleconference Young Lawyers Division, “Unique Problems in Special Assets”, July 2010
“Citizens United v. Federal Election Comm’n: Justices overturn Prohibitions on Political Speech”, ABA State & Local Law News, Spring 2010
Speaker, ABA Midyear Meeting Young Lawyers Division, “Real Estate Ropes”, February 2010
Florida Rising Star in Environmental Law, 2009, Peer Designation awarded to only 2.5% of Florida Lawyers
“Networking vs. Business Development, What’s The Difference?”, ABA The Young Lawyer, November 2009
“ABA Update”, ABA Across the Bar, Fall 2009
“Going Green? Take a Closer Look at the Issue of Greenwashing As Spelled Out in the Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guides”, ABA Section of Environment, Energy & Resources Innovation Management Series Systems and Trading Committee Newsletter - May 2009
“The Tax Implications of Condemnation Awards”, Eminent Domain Practice and Procedure – 2008
Speaker, CLE INTERNATIONAL Growth & Water Supply Conference, “Where did all the Water Go? A Compare & Contrast of Past & Present”, Drought Paradigms, January 2008.
“Bail Agents Could Revolutionize the Immigration and Naturalization Service”, Human Events -March 2002
“KYL, Murkowski May Quit Republican Leadership Council”, Human Events, March 2002.
J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2004, dean’s list, International Vis Moot Fellow, legal extern to Judge Wayne R. Andersen of the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois.
B.S. Political Science and English, Utah Valley University, 2002, dean’s list