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Robert N. Hartsell, P.A. - Attorney Profiles

Robert N. Hartsell, Esq.

Robert N. HartsellRobert N. Hartsell’s primary practice areas are environmental, land use, zoning, permitting and everglades restoration law.  Robert is well known in these practice areas for his work on high profile cutting edge litigation and advocacy.  He has successfully litigated a number of important and precedent setting cases in Federal, State, Appellate and Administrative courts, including cases involving the National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Florida’s Growth Management Act and Florida’s environmental laws.  Among his several distinguished honors, he was recently awarded the 2010 Public Interest Lawyer of the Year from the Florida Bar’s Environmental and Land Use Section.

In addition to his legal accomplishments, Mr. Hartsell also has 12 years experience in environmental consulting and engineering.  Robert provided consulting services to a host of government, private, and international entities on environmental permitting, site assessments, contamination assessments, remedial action, risk-based corrective action, quality assurance planning, underground storage tank administration, and government reimbursement programs.  He brings this experience to his practice of law.

Mr. Hartsell is also an adjunct professor of at Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University where he teaches land use law and select clinical courses in advanced environmental and land use law.  Robert frequently lectures on current trends in Florida environmental and land use law.  His most recent article, which he co-authored with Mr. Richard Grosso, is Old McDonald Still Has a Farm: Agricultural Property Rights After the Veto of S.B. 1712, The Florida Bar Journal, March 2005.

Mr. Hartsell received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida and his J.D. with honors from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center. Mr. Hartsell is a member of the Florida Bar and United States District Court Southern District of Florida and Middle District of Florida.

Sarah Morgan Hayter, Esq.

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Sarah M. Hayter’s primary practice area is environmental law. Ms. Hayter’s experience encompasses the non-profit, private and government sectors. Before joining Robert Hartsell, P.A., she worked for the Office of General Counsel at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, where she litigated administrative enforcement actions, including dredge and fill, air, industrial waste water and tanks cases. Additionally, she brings trial, appellate and advocacy experience from her work with the non-profit Everglades Law Center as well as a pro bono environmental attorney, in areas of law including the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Power Plant Siting Act, Florida’s Growth Management Act and Everglades restoration. She also has private practice civil litigation experience, in which she has represented landlords, banks and creditors. In addition, Ms. Hayter’s credentials include expertise in renewable energy and climate change law, after being published and receiving her L.L.M. degree.

Ms. Hayter earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and went on to receive her Juris Doctor degree from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center. While in law school, Ms. Hayter served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Peter Weinstein of the 17th judicial Circuit of Broward County, as well as a research assistant for Professor Roma Perez. Ms. Hayter concluded her legal studies upon receiving the L.L.M. degree magna cum laude in Environmental and Land Use Law and Policy from Florida State University College of Law. Ms. Hayter is a member of the Florida Bar and is also licensed to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Heidi Mehaffey, Esq.

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Mrs. Mehaffey’s primary practice areas are Animal Law, Emotional Support Animal Accommodations, Fair Housing Act, Environmental Law and Land Use practice.

Mrs. Mehaffey graduated from Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad Law Center in May of 2015, magna cum laude, ranked number one in her graduating class, and was honored with acceptance into the Order of the Barristers. Mrs. Mehaffey focused her studies on environmental law and animal welfare issues. She was recently published in the Animal Law Committee of the Florida Bar and the Mid-Atlantic Journal on Law and Public Policy for her articles on the pig farming industry and the need for humane standards of operation.

During law school, Mrs. Mehaffey was an active member of the Environmental and Land Use Law Society, as well as the Executive Justice for Academics on the Moot Court Honor Society. She competed in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition in New York in 2013 and 2014, where she was collaborated on brief writing and oral arguments that focused on complex Clean Water Act issues, and received an honorable mention for her oral advocacy skills.

In the summer of 2013, Mrs. Mehaffey was accepted into the Student Honors Law Clerk Program in the Environmental Protection Agency’s office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance in Washington, D.C. She worked alongside government attorneys and engineers in analyzing state memorandum of agreements in which states were authorized to facilitate their own permitting programs under the Clean Water Act.

As a native Floridian, Mrs. Mehaffey has a deep appreciation for the surrounding environment. Prior to attending law school, she was a volunteer at the South Florida Wildlife Center rescuing injured wildlife and then releasing them back into the wild after rehabilitation. Presently, she is a member of Dive Bar, an underwater bar association that participates in conservation efforts under the supervision of the National Coral Reef Institute and the Oceanographic Center of NSU in their coral growth and grafting program.