Robert 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 and was recognized in 2020 for excellence in Environmental Law by Lawyers of Distinction.
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 was also an adjunct professor of at Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University where he taught land use law and select clinical courses in advanced environmental and land use law. Mr. Hartsell served as an executive council member of the Florida Bar’s Environmental and Land Use Section for nearly a decade.
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, Middle District of Florida, Northern District of Florida and the United States 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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 wastewater, 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.
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 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 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.
Mrs. Mehaffey has also given lectures on Animal Law at multiple institutions, such as Nova Southeastern Law and Florida International University Law, to chapters of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. She has also devoted her time to helping raise awareness amongst younger students, giving presentations on environmental and animal law at elementary schools.
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, and since then has led an orientation at the center for law school students. Mrs. Mehaffey has also collaborated with DiveBar, an underwater bar association, 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.
Mr. Ozery’s primary legal practice areas are land use, environmental, fair housing, sustainable development, construction, contracts, and complex civil and business litigation.
Mr. Ozery graduated from Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad Law Center in May of 2015, cum laude with a focus in civil litigation.
During law school, Mr. Ozery served as Associate Managing Editor for ILSA International & Comparative Law Journal, as well as a member of the Nova Trial Association, and competed on behalf of Nova Southeastern University in Miami as well Vienna, Austria, in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition.
Through law school, Mr. Ozery worked as a litigation clerk at one of the largest personal injury firms in South Florida, where he developed advocacy skills and began participating in the civil litigation process.
Mr. Ozery began his legal career managing a high-volume caseload and fervidly advocating for the rights of the injured from inception to trial. Having done so successfully, he has now transitioned his legal advocacy skills towards his passion for environmental protection and land use matters.
Mr. Ozery’s love for the outdoors and deep experiences traveling and backpacking across North America, serve as the foundation for his commitment to ensuring the welfare of our ecosystems and wild places for future generations to come.
Mr. Ozery is a member of the Florida and Colorado Bars. He maintains membership in the Environmental and Land Use section of the Florida Bar.