Douglas L. Rillstone

Douglas L. Rillstone

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Recognized since 2006

Tallahassee, Florida

Practice Areas

Environmental Law

Land Use and Zoning Law

Litigation - Environmental

Natural Resources Law

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Land Use and Zoning Law
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Douglas Rillstone represents clients in all aspects of the redevelopment of blighted, under-utilized, and often contaminated property for mixed use, or student housing, including issues with due diligence, development of contaminated property involving petroleum, solvents, metals and relic landfills, real estate contract negotiations, title, construction and permanent financing, Community Redevelopment Agency incentives, commercial condominiums, property exchanges, demolition and construction, and local permitting, variances, and land use approvals.Mr. Rillstone was selected by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as a stakeholder representing landowner, agriculture, cattle and timber associations to develop Florida’s unique science-based regulatory process to designate and regulate protected species in Florida which included the development, adoptions and implementation of agricultural best management practices as an alternative to regulatory permitting and a process for Florida to implement the Federal Endangered Species Act. Mr. Rillstone has routinely represented land owners, developers, mitigation bankers, miners, agricultural interests (e.g., citrus, cattle, forestry and crop production), energy, major transportation and industry associations in all aspects of the regulation of species, wetlands, waste, hazardous substance, water, including permitting, consultations, rulemaking, listing and delisting decisions, administrative appeals, enforcement, policy development, rulemaking and legislation.His areas of practice include land use decisions and appeals; various aspects of the Development of Regional Impact (DRI) process; school and transportation concurrency; Rural Lands Stewardship; vested rights determinations; water use; wetlands; wildlife and plant regulation; marina development; contaminated property and redevelopment; sovereign lands; coastal construction; surface water; civil and criminal enforcement; NPDES permitting; and administrative rulemaking and litigation.

Contact & Links
  • 215 South Monroe Street, Suite 400
    Tallahassee, FL 32301
  • Hamline University, JD, graduated 1985
  • Florida Institute of Technology, MS, graduated 1983
  • Florida State University, BS, graduated 1979
Bar Admissions
  • Florida, Florida
  • Association of Florida Community Developers, Inc. - Past Member
  • Florida Chamber of Commerce Natural Resources and Growth Management Committee - Past Chair
  • Florida Home Builders Association, Inc. - Past Member
  • Florida State University Real Estate Center - Executive Board Member
  • Florida State University Real Estate Foundation - Member, Board of Directors
  • The Florida Bar - Past Member, Executive Council

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Land Use and Zoning Law
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Land Use and Zoning Law, Tallahassee (2020)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Environmental Law
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Natural Resources Law
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating with Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America® for Environmental Law (2006-2009, 2011-2018)
  • Chambers USA: A Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers – Land Use and Environmental Law (2006-2018)
  • Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2018)


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