Richard Grosso

Richard Grosso

Director, Environmental & Land Use Law Clinic & Professor of Law


B.S., Florida State University, 1983
J.D., Florida State University College of Law, 1986


Richard Grosso teaches land use and environmental law, Florida Constitutional Law, and directs the 
Environmental and Land Use Law Practice Clinic. He is a widely recognized legal expert, practicing lawyer and policy advocate, with 28 years of experience litigating and advocating on state-wide and south Florida environmental issues. His teaching, lecturing, publication, and legal practice specialize in land use, growth management and environmental policy and permitting issues, including property rights adn governance issues. Grosso is the former founder and Executive Director and General Counsel of the Everglades Law Center, Inc., (ELC) a public interest law firm which represents citizens and environmental interests in environmental and land use matters concerning the Florida Everglades, Florida Keys and the south Florida ecosystem in general. He is also a former Legal Director for 1000 Friends of Florida, and attorney for the Florida departments of Community Affairs and Environmental Regulation. Over a 28 – year litigation and advocacy career, he represented numerous public interest clients and the state of Florida in federal and state administrative and judicial proceedings. He frequently represents clients in court and before local governments, state and federal agencies, and other bodies concerning land use and environmental issues.  Professor Grosso also regulalry advises and lectures to governmental officials relative to his areas of expertise.  He has been featured or appeared in a number of documentary films, newspaper and magazine features, and his work has been reported upon frequently in media reports and editorials.  He has received numerous awards and other recognition over his career for his effective advocacy on environmental issues.  

Areas of Interest

  • Land Use – Growth Management
  • Environmental Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Local Government Law
  • Property Rights
  • Florida Constitutional Law
  • Climate Change and Sea level Rise

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