George Gramling
A Partner In The Law Firm
Gramling Environmental
Law, P.A.

Tampa Office
118 S Newport Ave.
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: (813) 259-1060
Cell: (813) 205-1500

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George Gramling, Environmental Attorney, Tampa, Profile
"Good outcomes for our clients result from well-researched, credible positions on disputed matters and from excellent working relationships with regulators."

Mr. Gramling has developed long-standing, positive relationships with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Florida Water Management Districts, the United States Army Corps of Engineers and other governmental agencies throughout Florida. Over the years, his relationships with governmental agency heads and staff have facilitated better, more efficient and less costly interaction between his clients and these agencies.

Mr. Gramling practices exclusively in the field of environmental and land use regulation at the federal, state and local government levels. His practice spans over 27 years and involves compliance and pollution issues, complex regulatory dispute resolution, legislative and lobbying representation and environmental agency negotiations and communication. He maintains a selective litigation practice in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies, limited to high profile or strenuously contested cases.

Mr. Gramling is rated "AV" by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory: the highest rating conferred by this respected organization. He has served as Chairman of the Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section and Chairman of the Hillsborough County Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section.

Mr. Gramling has experience with the Florida Legislative and Executive branches of government. Representing a coalition of clients, he worked in legislative sessions between 1994 and 2001 to create Florida's Dry Cleaning Solvent Cleanup program (DSCP), focusing the state's resources on the investigation and cleanup of over 1400 contaminated dry cleaning properties and resulting in the entry of all of these sites into a unified, priority for cleanup. Before the adoption of the DSCP, the dry cleaning industry, the owners of land polluted from dry cleaning solvent spills and releases, and the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection were headed for years of complicated litigation, as one contaminated site after another entered the regulatory environment. Florida's DSCP has been used as a model for other state legislation and is widely perceived as an environmental solution that worked for all interests.

Another example of large-scale environmental legislation on which Mr. Gramling worked is the enactment into Florida law of the Lead in Sport Shooting Range Program. Representing a national association, he helped draft, lobby and pass this statutory program. The program encourages sport shooting ranges throughout Florida to adopt "Best Management Practices" to contain lead contamination, and provides limited immunity from lawsuits for such ranges that do so. Once again, this program unified and simplified the cleanup response of hundreds of sport shooting ranges and avoided long-term, inefficient litigation to address this environmental concern.

Mr. Gramling chairs or leads many significant professional and Bar-related committees and positions, including:
    Florida Bar
    • Chairman, Environmental and Land Use Law Section (2003-2004)
    • Chairman, Grievance Committee (13 E) Hillsborough County (1995-1996)
    • Florida Bar "Bar Stars" Award (1991)
    • Member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section of the Florida Bar
    Hillsborough County Bar Association
    • Chairman of the Environmental Law Section 1992-1993
    • Chairman 1990-1992; 2003-2006
    • Chairman, Migrant Farm Worker Volunteer Lawyer Project
    • Outstanding Young Lawyer Award (1991)
    American Bar Association
    • Vice Chair, 1999-2002, Ethics Committee of Section of Environment, Energy and Resources
    City of Tampa
    • Code Enforcement Board, Member (1998-2001)
    • Flood Control Board, Member (2003- 2006)
    Bay Area Legal Services
    • Chairman; Board of Directors (2004 - 2005)
    • Chairman, Planned Giving Campaign (2001)
    Florida Brownfield Association
    • Member (2010, 2012)
He lectures and writes on a regular basis on environmental, business and other issues and regularly makes presentations in Florida Bar and Hillsborough County Bar sponsored CLE seminars. His extensive legal writings have been published in many scholarly references, including The Harvard Environmental Law Review and the Florida Treatise on Environmental and Land Use Law. He is a member of The Florida Bar, the Hillsborough County Bar and the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts for the Middle District of Florida, Southern District of Florida. He received his undergraduate degree from Emory University in 1980 and his law degree from the University of Florida in 1983 where, after graduating, he taught in the Legal Research and Writing Program.
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