Donald Conn’s practice focuses on local and regional government law, administrative law, growth management and environmental law, water law, construction contracting, public procurement, and sunshine and public records law. His practice includes representation of both public and private clients in matters which involve regional transportation and planning, land development regulations, permitting and licensing approvals and disputes, public contracting, bid disputes, rulemaking, and rule challenges. He currently serves as General Counsel to several regional agencies and as County Attorney in central Florida, and has recently represented public clients in construction litigation, regulatory takings and Bert Harris Act claims, and public procurement and employment matters.
For twelve years prior to entering private practice, Don served as General Counsel of Tampa Bay Water, a regional water supply authority, and was involved in numerous complex contractual transactions, development of interlocal and mutual use agreements, water use and environmental permitting, real property acquisition, as well as administrative and civil litigation. He has also served as an Administrative Law Judge with the Division of Administrative Hearings handling a wide variety of cases throughout Florida, as General Counsel to the Department of Business Regulation, and as State Courts Administrator for the Florida Supreme Court.
Don received a Juris Doctorate with Honors and Master of Science in Public Administration from The Florida State University. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and has been an adjunct professor at The Florida State University and the University of Florida. Don has twice been named by his peers as one of Florida’s Legal Elite in the areas of government and administrative law.