Cobb Cole Attorney, Michael Sznapstajler, Elected President of the Florida Brownfields Association
Michael Sznapstajler, an attorney at Cobb Cole, was elected President of the Florida Brownfields Association at the 16th Annual Florida Brownfields Conference & Exhibition held in West Palm Beach from October 27th through October 30th.
Brownfields are properties that have difficulty being redeveloped due to actual or perceived environmental issues. Under the state and federal Brownfields Redevelopment Programs, economic and regulatory incentives are available to encourage and incentivize redevelopment of Brownfields, including grants, tax credits, tax refunds, and liability protection.
The Florida Brownfields Association is a non-profit, volunteer, service organization focused on creating economic, community development, and educational opportunities to promote and encourage the cleanup, redevelopment, and restoration of Brownfields in Florida and revitalizing the communities in which Brownfields are located. During the next 12 months, the Florida Brownfields Association will facilitate a variety of education and outreach, environmental justice, legislative initiatives.
"The redevelopment of Brownfields is a critical component in improving the health and safety of our communities, addressing environmental concerns, and revitalizing Florida's economy" said Sznapstajler. "I am humbled by the opportunity to lead the organization at the forefront of these efforts."
Mr. Sznapstajler is an attorney in the environmental, land use and litigation departments of Cobb Cole. He practices in the areas of administrative law, civil litigation, environmental law, and land development law. Mr. Sznapstajler also currently serves as the President of the Young Professionals Group and on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation.
New Associate Joins Cobb Cole
The law firm of Cobb Cole is pleased to announce that Ms. Chelsea Sims has joined the firm as an associate in the Environmental and Land Use Department. Ms. Sims practices primarily in the areas of environmental law and land use law and corporate law.
Ms. Sims is a Brevard County native. In 2010, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ecosystem Science and Policy and Political Science with a minor in Spanish from the University of Miami. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida School of Law in 2013 with a Certificate in Environmental and Land Use Law. While attending the University of Florida School of Law, Ms. Sims participated in the Environmental Moot Court Team; was President of the Environmental Law Organization, GreenLAW; and was Co-Chair of the annual Public Interest Environmental Conference held at the law school.
Currently, Ms. Sims is a member of the Surfcoast Chapter of the Florida Planning and Zoning Association, the Volusia County Association for Responsible Development, the Volusia Flagler Association for Women Lawyers, the Volusia County Young Professionals Group, and serves on the Board of Directors at PACE Center for Girls Volusia-Flagler.
Attorney, Matthew S. Welch, joins Cobb Cole
The law firm of Cobb Cole is pleased to announce that Mr. Matthew S. Welch has joined the firm as a partner. Mr. Welch will continue to focus his practice in the areas of real estate, condominium and landlord/tenant law, and general litigation.
Mr. Welch is admitted to practice in all courts of the State of Florida, as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Mr. Welch is a United States Marine. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida and his juris doctor degree from the University of Florida. Mr. Welch is a Member of the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors, a Past-President of the Volusia County Bar Association, and a member of the Dunn Blount Inns of Court. In addition, Mr. Welch was recently named a 2013 Florida Rising Star, a legal honor awarded to no more than 2.5 percent of the attorneys in Florida.