Howard E. Nelson has more than 25 years of experience in environmental law, land development, zoning, and regional planning. He represents clients throughout all phases of the development process from site location through permitting and construction, as well as in permit appeals and defense of environmental enforcement matters. Howard focuses a substantial portion of his practice to the analysis and remediation of site contamination issues, representing several national homebuilders in pre-acquisition site analysis and contamination remediation. He works closely with environmental professionals in the formulation of appropriate diligence inquiries and the preparation of remedial strategies designed to reduce costs and time frames for completion of projects. Howard also represents a variety of non-residential developers and industries with respect to contamination assessment and remediation issues. Howard also has extensive experience in representing clients in complex wetland matters, including issues related to protected and sensitive wetlands, preservation efforts, and enforcement defense. Howard is consistently recognized by legal publications such as Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, and Florida Super Lawyers. In 2013, he was named "Urban and Regional Planning Distinguished Alumnus" by the University of Florida's College of Design, Construction & Planning.