Gunster attorney Timothy Riley

Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, today announced that Timothy M. Riley has joined the firm’s Environmental & Land Use practice as a shareholder in its Tallahassee office.

Riley, an established attorney with over a decade of experience, specializes in guiding businesses, particularly those operating in highly regulated industries across Florida and beyond, through complex governmental processes. His clients, ranging from investor-owned utilities and oil and gas exploration companies to commercial real estate developers and telecommunications firms, rely on his expertise in governmental relations and administrative law matters. He represents them before local, state and federal regulatory agencies, as well as civil and administrative courts, addressing a wide range of land use and environmental legal matters, particularly in the context of oil and gas operations.

Before joining Gunster, Riley held key positions that enriched his understanding of environmental resources and regulatory compliance. He served as the Manager of Environmental Resources for the Town of Flower Mound in Texas and later became the Manager of Policy & Development for the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District. He was also appointed to the City of Austin’s Environmental Board, where he managed the district’s initiatives related to groundwater regulatory compliance, enforcement and planning.

“Amidst the ever-evolving landscape of environmental regulations, Gunster remains committed to navigating our clients through the intricate web of Florida’s complex land use laws,” said Bill Perry, CEO and managing shareholder of Gunster. “With Timothy’s invaluable hands-on experience and distinctive background, our Environmental & Land Use practice is poised to deliver innovative solutions, mitigate challenges and craft optimal strategies to meet our clients’ needs.”

Beyond his legal achievements, Riley has a distinguished military background, having served as an Operational Law Attorney during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan with the 82nd Division (Airborne). Presently, he serves as the Command Judge Advocate for the 83rd Troop Command in the Florida Army National Guard. Additionally, he recently completed a 16-month federal activation with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, supporting the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As an Adjunct Professor at Florida State University’s College of Law, Timothy imparts his knowledge by teaching courses on Oil & Gas Law and Military Justice.

Riley earned his J.D. from Vermont Law School and B.A. from the University of North Texas.

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About Gunster 
Gunster, Florida’s law firm for business, provides full-service legal counsel to leading organizations and individuals from its 13 offices statewide. Established in 1925, the firm has expanded, diversified and evolved, but always with a singular focus: Florida and its clients’ stake in it. A magnet for business-savvy attorneys who embrace collaboration for the greatest advantage of clients, Gunster’s growth has not been at the expense of personalized service but because of it. The firm serves clients from its offices in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Naples, Orlando, Palm Beach, Stuart, Tallahassee, Tampa Bayshore, Tampa Downtown, Vero Beach, and its headquarters in West Palm Beach. With more than 260 attorneys and consultants, and over 270 committed support staff, Gunster is ranked among the National Law Journal’s list of the 500 largest law firms and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Diverse Law Firms by Law360. More information about its practice areas, offices and insider’s view newsletters is available at 


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