Maribel Nicholson-Choice's practice focuses on various aspects of environmental, real estate, and financial institution representations, and governmental affairs. Maribel had more than 20 years of experience negotiating and resolving complex environmental regulatory, permitting, and litigation matters.
Maribel's practice consists of environmental matters for financial institutions. She advises lending clients on environmental liability including permitting and remediation projects associated with collateral property subject to foreclosure proceedings. She advises clients on environmental aspects in real estate transactions, commercial foreclosure proceedings, bankruptcy cases, environmental investigations, remediation projects, brownfields development, and evaluating risks and costs associated with potential environmental cleanup and third-party liability. She also counsels clients on regulatory and permitting technical aspects of complex contamination remediation projects. Maribel's experience also includes negotiating settlement of all types of environmental violations with federal, state and municipal governmental agencies.
Maribel is AV Preeminent rated, Martindale-Hubbell's highest available rating of legal ability and ethics.
Areas of Concentration
•Environmental law Environmental counsel to Chapter 11 debtors in bankruptcy
•Environmental counsel to lenders financing and foreclosing on real property
•Due diligence and consultation regarding disposition and acquisition of distressed real property located throughout the United States and in U.S. Territories
•Cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated real property
•Submerged lands and coastal regulation
•Due diligence and consultation regarding regulatory compliance
•Governmental and administrative law
Awards & Recognition
•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law, 2010-2015
•Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers Government Relations Law Firm of the Year, 2014
•Ranked, Tier 1 - Government Relations, Tallahassee Metropolitan Area
•Recipient, The Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section's Judy Florence Memorial Outstanding Service Award
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 AV, BV, AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.
•Member, Governor Crist's Energy Supply and Demand Technical Work Group, 2008-2009
•Current Chair, Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Commission, 2003-Present
•Former Vice-Chair, Florida Environmental Regulation Commission, 1995-2001
•Former Member, Florida Environmental Equity and Justice Study Commission, 1994-1995
•In 1998, lobbied the Florida Legislature for state funding to establish the Center for Environmental Equity and Justice at FAMU's Environmental Science Institute.
•In 1994, lobbied the Florida Legislature for state funding to establish the Environmental Science Institute at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University to help increase the number of minorities entering into the environmental law profession.
•Assistant City Attorney, City Tallahassee
Articles, Publications, & Lectures
• Author, Buying a Closed Gas Station Consider Environmental Liability, Real Estate Forum, May 2014
•Quoted, Stimulus-Related Initiatives have Contractors Hopeful for New Jobs, South Florida Business Journal, July 31, 2009
•Author, Advanced Strategies for Structuring, Engineering, and Closing Brownfields Projects, Florida Chamber's 2009 Environmental Permitting Summer School III & JJJ, July 2009
•Author, Florida Legislature Adopts Two-Year Extension of Certain Development Approvals and Environmental Permits, GT Alert, May 2009
•Author, Advanced Strategies for Structuring, Engineering, and Closing Brownfields Projects, Florida Chamber's 2008 Environmental Permitting Summer School DDD & EEE 1&2, 2008
•Author, The Many Faces of Environmental Justice, The Florida Bar Journal, Vol. LXXIV, No. 5, May 2000
•Author, Brownie Points: Helpful Hints for Developing Brownfields in Florida, The American Bar Association's Key Environmental Issues in U.S. EPA Region IV Manual, November 1998
•Author, Environmental Equity and Justice Update, The Florida Chamber's Environmental Network, Monthly Newsletter, May 11, 1998
•Author, Environmental Issues Affecting Land Use: A Public and Private Perspective, The Florida Bar Land Use Law Update Manual, February 1998
•Author, Air of Equality: An Analysis of Florida's Environmental Equity and Justice Act, The Florida Bar Journal, Vol. LXVIII, No. 9, October 1994
•Author, The Florida Chamber's Environmental Network: 1993 Environmental Legislation
•Author, Legislative Hotline: Florida Chamber of Commerce Weekly Newsletter, 1991 Legislative session
•Author, CRS Report for Congress: Criminal Provisions in Federal Environmental Statutes: A Compilation, October 5, 1989
•Maribel lectures extensively on environmental law issues at programs sponsored by The Florida Bar, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and other organizations.
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