Patrick W. Krechowski - Attorney at Law

50 North Laura Street
Suite 1100
Jacksonville, Florida 32202

P 904-598-9929
F 904-598-9109
D 904-632-8463

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Biography

Patrick is of counsel in the Firm’s Jacksonville office. He has over 18 years of experience in governmental, environmental, land use, real estate and title insurance law. 

Currently, Patrick serves as City Attorney for The City of Neptune Beach, Florida. Representation includes oversight and defense of council and related board activities and decisions, land use litigation, environmental remediation, ordinance drafting and development, code enforcement litigation, budget oversight, contract negotiation, employment and collective bargaining and general representation of city government, including staff.

In addition to governmental and title insurance law, Patrick’s practice focuses on environmental permitting (including sovereign submerged lands), environmental remediation, water use permitting and planning, zoning and land use, beach nourishment projects, coastal construction and due diligence before local governments and federal/state agencies, including associated administrative and civil litigation.

As a former in-house attorney for a Fortune 500 company, Patrick has directly managed multi-jurisdictional title insurance claims litigation ranging in exposure from $10,000 to in excess of $10 million, including coverage and indemnity disputes, quality assurance and insurance regulations, complex litigation, settlement/mediation and recoupment. He performs frequent analysis of complex real estate and land use issues in resolution of title disputes.

Patrick is also a former adjunct professor with the Florida Coastal School of Law where he taught “Dredging & Marine Construction” and “Environmental Compliance” as part of the law school’s Logistics and Transportation LLM Program. For over 8 years Patrick taught Environmental Law, Ocean and Coastal Law and Environmental Law Practice and Procedure.  

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Background

Patrick’s background ranges from local government to state agency to Fortune 500 in house. He formerly served as a senior in-house counsel for Fidelity National Title Group, Inc. headquartered in Jacksonville’s Riverside area. Patrick also has a strong Florida agency background, having served as an assistant attorney general (criminal appeals) and assistant general counsel with both the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (coastal construction) and the St. Johns River Water Management District (environmental permitting and compliance). Further, Patrick has extensive public speaking and teaching experience and is a published contributing author to a book focused on international climate change.    

Education
  • Florida State University, B.S. (1995)
  • Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, J.D. (1998)
    • Dean’s List, Winter 1998
    • Participant in Environmental and Land Use Law Clinic, Winter 1998
Admissions
  • Florida
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • The Florida Bar
    • Environmental and Land Use Law Section
      • Executive Council
        • Secretary, 2017-2018
        • Treasurer, 2016-2017
        • Continuing Legal Education Committee, Chair 2016-2017
        • Membership Committee
    • Administrative Law Section
    • City, County and Local Government Law Section
  • Florida League of Cities, Attorney Member
  • Urban Land Institute, North Florida
    • Technical Advisory Panel
    • Annual Awards Ceremony Committee
  • Trustee, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce
  • Florida Brownfields Association, Board Member
    • Legislative Committee
    • 2016 Conference Committee
Civic
  • Leadership Jacksonville, Class of 2017
    • Economic Growth & Preservation, Program Day Committee, 2018
  • Duval County Food Desert Public Policy Coalition, Member
  • Atlantic Beach Country Club, Member
    • Leadership Development Committee
  • JAX Alliance
    • Environmental Committee
Articles & Publications
  • Author, "The Right to Blight, Charitable Donation Bins, The 1st Amendment & Fighting Blight", Environmental & Land Use Law Section Reporter, December 2016
  • Author, "Coastal Construction and Beach Renourishment in the New Climate," Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law: U.S. and International Perspectives, 2015
  • Co-Author, “Coastal Construction Treatise,” The Florida Bar Environmental & Land Use Law Section, 2011-present
Presentations & Seminars
  • "’Contained-In’ for Brownfields: A Smart Approach to Managing Hazardous Waste," 2017 Florida Brownfields Conference, October 1-4, 2017
  • "Lessons Learned from Hurricane Matthew," Florida Chamber's 31st Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School, Harbor Beach Marriott, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, July 14, 2017
  • “The Public Trust Doctrine; Waking a Sleeping Giant”, 18th Annual Northeast Florida Environmental Summit, Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville, Florida, February 24, 2017
  • "Constant Change in Florida Land Use and Environmental Law," The Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section CLE, Orlando, Florida, January 26, 2017
  • “FDEP’s Emergency Notification Rule”, 2nd Southeast Brownfields Conference, Jacksonville, Florida, October 17, 2016
  • Presenter, Annual Awards for Excellence Ceremony, Urban Land Institutes North Florida Council, Jacksonville, Florida, October 11, 2016
  • "Coastal Construction Control Line Permitting," Florida Chamber 30th Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School, Marriott World Center, Orlando, Florida, July 19, 2016
  • "New, Different, Unusual & Uncertain - Environmental & Land Use Law Issues Facing All Floridians," Environmental & Land Use Law Section CLE, January 28-29, 2016
  • “Mechanics Lien Claims, Update, Cases & Defenses”, Reinsurance Committee Meeting, American Land Title Association Annual Meeting, 2013
  • “Coastal Construction,” Florida Chamber’s Environmental Permitting Summer School, Marco Island, Florida, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2014
  • “Beaches,” The Florida Bar’s Environmental & Land Use Law Section Annual Update, Amelia Island, Florida, 2009
  • Co-Chair, “Florida Coastal Law: The Rising Tide,” CLE International, Miami, Florida, June 2008
  • “The Walton County Experience: The ‘Process’ of Permitting Temporary Coastal Armoring,” American Shore and Beach Preservation Association, Galveston, Texas, 2007
  • “Compliance with Rules and Criteria of the St. Johns River Water Management District” and “Conservation Easements, Releases and Pitfalls,” Lorman Education Services, Jacksonville, Florida, 2007
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