Stephen K. Tilbrook - Attorney at Law

401 East Las Olas Blvd.
Suite 1000
Post Office Box 2328 (33303-9998)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

P 954-761-8111
F 954-761-8112
D 954-713-7845

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Stephen Tilbrook is a shareholder in the Fort Lauderdale office and chair of the environmental and sustainability law practice group. Stephen focuses his practice on complex land use, development and environmental matters throughout the state of Florida. Stephen represents property owners, expanding businesses, developers, financial institutions and institutional clients, including hospitals, universities and real estate investment trusts. He focuses on addressing the land use and environmental challenges of urban redevelopment, including brownfields, developments of regional impact, barrier island redevelopment, downtown development, marina developments, special entertainment districts and mixed-use development.

As a former economic development coordinator for the City of Fort Lauderdale, Stephen represents clients on all matters of entitlement and land development. With legal experience enhanced by his government service, Stephen uses an insider's perspective to counsel clients and to facilitate government agencies in resolving regulatory challenges and issuing development approvals and permits. He also practices government law and lobbying at the state and local levels, particularly on matters of business development, economic incentives for business growth/relocation and public procurement.

As a former assistant general counsel with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Stephen is well-versed in the regulatory systems that protect the state's environment and he also advises clients on matters of sustainability and resilience. He represents clients on environmental due diligence, permitting, compliance, assessment and remediation. Notably, he helped achieve the first completed brownfields site in Broward County and has experience in addressing environmental permitting and cleanup for marinas, gas stations, dry cleaners, chemical manufacturers and golf courses.

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Stephen is a native of Fort Lauderdale, and a graduate of Fort Lauderdale High School and Leadership Fort Lauderdale (Class IV). He has been practicing land use and environmental law for over 20 years, and he is actively involved as a leader in the South Florida business community. Stephen is a frequent lecturer on issues involving land use and environmental law, and he is also a former Adjunct Professor for Environmental Law at Florida Atlantic University.

  • Tulane University, B.A., political economy (1988)
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D. (cum laude, 1994)
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • The Florida Bar
    • Environmental and Land Use Law Section
    • City, County and Local Government Law Section
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
    • Government Affairs Committee
      • Chair, 2017-2018
      • Vice-Chair, 2016-2017
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Florida Atlantic University, Adjunct Professor of Environmental Law
  • Nova Southeastern University
    • Advisory Board for the College of Allopathic Medicine, Chair, 2017
    • Ambassador's Board
Awards & Recognitions
  • AV Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Civic - Current

Mr. Tilbrook has served in many capacities of civic leadership.  Mr. Tilbrook currently serves on the following boards:

  • Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce
    • Chair-Elect Designate, Board of Directors
    • Government Affairs Committee, Chair
    • Washington Summit Executive Committee
    • Executive Committee
  • Downtown Council of Fort Lauderdale, Board of Trustees, Executive Committee
  • Friends of Birch State Park, Inc., Vice Chair
  • First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale, Session Member
Civic - Past

Mr. Tilbrook has served in the past in the following civic leadership capacities:

  • Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale Trust, Past Chair
  • Downtown Council of Fort Lauderdale, Past Chair
  • Broward County Marine Advisory Committee 
  • Leadership Fort Lauderdale, Class IV
  • Children’s Diagnostic Treatment Center, Inc., Board Member
  • City of Fort Lauderdale Marine Advisory Board
  • City of Fort Lauderdale Beach Redevelopment Advisory Board
  • City of Fort Lauderdale Historic Preservation Board
  • First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale. Deacon, Trustee and Elder
Presentations & Seminars
  • Moderator, Sea Level Rise and Sustainability for Fort Lauderdale/Boca Raton Chapter of CREW, 2019
  • "Solid Waste Regulation and Reuse of Landfills in Florida," Florida Chamber’s Environmental Permitting Summer School, 2017-2018
  • “Environmental Issues in Changing Times,” NSU’s Shepard Broad College of Law’s Environmental Law Symposium, April 20, 2018
  • Moderator, Candidate Forums for the City of Fort Lauderdale Mayoral and Commission Elections, March 5, 2018
  • Moderator, Candidate Forums for the City of Fort Lauderdale Mayoral and City Commission Elections, December 5 and December 7, 2017
  • “Home Rule: The Struggle for Local Control in an Age of Super Preemption,” Miami Waterkeeper’s CLE, August 25, 2017
  • “Florida Waste Regulation Update And A Look Ahead,” Florida Chamber Foundation's 31st Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School, July 18-21, 2017
  • "Status of Sea Level Rise in South Florida and the Possible Effects on the South Florida Real Estate Market," CREW Fort Lauderdale/Boca Raton’s Rising Seas - Sea Level Rise & South Florida Real Estate Panel, May 3, 2016
Articles & Publications
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