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Paul H. Chipok

301 East Pine Street
Suite 1400
Post Office Box 3068 (32802-3068)
Orlando, Florida 32801
P 407-843-8880
F 407-244-5690
D 407-244-5683

Paul received his bachelor’s in political science from Rutgers University and his juris doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law. He brings to the firm over 13 years’ experience in the public sector, concentrating in land use and environmental issues, with 10 of those years serving the Central Florida community with the Orange County Attorney's Office. Paul joined the full-service firm of GrayRobinson in the first quarter of 1999. 

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Background
  • In addition to representing numerous private sector clients, Paul represents several public sector clients, serving as counsel to the Volusia Growth Management Commission and DeLand Code Enforcement Special Magistrate
  • Assistant county attorney, Orange County, Land Use and Environmental Division (April 1989 to March 1999)
  • Zoning, planning and development matters, including permitting, comprehensive planning, transportation planning, developer agreements and developments of regional impact
  • Development and implementation of ordinances, including Comprehensive Plan Vested Rights, Concurrency Management, Telecommunications Towers, Impact Fee updates and the Horizon West sector planning
  • Represented county staff and assisted code enforcement officers with presentation of cases before the Code Enforcement Board
  • Served as a local government representative on the committee jointly sponsored by the Florida League of Cities, the Florida Association of Counties and the Florida Telecommunications Industry Association to determine alternatives to state legislation regarding wireless communication facilities siting
  • Coordinated administration of County's Special Master program for Vested Rights and represented county's interest in those hearings
  • Assistant county attorney, Lee County, Land Use Division (November 1986 to March 1989)
  • Advising the Local Planning Agency and Board of County Commissioners in preparation of the Comprehensive Plan
  • Counsel to the Board of Zoning Adjustment and Construction Licensing Board
  • Zoning, planning and development matters
  • Assistant city attorney, New Smyrna Beach (October 1985 to October 1986)
Education
  • Rutgers University, B.A., political science (1980)
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D. (1984)
    • Environmental Society, President
    • Internships: Los Angeles City Attorney, Land Use and Environmental Division; Veterans Administration, District Counsel, Real Property Division 
Admissions
  • Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • The Florida Bar
    • Environmental and Land Use Law Section
      • Executive Council, Member
      • Chair Elect (2008-2009)
      • Chair, 2009-2010
    • Council of Sections Representative (2009-present)
      • Chair (2013-2014)
      • Chair Elect (2012-2013) 
      • Secretary/Treasurer (2011-2012)
    • Continuing Legal Education Committee
      • Committee Member (2002-2013)
      • Chair (2009-2010); (2012-2013)
      • Vice Chair (2008-2009)
    • Board of Legal Specialization and Education (2009-2010); (2012-2013)
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • VCARD, Executive Council Member
  • Florida American Planning Association, Orlando-Metro Chapter
  • Florida Planning and Zoning Assocation
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Orange County Animal Services Classification Committee, Member, 2013 
Awards & Recognitions
  • Daily Business Review, Top Rated Lawyer, Energy, Environmental and Land Use Law, 2013
Civic
  • Leadership Daytona Graduate, Class 34, 2014 
  • Leadership Orlando Graduate, Class 31, 1994
  • Oak Ridge High School, Compact Mentor, 1994-1995
  • Youth for Understanding, Exchange Student Host, 1995-2000 
Presentations & Seminars
  • "Slow Social Media Curve Ahead," Florida Planning and Zoning Conference, Daytona Beach, Florida, June 5, 2013
  • “Overview of Comprehensive Planning & Zoning, What Is Involved in the Development Process,” VCARD,  A Local Government Learning Academy, January 12, 2013
  • “Model Site Regulations for Wireless Communications Facilities,” Annual Meeting of the Florida League of Cities and the Florida Association of Counties
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