Thomas A. Cloud, B.C.S. Attorney At Law
Through four decades, Tom has been a local and state government, utility, land use, and environmental law attorney. Board certified in City, County and Local Government Law, Tom has represented over 80 Florida cities, including six as city attorney. His practice includes negotiating complex contracts, drafting dozens of city and county legislative initiatives and ordinances, creation and defense of municipal rates, fees, assessments, and charges, obtaining state and local government regulatory approvals and all matters attendant to the acquisition, development, and utilization of both real property and business acquisitions and sales. He has been responsible for the application and approval of over 25 Developments of Regional Impact throughout central Florida, as well as dozens of other complex land use matters. In addition to handling municipal, land use, and environmental matters, Tom is one of the preeminent municipal utility attorneys in Florida, having successfully handled a wide variety of both transactional and litigation matters within the field. He has handled a variety of complex municipal, county, and special district financial transactions, including the defense of various capital and operational rates, fees, assessments, and charges. Tom has written, presented, and published dozens of articles on a variety of local government topics for various sections of The Florida Bar, Stetson Law Review, and other publications.
Tom currently serves as city attorney in four cities across Central Florida, and serves as general counsel to the Utilities Commission of New Smyrna Beach. He previously served as president of the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association, and has represented numerous cities and counties throughout Florida in a variety of legal matters since 1980.
|Apopka||Malabar||Utilities Commission of New Smyrna Beach|
|Bowling Green||New Smyrna Beach||Windermere|
|Bushnell||North Port||Zolfo Springs|
|Casselberry||Orlando Utilities Commission||Counties Represented:|
|Eagle Lake||Palm Bay||Charlotte|
|Florida League of Cities||Pinellas Park||Lake|
|Fort Meade||Plant City||Martin|
|Fruitland Park||Polk City||Marion|
|Green Cove Springs||Port St. Lucie||Orange|
|Haines City||Royal Palm Beach||VGMC|
|Lake Clarke||South Palm Beach|
|Lake Hamilton||South Pasadena|
|Lake Mary||Space Coast League of Cities|
Tom is a native Floridian hailing from Lakeland, Florida. He graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with a bachelor of arts, magna cum laude, with honors in history in 1976, and received his juris doctor with honors from Florida State University in 1979. Tom has been a practicing attorney in Orlando since 1979, focusing on city, county, and local government law, municipal utilities law, utility mergers and acquisitions, utility rate formulation, environmental and land use law, municipal finance law, and administrative law.
For 30 years, Tom has been a frequent author and lecturer in Florida on a variety of municipal, land use, and legal topics.