Ryan E. Matthews Attorney At Law

Ryan E. Matthews - Attorney at Law


T 850.577.9090
F 850.577.3311
Tallahassee 301 South Bronough Street Suite 600 Tallahassee, Florida 32301

Former government agency leader with well-established connections in the Florida executive and legislative branches. Recognized expertise in environmental policy regarding natural resources and water supply. 

With an in-depth knowledge of the function and operation of local governments, municipal utilities, and Florida’s regulatory and permitting processes, Ryan concentrates his practice on environmental, land use, and local government issues. He is a recognized expert in environmental policy concerning natural resources and water supply.

Prior to joining the private sector, Ryan served as the Interim Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under the Rick Scott Administration, where he oversaw 3,000 employees and a $1.6 billion budget to protect Florida’s natural resources. During his time at DEP, he also served as Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs, where he oversaw the air, water, and waste divisions, as well as director of the Office of Water Policy, where he led the coordination and implementation of Florida’s statewide water policy. Ryan also served in the general counsel and legislative affairs offices of the Florida League of Cities. 

  • Insights

    "The State of Electric Vehicles in Florida," Florida Municipal Electric Association 2022 Conference, July 13, 2022

    “2022 Florida Legislative Review,” Gainesville Session Wrap Up, April 21, 2022

    “2022 Florida Legislative Review,” Jacksonville Session Wrap Up, April 7, 2022

  • Credentials
    • LL.M. in Environmental/Natural Resources Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2009
    • J.D., Florida Coastal School of Law, 2008
    • B.A. in Political Science, University of Florida, 2004

  • Admissions
    • Florida
  • Media
    • "Lobbying compensation: Ballard Partners narrowly earns No. 1 in Q2," Florida Politics, ?September 6, 2022
    • "A Message from the Mayor," City of Mount Dora News, September 2, 2022