The Byrd Law Group, P.A.
Environmental & Land Use Law
Christopher Byrd grew up in Central Florida, witnessing first-hand the growth and development of the region, which ultimately spurred his passion for the environment. Growing up along the creeks and forests of Winter Springs, Byrd realized how altering the land use of a community also alters its character and heritage, and so he decided to dedicate his career to advocating for the conservation of Florida’s environment and wildlife.
Immediately after earning his Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University, Byrd was hired by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in Tallahassee as a Water Enforcement Attorney focusing on wetlands, water systems and beaches. He was soon promoted to Senior Assistant General Counsel in the Public Lands Division, where he litigated sovereign submerged lands and natural resources cases, specializing in coral reef protection.
After residing in Tallahassee for nearly five years, Byrd brought his passion for protecting Florida’s environment back home to Orlando and established his own practice, the Byrd Law Group, P.A., which offers experience in various practice areas including governmental relations, land use, public records, property, wildlife and zoning. Since, he has represented, and fought alongside some of the Nation’s most reputable environmental organizations taking on, and bringing to light some of the biggest threats Florida’s natural resources face today.
Since 2013, following the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s declaration of an “Unusual Mortality Event” in the Indian River Lagoon, Byrd has helped lead an investigation into the Florida Department of Health’s unbridled permitting of septic tanks in the IRL watershed and is currently preparing for Federal litigation under the Endangered Species Act. In 2014, Byrd and local environmental advocacy group, Speak Up Wekiva, succeeded in protecting 3 million acres of state-owned conservation land after shifting the state’s focus from selling conservation lands to non-conservation lands. When changes were made to the Osceola County Comprehensive Plan removing key components of the conservation element, Byrd and Audubon of Florida stepped in and successfully reversed the harmful changes. Most recently, Byrd has filed suit against the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission challenging the constitutionality and scientific basis of the new rules allowing hunting of Florida black bears.
Byrd serves on the Executive Council of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section of the Florida Bar and he was recently appointed to serve on the Florida Bar’s Animal Law Committee. Today, the Byrd Law Group strives to provide high-quality civil legal representation and consulting services in the greater Central Florida Region while maintaining offices in Winter Park and near UCF in Orlando.
Christopher T. Byrd, Esq.
The Byrd Law Group, P.A.
3505 Lake Lynda Drive, Suite 200
Orlando, FL 32817
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