Katie A. Edwards-Walpole

Katie A. Edwards-Walpole

Counsel

Contact Info

Phone: (954) 713-7650
Fax: (954) 713-7700

Primary Office

Fort Lauderdale
200 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Suite 1000
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Katie A. Edwards-Walpole

Counsel

Katie Edwards brings an extensive and respected background in land use and agribusiness to the firm's practices in real estate, energy, and environment and natural resources, particularly for clients in Okeechobee County, Florida.

With an eye for detail, strong leadership skills, and a working knowledge of development, permitting and regulatory processes, Katie has led teams of other professionals for clients who need a quarterback to manage projects.  Katie's representative clients include a publicly traded liquid petroleum distribution and logistics corporation, a biosolids processing firm, a fertilizer manufacturing company, real estate developers, marinas, farmers, ranchers, aquaculture operations and equestrian businesses. Katie assists clients by performing due diligence in multi-million dollar real estate acquisitions and securing land use entitlements for their projects. She has performed due diligence and entitlement work for over $1 billion in real estate transactions across Florida. She has successfully negotiated franchise fee agreements and exchanges of real property interests with local governments and water management districts.

Katie has successfully represented clients before South Florida Water Management District by negotiating cattle grazing lease agreements for ranchers, assisting clients in the purchase of surplus government lands, design-build contracts to complete environmental and water infrastructure projects, Water Use and Right of Way permit transfers and applications, and exchanges of interests in real property. She also represents agricultural land owners before county property appraisers and Value Adjustment Boards on property classification and taxation matters throughout the state with successes in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Hillsborough counties.

She previously served from 2002-2010 as Executive Director of Dade County Farm Bureau where she advocated for farmers and nursery growers on land use, regulatory and legislative issues at the federal, state and local levels. A Broward native, Katie served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2012-2018. As a state representative, Katie sponsored and passed significant legislation, most notably in the areas of criminal justice reform, private property rights protection, real estate and medical marijuana. 

Katie graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics. She has a law degree from Florida International University. She and her husband, Brad, are actively engaged in agriculture and reside in Okeechobee County.

Experience

Select representations include:

  • Performing due diligence work for a bank in connection with the financing of one of Miami’s most expensive residential developments.
  • Securing land use and permitting approvals for a water bottling facility in Florida.
  • Resolving an administrative action before the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a large-scale nursery grower.
  • Representing a large race track to secure property tax savings for bona fide agricultural activities.
  • Handling variance approvals for commercial landscape businesses and petroleum logistic companies.
  • Securing settlements on contract disputes for an international design-build firm and an aviation logistics company.

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Linda C. Cox Champion of Justice Award Recipient (2013 and 2014)

Florida Association of Counties Champion of Counties Award Recipient (2015)

Named the Florida Farm Bureau Federation Lawmaker of the Year (2015)

Named the Florida Farm Bureau Federation Champion of Agriculture (2013, 2014 and 2015)

Florida Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Advocate Award Recipient (2015)

Named the Florida Health Care Association's Champion of the Elderly (2013)

Recognized in the United States House of Representatives by Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart with a tribute from the floor and a flag flown over the Capitol (April 2007)

Received American Agri-Women LEAVEN Award, President's Award (November 2006)

Awarded a Florida House of Representatives Tribute from Rep. Juan Zapata (January 2005)

Awarded a Proclamation from Miami-Dade County Commission (February 2005)

Named the Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce's Agriculturist of the Year (January 2005)

Received the Proclamation of Katie Edwards Day from Commissioner Katy Sorenson (November 2009)

Received a Tribute from Florida Senator Larcenia Bullard (April 2008)

Awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from Rep. Dwight Bullard (November 2009)

Received the Award from Miami-Dade County Farmworker Jobs and Education Project (November 2009)

Named to the Dade County Farm Bureau Hall of Honor (April 2008)

Received a Certificate of Appreciation from City of Homestead (November 2009) 

 

 

Education

J.D., Florida International University, 2012

B.S., Clemson University, 2002

 

Bar Admissions

Florida

Katie Edwards brings an extensive and respected background in land use and agribusiness to the firm's practices in real estate, energy, and environment and natural resources, particularly for clients in Okeechobee County, Florida.

With an eye for detail, strong leadership skills, and a working knowledge of development, permitting and regulatory processes, Katie has led teams of other professionals for clients who need a quarterback to manage projects.  Katie's representative clients include a publicly traded liquid petroleum distribution and logistics corporation, a biosolids processing firm, a fertilizer manufacturing company, real estate developers, marinas, farmers, ranchers, aquaculture operations and equestrian businesses. Katie assists clients by performing due diligence in multi-million dollar real estate acquisitions and securing land use entitlements for their projects. She has performed due diligence and entitlement work for over $1 billion in real estate transactions across Florida. She has successfully negotiated franchise fee agreements and exchanges of real property interests with local governments and water management districts.

Katie has successfully represented clients before South Florida Water Management District by negotiating cattle grazing lease agreements for ranchers, assisting clients in the purchase of surplus government lands, design-build contracts to complete environmental and water infrastructure projects, Water Use and Right of Way permit transfers and applications, and exchanges of interests in real property. She also represents agricultural land owners before county property appraisers and Value Adjustment Boards on property classification and taxation matters throughout the state with successes in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Hillsborough counties.

She previously served from 2002-2010 as Executive Director of Dade County Farm Bureau where she advocated for farmers and nursery growers on land use, regulatory and legislative issues at the federal, state and local levels. A Broward native, Katie served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2012-2018. As a state representative, Katie sponsored and passed significant legislation, most notably in the areas of criminal justice reform, private property rights protection, real estate and medical marijuana. 

Katie graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics. She has a law degree from Florida International University. She and her husband, Brad, are actively engaged in agriculture and reside in Okeechobee County.

Experience

Select representations include:

  • Performing due diligence work for a bank in connection with the financing of one of Miami’s most expensive residential developments.
  • Securing land use and permitting approvals for a water bottling facility in Florida.
  • Resolving an administrative action before the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a large-scale nursery grower.
  • Representing a large race track to secure property tax savings for bona fide agricultural activities.
  • Handling variance approvals for commercial landscape businesses and petroleum logistic companies.
  • Securing settlements on contract disputes for an international design-build firm and an aviation logistics company.