Katie A. Edwards-Walpole
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.
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.