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Our People

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With more than fifty years of collective experience in environmental and land use law matters, our lawyers are recognized leaders in their field.

ELC attorneys have experience in litigating cases in a variety of forums from federal and state court to administrative law proceedings. We also frequently appear before governmental decision-making bodies from state water management districts to county commissions. Our lawyers maintain a high profile, as authors of Op Ed pieces, legal articles and position papers, and as speakers at conferences and seminars. Our work has been featured in numerous news articles and garnered significant awards and recognition.

 


 

Jason TotoiuJASON TOTOIU, Executive Director & General Counsel

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As Executive Director and General Counsel, Jason oversees the firm’s operations and legal programs. Jason represents conservation and environmental organizations in a variety of environmental and land use matters, with a focus on endangered species, public lands, and wetlands protection issues.

Jason also writes and speaks on a wide-range of environmental issues. He is a frequent speaker at bar and university sponsored events and his articles on endangered species have appeared in some of the nation’s leading environmental law journals, including the Environmental Law Reporter and Environmental Law.

Before joining ELC in 2006, Jason was a staff attorney at a public interest environmental law firm where he focused on endangered species and water quality issues. Jason earned his J.D. from Tulane University Law School and his B.A. from Emory University. He is a member of the Florida Bar and the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida.

Jason is the former State Co-Chair of the Everglades Coalition, an alliance of more than fifty local, state, and national conservation and environmental organizations dedicated to full restoration of the greater Everglades ecosystem. He currently serves on the board of the Dogwood Alliance.

Jason is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys sharing his love of fly-fishing with others. He is a native Floridian and resides in Polk County.


 

Lisa InterlandiLISA INTERLANDI, Senior Staff Counsel

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Lisa’s legal practice focuses on greater Everglades restoration issues, including implementation of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, and land use and environmental permitting decisions in Palm Beach County which impact Everglades restoration efforts.

Lisa has also served as Executive Director, where she oversaw all the organization’s programs, and Senior Counsel and the Project Manager for the ELC’s Northern Everglades Project. Before joining ELC, Lisa served as Assistant General Counsel with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in Tallahassee where she focused on state lands and natural resource litigation.

Lisa obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and graduated from the Florida State University College of Law, Magna cum Laude, in 1998. She is a member of the Florida Bar. Lisa was named the Everglades Coalition George M. Barley Conservationist of the Year in 2006. She resides in Palm Beach County with her husband and two children.


 

Ansley SamsonANSLEY SAMSON, Of Counsel

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Ansley’s focus is on greater Everglades restoration issues, including implementation of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan and the state and federal water laws that shape Everglades restoration efforts.

Before joining the Everglades Law Center and over almost 20 years of practicing environmental law, Ansley worked with Earthjustice, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, and litigated cases under the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Water Resources Development Act of 2000, and Administrative Procedure Act, as well as various state environmental laws. She has taught environmental litigation as an adjunct at Florida State College of Law and Duke University Law School.

Ansley graduated with honors from Yale College in 1990, with a B.A. in Literature and Studies in the Environment, and received a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1996, also with honors. She is a member of the Florida, North Carolina, and New York Bars. A native Floridian (and the daughter and granddaughter of native Floridians), she finds herself in Brooklyn, raising two native New Yorkers with her husband. When not working, she likes exploring New York City’s natural places with her children, learning about “wildlife gardening” in local community gardens, and trying to convince her children’s public school to build an educational bioswale and green roof.


 

 Amy CampbellAMY CAMPBELL, Office & Development Manager

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Before joining ELC, Amy was the founder and executive director of “Sustain-a-Bull,” an independent business alliance of more than 125 local businesses in Durham, North Carolina. Amy also served as communications director for “Slow Money NC,” a small non-profit dedicated to finding community financing for local food businesses around North Carolina. While at Slow Money, she organized and promoted events that supported North Carolina’s local food system through peer-to-peer lending and micro-grants.

Amy has a broad range of experiences in fundraising, development, marketing, communications, and nonprofit management and governance. She has planned successful fundraising events including raffles, silent auctions, and galas for a variety of local non-profits. She has managed content and administered numerous websites and blogs, created copy, layout, and design of marketing, advertising, and educational tools and managed social media marketing campaigns for multiple businesses and organizations. She has also created and implemented successful email marketing campaigns and implemented press and public relations campaigns for businesses and community organizations.

Amy has a passion for the arts and local, sustainable food and businesses. She received a Bachelor’s of Music degree from Boston University in 2008 and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University in 2014. She is currently enrolled in a distance MBA program at Bard College in Annandale-On-Hudson, New York where she is specializing in sustainability and environmentally friendly business practices.  Amy moved to Central Florida in 2014 with her husband and is enjoying the opportunity to explore and learn about Florida’s unique ecosystems through her work with the Everglades Law Center.


 

All ELC attorneys are licensed to practice in the State of Florida. Ansley Samson is also licensed to practice in North Carolina and New York.