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.
LISA INTERLANDI, Executive Director
Lisa oversees the organization’s programs and strategic direction. Her 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 previously served as Senior Staff Attorney for ELC, leading up the Center’s work in Palm Beach County. 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 SAMSON, General Counsel
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.
ELIZABETH FATA CARPENTER, Managing Attorney, Southern Everglades
Elizabeth Fata Carpenter is a Managing Attorney with the Everglades Law Center. She focuses her practice on greater Everglades restoration issues, including implementation of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, and environmental issues in South Florida impacting communities and the natural and built environments.
Elizabeth is a native Floridian and grew up along the Indian River Lagoon. Elizabeth obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from the University of Miami, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif. While in law school, Elizabeth was the managing editor of the International and Comparative Law Review and a member of the Charles C. Papy Moot Court Board. Elizabeth also served as a fellow in the Environmental Justice Clinic.
Before joining the Everglades Law Center, Elizabeth spent time providing environmental education at Oregon Caves National Monument, working with salmon aquaculture in Kodiak, Alaska, and implementing environmental justice efforts in Miami-Dade County. Elizabeth also spent three years litigating complex business and commercial matters as an Associate Attorney at Cozen O’Connor.
Elizabeth is the Chair of the Village of El Portal’s Sustainability & Resiliency Task Force, represents the Village of El Portal as a member of the Project Delivery Team for a Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project, and is the 2020 Village of El Portal Citizen of the Year.
KELLI DORÉ, Operations Director
Kelli Doré brings over 17 years of business operations experience with small to mid-size organizations in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Her experience encompasses operations and project management, change management, organizational development and corporate communications. In addition, Kelli brings her expertise in partnering with leadership teams, maintaining focus on the goals, while maximizing staff and community engagement.
Kelli graduated from Salem State College, with a B.A. in English and Communications, and received her Master’s Degree in Communication Management, with a focus on Corporate Communications, from the University of Southern California.
Kelli is currently working on her Master of Science in Natural Resource Policy and Administration from the University of Florida’s Forest Resources and Conservation program. Kelli also Chairs the Everglades Coalition’s Equity and Community Engagement Committee.
In addition to her “day job,” Kelli works with animal rescue organizations, serves on her local food pantry board and is actively engaged in programs supporting community welfare. Kelli also enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, enjoying a day at the beach or gardening with her family.
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.