Our Staff

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

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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

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.

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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.

Elizabeth Fata Carpenter

Elizabeth Fata Carpenter

Managing Attorney

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.

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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. 

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.

Available Job Opportunities

Everglades Law Center Seeks Junior/Mid-Level Attorney

The Everglades Law Center seeks an attorney with 1-3 years of experience to work on issues affecting the greater Everglades ecosystem and Miami-Dade County.  This attorney will join a unique and dynamic team of highly experienced attorneys and public advocates committed to advancing the restoration of America’s Everglades and protecting south Florida’s unique ecosystems. ELC offers a working environment that is flexible and responsive to not only changing environmental issues, but also the interests and expertise of its attorneys.

What We Do:  For more than 25 years, the Everglades Law Center has been a leading voice in the protection of South Florida’s environment and communities.  ELC represents more than 30 national, state, and local environmental organizations focused on advancing Everglades restoration and improving the natural and human environment of South Florida.  ELC attorneys use advocacy, negotiation, and when necessary, litigation, to achieve these goals.

What Our Team Needs:  The attorney will work with ELC’s senior staff in advancing restoration and environmental protection goals, especially in the southern Everglades and Miami-Dade County.  The attorney will join another Miami based attorney with a hybrid working model likely involving one flexible in-office day a week. A fair amount of local travel is required, particularly in Miami-Dade County but also throughout southern Florida.

Detailed Description of Position Scope:

  • Programmatic Non-litigation
    • Work on assigned projects related to Everglades restoration, issues of regional significance, and state-wide priorities
      • Liaison with leads of other organizations on assigned projects
      • Follow progress of all projects, including attending public meetings
      • Provide comments, comment letters, and advocacy as needed at relevant public meetings
      • Draft and research legal questions related to projects
      • Be responsive to needs of partner organizations and clients
    • Keep apprised of new environmental developments in regional area by, but not limited to, networking, attending local meetings, and engaging in outreach
  • Programmatic Litigation
    • Assist lead attorney on litigation matters
    • Assist with legal research and drafting of litigation documents
    • Assist with the management of case schedule, deadlines, and tasks
    • Perform legal administration tasks including formatting, compliance with procedural rules, and filing
  • Regional Networking
    • Attend local meetings and events
    • Maintain local networks and relationships with regional law schools
    • Provide regional content for social media
  • Administration
    • Assist with administrative tasks and fundraising/grant applications
    • Prepare memoranda and summaries about project work

Who We Are Looking For:  We are seeking an attorney with 1-3 years of legal experience.  The ideal candidate will have experience working within the nonprofit or governmental sector, a strong background in environmental law, and the ability to work closely with attorneys and other experts and advocates on a variety of legal, policy, and administrative matters. Familiarity with Florida and federal environmental statutes including the Water Resources Development Act of 2000, National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act is a plus.  We are interested in someone with a solid professional and/or law school record, strong writing skills, and sound communication and interpersonal skills.  Fundraising and litigation experience is also a plus.  Above all, the attorney must have a passion for protecting the environment and be committed  to studying and practicing environmental law in the public interest.  Applicants must be admitted to the Florida Bar.

Compensation:  $65,000-$73,000 starting salary depending on experience.

Benefits: 

  • 401(k) with 3% company contribution
  • Coverage under the organizational Worker’s Compensation and Professional Liability Policy
  • Generous time off policy
  • Florida Bar Dues and CLE credits paid for
  • Company laptop

We are considering additions to this benefit package to be effective in 2023.

Location: South Florida; preferably in Miami-Dade County.

How To Apply: Please send a cover letter sharing why you’d like to join the Everglades Law Center Team, a resume, 2 professional references and a writing sample to:

Kelli Dore
Operations Director
Everglades Law Center

Kelli@evergladeslaw.org

Please no phone calls.  Interviews will be conducted with the most qualified candidates.  To learn more about the Everglades Law Center please visit us at www.evergladeslaw.org or our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages.

EOE Statement:

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.