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Meet Dave


Mr. Smolker is a graduate of New College of Florida (BA, Environmental Studies) and the University of Florida College of Law (JD). 

A former city planner, he co-authored the City of Bradenton Comprehensive Plan of 1979 and, following graduation from the University of Florida law school, served as Pasco County’s chief assistant county attorney before entering private practice. 

He is admitted to the Florida Bar, the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, the United States Court of Claims, the U.S Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

For the last 40 years, his practice has encompassed local land use/zoning representation and administrative, civil trial and appellate practice in the areas of land use/zoning, comprehensive planning, environmental permitting, water law, wetland and wildlife regulation, coastal and submerged land rights, eminent domain, and inverse condemnation, including regulatory takings. He also is also experienced in real estate and land development law.

Mr. Smolker’s clients include private landowners, local and national developers and government agencies. He has also served as interim General Counsel to New College of Florida on a number of previous occasions.

  • New College of Florida, B.A. Environmental Studies/Photography, 1977
    • University of Florida, Juris Doctor, 1982
    • Land use/zoning
    • Comprehensive planning
    • Environmental permitting
    • Water law
    • Wetland and wildlife regulation
    • Coastal and submerged land rights
    • Eminent domain
    • Inverse condemnation
    • Regulatory takings
    • Real estate and land development law
    • Adjunct Professor, New College of Florida, Land Use and Environmental Law (2001, 2007)
    • Member and Past President, Board of Directors of New College Alumnae/i Association (1992-1996)
    • Ex Officio Member, Board of Trustees of New College Foundation (1994-1996)
    • Member, Board of Directors of Academy of the Lakes Educational Foundation (1994)
    • Member and President, Board of Directors of Harbor Behavioral Health Care Institute (1993-1995)
    • Member, Board of Directors and President, Lake Padgett Estates East Property Owners Association (1987-1988)
    • Member, Board of Directors, Andalucia Master Association (2008-2019) (Treasurer, 2010-2018)
    • Pasco County Zoning Revision Committee (1988)
    • Hillsborough County Development Agreement Task Force (1993)
    • The Florida Bar, Land Use and Environmental Law Section (1983-present)
    • The Florida Bar, Eminent Domain Committee (1994-1996, 2008)
    • The Florida Bar, Property Rights Subcommittee of Real Property and Probate Section (2005-present)
    • The Florida Bar. Local Government Law Section (1983-1987)
    • The Florida Bar, Administrative Law Section (2003-2004)
    • The Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section (2005-2013)
    • Pasco County Bar Association (1983-1987)
    • Hillsborough County Bar Association (1987-present)
    • National Association of Homebuilders LANDS Committee (1994-1998)
    • American Bar Association, Section on State and Local Government Law (1994-2000)
    • American Bar Association, Committee on Land Use, Zoning and Eminent Domain (1994-1998)
    • Florida Super Lawyers: Top Attorneys in Florida (2010-present)
    • Tampa Bay Magazine’s Top Lawyers (2010)
    • Wall Street Journal’s Top Attorneys in Florida (2013)
    • Florida Trend Magazine’s State Leader in Land Use and Environmental Law (2010-2013)
    • Roundtable Chair, Pacific Legal Foundation Wade Hopping Institute for Private Property Rights (2011)
    • Urban Land Institute (2010-present)