Patrick W. Krechowski



Patrick W. Krechowski is a Jacksonville Attorney, who joined Jimerson & Cobb in 2018 as Partner. He is currently the head of the firm’s Governmental Relations, Environmental and Land Use Law practice group, and serves concurrently as City Attorney for The City of Neptune Beach, Florida.  Hailing from Fayetteville, North Carolina, Patrick grew up in a traveling Air Force family, with homes throughout childhood in Germany, Alabama, Tampa and Hawaii. He has family roots in Jacksonville including San Marco, Ortega, and the Beaches and moved up from St. Augustine in 2007.

Patrick has over 20 years of experience in governmental, environmental, land use, real estate, appeals and title insurance law. He is Board Certified in City, County & Local Government Law by The Florida Bar. His thorough local government expertise includes oversight and defense of governing bodies and related board activities and decisions, land use litigation and appeals, environmental permitting and remediation, ordinance drafting and development, code enforcement litigation, budget oversight, contract negotiation, employment and collective bargaining and general representation of city government, including staff.

In addition to governmental law, Patrick’s practice focuses on environmental permitting (including sovereign submerged lands), environmental remediation, water use permitting and planning, zoning and land use, beach nourishment projects, coastal construction and due diligence before local governments and federal/state agencies, including associated administrative and civil litigation.

Previous to joining Jimerson & Cobb, Patrick was of counsel at GrayRobinson in the Jacksonville Office. Before that role, he served as an in-house attorney for the Fortune 500 company Fidelity National Title Group, Inc., where he directly managed multi-jurisdictional title insurance claims litigation ranging in exposure from $10,000 to in excess of $10 million, including coverage and indemnity disputes, quality assurance and insurance regulations, complex litigation, settlement/mediation and recoupment. The position required frequent analysis of complex real estate and land use issues in resolution of title disputes.

Additional experience stems from Patrick’s past service as an assistant attorney general (criminal appeals) and assistant general counsel with both the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (coastal construction) and the St. Johns River Water Management District (environmental permitting and consumptive use). Further, Patrick has extensive public speaking and teaching experience and is a published contributing author to a book focused on international climate change.

Lastly, Patrick is a former adjunct professor with the Florida Coastal School of Law where he taught “Dredging & Marine Construction” and “Environmental Compliance” as part of the law school’s Logistics and Transportation LLM Program. For over 8 years Patrick taught Environmental Law, Ocean and Coastal Law and Environmental Law Practice and Procedure.

When not working at J&C, Patrick enjoys quiet runs, relaxation and family time with his wife Jennifer, their children Maggie and Maxwell, as well as their 8 year-old Australian Shepherd. He is an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, Florida State University Seminoles and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Admitted to the The Florida Bar in 1998

Education

  • Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, Juris Doctor
    • Dean’s List, Winter 1998
    • Participant in Environmental and Land Use Law Clinic, Winter 1998
  • Florida State University, Bachelor of Science

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  • The Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section Executive Council
    • Secretary, 2017-2018
    • Treasurer, 2016-2017
    • Continuing Legal Education Committee, Chair 2016-2017
  • The Florida Bar Administrative Law Section
  • The Florida Bar City, County and Local Government Section
    • Board Certified, 2018
  • Florida League of Cities, Attorney Member
  • Urban Land Institute, North Florida
    • Technical Advisory Panel
    • Center For Leadership
  • Trustee, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce
  • Florida Brownfields Association, Board Member
    • Legislative Committee
    • Membership Committee
    • 2016 Conference Committee
  • Leadership Jacksonville, Class of 2017
    • Economic Growth & Preservation, Program Day Committee, 2018
  • Duval County Food Desert Public Policy Coalition, Member
  • Atlantic Beach Country Club, Member
    • Leadership Development Committee
  • JAX Alliance
    • Environmental Committee

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  • “Florida Brownfields: State & Federal Resources for 2019,” EnSafe Inc. Webinar, September 12, 2018
  • “’Contained-In’ for Brownfields: A Smart Approach to Managing Hazardous Waste,” 2017 Florida Brownfields Conference, October 1-4, 2017
  • “Lessons Learned from Hurricane Matthew,” Florida Chamber’s 31st Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School, Harbor Beach Marriott, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, July 14, 2017
  • “The Public Trust Doctrine; Waking a Sleeping Giant”, 18th Annual Northeast Florida Environmental Summit, Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville, Florida, February 24, 2017
  • “Constant Change in Florida Land Use and Environmental Law,” The Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section CLE, Orlando, Florida, January 26, 2017
  • “The Right to Blight, Charitable Donation Bins, The 1st Amendment & Fighting Blight”, Environmental & Land Use Law Section Reporter, December 2016
  • “FDEP’s Emergency Notification Rule”, 2nd Southeast Brownfields Conference, Jacksonville, Florida, October 17, 2016
  • Presenter at the Annual Awards for Excellence Ceremony, Urban Land Institutes North Florida Council, Jacksonville, Florida, October 11, 2016
  • “Coastal Construction Control Line Permitting,” Florida Chamber 30th Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School, Marriott World Center, Orlando, Florida, July 19, 2016
  • “New, Different, Unusual & Uncertain – Environmental & Land Use Law Issues Facing All Floridians,” Environmental & Land Use Law Section CLE, January 28-29, 2016
  • “Coastal Construction and Beach Renourishment in the New Climate,” Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law: U.S. and International Perspectives, 2015
  • “Mechanics Lien Claims, Update, Cases & Defenses”, Reinsurance Committee Meeting, American Land Title Association Annual Meeting, 2013
  • “Coastal Construction,” Florida Chamber’s Environmental Permitting Summer School, Marco Island, Florida, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2014
  • Co-Author, “Coastal Construction Treatise,” The Florida Bar Environmental & Land Use Law Section, 2011-present
  • “Beaches,” The Florida Bar’s Environmental & Land Use Law Section Annual Update, Amelia Island, Florida, 2009
  • Co-Chair, “Florida Coastal Law: The Rising Tide,” CLE International, Miami, Florida, June 2008
  • “The Walton County Experience: The ‘Process’ of Permitting Temporary Coastal Armoring,” American Shore and Beach Preservation Association, Galveston, Texas, 2007
  • “Compliance with Rules and Criteria of the St. Johns River Water Management District” and “Conservation Easements, Releases and Pitfalls,” Lorman Education Services, Jacksonville, Florida, 2007

November 2018

Partner Patrick W. Krechowski listed in Leadership Jacksonville’s “The Lead Story.” See the listing here.

Partner Patrick W. Krechowski interviewed by Jacksonville Daily Record. Read the article here.

Partner Patrick W. Krechowski listed in Jacksonville Business Journal’s “People On The Move.” See the listing here.

Partner Patrick W. Krechowski quoted in Miami Herald article named: “A section of Miami Beach’s beachwalk was built on the dunes. Some say that’s a problem.” Read the article here.