120 Malabar Road
Palm Bay, FL 32907
Andrew P. (“Andy”) Lannon, Esq. is the City Attorney. Mr. Lannon was initially hired by the City of Palm Bay as a Deputy City Attorney.
Throughout his career, Mr. Lannon has worked primarily in the areas of civil litigation and appellate advocacy. Mr. Lannon started his legal career as a staff attorney (law clerk) to the Honorable Peggy A. Quince of the Florida Supreme Court. At the conclusion of this two-year clerkship, Mr. Lannon joined the Orlando office of the global law firm, Holland & Knight LLP, where he served as a member of its Central Florida Litigation Group. Mr. Lannon left Holland & Knight LLP to join the Orlando law firm now known as Stump, Dietrich & Spears, P.A.
Mr. Lannon received his B.A. in Classics from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and his J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, DC. In law school, Mr. Lannon was a member of Moot Court as well as the Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy for which he served as the Note and Comment Editor. His comment, Let Him Die with Dignity or Hope for a Cure: The Consequences of Modern Medicine, was published in the Winter 2002 edition. During law school, Mr. Lannon interned at the United States Department of Justice, Office of Legal Policy and at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement.
Mr. Lannon is admitted to practice in the State of Florida; the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida; the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern and Middle Districts; and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Mr. Lannon is board certified in City, County and Local Government Law by the Florida Bar. Mr. Lannon has been selected as a member of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite for the years 2012 and 2013. Mr. Lannon has been recognized as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation by The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel Magazine. Mr. Lannon is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards given by this renowned attorney rating service.
City Attorney Emeritus
Nicholas (“Nick”) F. Tsamoutales is the City Attorney Emeritus. A graduate of Lock Haven University and the University of Miami School of Law, Mr. Tsamoutales has been a member of the Florida Bar for over 50 years and has been a local government attorney for over 40 years, representing 7 different local governments during that time. Mr. Tsamoutales is a past president of the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association and has spoken at numerous seminars in various areas of the law. In 2003, Mr. Tsamoutales was honored by his peers as the winner of the Paul Buchman Award, recognizing him as Florida’s Outstanding Municipal Attorney of the Year. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Tsamoutales served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged.
Deputy City Attorney
Patricia Denise Smith is the Deputy City Attorney. Mrs. Smith started her career in the office of the Public Defender’s Office for the 19th Judicial Circuit. Mrs. Smith defended 30 jury trial and 15 non-jury trials, achieving numerous acquittals. Mrs. Smith subsequently accepted the Assistant General Counsel position with the Florida Department of Health handling healthcare regulation cases before the Dentistry, Acupuncture and Orthotist and Prosthetist boards. Mrs. Smith was an active member of the Orthotist & Prosthetist team honored by Florida Tax Watch with the 2010 Prudential-Davis Productivity Award (Team): Implemented aggressive case review and processing to reduce inventory.
Mrs. Smith received her B.S. in Political Science from Florida State University, and her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University. In law school Mrs. Smith was a Goodwin Scholar and interned with the Guardian Ad Litem Office for the 19th Judicial Circuit.
Deputy City Attorney
Mr. Peter (“Pete”) J. Sweeney, Jr. is a native of Florida's Treasure Coast. He was born and raised in St. Lucie County. Following graduation from Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce, Florida, he attended Florida State University on a full academic scholarship where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with high honors in 2001. He then earned his Law Degree (J.D.), with honors, in 2004 from the Florida State University College of Law. While attending law school, Mr. Sweeney was an active member of the prestigious Florida State University Law Review and an award-winning member of the FSU College of Law Moot Court Team, attending several national competitions in New York and Washington, D.C. He was also selected for induction into the prestigious Order of Barristers, an organization which provides national recognition for individuals who have excelled in advocacy and service at their law school.
Following law school, Mr. Sweeney worked with Vocelle & Berg, LLP in Vero Beach, Florida. While working there, Mr. Sweeney concentrated his practice in the areas of serious injury, wrongful death, construction and commercial litigation. He has also briefed and argued several appeals, in both the Fourth and Fifth District Court of Appeals for Florida. Mr. Sweeney is admitted to practice in all courts in the State of Florida as well as the United States District Courts for both the Middle District of Florida and the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Sweeney is board certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar.