City Attorney's Office
120 Malabar Road
Palm Bay, FL 32907

(321) 409-7185

 

 

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City Attorney

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Andrew (“Andy”) P. Lannon, Esq. is the City Attorney. He is one of only two attorneys in the State of Florida board certified in Business Litigation and City, County & Local Government Law.  Prior to joining the Palm Bay City Attorney’s Office, Andy clerked for the Honorable Peggy A. Quince at the Florida Supreme Court and was an associate with Holland & Knight LLP.  

Education:

  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D. (2003)
  • College of the Holy Cross, B.A. (1996)

     

    Professional Associations & Memberships:

  • Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission
  • Florida Bar:
    • City, County and Local Government Law Section's Executive Council
      • Professionalism & Ethics Committee Chair
    • Eminent Domain Committee

       

Awards & Recognitions:

  • AV Preeminent® peer review rated - Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite - 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016
  • 10.0 Superb rating - Avvo®

     

    Admissions:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida

     

    Presentations:

  • Where There's Smoke ... Use of Non-Ad Valorem Assessments for Fire Service (2052R),

    May 2016

  • When It's Time to Move on . . . Negotiating Severance Agreement Packages for Public

    Employees (1995R), October 2015

  • Ethics for Elected Municipal Officers sponsored by the Florida League of Cities, Inc.,

    June 2015

  • Preserving Attorney Fee Issues and Ethical Considerations Representing Local

    Governments and Local Government Officials (1863R), May 2015

  • Transitioning to a Stand-Alone Self-Insurance Program (1863R), May 2015

Publications:

  • Legislating Local Liberties: Human Rights Ordinances Across Florida, Florida Bar's

    City, County and Local Government Law Section's The Agenda, Vol. XXXVI, No. 2, April 2016

  • Let Him Die with Dignity or Hope for a Cure: The Consequences of Modern Medicine,The Journal of Contemporary Health Law & Policy, January 2002

City-County-LocalGovt Law Certification BusinessLitigation

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http://www.martindale.com/Andrew-P-Lannon/3094043-lawyer.htm

 


 

City Attorney Emeritus

Nicholas-Tsamoutales_webNicholas (“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.

 

http://www.martindale.com/Mr-Nicholas-F-Tsamoutales/168925194-lawyer.htm


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. Mrs. Smith is board certified in State & Federal Government & Administrative Practice.

State&FedGovt&AdminPrac

http://www.martindale.com/Ms-Patricia-Denise-Smith/168925196-lawyer.htm


Deputy City Attorney

Peter-Sweeney_webPeter (“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.

Florida Bar Board Certified - Construction Law

Florida Legal Elite 2016 - Andy and Pete

Pete Sweeney Martindale-Hubbell

http://www.martindale.com/Mr-Peter-J-Sweeney-Jr/168925198-lawyer.htm


Deputy City Attorney

Jacobs - in front of seal 2Jill E. Jacobs brings over 27 years of workers’ compensation litigation experience to the City of Palm Bay, including 12 as Senior Staff Attorney for The Harford, where she managed a full case load of claims from inception to post-trial, most of which were catastrophic and high exposure based upon complexity of issues or medical severity, or both. She served as a primary resource for all claims handlers and management in Florida for legal opinions and counsel on strategy, including as lead attorney on numerous workshops and seminars for claims personnel and employers, in order to keep clients up to date on the Workers’ Compensation Act and related procedural rules. 

As a workers’ compensation expert, achieving Florida Bar Board Certification status in 2015, Jill is also very knowledgeable in areas of concurrent jurisdiction and overlapping fields such as wage/hour, wrongful termination, social security, Medicare, equitable distribution litigation and third party subrogation.

Professionally, Jill’s strengths include communication, investigation, strategy, mentoring and training. Her true passion is sharing – her knowledge and love of the law. 

Originally from Philadelphia and South Jersey, she has just recently arrived in Brevard from Miami-Dade County, where she resided since graduating from University of Miami School of Law in 1987. Jill is the proud parent of three wonderful children.

Workers Comp
http://www.martindale.com/Jill-Jacobs/169058086-lawyer.htm

 

 


 

Junior Staff Attorney

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Wendy L. Fisher is the Junior Staff Attorney.  Mrs. Fisher grew up in Palm Bay and graduated from Bayside High School.  She then went on to graduate with honors from the University of Central Florida with her B.A. in Political Science in 2011 and graduated in the top third of her class from Stetson University College of Law with her J.D. in 2014.  While in law school, Mrs. Fisher was the Chief Ambassador of the Ambassador Program and a board member of the Student Leadership Development Committee.  She interned with the Honorable Judge Kovachevich of the US District Court Middle District of Florida, Tampa FL and the City of St. Petersburg’s City Attorney’s Office.  Mrs. Fisher was chosen as the 2014 recipient of the Anthony S. Battaglia Excellence in Leadership Award which is given to a law student who, in the opinion of the dean, faculty, and her classmates, has exemplified outstanding qualities of professionalism and has the greatest promise of becoming an outstanding leader in the legal profession.

Mrs. Fisher is an active member of the community and has been involved with the Brevard Take Back the Night fundraising event, the Volunteer Victim Advocate Program for the Palm Bay Police Department, the Brevard County Domestic Violence Task Force, Serene Harbor, and is the President-Elect of the Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers.