120 Malabar Road
Palm Bay, FL 32907
Andrew (“Andy”) P. Lannon, Esq. is the City Attorney. He is one of only two attorneys in the State of Florida board certified in both Business Litigation and City, County & Local Government Law.
Throughout his career, Mr. Lannon has worked primarily in the areas of commercial litigation (i.e., business 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 is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®. He has been recognized as a member of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite in 2012, 2013 and 2015 and as a top rated lawyer in commercial litigation by The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel Magazine in 2013. He has received a "10.0 Superb" rating from Avvo®.
In the community, Mr. Lannon is a second degree member of the Knights of Columbus. In 2015, he was personally selected to be a member of the prestigious City, County and Local Government Law Section's Executive Council. He further serves as a member of the Florida Bar's Eminent Domain Committee. Locally, he is a member of the Brevard County Bar Association and a Barrister in the Vassar B. Carlton American Inn of Court, further serving as the Secretary/Treasurer since 2014. On January 25, 2016, Governor Scott appointed Mr. Lannon to the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission with a term ending on July 1, 2019.
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.
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. Mrs. Smith is board certified in State & Federal Government & Administrative Practice.
Deputy City Attorney
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.
Deputy City Attorney
Jill 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.
Junior Staff Attorney
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.