Stephanie J. Toothaker is a director of the firm and chair of the firm’s land use, governmental relations and procurement practice. From 2011 through today, Stephanie has been regularly recognized as a SuperLawyer and by Florida Trend’s Legal Elite. Stephanie guides clients with her sophisticated approach to governmental relations and procurement. Representing private equity firms, innovative companies, and entrepreneurial individuals seeking complex land development entitlements, her specific expertise on these matters is focused on innovative activation of property rights, complex mixed use projects, land use plan amendments, zoning modifications and site plan approvals in the commercial, residential and hospitality sectors.
Stephanie is an effective advocate at the Federal, State, regional and local level, regularly representing clients before governmental entities including the Broward and Palm Beach County Commissions, and all 30 municipalities in Broward County with a special focus on the City of Ft. Lauderdale, the City of Dania Beach, the City of Pompano Beach, the Town of Davie, the City of Pembroke Pines, the City of Hollywood and the City of Coral Springs. She is consistently recognized for her unique ability to seamlessly navigate multi-agency processes, efficiently manage the government relations process, and achieve success with aggressive timelines.
She is also a valuable resource during the government procurement process. Stephanie assists with analyzing and understanding the procedures for requests for letters of interest, request for proposals, invitations to bid and request for qualifications. In addition to providing expert strategy, drafting, and management of responses for these processes, she is capable of lobbying appropriate entities and offering client representation at hearings.
Stephanie’s practice includes niche representation for European-style sporting and destination lifestyle events with worldwide television coverage. With clients that have included Red Bull Global Rallycross, Swatch Volleyball World Championships, Key West Race Week, the Lauderdale Yacht Club and the largest boat show firm in the world, Show Management/Active Interest Media, she has a proven ability to leverage resources and relationships, meet challenging deadlines, and enable profitable outcomes with global reach.
Her impressive understanding of public policy at the nexus of government and private entities has as its foundation her deep experience in the national political arena. Stephanie served as special counsel to U.S. Senator Bob Graham. In 2004, she served on the Kerry-Edwards legal team, and more recently, Stephanie assisted as co-lead counsel for Broward County for the Obama-Biden legal team.
Among her achievements, she has represented Cymbal Development’s Marina Lofts multi-jurisdictional project, Thor’s Beach Place, OTO Development’s AC Marriott, Madison Capital’s Hampton Inn, Wawa, Cumberland Farms, Lionheart Capital, BRYL Development’s Flagler 626, Roger Penske’s first-of-it’s-kind South Florida Porsche Concept Dealership, a $50 million state-of-the-art dry stack marina, a 523,000 square foot commercial/industrial park in Davie, and successfully drafted and lobbied for landmark legislation amending Florida law to change the legal boundaries of Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
Stephanie is a regular contributor the Florida Trend and Go Riverwalk magazines, is involved with a broad range of charitable and civic organizations throughout Florida, including the University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Board, sits on the Executive Committee of Bonnet House Board, sits on the Executive Committee of the Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association (Sun Trolley) and recently became the first female Legal Officer and subsequently the first female elected Governor of the Lauderdale Yacht Club. Stephanie has also Campaign Treasurer for The Honorable Ari Porth and for State Attorney Mike Satz. Prior to joining Tripp Scott, Stephanie was a partner with Ruden McClosky and Blosser & Sayfie.