The firm is very proud of our very own Travis Moore Hearne who is a recent outstanding graduate of the Stetson University College of Law Environmental Concentration. He was also awarded the 2019 Outstanding Local Government Law School Student Award by the City, County and Local Government Section of the Florida Bar. His paper From Category 4(b) to Category 2: How Local Stakeholders in the Tampa Bay Nitrogen Management Consortium Battled Nutrient Pollution to Make the Bay Better on the Tampa Bay Nitrogen Consortium appears in the Stetson Law Review’s 2019 Local Government Edition. He also authored a paper on Clean Water Act Section 404 delegation to the State of Florida and closely follows recent developments in environmental law. He was a member of Stetson’s Moot Court Team and competed twice at Pace University’s National Environmental Moot Court Competition in 2018 and 2019. He also sat as a member of the Stetson Law Review’s 2019 Publication Committee and was a Biodiversity Fellow at Stetson’s Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy in 2018 and 2019, where he assisted in researching and editing an Amicus brief filed in the Southern District of New York on behalf of the Society of Wetland Scientists in WOTUS litigation. He will practice environmental law at Mechanik Nuccio Hearne & Wester upon his admission to the Florida Bar.
David Mechanik was named Best Attorney at NAIOP Tampa Bay's 2015 Best of the Best Awards. NAIOP Tampa Bay is the leading trade organization representing developers, owners, investors and related professionals in commercial real estate. They foster business relationships, promote responsible development and support sustainable growth of the region through education, leadership and advocacy. See the full list here.
The Tampa Bay American Inn of Court announces J. Meredith Wester, Esquire as the recipient of the 2015 Abraham Lincoln Award, which is an annual award honoring the member who best exemplifies the goals of the Inn in promoting legal excellence, civility, professionalism, and ethics in the practice of law. Ms. Wester was one of the founding members of the Tampa Bay Inn of Court in 1993 and served as its Treasurer (2005-2012) and Executive Director (2012-2014). She is a shareholder at Mechanik, Nuccio, Hearne & Wester, P.A. where she concentrates her practice in commercial litigation. Since her admittance to the Florida Bar in 1991, she has served as the Chairman for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Florida Bar Grievance Committee, has been a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, including service on the Board of Directors, a board member of the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation, and a member of the Hillsborough County Trial Lawyers Association. She has served as an appointed board member of the Governing Board for the Southwest Florida Water Management District Northwest Hillsborough County Basin Board and has served as the founding Secretary for the FBI National Citizen’s Academy Alumni Association and founding President of the Association’s Tampa Bay Chapter. She served as Treasurer of PACE for Girls, President and co-founder of the Hillsborough County Head Start Foundation, and was appointed to serve on the Hillsborough County Children’s Advisory Board. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida where she received her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude. She received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law.