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Amy Brigham Boulris

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Miami, FL
(800) 380-3338
aboulris@brighammoore.com


Mrs. Boulris has devoted her entire law practice to the defense of constitutional property rights in the context of eminent domain, inverse condemnation, property-related civil rights claims, and related land-use litigation. For the past decade she has focused primarily on litigation at the appellate level, and currently heads Brigham Moore’s appellate practice statewide. Mrs. Boulris has practiced with Brigham Moore since her admission to the Florida Bar in 1988, and has been a partner with the firm since 1994. She holds Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal skill and professional ethics, and was chosen by her peers for inclusion in Florida Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite” in the State of Florida in the field of eminent domain for years 2004 - 2009. Additionally, Mrs. Boulris is listed as a “Top Lawyer” by the South Florida Legal Guide for years 2006-2010, a “Florida Super Lawyer” for years 2006-2009, a “Florida Super Lawyer / Corporate Counsel” in 2010 and one of the "Top Fifty Women Lawyers in Florida" by Super Lawyer Magazine, 2007. She is also named in The Best Lawyers in America® for 2007-2010. Mrs. Boulris is admitted to practice in all Florida state and federal courts, and the Federal Court of Claims.

Areas of Practice

Eminent Domain, Property Rights Litigation, Appellate Practice, Regulatory Takings

Notable Cases
  • Established that claims under the Bert J. Harris Jr. Property Rights Protection Act are not barred by sovereign immunity. Royal World Metropolitan Inc. v. City of Miami Beach, 863 So.2d 320 (Fla. 3d DCA 2004), rev. den. 2005 Fla. LEXIS 292 (Fla. 2005)
  • Pro bono effort by Brigham Moore LLP in support of property rights reform through initiative petition amendment to Florida Constitution.
  • Advisory Opinion to the State Attorney General, in re: Property Rights Initiative, 699 So.2d 1304 (Fla. 1997)
  • Established limitations on admissibility of contamination evidence in eminent domain valuation cases. Finkelstein v. Dept. of Transportation, 656 So.2d 921 (Fla. 1995)
  • Successfully challenged attempt by City of Miami to impose development condition on downtown landowner requiring that its legally compliant high-rise project be re-designed to accommodate right of way for potential future tunnel project. Miami River, LLC v. City of Miami, Appellate Court Case No. 05-108AP. The City withdrew condition and allowed project to proceed as originally designed after receipt of the firm’s certiorari petition detailing the reasons why the purported development condition constituted an illegal exaction of property rights.
Education
  • University of Miami (J.D., cum laude, 1988)
  • Wheaton College (B.A., cum laude, 1985)
Honors
  • Recognized in Florida Trend Magazine as one of Florida’s “Legal Elite” 2004-2009
  • Named in The Best Lawyers in America® 2007-2010
  • Listed as a “Top Lawyer” by the South Florida Legal Guide for years 2006-2010
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers for years 2006-2009 and Florida Super Lawyers / Corporate Counsel for 2010
  • Selected as one of the "Top Fifty Women Lawyers" in Florida by Florida Super Lawyers, 2007
  • Highest rating by Martindale-Hubbell for legal skill and professional ethics
Publications & Speeches
  • Profiled, South Florida Legal Guide, 2010
  • Co-Author, Professional Forum Article, South Florida Legal Guide, 2010
  • Lecturer, “The Aftermath of Atlantic Yards: Eminent Domain in New York”, ALI-ABA, December 2009
  • Author/Lecturer, “Update on Planning, Land Use and Eminent Domain Decisions”, ALI-ABA Land Use Institute, Planning, Regulation, Litigation, Eminent Domain, and Compensation, August, 2009
  • Lecturer, University of Miami re: LLM - Master of Law Degree, April, 2009
  • Author/Lecturer, “How Public Use Affects the Right-to-Take Litigation across the States”, ALI-ABA Eminent Domain & Land Valuation Litigation, January, 2009
  • Author/Lecturer, “Public Use in a Post-Kelo World: Show Me the Limits”, The Center for American and International Law Planning, Zoning and Property Rights, December, 2008
  • Co-Author/Lecturer, “Update on Economic Development and Redevelopment” and “2007-2008 Update on Judicial Reactions to Kelo”, ALI-ABA Land Use Institute, Planning, Regulation, Litigation, Eminent Domain, and Compensation, August, 2008
  • Lecturer, Eminent Domain Series, Professional Education Broadcast Network, July, 2008
  • Lecturer, “Supreme Court Rules on Eminent Domain for Private Development”, ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education, July, 2008
  • Lecturer, University of Miami re: LLM - Masters of Law Degree, April, 2008
  • Lecturer, 2007 Eminent Domain and Land Use Update, Professional Education Broadcast Network, November, 2007
  • Lecturer, Eminent Domain Series, Professional Education Broadcast Network, August, 2007
  • Author/Lecturer, “Head Start Program,” “The Basics of Eminent Domain,” and “Update on Kelo v. City of New London and the Use of Eminent Domain for Economic Development and Redevelopment”, ALI-ABA Land Use Institute, Planning, Regulation, Litigation, Eminent Domain, and Compensation, August, 2007
  • Author/Lecturer, “The Experience of Florida’s Property Rights Law - Two Perspectives on the Bert J. Harris Act”, ALI-ABA, Inverse Condemnation and Related Government Liability, April, 2007
  • Lecturer, Unversity of Miami re: LLM - Masters of Law Degree, April, 2007
  • Lecturer, Kelo v. City of New London Update, ALI-ABA Land Use Institute, Mid-Year Update Teleseminar, March, 2007
  • Author/Lecturer, “Making Sense of Takings Jurisprudence, a Practitioner’s Perspective”, CLEI, Regulatory Takings, February, 2007
  • Author/Lecturer, “Regulatory Taking Update”, ALI-ABA Eminent Domain & Land Valuation Litigation, January, 2007
  • Author/Lecturer, “Behavior Modification: How the Redevelopment Process has Changed”, ULI Southeast Florida/Caribbean, 4th Annual Redevelopment Program, The ABCs of Dealing with CRAs: Working in the Post-Kelo Environment, November, 2006
  • Lecturer at the Third Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference, October, 2006
  • Author/Lecturer, “The Basics of Eminent Domain” and “Update on Kelo v. City of New London and the Use of Eminent Domain for Economic Development and Redevelopment”, ALI-ABA Land Use Institute, Planning, Regulation, Litigation, Eminent Domain, and Compensation, August, 2006
  • Author/Lecturer, “Kelo Anniversary: Subsequent Treatment by Lower Courts”, Eminent Domain, Economic Development, and Redevelopment, ALI-ABA Telephone Seminar, Land Use Series, June 2006
  • Lecturer, “Are We in Danger of Losing Our Homes? The Conflict Between Economic Development and Property Rights”, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, May 2006
  • Co-Author, “Right-of-Way Dedications: When Property Owners Should Say “Enough!”, Proyecto Magazine, March 2006
  • Co-Author / Co-Lecturer, “Ethics: Issues for the Regulatory Land Use Litigation Practitioner”, “Challenges to Wetlands Regulations: Recognizing a Claim and Deciding How to Pursue It”, and “Pleading the Basics: Inverse Condemnation Claims, Necessary Witnesses and Proof”, CLEI Regulatory Takings, Tampa, Florida, March, 2006
  • Author, Professional Forum Article, South Florida Legal Guide, 2005
  • Respondent, “New Takes on Takings: Kelo, Lingle, Canker, and More,” University of Florida Law Symposium, November, 2005
  • Author / Lecturer, “Basic Principles of Ripeness in Regulatory Taking Cases: The Challenge of Getting to the Merits,” ALI-ABA Inverse Condemnation and Related Government Liability Seminar, September, 2005
  • Author / Lecturer, “Ripeness and Exhaustion of Remedies” Continuing Legal Education Institute, Regulatory Takings: Government Regulation v. Private Property Rights, February, 2005
  • Author, “When Property Owners Should Say ‘Enough is Enough’,” Florida Real Estate Journal, September, 2004
  • Author / Lecturer of “Post Trial Practice & Procedure,” Florida Conference of Circuit Judges (2004)
  • Co-Author, “Distinctions Between Florida and Federal Practice,” Florida Eminent Domain Practice and Procedure (6th Ed., 2003)
  • Author / Lecturer, “Case Law Update,” Continuing Legal Education Institute, Eminent Domain, 2001
  • Speaker, “Update on Ripeness: Dying on the Vine?” CLE International Regulatory Takings Seminar (1998)
  • Author / Lecturer, “Does Rising Water Also Give Rise to Compensation?” ALI-ABA Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation Seminar (1997) reprinted in Southwestern Legal Foundation, Institute on Planning, Zoning and Eminent Domain (1997)
  • Co-Author, "When Fair Market Value Does Not Justly Compensate," ALI-ABA Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation (1996)
  • Author / Lecturer, “Environmental Issues in Eminent Domain Proceedings," XVIII Annual Local Government Law in Florida Seminar (1995)
  • Author / Lecturer, "Dealing with Contaminated Land from the Condemnee's Perspective," ALI-ABA Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation Conference (1995)
  • Author / Lecturer, "Transportation Planning Within Constitutional Corridors," Florida Bar Seminar on Land Use and Environmental Issues as the Millennium Approaches Seminar (1995)
  • Author / Lecturer, "Condemnation of Contaminated Land," Florida Conference of Circuit Judges Eminent Domain Seminar (1995)
  • Co-Author, "Apportionment," Florida Conference of Circuit Judges Eminent Domain Seminar (1995)
  • Author / Lecturer, "Admissibility of Contamination in Eminent Domain Trial," ALA-ABA Land Use Institute (1994)
Community Involvement
  • Christian Community Foundation of South Florida Intentional Motherhood
Interests
  • Water Sports, Mountain Hiking, Tennis, and Golf
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