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Amy Brigham Boulris

Amy Brigham Boulris
Primary Office
2 South Biscayne Boulevard
Suite 3400
Miami, Florida
33131-1897
P: (305) 376-6062
F: (786) 425-4099
aboulris@gunster.com
  • Best Lawyers Award 2011
  • Florida Legal Elite
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  • South Florida Legal Guide
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Shareholder

Practice Group(s): Environmental & Land Use

Amy Brigham Boulris is a shareholder who joined the firm in 2012. Boulris focuses her practice on the defense of property rights in the context of eminent domain, inverse condemnation, property-related civil rights claims, and related land-use litigation. In addition to her property rights work, she is active at all levels of state and federal courts of appeal. Prior to joining Gunster, Boulris was a partner at Brigham Moore and head of its appellate practice.

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Practice Areas[ - ]
  • Eminent Domain
  • Regulatory Takings
  • Property Rights Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
Education[ - ]
  • University of Miami, J.D., cum laude, 1988
  • Wheaton College, B.A., cum laude, 1985
Reported 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 its legally compliant high-rise project to 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. 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.
Honors[ - ]
  • Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year in Eminent Domain and Condemnation – Miami, 2011
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, 2007-14
  • South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyer, 2006-13
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel, 2010
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-12
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2004-13, Hall of Fame since 2009
  • Florida Super Lawyers, “Top Fifty Women Leaders” in Florida, 2007
  • AV Rated as independently determined by Martindale-Hubbell
Seminars & Presentations[ - ]
  • “Caselaw Update – Exactions,” ALI-ABA Land Use Institute, Planning, Regulations, Litigation, Eminent Domain, and Compensation, August 2011
  • “Development Exactions as Takings,” CLEI, Tampa, FL, May 2011
  • “Part II of the Harris Act: The Florida Land Use and Environmental Dispute Resolution Act,” CLEI, Co-Presenter, Tampa, FL, May 2011
  • “Potential Amendments to the Bert J. Harris Private Property Rights Protection Act,” CLEI, Tampa, FL, May 2011
  • “Update on Planning, Land Use and Eminent Domain Decisions,” ALI-ABA Land Use Institute, Planning, Regulation, Litigation, Eminent Domain, and Compensation, August 2009
  • Guest Lecturer on the Harris Act, University of Miami Law School LLM Program of Real Property Development – 2007-12
  • “How Public Use Affects the Right-to-Take Litigation Across the States,” ALI-ABA Eminent Domain & Land Valuation Litigation, January 2009
  • “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
  • “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
  • Eminent Domain Series, Professional Education Broadcast Network, July 2008
  • “Supreme Court Rules on Eminent Domain for Private Development,” ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education, July 2008
  • “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
  • “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
  • Kelo v. City of New London Update, ALI-ABA Land Use Institute, Mid-Year Update Teleseminar, March 2007
  • “Making Sense of Takings Jurisprudence, a Practitioner’s Perspective,” CLEI, Regulatory Takings, February 2007
  • “Regulatory Taking Update,” ALI-ABA Eminent Domain & Land Valuation Litigation, January 2007
  • “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
  • “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
  • Kelo Anniversary: Subsequent Treatment by Lower Courts,” Eminent Domain, Economic Development, and Redevelopment, ALI-ABA Telephone Seminar, Land Use Series, June 2006
  • “Are We in Danger of Losing Our Homes? The Conflict Between Economic Development and Property Rights,” Broward Center for the Performing Arts, May 2006
  • “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
  • Respondent, “New Takes on Takings: Kelo, Lingle, Canker, and More,” University of Florida Law Symposium, November 2005
  • “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
  • “Ripeness and Exhaustion of Remedies,” Continuing Legal Education Institute, Regulatory Takings: Government Regulation v. Private Property Rights, February 2005
  • “Post Trial Practice & Procedure,” Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, 2004
  • “Case Law Update,” Continuing Legal Education Institute, Eminent Domain, 2001
  • “Building an Appellate Practice in the Condemnation Area Benefits to Clients, Your Firm and You,” CLEI Denver, 2001
  • “Update on Ripeness: Dying on the Vine?” CLE International Regulatory Takings Seminar, 1998
  • “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
  • “Environmental Issues in Eminent Domain Proceedings,” XVIII Annual Local Government Law in Florida Seminar (1995)
  • “Dealing with Contaminated Land from the Condemnee’s Perspective,” ALI-ABA Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation Conference, 1995
  • “Transportation Planning Within Constitutional Corridors,” Florida Bar Seminar on Land Use and Environmental Issues as the Millennium Approaches Seminar, 1995
  • “Condemnation of Contaminated Land,” Florida Conference of Circuit Judges Eminent Domain Seminar, 1995
  • “Apportionment,” Florida Conference of Circuit Judges Eminent Domain Seminar, 1995
  • “Admissibility of Contamination in Eminent Domain Trial,” ALI-ABA Land Use Institute, 1994
Publications[ - ]
  • “High court gives urgency to Clean Water Act woes,” Daily Business Review, Co-author, April 2012
  • Appellate Chapter in the Florida Eminent Domain Practice and Procedure, Co-Author
  • South Florida Legal Guide, Profiled, 2010
  • Professional Forum Article, South Florida Legal Guide, Co-author, 2010
  • “Right of Way Dedications: When Property Owners Should Say ‘Enough!’,” Proyecto Magazine, Co-author, March 2006
  • Professional Forum Article, South Florida Legal Guide, Author, 2005
  • “When Property Owners Should Say ‘Enough is Enough’,” Author, Florida Real Estate Journal, September 2004
  • “Distinctions Between Florida and Federal Practice,” Florida Eminent Domain Practice and Procedure, Co-author, 6th Ed., 2003
  • “When Fair Market Value Does Not Justly Compensate,” ALI-ABA Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, Co-author, 1996
Professional Associations & Memberships[ - ]
  • Pacific Legal Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section
  • Owners Counsel of America
Bar Admissions[ - ]
  • The Florida Bar, 1988
Civic & Community Service[ - ]
  • National Christian Foundation South Florida