Katie A. Edwards-Walpole
Katie Edwards is counsel in the firm's Ft. Lauderdale office. She brings an extensive and respected background in agribusiness to the firm's practices in real estate, energy, and environment and natural resources. She also manages the firm's satellite office in Okeechobee.
Katie's representative clients include a publicly traded liquid petroleum distribution and logistics corporation, real estate developers, farmers, ranchers, aquaculture operations and equestrian businesses. Katie assists clients by performing due diligence in multi-million dollar real estate acquisitions and securing land use entitlements for their projects. She has successfully negotiated franchise fee agreements with local governments and exchanges of real property interests.
Katie has successfully represented clients before South Florida Water Management District by negotiating cattle grazing lease agreements for ranchers, assisting clients in the purchase of surplus government lands, design-build contracts to complete environmental and water infrastructure projects, Water Use and Right of Way permit transfers and applications, and exchanges of interests in real property. She also represents agricultural land owners before county property appraisers and Value Adjustment Boards on property classification and taxation matters throughout the state with successes in Miami-Dade, Broward and Hillsborough counties.
She previously served from 2002-2010 as Executive Director of Dade County Farm Bureau where she advocated for farmers and nursery growers on land use, regulatory and legislative issues at the federal, state and local levels. A Broward native, Katie served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2012-2018. As a state representative, Katie sponsored and passed significant legislation, most notably in the areas of criminal justice reform, private property rights protection and medical marijuana.
Katie graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics. She has a law degree from Florida International University. She and her husband, Brad, are actively engaged in agriculture and reside in Okeechobee County.