Frank L. Hearne

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Environmental Attorney in Tampa, FL

Mechanik Nuccio Hearne & Wester, P.A.
 | 305 South Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: 813-760-2570
Fax: 877-576-6101
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Environmental,
  • Energy & Natural Resources (0%),
  • Banking (0%),
  • Business/Corporate (0%),
  • Real Estate: Business (0%)
Attorney Profile

Recognized as a leading environmental law attorney, Frank L. Hearne is a shareholder of Mechanik Nuccio Hearne & Wester, P.A. Located in Tampa, Florida, he serves Tampa Bay, Lakeland, Winter Haven, Gainesville, Pensacola, Ft. Myers, Naples, Ocala, Orlando, Sarasota, BradentonJacksonville, and other areas of Florida, providing advice and counsel to companies, governmental bodies and individuals throughout the state on a variety of environmental matters. Mr. Hearne has worked on projects involving the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Northwest, Northeast, Central, South, and Southwest Districts, as well as projects involving Florida's five Water Management Districts and Region 4 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Mr. Hearne has extensive experience in cases involving permits and enforcment defense arising under every major federal environmental law, including the CERCLA, RCRA, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act and related Florida statutes. Of late, his practice has focused on two general areas: (1) Redevelopment of environmentally challenged properties such as Brownfields and other sites with soil and groundwater contamination and (2) Development approvals for impacts to wetlands and other protected habitats, including state and federal licensing and wetlands mitigation banking. Mr. Hearne has acted as environmental counsel to commercial real estate developers, purchasers, sellers and lenders, as well as state and local governments. His accomplishments throughout his distinguished career have earned him several accolades from his fellow attorneys, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and being selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.

In 1972, Mr. Hearne graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science - focused upon water resources engineering. He subsequently obtained a Master of Science in zoology focused on aquatic and estauarine ecology from the same institution. His work as an enviornmental consultant lead to an interest in becoming an environmental lawyer and he enrolled at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He was awarded his Juris Doctor with honors in 1981. He was a member the University of Florida Law Review. He joined Mechanik Nuccio Hearne & Wester, P.A., in Tampa in 1999.

Mr. Hearne is admitted to practice in Florida and is frequently asked to speak on environmental topics at many major environmental conferences such as the Florida Brownfields Association, the Florida Environmental Permitting Summer School and seminars sponsored by FDEP District Offices. Mr. Hearne's professional memberships include the Florida Brownfields Association, the Environmental and Land Use Law Section of The Florida Bar and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Section of the Florida Bar.

Mr. Hearne's son and law clerk, Travis M. Hearne, is currently a law student at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida, where he is enrolled in the Environmental Law concentration, is a member of Stetson's Moot Court Board, and is an associate of the Stetson Law Review. He expects to graduate in the spring of 2019. Travis earned the top grade in his section for each of Torts, Real Property, and Administrative Law, appeared twice on the Dean's List in his first four semesters, and is currently in the top 4% of his class as of the Summer 2018. Travis wrote a law review comment on the Tampa Bay Estuary Program's Nitrogen Management Consortium, which was selected for publication in an upcoming edition of the Stetson Law Review and which he was selected to present at the Stetson Law Review's Scholarship Luncheon in April 2018. Travis's Moot Court team was a quarterfinalist at the Elizabeth Haub School of Law's 2018 Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition at Pace University, and Travis was named best oralist in an early round. Travis also assisted in researching an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the Society of Wetland Scientists which was filed in litigation in the Southern District of New York in 2018. Travis is preparing to join Mechanik Nuccio Hearne & Wester as an Associate after he graduates in Spring 2019.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas

Environmental (100%)
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Banking (0%)
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Environmental (100%): Environmental Law

Energy & Natural Resources (0%)

Banking (0%)

Business/Corporate (0%)

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Focus Areas

Environmental Law


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Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019

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About Frank Hearne

Admitted: 1982, Florida

Professional Webpage:


  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Florida "Super Lawyers"
  • Who's Who Legal: USA

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section, Member
  • Florida Brownfields Association, Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Section, Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • United Methodist Church, Certified speaker 

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • This article, published in the Environmental Law Reporter at 46 ELR 10858 and coauthored with Tara Disy Allden of Kimley-Horn, David Goldman of Kimley-Horn, and Bill Spinner of Kimley-Horn, discusses the use of remediated Brownfield sites as mitigation banks., Author, Brownfields to Green: A Proposal for Redevelopment of Brownfields Property for Natural Resource Value, Environmental Law Institute, 2016
  • Plant City Bar Association Presentation January 2014: Why does the environmental condition of a property matter in a transaction?
  • Brownfields Conference Presentation October 2014: The “Pink Palace” Hampton Inn & Suites Bradenton Downtown Historic District

Educational Background:

  • University of Florida, M.S., Zoology, Major: Aquatic, marine biology and ecology, 1977
  • University of Florida, B.S., Engineering Science, Major: Water resources, 1972

Industry Groups

  • Banking
  • Development
  • Investment
  • Manufacturing
  • Real Estate
  • Waste Disposal
  • Wetlands Mitigation Banking
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Office Location for Frank L. Hearne

305 South Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33606

Phone: 813-760-2570

Fax: 877-576-6101

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Last Updated: 2/20/2019

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