Todd G. Messenger


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  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, 2000
  • Florida Atlantic University, M.P.A., 1994
  • University of Florida, B.A., with highest honors, 1993

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Todd G. Messenger

Todd G. Messenger practices in the firm's real estate group where he focuses on all aspects of real estate development and land use regulation.  Todd maintains a balanced practice of public and private sector representation.  For public sector clients, Todd’s principal focus is regulatory reform projects, including zoning, subdivision, and sign code reform.  Todd also provides representation on a variety of other matters, including elections, utilities, and open records policies.

For the private sector, Todd represents developers, landowners, and businesses in a wide range of real estate matters, including planning, zoning, planned unit development, and subdivision procedures; development, subdivision, and infrastructure reimbursement agreements;  land use hearings, appeals, and litigation; and real estate transactions, including purchase and sale agreements, easement and license agreements, and leases.

Prior to joining Fairfield and Woods, Todd practiced, first, as a land use planning and redevelopment lawyer for six years with a Florida law firm. Then for seven years, he worked as a planning consultant and code practice leader for a national land planning and plan implementation firm in Colorado doing planning and land development code rewrite projects in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio and Illinois. In this capacity, Todd was the principal author of the award-winning Centennial, Colorado Land Development Code (which included a content-neutral approach to signs that anticipated and addressed all of the issues that were ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in Reed v. Gilbert on June 18, 2015), and helped his clients earn five awards from state chapters of the American Planning Association.