Julie Dick, Esq.

Julie Dick

Julie Dick is senior counsel at the Miami law firm of Pathman Lewis, LLP. She has more than 12 years of experience in environmental, water, land use, climate change, energy, resilience, and sustainability-related matters.  She represents businesses, developers, local governments, and individuals in these areas.

Julie has extensive experience representing clients before administrative and regulatory bodies at the municipal, state, and federal levels. Julie has been involved in climate change adaptation, resilience, and comprehensive planning efforts, and water and land use matters in multiple counties across South Florida. She has worked with clients to develop regulatory and policy strategies for the deployment of clean energy and infrastructure electrification.  Julie’s experience includes advising investors on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities, including climate change risk due diligence.

Julie’s litigation experience includes multiple high-profile multi-million dollar cases including Clean Water Act and toxic tort litigation.  She has been involved in Everglades restoration projects, dredge and fill matters, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting, and marine zoning.  She has also worked extensively on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis and solid waste issues, including Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

Julie frequently lectures on sustainability, energy, resilience, climate change, and water-related topics.

Practice Areas

  • Environmental
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Land Use
  • Climate Change
  • Resilience
  • Sustainability

Awards & Honors

  • Illinois Environmental Council, Environmental Leadership Award, accepted on behalf of Chicago Recycling Coalition (CRC)
  • Earth Share of Illinois Award for Exemplary Work in Illinois, accepted on behalf of CRC

Activity & News Media

  • Guest lecturer, Environmental Justice Clinic, University of Miami School of Law, February 2019
  • Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section Reporter, Vol. XXXIX, No. 1, “Priorities for Resilience in Florida,”October 2018
  • FIU Metropolitan Center, MetroForum, State of the South Florida Economy, May 2018
  • WPTV, “Environmental Defense Fund releases study on EPA cuts: Florida greatly affected,”August 2017
  • Palm Beach Post, “Will EPA funding debate affect contaminated PCB site?,” August 2017
  • Key Biscayne Bar Association, “After the Storm: Policies, Claims & Issues,” November 2017
  • DiveBar, Student Chapter, Speaker, “Be the Catalyst,” March 2017
  • University of Miami, Center for Ethics and Public Service, Dartmouth Winter Internship Program, Speaker, “Federal, state and local influences on the long road to protecting coastal resources,” December 2016
  • Miami Herald, “What will a Trump presidency mean for Florida’s environment?”, November 2016
  •  Zerohedge, “Leaking Beachfront Nuclear Reactor Near Miami Threatening Florida Everglades,” March 2016
  • Miami Herald, “FPL nuclear plant canals leaking into Biscayne Bay, study confirms,” March 2016
  • Miami Herald, Op-Ed by: Julie Dick, “Reject proposal to expand the UDB,” December 2015
  • Eye On Miami, “Julie Dick Has It Soooo Right On UDB Vote Today”, December 2015
  • Miami Herald, “South Dade landfill wants to expand on wetlands slated for Everglades restoration,” November 2015
  • WLRN, “Miami-Dade Planning Advisory Board Denies Application to Build ‘Green City’ Beyond UDB,” November 2015
  • Miami Herald, “Dying seagrass and ‘yellow fog’ signal trouble for Florida Bay”, October 2015
  • COSEE Florida panel, “Exploring Health Effects of Miami’s Changing Environment,” September 2015
  • Focus on South Florida, Miami CBS Local, “Love the Everglades,” September 2015
  • Miami Herald, “State eases oversight of Turkey Point cooling canals”, January 2105
  • Environmental Justice Symposium, University of Miami, January 2015
  • University of Florida, Environmental Public Interest Conference, Moderator, “Nuclear Power Generation & Water Resources,” February 2015
  • Everglades Coalition Conference, Plenary Moderator, “Sending Water to its Final Destination: Restoration of the Southern Everglades and Florida Bay” January 2015
  • Miami Herald, “Dolphin expressway extension gets mixed reaction,” September 2014
  • Miami Herald, “Hot cooling canals threaten shutdown of Turkey Point nuclear power plants,” July 2014
  • Biscayne Bay Regional Restoration Coordination Team, “Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Lawsuit,” May 2013
  • Dive Bar, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Continuing Legal Education Speaker, “The Clean Water Act, The Sad State of Miami-Dade’s Sewage Infrastructure and the Legislation, Planning and Litigation that Will Help Form the Rebuild of Miami’s Sewer System,” April 2013
  • Chicago Bar Association, Environmental Committee, Continuing Legal Education Speaker, “Legal Framework for Municipal Waste Management and Recycling in Chicago and Illinois,” November 2008
  • Illinois Environmental Council, Environmental Leadership Award, accepted on behalf of Chicago Recycling Coalition (CRC), September 2008
  • Earth Share of Illinois Award for Exemplary Work in Illinois, accepted on behalf of CRC, May 2008
  • City of Chicago Press Conference announcing end of Blue Bag recycling program, May  2008
  • Chicago Tonight, WTTW-PBS, news panels, August 6, 2007and May 2008
  • Chicago Public Radio, October 14, 2008 and September 2007
  • Chicago Tribune, “’Bottle bill’ debate” September 2007
  • Chicago Tribune, “Recycle in the city” September 2008
  • Chicago Sun Times, “Bottom of the Heap” and “City could save…,” November 2007 and August 2008
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, CALI Awards for highest grades in: Energy Law; Environmental Law Clinic; Environmental Law & Policy 2; Estates & Trusts; and Criminal Procedure

Community Engagement

  • CLEO Institute, Expert Advisory Council
    • Advisory Council Member, January 2018 – present 
  • Outward Bound Florida Advisory Board
    • Advisory Board Member, November 2017 – present
  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center, Board of Trustees
    • Trustee, December 2016 – present
  • Miami-Dade County Council PTA, PTSA, Miami, FL
    • Green Committee, Chair, August 2013 – May 2014
    • Worked with the District’s Chief Sustainability Officer to transition the District from polystyrene lunch trays to compostable lunch trays.
  • Village of Key Biscayne, Key Biscayne, FL
    • Vice-Chair, Green Committee, July 2013 – June 2014
    • Led efforts in drafting a sustainability plan for Village of Key Biscayne
  • Chicago Recycling Coalition (CRC), Chicago, IL
    • President, December 2007 – January 2009; Director, 2002 – 2007
    • Represented organization to government officials and the media, including television, radio and printed press.
    • Negotiated with City of Chicago for complete overhaul of waste management and recycling operations.
  • Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid Environmental Committee, Chicago, IL
    • Committee member, 2008


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL
    Juris Doctor with Honors, May 2007
  • Kalamazoo, College, Kalamazoo, MI
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, concentration in Environmental Studies, 1999
  • Universidad San Francisco de Quito, San Rafael, Ecuador
    Environmental studies focused study abroad program, 1998