Austin Turner concentrates his practice in the areas of land use and environmental law and is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts. He counsels clients on land use entitlements, such as comprehensive plan amendments, rezonings, Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs), variances, and other matters which commonly arise for property owners. Austin also assists clients regarding legal issues relating to property contamination and regulations for surface or ground water. He advocates on behalf of clients before agencies including the Department of Economic Opportunity, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Austin also contributes to the firm’s The Legal Scoop on Southwest Florida Real Estate blog. His recent posts, include:
Prior to joining Henderson Franklin, Austin served as a summer associate in 2014 and also worked as a law clerk at a large land use and environmental law firm located in Tallahassee, Florida. Austin also spent time during law school at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection working at the Defense Section of the Office of General Counsel, for which he was recognized at his graduation ceremony with a certificate for his distinguished pro bono services.
Before graduating summa cum laude and Order of the Coif from Florida State University College of Law, Austin was inducted into Phi Delta Phi, a legal honors society. He was also the recipient of eight book awards, which are provided to students who earn the highest grade in their class. In his final year of law school, Austin was chosen to become a member of his local chapter of the American Inn of Court, a prestigious group whose mission is dedicated to fostering professionalism and civility in the practice of law.
Austin, a native of Vero Beach, Florida, and his wife, Arielle, currently reside in Fort Myers.
Austin is committed to the Southwest Florida community and primarily focuses his volunteer efforts on local education and fighting hunger. He is a member of the Real Estate Investment Society (REIS), Lee Building Industry Association (BIA), Lee County Bar Association (LCBA), and Young Lawyers Division (YLD).
Austin is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Southwest Florida District Council, where he currently serves on the Management Committee as well as the Business Development and Young Leader Group Committees. Austin also serves on the Leadership NEXT Committee for the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce.