Sophisticated. Technical. Nimble.

Today’s legal issues cross all intellectual and media boundaries. Lawyers must equip in ways unheard of 15 years ago to serve their clients.


The firm, from its inception in 1991, has focused on land use, environmental and property law, including commercial leasing & real estate transactions. We serve sophisticated business, industrial, institutional and commercial clients facing challenging issues in a complex regulatory and financial environment.

Our Approach

PBPA has represented clients in a variety of settings, some of them novel. We developed transactional documents for solar energy installations that were among the largest in the Southeast in 2010-2011. Our approach incorporates the appropriate analytical skills to chart a critical path for each client toward potential resolution of a matter.

Why Us?

With a nimble business model, PBPA routinely works with consultants, engineers, surveyors, planners, lenders, economists, lobbyists and other lawyers to custom-fit a team to a client’s issue.

E-Discovery. Press conferences. Rumor control.

The world presents clients with multi-faceted issues as never before. Identifying a critical path to resolution is key.

Attorney Profile

Ms. Boyes received a Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Award for adaptive reuse of a 100-yr.-old warehouse in Gainesville, Florida. She served for many years on the City of Gainesville Historic Preservation Board, and was President of Historic Gainesville, Inc. She is a supporter of the arts at Santa Fe College.

Ms. Boyes has argued cases to the Florida Governor and Cabinet, state and federal trial and appellate courts, and various state and local administrative tribunals. She is a guest judge of the International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition at Stetson Law School, and has lectured at the UF College of Law and to Florida Bar CLE classes.

Ms. Boyes was co-founder in 1985 of a hydro-geologic consulting firm with offices in Gainesville, Tampa and Tallahassee, and a staff of 30+/-. She served for 16 years in various positions, including Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel.

As a journalist, she worked as Political Editor of the Tampa Tribune, and as a contributor to the New York Times. She also worked for newspapers in Washington, D.C., Jacksonville, Fla., and York, Pa.

Patrice Boyes, Esq. is the principal and founder of PBPA. She practices in land use, environmental & property law, and commercial leasing & real estate transactions. She has represented development interests, property owners, institutional clients, business owners and local governments for the past 21 years.

Ms. Boyes holds a B.A. in political science from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, an M.A. in journalism from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a J.D. from the University of Florida. She is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Supreme Court, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1991.

She was listed in the “2010 Directory of Distinguished Attorneys” by Martindale-Hubbell, and is a Master in the American Inns of Court. She is a member and Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, and served on the 2010 District Nominating Committee of Boy Scouts of America. She is Vice President of the not-for-profit Sebastian Ferrero Foundation, which is spearheading construction of a children’s hospital in Alachua County.

Mediation. Litigation. Legislation.

Issue resolution takes many forms.

Practice Areas

Land Use

PBPA has secured land use, zoning, infrastructure and other entitlements and clearances for numerous projects and developments in Florida from a mix of local, state and federal jurisdictions. PBPA has assisted agricultural and silviculture interests in preserving land use rights and ad valorem tax exemptions. Representative projects include Developments of Regional Impact, shopping centers, urban town/lifestyle centers, apartment complexes, residential subdivisions, limerock mines, ranches, urban redevelopment, brownfield redevelopment, pharmacies and hospital facilities.

Real Property

PBPA formulates acquisition and development agreements, addresses title and other legal obstacles, and conducts transaction closings. PBPA has structured conveyance agreements to accommodate the uncertainty of the entitlement process. Representative projects include apartment complexes, residential subdivision land, corporate park developments, pharmacies, and shopping centers.

Business Law

PBPA is Florida counsel to a statewide company, but also has assisted small, local companies and non-profit organizations in addition to larger corporations on varied matters such as personnel, public bidding & procurement, contracts, collections, and stock redemption agreements.

Renewable Energy

PBPA has represented clients who erected the largest (at that time) solar rooftop arrays in the Southeast U.S. in 2010-2011. The firm developed the underlying leasing documents.

Environmental Law

PBPA has assisted clients in locating projects on land with sensitive features, such as wetlands, groundwater and soil contamination, and/or regulated habitat, and on brownfields. Representative projects in this practice area include limerock mining, shopping centers, pharmacies, hospital facilities, cattle operations, silviculture, and residential subdivisions.


PBPA has represented clients in state and federal court, and administrative hearings, including mediation and appellate work.

Depth. Breadth. Focus.

Clients’ land use issues have drawn media attention over the years, but the practice also encompasses commercial leasing & real estate transactions, business law, contracts, renewable energy, environmental law and related litigation.

News and Involvement


A major supplier of recycled-wood fuel to the Gainesville biomass plant sued the plant operators today for more than $5 million in damages due to breach of a long-term fuel supply contract.
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Patrice Boyes, Esq. has been selected Vice President of the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation, a non-profit focused on developing a children’s hospital in Alachua County in partnership with Shands Teaching Hospital and the UF College of Medicine.

Patrice Boyes, Esq. has been awarded the Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International

Representative Clients Included:

Real estate investors
Apartment complex owners
Medium-rise condominium developers
Lifestyle/town center developers
Traditional neighborhood developments
Resort complexes
Bottled water companies
Builders association

Limerock mines
Waste management
Agriculture and silviculture holdings
Development of regional impact developers
Real estate investment trust
Solar energy developers
Pharmacy developers
Retail developers
Construction companies
City and county governments

Contact Us

5700 SW 34th St. Suite 1120 • Gainesville, FL 32608
P: (352) 372-2684 • F: (352) 379-0385