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E.D. "Ed" Armstrong, III - Shareholder

E.D. "Ed" Armstrong, III


University of Maryland, B.S., 1979, cum laude
  • Accounting
Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1982

Bar Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Clearwater Bar Association
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E.D. "Ed" Armstrong, III - Shareholder

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Ed is a Shareholder and Co-Chair of the firm’s Land Use Group for Pinellas County.  With three decades of experience, Ed has obtained approval for many of the most complex development projects in Pinellas County. He also represents several high-profile clients who have significant interactions with local governments.  He is based in the firm’s Clearwater office.

Ed regularly represents national and local developers, public and private, with interests in the Tamp Bay area.  He often serves as local general counsel to these clients.  

In 2014, Governor Rick Scott appointed Ed to the Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board where he served until 2019. In 2020, Ed was reappointed by Governor Ron DeSantis to a four-year term. Ed also served on the Board of Trustees for BayCare Health System for 15 years. He served as chair of the BayCare Medical Group from 2017 – 2019 and continues to serve on the finance committee.  

Ed was named to the 2018 Florida 500 by Florida Trend magazine as one of the state's most influential Floridians. He has been ranked in Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in the field of Zoning and Land Use law in Florida since 2014. 

Outside the office, Ed enjoys playing golf.

Representative projects include:

  • Obtaining the development approval of several of the largest and most expensive hotel and residential properties along the Pinellas coastline.
  • The $200 million expansion and upgrading of a large hospital.
  • Obtaining the development approval of a 300,000 square foot Corporate Headquarters.
  • The representation of Pinellas County’s private ambulance service provider.

Honors & Recognitions

  • AVPreeminent-Logo
  • Florida Trends legal EliteBlank No Year
  • 93699 - Hill Ward Henderson
  • Ed Armstrong

Professional Recognition

  • AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America (2018-2021)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyer (2014-2020)
    • Real Estate: Zoning / Land Use
  • Florida Trend  Florida 500 (2018)
  • Florida Trend  Legal Elite

Community & Civic Affiliations

  • Southwest Florida Water Management District - Governing Board
    • Vice-Chair
  • BayCare Health System - Board of Trustees
    • Chair, Finance Committee
    • Member, Compensation Committee
  • Bank of Tampa - Pinellas County Advisory Board
  • Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce
    • Mr. Clearwater (2014)
    • Board Chairman (2000)
  • Morton Plant Mease Healthcare System
    • Board Chairman (2010-2012)
  • Tampa Preparatory School
    • Trustee