Pavese Law Firm partners Neale Montgomery and Steve Hartsell have been named to the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council’s “Legal and Regulatory Reform to Increase Governmental Efficiency Ad Hoc Committee.” The committee is assigned to a special six-month project to address regulatory barriers to economic development in rural communities in the region, and to identify potential solutions including comprehensive plan amendments and land development regulation amendments. Montgomery and Hartsell were selected based on their experience in land use development and permitting law.


Montgomery and Hartsell concentrate their practices primarily on zoning, land use and development law as well as other real estate and environmental issues related to the development of land at the local, state, regional and federal levels. Both have served as  Florida Land Use Dispute Resolution Special Magistrates and represent clients in administrative hearings in local and regional jurisdictions. Both are members of the Florida Bar and the Lee County Bar Association and have achieved the Preeminent AV Rating for legal ability and ethics from Martindale-Hubbell.


Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, bankruptcy, business and taxation, civil litigation, community association, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trust, family, land use and government, and real estate law. Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida. With a long history of service to Southwest Florida, Pavese Law Firm has played a significant role in the growth of local businesses, communities and major development projects.