Pamela Jo Hatley has practiced land use, environmental, and real estate law in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Pamela has represented clients in connection with the sale, acquisition, and development of real estate, planning and permitting, and in litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels, and at Florida Division of Administrative Hearings. Pamela is also a certified circuit civil mediator.
Pamela’s law practice is focused on protecting property rights and land use entitlements in the context of Florida’s fragile natural environment, and advocating for economic development that is socially responsible and environmentally sustainable. Her practice is limited to land use matters and appeals. Pamela serves as a Land Use Hearing Officer for unincorporated Hillsborough County, and is not accepting new land use cases involving property located in the unincorporated county.
Pamela believes in community service, and she has served on several nonprofit boards and local government citizen committees. Pamela is an active Rotarian and has served her club in several capacities including as board secretary and service projects chair. Pamela is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Ybor City. Pamela is a member of the executive council for the Environmental and Land Use Section of the Florida Bar, and serves on the ELULS Treatise update committee. Pamela is also chair of the University Area Community Development Corporation Attainable Housing committee.
Pamela Jo Hatley earned her juris doctor cum laude and an environmental and land use law certificate from the University of Florida in 2003. She earned her PhD in geography and environmental science and policy from the University of South Florida in 2013. Her academic research and doctoral dissertation focused on citizen participation in community-based planning and land use processes using the Hillsborough County, Florida communities of Lutz, Keystone-Odessa, and Thonotosassa as case studies.
Pamela grew up on a family farm in rural north Alabama and has resided in Hillsborough County, Florida since 1982.