Williams Wilson
Robert Downie

Alliance Center
119 South Monroe Street
Suite 200
Tallahassee, Florida 32301

Phone: (850) 224-3999
Cellular: (850) 559-4344
Facsimile: (850) 224-0099

Email: rdconsultllc@yahoo.com

Administrative and Transportation Law

Davidson College
Charlotte, North Carolina 1897
Bachelor of Arts, English

Florida State University
College of Law

Tallahassee, Florida 1989
Juris Doctorate

Robert “Bobby” Downie received a Bachelors of Arts in English from Davidson College in 1987, and received his J.D. from Florida State University College of Law in 1989.    
 
Mr. Downie practices in the areas of  Administrative and Transportation law.  Bobby was in private practice from 1990-1999 and then joined the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) where he was Special Counsel for Land Use and Transportation Planning.   
 
Mr. Downie is a recognized leader in Florida Administrative Law. He served from 1997-2005 on the Executive Council of the Florida Bar Administrative Law Section, and was Chair in 2004-2005, which is the Bar’s primary resource for all legislative and rulemaking issues affecting the Florida Administrative Procedures Act and Uniform Rules of Procedure applicable to all Florida agencies. Bobby has also authored many articles published in the Florida Bar Journal on administrative law topics.   
 
While with FDOT, Mr. Downie represented the agency in environmental and land use litigation and all access management matters.  He was involved with several major bridge replacements, the US 1 “18 Mile Stretch” project in the Florida Keys, the US 19 reconstruction in Pinellas County, SR 7 reconstruction in Palm Beach County, and provided assistance in accelerating the Escambia Bay I-10 bridge replacement following Hurricane Ivan.  On a program level, Bobby was deeply involved in formulating and implementing the Efficient Transportation Decision-Making (ETDM) process, creating the “Proportionate Share” concept of the first Senate Bill 360, designating MPOs following the 2000 Census, negotiating rulemaking and policy changes with Florida environmental agencies, and ameliorating the impacts of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program on the Tamiami Trail.   
 
While with FDOT, in 2003 he was selected by FHWA to work in Washington, D.C. headquarters on administrative and legislative initiatives to improve environmental review processes for federal aid surface transportation projects.  As part of this assignment, Bobby worked closely with legislative staff on SAFETEALU, and authored an exemption from certain environmental impact analysis requirements for Florida based upon ETDM.   
 
After leaving FDOT in 2006, Mr. Downie has worked with both private and public sector clients on a variety of transportation-related issues. He authored the first Florida technical memo on greenhouse gas reduction and sustainability strategies for an MPO’s LRTP update.  On the private side, he has worked with clients on bid and contract issues, outdoor advertising matters, public-private partnerships, comprehensive plan amendments, and a variety of work before agencies other than FDOT.
 
Mr. Downie and his wife, Robyn, live in Tallahassee, Florida, with their daughter, Chandler.

 


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