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Katherine R. English


Katherine R. English joined Pavese Law Firm in 1994 and became a partner in the firm in 2000. Her practice concentrates on agricultural, environmental and land use law with an emphasis on seeking and protecting entitlements for larger properties to maintain value and productivity. She has particular experience in working with companies involved in farming and land development. She practices before state and federal agencies in regard to environmental permits including water supply, water management and environmental compliance. She has worked with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Southwest Florida Water Management District, South Florida Water Management District, the Army Corps of Engineers, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. She also represents land owners before local governments in Southwest Florida in regard to land use and development authorizations.

She is a native of Southwest Florida and her family has farmed here for more than 100 years.  She is committed to the protection of private property rights and supporting the people who produce food and fiber and protecting the natural resources of the State of Florida through wise land management.

Ms. English has been selected to the list of Best Lawyers in America for 2021 for her practice area in land use and zoning.  A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For three decades, Best Lawyers® lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Lee County Bar Association.

Her community activities include serving as chair for the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences/SHARE Council; a member and past chair of the American Farm Bureau Federation Issue Advisory Committee on Water and Water Quality; chair of The Florida Farm Bureau Association’s Natural Resources Advisory Committee; a member of the board of directors for Redlands Christian Migrant Association; and, a member of the board of directors United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties.

Practice Areas

  • Agriculture
  • Environmental & Water
  • Land Use, Zoning & Local Government

Admitted to Practice

  • The Florida Bar


  • Walter F. George College of Law at Mercer University, Juris Doctor
  • University of Florida, Bachelor of Arts

Bar and Professional Association Memberships

  • The Florida Bar
  • Lee County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Wedgworth Leadership Institute Class IV
  • University of Florida IFAS/SHARE Council, Chair
  • American Farm Bureau Federation’s Issue Advisory Committee on Water and Water Quality, Member and Past Chair
  • Florida Farm Bureau Federal Water and Natural Resources Advisory Committee, Chair
  • Redlands Christian Migrant Association, Past Board Member
  • United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties, Board of Directors
    • Hendry Glades Allocation, Past Chair
    • Building Committee, Past Chair
  • University of Florida Leadership and Education Foundation, Past Member and Past President

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America®, Land Use & Zoning