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Seth “Biff” Craine

Senior Counsel

Biff has more than 25 years of experience providing clients with professional legal services in complex land-use issues in Florida, demonstrating a successful track record of obtaining approval for large-scale developments of regional impact, including regional malls and mixed-use projects, as well as medium and small scale projects. For more than a decade, Biff’s practice has also included formation and counseling Community Development Districts created under chapter 190, Florida Statutes.

Biff has often served in capacities that shape and influence the scope of land use laws and regulations whether representing local governments or serving on public bodies at the state regional and local level guiding growth management regulation, such as the Environmental Land Management Study Committee (ELMS III), the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council and the Hillsborough County Land Use Appeals Board.

Biff has represented Levy County in successful defense of Bert Harris claims as well as serving as a Special Magistrate in a multi-party dispute brought under the Bert Harris Act against Charlotte County. Biff’s land use experience led to his selection as an arbitrator in private land use disputes. At the onset of the comprehensive planning requirement, Biff represented Dixie County in its successful effort to obtain approval of its adopted comprehensive plan.

Prior to forming Petitt Worrell, Biff was a partner with Bricklemyer, Smolker & Bolves, PA, of Counsel with Trenam Kemker, and a partner with Stearns Weaver Miller.

Practice Focus

  • Administrative Law
  • Land Use Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Eminent Domain
  • Special Districts Law
  • Zoning

Licenses

  • Licensed to Practice Law in Florida

Courts

  • Florida State Court
  • Middle District of Florida

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Florida Bar Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Hillsborough County Land Use Appeals Board
  • Environment Land Management Study Commission (ELMS III)
  • Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (former Member)

Education

  • Florida State University (J.D./1986)
  • Florida State University (B.S./1977)

People