Tom Baird, Jones Foster's Land Use & Governmental Co-Practice Group Leader, is a Florida Bar Board Certified specialist in City, County and Local Government. Tom’s practice focuses on the representation of municipalities, land use and zoning law, and litigation, including code enforcement, property rights, takings, and constitutional law matters. He represents counties, municipalities, and developers in state and federal courts.
Tom is the current Town Attorney for the Towns of Jupiter and Lake Park, and General Counsel to the Westgate/Belvedere Homes Community Redevelopment Agency. He serves as a Special Magistrate for the municipalities of North Palm Beach and Stuart. He also serves as a Special Master/Mediator in Property Rights cases. Tom’s experience representing municipalities since the 1990s gives him instant credibility with the elected officials and their Planning and Zoning staffs. He is highly respected by municipal government leaders, particularly in the areas of planning and zoning law.
Tom has been an adjunct professor of planning at Florida Institute of Technology and an adjunct professor of law at Florida Atlantic University in the topics of land use, zoning, and administrative law. Prior to his legal career, he worked as a Regional Planner on large-scale development projects and is certified as a Professional Planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners.