The Florida Municipal Attorneys Association (FMAA) was formally organized during late 1981, and adopted its constitution in May of 1982. Its membership consists of over 800 attorneys who specialize in the legal representation of municipalities. These members include full-time and part-time city attorneys and their assistant city attorneys as well as attorneys who engage in private practice and who render specialized legal representation to municipalities.
The FMAA’s primary objective is to provide a permanent forum for municipal attorneys to identify and address legal problems of common concern among Florida’s municipalities, and to study, summarize, and disseminate legislation, court decisions and administrative rulings affecting municipal operations.
Mark Barnebey serves as director of FMAA’s Executive Board and was elected as treasurer for 2021-2022. Mark is Board Certified in City, County and Local Government Law. He has practiced in land use and local government law for the past 35 years. He has successfully represented clients regarding a wide variety of development projects including multi-use projects, an arena, and a power plant. He served as the senior land use attorney for Manatee County for 13 years and as School Board Attorney or special counsel for another 12 years. He has served as City Attorney for the City of Palmetto for over 10 years, and counsel for several special districts and agencies.