Alan Zimmet is a member of the firm’s Litigation group and is also a member of the State and Local Government Practice Group. Mr. Zimmet has more than 35 years of experience, and is board certified by The Florida Bar in the area of City, County and Local Government Law. He also is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
Mr. Zimmet represents private entities and local governments, including cities, counties and special districts. His litigation practice focuses on construction matters and other complex civil litigation cases. Mr. Zimmet handles matters in both state and federal trial courts. Also, he has argued numerous cases before Florida’s appellate courts and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Zimmet has been designated as a Super Lawyer in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019 and has been awarded the designation of IMLA Local Government Fellow.
Prior to joining BMO, Mr. Zimmet was a shareholder and founder of Zimmet, Unice & Salzman, P.A., where he practiced in the areas of construction litigation, local government law, land use, and employment law. He serves as City Attorney for Safety Harbor and Largo, and as General Counsel for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. Mr. Zimmet began his legal career as an attorney for the United States Department of Labor. He then worked for the City of Clearwater as an Assistant City Attorney for three years before he entered private practice.
Alan Zimmet is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. He is regularly invited to write and speak about legal topics for such organizations as the Florida League of Cities, the Public Risk Management Association, Stetson University College of Law, and the Florida Bar. Mr. Zimmet graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 1977, with a bachelor’s degree in Government, and from The George Washington University Law School, with honors, in 1980.
Law School: The George Washington University Law School- J.D., with honors, 1980
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 1984
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 1982
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1984
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2015
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2015
All Florida Courts
Government & Administrative Law Section, Clearwater Bar Association, Past Chairman, 1989-1992, Speaker and Lecturer for multiple organizations, including: Florida League of Cities, State of Florida Division of Elections, The Florida Bar, Stetson University College of Law, Public Risk and Insurance Management Society and Public Risk Management Association, Member of City, County and Local Government Law, Trial Lawyers sections of Florida Bar, IMLA Member.
Board Certified in City, County and Local government by the Florida Bar
Florida Super Lawyers listing for – 2014, 2015 and 2016
Florida Trend Florida Legal Elite - 2019
Fellow, IMLA – 2015 – present
Member, Transit Cooperative Research Panel, National Academy of Sciences, 2018 – present
Law for Public Officials, Clearwater Bar Association, 2013
Spending Public Funds on Referenda Elections, Florida Public Transit Association, 2013
Ethics and Sunshine Law, Florida League of Cities, ongoing
Pilot Agreement, Florida Medicaid Lawyers Association, 2017
City of Largo v. AHF-Bay Fund, LLC, 215 So.3d 10 (2017) (unanimous Florida Supreme Court decision upholding the validity of PILOT agreements)
Lanzo Lining Services, Inc. v. City of Largo, 77 So. 3d 185 (Fla. 2d DCA 2012) (upholding summary judgment for City of Largo).
PSTA v. Clancy & Theys, et al., (Aug., 2011) (settlement of a construction defect claim for $6.1 million).
L.M. Duncan & Sons, Inc. v. City of Clearwater, 478 So. 2d 816 (Fla. 1985).
Baggs v. City of South Pasadena, 947 F. Supp. 1580 (M.D. Fla. 1996).
Pinellas County v. City of Largo, 964 So. 2d 847 (Fla. 2d DCA 2007).
Paasch v. City of Safety Harbor, 915 F. Supp 315 (11th Cir. 1995).
DiMassimo v. City of Clearwater, 805 F.2d 156 (11th Cir. 1986).
Sykes v. PSTA, 128 F. App’x 100 (11th Cir. 2005)