Nikki C. Day

Attorney

Office phone: 813-273-6677

nday@bmolaw.com

Office Location: Tampa

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PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

Ms. Day is the chair of BMO's Government Counsel Services practice group where her primary practice includes representing city, county, and state governmental entities in all manner of legal matters, including corporate governance, public finance, and complex litigation. Ms. Day is board certified by The Florida Bar in City, County & Local Government Law and serves as general and special Counsel to local governments throughout the state.

Prior to joining BMO, Ms. Day was an associate with Zimmet, Unice & Salzman, P.A., where she focused her practice on all matters of local government representation, including commercial and governmental transactions, and litigation. In the tradition of many of the firm's attorneys, Ms. Day clerked with BMO while attending law school. During her clerkship, she was extensively involved in issues surrounding local government, high-profile government litigation, Florida Constitutional law, and employment law. Her work experience prior to law school includes working in accounting as a Finance Assistant for Global Spectrum, a leading event facility management company, and as an accountant for a C.P.A. firm in St. Petersburg.

A Florida native, Ms. Day earned her law degree from Stetson University College of Law in 2009, cum laude. She received her B.A. degree in Communications, cum laude, from the University of Central Florida in 2006. Ms. Day has been named among the “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend Magazine, the “Super Lawyers” by Thompson Reuters, and the “Top 40 Under 40” by the Florida Business Observer. She recently completed a Certificate in the Economics of Blockchain and Digital Assets from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. 

 

EDUCATION

College: University of Central Florida- B.A., Communications, cum laude, 2006

Law School: Stetson University College of Law- J.D., cum laude, 2009

BAR ADMISSIONS

The Florida Bar, 2010

COURT ADMISSIONS

U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 2011

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2010

All Florida Courts

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

The Florida Bar, City County & Local Government Law Board Certification Committee (2020-present)

The Florida Bar, City County & Local Government Law Executive Council (2021-present) 

Executive Committee Board Member, St. Pete Bar Association (2021-present)

Co-Chair, Local Government Law Section, St. Pete Bar Association (2018-2019)

Florida League of Cities’ Growth Management and Economic Development Legislative Policy Committee, 2013-present

Leadership Tampa Bay, Class of 2015

International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), Member

Florida Municipal Attorneys Association (FMAA), Member

Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel Member (2018)

Co-Chair of the Government & Administrative Law Section of the Clearwater Bar Association, 2012-2013

CIVIC ACTIVITIES

Board of Directors, Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association, Inc. (HONNA)

Parliamentarian to Board of Directors, ARCS – Tampa Bay, Inc.

Foster Volunteer for Lab Rescue of Florida, Great Dane Rescue of Tampa Bay, and Passion4Pits-St. Pete

HONORS & AWARDS

Chair Service Award, City County & Local Government Law Section, The Florida Bar, 2022

ARCS Tampa Bay Light Award, 2015

Florida Trend Legal Elite, 2016

Top 40 Under 40, Business Observer, 2017

Super Lawyers, Florida Trend, 2019

PRESENTATIONS

Let's Talk Crypto! 45th Annual Local Government Law in Florida, The Florida Bar (2022)

Contracting with Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), Transportation Research Board Annual Transportation Law Seminar (2021)

You Can't Do That in City Hall: Legal Issues with Limited Forum, Florida Municipal Attorneys Association (FMAA) Seminar (2021)

What the Zoom!? Lessons Learned on Governing "In the Sunshine" During the COVID-19 Pandemic, 44th Annual Local Government Law in Florida, The Florida Bar (2021)

Masks: Uncovering the Future of Local Government's role in a Public Health Crisis, Florida Association of County Attorneys (FACA) Seminar (December 2020)

Statewide best Practices for Local Government Land Use Hearings (Parts I and II), The Florida Bar (2020)

Emerging Legal Technologies, 43rd Annual Local Government Law in Florida, The Florida Bar (2020)

"Bridgegate" and Beyond: The state of Public Corruption, Florida Association of County Attorneys (FACA) Seminar (Summer 2020)

Public Records, Public Meetings, and Ethics, Florida League of Cities, Annual Certification Course, locations throughout the State of Florida (2015-2020)

Sunshine Law Issues: An Update on Open Meetings Laws and an Overview on its Applicability to Citizen Advisory Boards, Florida Municipal Attorneys Association (FMAA) Seminar (2019)

The Life and Time of Septic to Sewer, Florida Association of County Attorneys (FACA) Seminar (2019)

IT, Public Records, and the Sunshine Law, Florida Government Finance Officials Association (FGFOA) Seminar (2019)

Procurement Law, City of Port St. Lucie Procurement Month Event (2019)

Posts and Texts and Tweets… Oh My! Public Records in the Social Media Age, Quality Cities, feature publication (May/June 2018)

PILOT Agreements Have Liftoff: City of Largo v. AHF-Bay Fund LLC, __ Stetson L. Rev. ___ (Spring 2018), co-authored with Alan S. Zimmet and Ellie Neiberger

Shedding Light on the Sunshine Law: What’s important when contracting with governmental entities in Florida, Florida TREP (December 2017)

Code Enforcement: Discouraging Repeat Violators in a Meaningful Way, Quality Cities, feature publication (May/June 2016)

Hometown Democracy: The St. Pete Beach Experience, 38 Stetson L. Rev. 491 (Spring 2009), co-authored with Michael S. Davis

Procurement Preliminaries: What every city attorney should know about procurement, the CCNA, P3s, and more, Florida Municipal Attorneys Association (FMAA) Seminar (2018)

PILOT Agreements Have Lift Off, Florida Association of County Attorneys (FACA) Seminar (2018)

Ethical Considerations for Government Officials and Those Who Interact with Them, St. Pete Bar Association (2018)

Overview of Ad Valorem Tax Exemptions and “PILOT” Fee Agreements by Cities, Florida Municipal Attorneys Association (FMAA) Seminar (2017)

Florida’s Sunshine Law, Urban Land Institute, StimULI Program (2017)

Exemptions from Taxes, Assessments and Fees; PILOT Agreements, Florida Municipal Attorneys Association (FMAA) Seminar (2016)

Local Government as a Creditor, City County Local Government Law Attorney Deskbook

Staying ‘Friends’ with your 501(c)(3) Organizations, Florida Association of County Attorneys (FACA) (2015)

Uncharted Waters: Navigating Governmental Entities’ Creditor’s Rights in Bankruptcy Cases, Florida Association of County Attorneys (FACA) Annual Seminar, Florida Municipal Attorneys Association (FMAA) Seminar (2013)

Law for Public Officials, Clearwater Bar Association (2013; 2019)

Special District Governance & Board Leadership: Responsibilities for Legal Counsel, Florida Association of Special Districts Annual Conference (2011)

First Amendment Rights and Limits on Speech of Public Employees, Florida Municipal Attorneys Association (FMAA) Seminar, Co-author with Attorney Denise Heekin and David Miller (2008)
 

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