Stephanie J. Toothaker
Stephanie J. Toothaker, Esq. / Chairwoman & Chief Strategist TOOTHAKER.org
Stephanie is a Martindale Hubbell AV rated attorney, and so much more. Regularly recognized as a
SuperLawyer and by Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, she guides clients with her sophisticated approach to
governmental relations and procurement. Representing private equity firms, innovative companies, and
entrepreneurial individuals seeking complex land development entitlements, her specific expertise on
these matters is focused on innovative activation of property rights, public/private P3 initiatives,
complex mixed use projects, land use plan amendments, zoning modifications and site plan approvals in
the commercial, residential, sporting, and hospitality sectors.
Stephanie is an effective advocate at the Federal, State, and regional level, regularly representing clients
before governmental entities throughout South Florida. She is consistently recognized for her unique
ability to seamlessly navigate multi-agency processes, efficiently manage the government relations
process, and achieve success with aggressive timelines.
Stephanie’s practice also includes niche representation for European-style sporting and destination
lifestyle events with worldwide television coverage. With clients that include David Beckham's
InterMiami, Red Bull Global Rallycross, Swatch Volleyball World Championships, Key West Race Week,
the Lauderdale Yacht Club and Informa, producer of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - the
largest boat show in the world - and the Monaco, Palm Beach and Miami Boat Show, she has a proven
ability to leverage resources and relationships, meet challenging deadlines, and enable profitable
outcomes with global reach.
Her impressive understanding of public policy at the nexus of government and private entities has as its
foundation her deep experience in the national political arena. Stephanie served as special counsel to
U.S. Senator Bob Graham, where she was the first female and youngest in history to serve in that
capacity. In 2004, she served on the Kerry-Edwards legal team ; Stephanie was co-lead counsel for
Broward County for the Obama-Biden legal team and more recently chaired Gwen Graham's campaign
The bottom line is Stephanie delivers serious results. Under Stephani's leadership, David Beckham’s
Inter Miami Lockhart Soccer stadium facility was approved -- and built -- in 13 months, she lead the
Tavistock team through approval of the Landmark Pier 66 reimagining, represented Lionheart in their
approvals of 1380 South Ocean, the tallest building in Pompano Beach, was responsible for Cymbal
Development’s Marina Lofts multi-jurisdictional project, represented Thor’s Beach Place, OTO and later
Key Development’s AC Marriott, Summit's Residence Inn by Marriott, Roger Penske’s first-of-it’s-kind
South Florida Porsche Concept Dealership, Cordova Boat Club - a $35 million state-of-the-art dry stack
marina, led approvals for a 523,000 square foot commercial/industrial park in Davie, is a recognized
leader in Medical Marijuana permitting and approval , and was responsible for the State Legislature's
landmark legislation amending Florida law to change the legal boundaries of both Broward and Palm
Beach Counties. All cutting edge projects with transformational results.
Stephanie has been a regular contributor to Florida Trend and the South Florida Sun Sentinel, is involved
with a broad range of civic organizations throughout South Florida, and is the first woman to serve as a
Governor - and Rear and future Commodore - of the Lauderdale Yacht Club founded in 1938. She was
previously a Director and Head of the Land Use & Zoning Practice at Tripp Scott, and a partner with
Ruden McClosky and Blosser & Sayfie.