Current Professional Experience

Adorno Law Firm, PL. 2008 Founding Partner and Trial Attorney: Eminent Domain, Inverse Condemnation, Business Damages, Right-of-way Acquisition, Local Government and State Government Condemnation, Arbitration, and Mediation. Past and Present Clients include: Osceola County; Tohopekaliga Water Authority; BluePrint2000; Panama City-Bay County Airport & Industrial District; Keystone Heights; South Walton Utilities; Panama City Beach CRA

Education

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Juris Doctor, 1987

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
Bachelor of Arts, 1980

Professional Speeches and Presentations

November 2014 – AEDP “Trial Testimony for Experts”
October 2014 – CLE International on Panel and “Closing Arguments”
April 2009 - Lorman - Easements Seminar for Gulf Power
October 2008 - CLE International - When is an Eminent Domain Lawsuit Over?
September 2007 – Florida Bar Eminent Domain Committee – Presentation on Construction Plans
October 2006 – CLE International on Panel “The Women of Eminent Domain”
October 2006 – CLE International Moderator for Appraisal Panel Expert Witnesses
September 2004 – CLE International Business Damages Presentation
March 2003 – FSU LAW SCHOOL FAWL Presented Women Lawyers in Male Fields
January 2000 - ALI-ABA Presentation on Keeping Down Experts Fees and Costs

References

May Be Requested

Projects for Condemning Authorities

Narcoossee Road; Osceola Parkway; Old Lake Wilson; Hoagland Blvd.; Poinciana Blvd.; North Thomas Road; Gainesville Downtown Redevelopment Project; Back Beach Road; Capital Circle NE; Blue Angel Parkway; Davis Highway; I-10 in Pensacola; Miccosukee Road; Orange Ave; Lake Munson Restoration Project; Buck Lake Road; South Walton Underground Water Pipeline; Capital Circle NW; FAMU Project; Thomasville Road; Mahan Drive; Capital Circle SE, Golden Gates Everglades Restoration Project; I-10 in Tallahassee; FSU Enhancement Project; Thomasville Road; U.S. 98 in Destin; North 40th Street in Tampa and many others.

About Celeste

Celeste Adorno grew up in Osceola County and is a graduate of the University of Florida - College of Law, where she received her Juris Doctorate in 1987. Celeste has focused her law career on Eminent Domain, starting with her involvement with the City of Gainesville Downtown Redevelopment Agency and the Gainesville Regional Utilities where she served as Assistant City Attorney and acquired parcels in fee simple and easements for utilities. Prior to founding Adorno Law Firm, Celeste served as the Eminent Domain Attorney for Leon County, where she led the Miccosukee Road Widening Project, the Orange Avenue Road Widening Project, the Lake Munson Restoration Project, the Buck Lake Road Improvement Project, and worked on the Joint Participation Agreement (JPA) with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on the Mahan Road Acquisition Project and on the Bannerman/Bradfordville Road realignment JPA. All the above projects were exclusively managed by Ms. Adorno.

Celeste has extensive experience working with local public agencies where she specifically dealt with Eminent Domain and right of way acquisitions for the condemning authority. These agencies include but are not limited to the following: Tohopekaliga Water Authority, Osceola County, City of Gainesville, Gainesville Regional Utilities, Leon County, City of Keystone Heights; City of Tallahassee, City of Tampa, South Walton Utilities, Panama City Beach Community Redevelopment Authority (CRA), the Panama City – Bay County Airport and Industrial District, and Blueprint 2000 Intergovernmental Agency of Leon County and the City of Tallahassee.

Ms. Adorno also worked with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on numerous projects throughout the state of Florida while at the Attorney General’s Office and then in house with FDOT. She is familiar with FDOT policies and procedures. Celeste has also represented landowner's against condemning authorities and handled numerous Eminent Domain cases throughout the State of Florida from the Florida Keys to Pensacola.