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Pamela Jo Hatley

Phone: (813) 978-1480

A lifelong Southerner, attorney Pamela Jo Hatley grew up on a family farm in rural north Alabama and has lived in Hillsborough County, Florida, since 1982. Early in her career, she entered the banking industry, and became fascinated with mortgage lending, title issues, and the history of Florida's ownership and land use--as she puts it, "how people construct a landscape."

After fifteen successful years in banking, Pamela followed her interest in Florida real estate matters, enrolling in law school at the University of Florida College of Law. She graduated with honors in 2003, having earned a certificate in environmental and land use law in addition to her law degree. She then embarked on a legal career dealing with nearly every aspect of the law relating to land and real property. As Pamela observes, "in Florida, how land is owned and used impacts economic development, how people live--nearly everything comes back to the land." Pamela has been a solo practitioner for most of her time in practice. This has allowed her to focus her attention on the types of cases in which she feels she can make the greatest impact for Floridians, their businesses, and their communities. 

While practicing law, Pamela has continued to further her education and expand her skill set to better serve her clients. In 2011, she expanded her practice to include conflict resolution services, having observed that many disputes with which her practice deals could be resolved more effectively by means other than litigation. In 2013, she earned her Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Science and Policy from the University of South Florida, and published her dissertation, Preserving Place: A Grounded Theory of Citizen Participation in Community-Based Planning. She has taught as an adjunct instructor at the University of South Florida, designing and teaching graduate-level courses in the university's Urban and Regional Planning and Public Administration programs. Pamela has presented her research at professional and academic conferences in the U.S. and abroad.

In addition to her law practice, Pamela enjoys participating in and contributing to organizations relating to the preservation of Florida's land and natural resources.

Practice Areas

  • Real estate disputes and litigation
  • Real estate transactions
  • Land use
  • Community Association law


  • University of South Florida, Ph.D., Geography and Environmental Science & Policy, 2013
  • University of Florida College of Law, J.D. cum laude, 2003
  • University of Florida College of Law, Certificate in Environmental and Land Use Law, 2003
  • University of South Florida, Bachelor of Independent Studies, 2000

Admission to Practice

  • Florida, 2003

Professional Memberships

  • William Reece Smith Jr. Litigation American Inn of Court
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Florida Academy of Professional Mediators
  • American Bar Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • American Planning Association
  • Florida Planning and Zoning Association
  • International Academic Association of Planning Law and Property Rights

Community and Professional Involvement

  • Board member, Rotary Club of New Tampa
  • Board member, Tampa Bay Conservancy
  • Board of Trustees, Florida State Coastal and Marine Laboratory
  • Executive Committee, Florida Bar Environmental & Land Use Law Section 2014-2015
  • Hillsborough County Citizens' Environmental Advisory Committee 2012-2015
  • Conservation Committee Chair, Sierra Club Tampa Bay Group, 2013-2014
  • Hillsborough County Economic Prosperity Stakeholder Committee 2012-2013
  • Growth Management Committee Co-chair, Sierra Club Tampa Bay Group 2011–2012
  • Hillsborough County Cone Ranch Committee 2009
  • Hillsborough County Water Conservation Technical Advisory Committee 2004–2006

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