Barrie Buenaventura serves as contracted General Counsel to Tampa Bay Water and advises the agency’s Board of Directors and staff on all the agency’s legal matters. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Buenaventura served as Assistant General Counsel for Tampa Bay Water for nearly 14 years and previously worked with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Office of the Attorney General.
Ms. Buenaventura’s private practice focuses on local and regional governmental entities, including issues related to water law, zoning and land use, ad valorem taxation, real estate, public records and sunshine law, public procurement, and eminent domain, as well as representing condominium and homeowner associations.
A graduate of the University of Virginia, where she majored in urban and environmental planning, Ms. Buenaventura began her professional life as a land planner and has held the AICP certification since 1999. She subsequently received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida. In addition, Ms. Buenaventura holds a Graduate Certificate in public management from the University of South Florida.
Ms. Buenaventura has been Board Certified in City, County and Local Government Law by the Florida Bar since 2003. She is a member of the Florida Bar Eminent Domain Committee, the Local Government Section of the Florida Bar, and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Section of the Florida Bar.