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Land-use partner exiting Johnson Pope after 30 years to open new office for Hill Ward


After 30 years at a well-known Florida law firm with roots in Pinellas County, a leading land-use lawyer is exiting with another attorney to open a new Clearwater area office for Hill Ward Henderson, a 90-attorney Tampa-based law firm, on May 1.

Partner Ed Armstrong, 55, declined to explain why he opted to leave Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, which he described as “a great law firm,” reports the Tampa Bay Times.

However, Guy Burns, who serves as managing partner of the 38-attorney Johnson Pope firm, called the move an economic decision.

“I think he determined, for whatever reason, that his financial circumstances would be better there than here,” Burns told the newspaper. He spoke of Armstrong as “a good friend” and said he will be missed by his soon-to-be former law firm.

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