Ms. Encinosa has dedicated her entire legal career to representing counties, cities, and other local government entities in the State of Florida. Ms. Encinosa is a 1996 graduate of the American University's Washington College of Law (summa cum laude) and a 1993 graduate of the University of Missouri (summa cum laude). Ms. Encinosa has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1997 when she joined NG&N. Ms. Encinosa is a member of the City, County, and Local Government Law Section of the Florida Bar.
Her practice includes representation of local governments on a variety of issues, including the review and negotiation of transactional documents, municipal and county home rule, constitutional and statutory interpretation, public utilities and governmental finance and tax matters.
Specifically, Ms. Encinosa serves as Wakulla County Attorney and Jefferson County Attorney representing the counties in the following practice areas: contracts and torts, procurement and purchasing, constitutional law, employment and labor, public law, litigation and appellate, administrative, finance, land use, planning and environmental, real estate and legislative. Ms. Encinosa also serves as lead counsel to the Florida Governmental Utility Authority ("FGUA"), where she provides on-going representation and advice to this governmental authority.
Ms. Encinosa serves several local governments in a special counsel capacity, touching upon all aspects of local government law. Ms. Encinosa has drafted numerous ordinances, resolutions, opinion letters, and contracts on behalf of her local government clients.
Ms. Encinosa is a frequent speaker before The Florida Bar’s annual County, City, and Local Government Law section certification review course, the Florida Association of County Attorneys, the Florida Association of Counties, the Florida Government Finance Officers Association, and at NG&N's seminar on local government finance.