Elizabeth J. Daniels

Commercial Litigation; Ad Valorem Tax Disputes; and all manner of real estate and title litigation.

Beth joined Johnson Pope in 1979 and became the first woman partner in 1986.  She has concentrated on commercial litigation and has developed an extensive practice in handling ad valorem tax issues.  These matters include valuation disputes and representing owners in applying for various property tax exemptions and disputes that arise in connection with property exemptions and classifications.  In the area of real estate litigation, she is experienced in eminent domain, complex foreclosures, condominium disputes, enforcement of restrictive covenants, and title and title insurance disputes.


  • Admitted to The Florida Bar 1979
  • U.S District Court, Middle District of Florida 1980, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals 1981, United States Supreme Court 2004, AV rated by Martindale-Hubbel
  • Clearwater Bar Association Positions:  Board of Directors 1985-6; Secretary 1986-7; President, 1988 – 1989
  • Graduate of Leadership Pinellas and Leadership Tampa Bay
  • Pinellas County Arts Council; Clearwater Art Alliance President and Board member & Florida Orchestra Board, Soloist: Sunstate and Tampa Bay Opera Corporation


  • Wake Forest University 1975
  B.A. in politics, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Guy T Carswell Scholar all four years
  • Florida State University College of Law 1979
  J.D., with high honors, Order of the Coif, Florida Sate Law Review Editorial Board

Beth is an outdoorsy type and enjoys golfing, fishing, and biking. She also has a passion for singing opera, among other genres.

Full Bio

Millions of dollars in savings have accrued to landowners because of Beth Daniels’ work to obtain crucial tax exemptions and reductions in assessed values on major properties. The properties involved in her cases range from Pinellas County’s largest undeveloped parcel to major hotels, office complexes, apartments, shopping malls, and industrial plants all over Florida.

Beth also represents landowners, tenants, and lenders in complicated eminent domain matters. Her efforts in a lengthy condemnation case resulted in the client receiving $1.3 million where the taking authority had originally only offered $250,000.

Such expertise has led Beth to concentrate on ad valorem tax disputes, eminent domain matters, complex foreclosure cases and general commercial litigation at Johnson, Pope. She has represented such well-known corporate names as USX Credit, Republic Bank, Citicorp Real Estate, Inc., GMAC, Pepperidge Farm, The Principal Financial Group, Colonial Properties and Marriott Sawgrass Resort.

She has practiced at Johnson, Pope since 1979, after graduating with honors from Florida State University College of Law. Since joining the firm, this native of St. Petersburg and valedictorian of Boca Ciega High School has been heavily involved in bar and community activities.

Beth has held numerous committee and officer positions with the Clearwater Bar Association, of which she was elected the first woman president.

She has served on the board of the Morton Plant Hospital Foundation, is a graduate of Leadership Pinellas, and is also a graduate and served on the board of Leadership Tampa Bay. Beth is also a member, elder, choir member, and soloist at Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church. She has served on the Pinellas County Arts Council and is on the board of The Florida Orchestra and the Clearwater Art Alliance, where she served as president for 3 years.

Beth is a person of many talents and interests, ranging from singing opera to sports. She is a soloist with the Sunstate Opera Society, and her church, an avid golfer, loves to roller blade, bike and fish and plays a variety of sports. In 1999, Arnold Palmer presented Beth with the prestigious Rolex Achievement Award. This is a national honor given by the College Golf Foundation to former collegiate golfers who have obtained a high level of achievement in careers unrelated to athletics.


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