Barbara Hall concentrates her practice in the area of land use and environmental law. She has 21 years of experience in development law first representing local governments as an Assistant City Attorney and as Assistant County Attorney, and then representing private property owners and developers. Barbara has wide-ranging experience in comprehensive planning, developments of regional impact, zoning, site plan approvals, platting, environmental permitting, variances, annexation, due diligence review, land use support for real estate transactions and in land use litigation. As an Assistant County Attorney, Barbara played a key role in the drafting and adoption of Broward County's Comprehensive Plan which was the first County Plan approved by the State of Florida.
Areas of Concentration
· Comprehensive planning
· Development agreements
· Developments of regional impact
· Site plan approvals
· Environmental permitting
· Due diligence review
· Land use support for real estate transactions
· Land use litigation
· Governmental affairs
· Public-private partnerships
Awards & Recognition
· Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law; Government Relations Practice, 2007-2014
· Member, Winning Team, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2013
· Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5
· Private Sector
- Redevelopment of Boca Resort and Club beachfront (includes upgraded hotel, facilities and new residential condominiums)
- Village at Marbella in Coconut Creek (19-acre mixed use project with 297,500 square feet of retail and office space; 15-room hotel; and 764 residential units)
- Silver Falls in Miramar (residential development of 946 homes)
- Rezoning and land use changes for Pratt & Whitney Facilities
- Redevelopment of Cross Country Shopping Center
- Grand Harbor DRI in Indian River County (marina, residential, and commercial)
- Redevelopment of University Plaza for Lowe's Home Centers
- Westfork DRI (1.029-million-square feet of commercial)
- Hollywood Harbor DRI (Marina, Industrial, Office)
- New River Center FQD in Fort Lauderdale (Sun Sentinel Headquarters)
- Oakwood DRI in Hollywood (995,000 square feet of commercial use)
- Redevelopment of Oakridge Golf Course with residential area (631 homes)
- Walnut Creek annexed into Pembroke Pines (410 residential units)
- Windmill Estates in Weston (210-acre residential development)
· Governmental Sector
- As Supervising Land Use Attorney for Broward County: served as Legal advisor to the Broward County Commission on Land Use Matters and to the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Code Enforcement Board and the Zoning Board; drafted land use regulations; represented Broward County in land use litigation.
- Litigated the defense of Broward County's Comprehensive Plan in administrative proceedings brought by two citizens' groups.
- Represented Broward County in litigation including Eminent Domain Jury Trials and before the Florida Supreme Court.
- Litigated land use cases on behalf of Broward County.
- Represented a number of Developers in administrative challenges to the Comprehensive Plan Amendments.
- Represented Developers in Circuit Court challenges to land use approvals.
· Supervising Attorney, Land Use Division, Broward County Attorney's Office, 1985-1990
· Assistant City Attorney, City of Delray Beach, 1983-1985
Publications & Presentations
Articles, Lectures & Publications
· Panelist and lecturer on land use and environmental issues, lecturing to such groups as:
- Florida Chamber of Commerce Permitting Summer School
- Environmental and Land Use Law Section of The Florida Bar
- International Council of Shopping Centers