Debbie M. Orshefsky: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Debbie M. Orshefsky

Co-Chair, Land Development Practice
Fort Lauderdale,  FL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Land Development
  • Environmental
  • Hospitality
  • Green Building & Sustainable Development
  • Global Energy & Infrastructure
  • Education
Contact InfoTelephone: 954.768.8234
Fax: 954.765.1477
University Washington University in St. Louis, B.A., Urban Studies, summa cum laude, 1975
Law SchoolThe George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1979
Admitted1979, District of Columbia; 1980, Florida

Professional & Community Involvement

•Member, Real Estate Development Advisory Board, Master of Science Real Estate Degree Program, Nova Southeastern University, 2010-Present
•Member, Urban Land Institute, 2002-Present
•Member, National Transit Oriented Development Product Council, 2007-Present
•Member, National ULI Program Committee, 2012-Present
•Founding Member, Women's Leadership Initiative, 2010-Present
•Member, Urban Land Institute Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council, 2002-Present
•Chair of the District Council, 2007-2009
•Member, the District Council's Executive Committee, 2002-Present
•Chair, Infrastructure Committee, 2008-2011
•Founder and Member, Curtis Program Statewide Transportation Initiative: Connecting Florida, 2008-Present
• Member, South Florida East Coast Corridor Coalition, 2008-2010
•Chair, Business Community and Local Government Committee, 2008-2010
•Chair, Subcommittee Chairs Roundtable, 2008-2010
•Chair, Community Advisory Board, North Broward Hospital District Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2004-2006
•Chair, Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association, 1992-1994
•Former Chair, Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Task Force, 1988-1990
•Member, Executive Council, Environmental and Land Use Law Section of The Florida Bar, 1981-1984
•Former President, Florida Association for Women Lawyers, 1981-1983

BornNew York, N.Y., March 21, 1955

Debbie M. Orshefsky is a shareholder in the firm's Fort Lauderdale office and is Co-Chair of the firm's Land Development Practice. Her practice is exclusively in the areas of land development and environmental law. Ms. Orshefsky began her career in Washington, D.C. representing developers and local governments before federal administrative agencies in the late 1970s. Upon relocating to Florida in 1980, Ms. Orshefsky gained an intimate knowledge of the land use planning process representing private developers and governmental agencies as special counsel. Ms. Orshefsky's focus in land development and environmental law has given her broad experience in comprehensive planning, zoning, subdivision controls, community redevelopment, infrastructure planning and financing, as well as state, regional and local roles in land use decision-making.

Areas of Concentration

•Large-scale multi-jurisdiction development permitting
•Comprehensive planning
•Subdivision controls
•Community redevelopment
•Land use support in real estate transactions
•Environmental permitting
•Infrastructure planning and financing
•Public finance and obtaining economic development incentives
•Health care real estate

Awards & Recognition

•Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers, Law Firm of the Year in Real Estate Law, 2015
•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law, 2006-2015
•Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyer, 2005-2015
•Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, Top Tier Firm in Real Estate, 2014
•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Real Estate and Construction - Land Use/Zoning, 2011-2014
•Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2004-2014
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2010, 2012-2014
•Member, Winning Team, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2013
•Team Member, a Law360 Real Estate Practice Group of the Year, 2011, 2012 and 2013
•Named, South Florida Business Journal, 100 Heavy Hitters in Commercial Real Estate, May 2011
•Listed, Lawdragon 3000, Leading Lawyers in America, 2010
•Selected, South Florida Business Journal, one of 24 Influential Business Women of 2010, July 30, 2010
•Selected, South Florida Legal Guide, one of eight Women in Law, June 2010
•Selected, Florida Real Estate Journal, Top Women in Florida Commercial Real Estate, 2008
•Recognized, one of 15 Women of the Year, American Cancer Society's Broward County 1000+ Club, 2005
•Listed, South Florida Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2003
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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Articles, Publications, & Lectures

•Panel Moderator, Development Opportunities on the FEC Corridor: An Interactive Forum, Urban Land Institute, Dania Beach, FL, April 17, 2013
•Co-Author, Developing within a CRA; Signs of a healthy CRA should be the focus of a prudent developer, Urban Land, October 2003
•Co-author: Local Government Comprehensive Planning, Florida Environmental and Land Use Law Manual, 1990, 1993 and 1996 Updates
•Co-author: Substantive Statutory and Regulatory Requirements State and Local Comprehensive Planning and Land Use, Florida Environmental & Land Use Law Manual, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986 and 1987 Updates
•Watson Island DRI: Has the DRI Process Been Changed? 56 Florida Bar Journal 327, 1982
•Lawyers Handbook, Practice Guide to Zoning, CLE Bridge the Gap Manual, 1981
•Florida Wetlands Subdivisions: Protecting the Consumer, The Environment or the Developer? Florida Environmental and Urban Issues Journal, July 1980
•Frequent lecturer at state and national seminars regarding the land development process, and infrastructure planning and funding

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

01.21.15 51 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized by South Florida Legal Guide

11.14.14 Greenberg Traurig's Environmental Practice Receives Top Tier Rankings in U.S. News - Best Lawyers 2015 'Best Law Firms' List

08.25.14 17 Greenberg Traurig Environmental Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers 2015

08.20.14 24 Greenberg Traurig Fort Lauderdale Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers In America 2015

08.19.14 129 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers In America 2015

07.15.14 Greenberg Traurig Ranked in 2014 Legal 500 United States Guide

07.03.14 20 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys in Fort Lauderdale Named 2014 Florida Super Lawyers

07.02.14 96 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 2014 Florida Super Lawyers

05.29.14 53 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Included in 2014 Chambers USA Guide

05.28.14 Six Greenberg Traurig Fort Lauderdale Attorneys Included in 2014 Chambers USA Guide


01.17.12 Repositioning Your Florida Development by Substantially Reducing Transportation Mitigation Costs

12.07.11 Act Now to Secure Your HB 7207 Development Order and Permit Extensions

11.04.11 How Can a State of Emergency Declaration in Florida Benefit Your Land Development Investment?

05.16.11 The Future of Growth Management In Florida

Reported CasesSignificant Representations; LARGE-SCALE MULTI-JURISDICTION DEVELOPMENT PERMITTING EFFORTS INCLUDE: BROWARD COUNTY Cleveland Clinic - Emerald Estates and Park of Commerce DRI; Country Lakes West (Huntington) DRI; Deerfield Beach Energy Center; East Miramar Areawide DRI; Gulfstream Racetrack Expansion - The Village at Gulfstream Park; Hollywood Harbour DRI; Lucent Technologies Caribbean and Latin American Headquarters; New River Center FQD (DRI) - Sun Sentinel Headquarters; Northport/Broward County Convention Center DRI; Oakwood Center DRI; Pembroke Meadows DRI; Rolling Hills Hotel and Golf Course DRI; The Diplomat Resort and Country Club COLLIER COUNTY Marco Shores DRI /Marriott Marco Beach Resort; Fiddler Creek DRI; MIAMI-DADE COUNTY City of Miami Downtown DRI; Miami Arena DRI; Miami Beach Marina/Portofino DRI; FLAGLER COUNTY Hammock Dunes DRI; Grand Haven DRI; Matanzas Shores DRI

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Office Information

Debbie M. Orshefsky

401 East Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 2000
Fort LauderdaleFL 33301


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