Practice/Industry Group Overview
Greenberg Traurig’s Land Development attorneys have represented landowners in developing significant and challenging projects since 1967. Our experience is wide ranging, encompassing virtually every type of development project. We often commence our representation when a project is a concept proposed for vacant land, without any permits or approvals. Often, we see the project develop through to the issuance of its building permit(s) and certificate(s) of occupancy. The attorneys in the Land Development Practice are intimately familiar with all aspects of permitting.
A number of our attorneys came to GT from the public sector, where they drafted many of the regulations being imposed today. In some cases they were the lobbyists who were instrumental in having the state law enacted or changed. We are active in the development industry and consider it important to be aware of regulations before they are adopted, so that we can advise our clients how best to protect themselves against the burdens of additional regulations or how to take advantage of some legislative relief that is in the offing.
Members of the Land Development Practice are involved in projects from inception to and through issuance of building permits and certificates of occupancy. Our efforts include due diligence investigations, public and private financing, land use entitlement and construction permitting. Major projects we are involved in include new communities; large-scale suburban residential, high-rise/urban office, condominium and mixed use developments; retail shopping centers; hotel, resort and golf course projects; rock mining activities; marina permitting; and brownfields redevelopment.
We are also experienced in handling matters involving permitting for an array of projects and activities, such as developments in wetlands, utility plants, landfills, resource recovery facilities and biomedical waste facilities, and the enforcement of environmental regulations by local, state and federal governmental agencies. In addition, our practice includes attorneys with broad litigation experience, including administrative and civil litigation in state and federal tribunals, at both the trial and appellate levels, on behalf of clients facing potential liability for environmental and zoning issues.
Our team includes more than 40 lawyers in Florida, New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago and California, many of whom have been recognized for their leadership in the field of land development law with a Martindale-Hubbell AV rating or by Best Lawyers in America, Chambers & Partners, Florida Super Lawyers and other publications.
We understand that land use is always local in nature, dependent upon the particular laws and political climate of the city and state where a project is located. We support clients with our knowledge of such local conditions, along with established working relationships with local regulators – all backed by GT’s national perspective and resources.