Practice/Industry Group Overview
Greenberg Traurig’s Land Development attorneys represent landowners, joint venture partners and entrepreneurs in developing significant real estate projects for over 40 years. The Land Development Practice’s experience is wide ranging, encompassing virtually every type of development project. Oftentimes, the Land Development team is hired when a project is conceptual and requires a series of approvals, permits and entitlements to materialize. The team sees the project develop through the issuance of its building permits and certificates of occupancy. Greenberg Traurig’s Land Development attorneys are intimately familiar with all aspects of development appraisals and permits.
A number of Land Development attorneys began their careers in the public sector, where they drafted many of the ordinances and regulations applied today. In some cases they successfully lobbied to have state law enacted or changed. The attorneys are very active in the development industry and consider it imperative to be familiar with laws and regulations before they are adopted to properly advise the group’s clients how best to protect themselves in light of additional regulations or how to take advantage of legislative relief in the offing.
Aspects of the practice’s representation include due diligence investigations, land use applications, including re-zonings, special permits, variances, and designations and alterations of landmarked buildings, public and private financing, land use entitlement and construction permitting, and air rights transactions. Major projects the Land Development Practice is 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.
Greenberg Traurig's Land Development attorneys have vast experience 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, the attorneys have 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, zoning, and complex land uses issues.
The Land Development team includes more than 40 attorneys and professionals, 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.
Although land use is local in nature, with knowledge of the particular laws and political climates of the city and state where a targeted project is located, Greenberg Traurig's Land Development attorneys guide and counsel clients through all levels of the development process utilizing the firm’s national perspective and resources.