Ciklin Lubitz & O’Connell Welcomes Attorney Carla E. Erskine

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Attorney Carla Erskine will assist residential and commercial real estate clients with land use, zoning and governmental approvals in her new role as associate attorney at Ciklin Lubitz & O'Connell.

Representing commercial and residential clients in all aspects of the building and development process is an important part of the firm’s practice, and we welcome Carla to the team,” said managing partner Alan Ciklin.

The law firm of Ciklin Lubitz & O’Connell ( is pleased to announce that attorney Carla Erskine has joined the firm as an associate in the Land Use & Governmental Law practice. She will assist clients in land use, zoning, governmental and real estate matters.

“Representing commercial and residential clients in all aspects of the building and development process is an important part of the firm’s practice, and we welcome Carla to the team,” said managing partner Alan Ciklin. “We also look forward to her participation in real estate transactions for commercial property developers and individual homeowners,” adds Real Estate practice chair Robert Crane.


Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Erskine worked as a corporate transactional associate at Spiegel & Utrera, P.A., in Coral Gables, Fla. She gained experience drafting and reviewing a variety of business contracts and legal documents, including but not limited to: operating agreements, shareholder agreements, lenders agreements and promissory notes, indemnification agreements and covenant not to sue, employment agreements, distribution agreements, escrow agreements, asset purchase agreements, deeds, trusts, bank letters, affidavits, opinion letters, and demand letters.

Ms. Erskine maintains an interest in policy and government relations initiatives, having served as a research and policy analyst for a 2016 candidate to the Florida House of Representatives, among other support roles to political candidates and legislators.

During law school Ms. Erskine worked as a civil advocate in the Northeastern University School of Law Clinical Programs addressing civil rights and restorative justice, prisoners’ rights, and domestic violence issues. Additionally, she was a judicial intern for The Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, Pa., a law clerk for a litigation law firm in Honolulu, Hawaii, a law clerk with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Region 4) in Atlanta, Ga., and was recognized as a fellow by Oxfam America in Boston, Mass.

While in college she worked as an intern at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, Pa., and the International Road Federation in Geneva, Switzerland.


Ciklin Lubitz & O’Connell ( is a Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated law firm. Founded in Palm Beach County in 1985, the firm is celebrating 30 years of legal service to local, state and national clients, including a number of Fortune 500 companies.

The firm is ranked as a 2015 and 2016 Tier 1 “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® for the metropolitan area of West Palm Beach in three practice areas: Construction Law, Litigation–Construction, and Real Estate Law. Several of the firm’s partners are also recognized by Best Lawyers and Florida Trend in their respective areas of practice.

A number of the firm’s partners are Board Certified by The Florida Bar in one of several practice areas, including Construction Law, Real Estate, Civil Trial, Taxation, and Wills, Trusts & Estates. Board Certification is the highest level of legal competency, experience, professionalism, and ethics within an area of law, as recognized by The Florida Bar.

Additionally, a majority of the firm’s attorneys are Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell. Three of the firm’s partners are named as 2015 Florida Super Lawyers.

Ciklin Lubitz & O’Connell draws on the combined strengths of its professionals to provide a balanced approach to solving legal problems in the areas of business law, tax, real estate, construction law, estate planning, probate, commercial litigation, securities litigation, employment law, family law, appeals, land use, and zoning.

Two of Ciklin Lubitz & O’Connell’s partners, cousins Brian M. O’Connell and Phil D. O’Connell, Jr., come from a storied and influential Palm Beach County family. A generation before them, three O’Connell brothers—Philip, Sr., Stephen, and Andrew—all lawyers, had a tremendous impact not only on Palm Beach County, but on the entire state of Florida.

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