Greenberg Traurig Attorneys are Featured Speakers at Recent Zoning, Land Use and Environmental Law Seminar in Miami

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Attorneys from Greenberg Traurig’s Miami office prepared architects, developers, land planners, real estate agents, financial lenders and other local attorneys to effectively navigate the laws, rules, guidelines and appellate procedures that govern various Florida zoning decisions at a Sept. 15 seminar sponsored by Lorman Educational Services.

Greenberg Traurig’s Land Development Practice attorneys have represented landowners in developing significant and challenging projects in Miami and other U.S. locations since 1967.

Attorneys from Greenberg Traurig’s Miami office prepared architects, developers, land planners, real estate agents, financial lenders and other local attorneys to effectively navigate the laws, rules, guidelines and appellate procedures that govern various Florida zoning decisions at a Sept. 15 seminar sponsored by Lorman Educational Services.

Greenberg Traurig’s Land Development Practice attorneys have represented landowners in developing significant and challenging projects in Miami and other U.S. locations since 1967. They are routinely involved in projects from their inception through the final permitting stages. The practice includes attorneys with broad litigation experience in the areas of comprehensive planning, zoning, environmental permitting and enforcement actions, and building code matters.

At the “Zoning, Subdivision and Land Development Law Seminar” held at the Courtyard Marriott Coconut Grove, shareholder Adrienne L. Pardo lectured about the recently enacted comprehensive Miami 21 zoning ordinance, which among its many facets, de-emphasizes land use categories and focuses primarily on new urbanism and smart growth. The new zoning ordinance also includes provisions that seek to relieve traffic congestion and enhance pedestrian safety and create more livable streetscapes in Miami.

Shareholder Lucia A. Dougherty gave a zoning presentation focused on comprehensive plans and land use amendments as well as rezoning, variances and special exemptions. Shareholder Iris V. Escarrá presented an overview of Florida plat and subdivision laws and regulations. Mario Garcia-Serra, an associate who is actively involved in local politics, discussed ethics, public records and campaign finance laws. Elliot H. Scherker, chair of the firm’s Appellate Department, presented an overview of judicial remedies for review of a wide range of planning and land use decisions. Litigation shareholder Joseph Z. Fleming lectured on environmental laws in zoning codes. Robert S. Fine, co-chair of the firm’s ADA, Accessibility, Building and Life Safety Codes Practice, spoke on building and fire safety, as well as the newly released Americans with Disabilities Act amended regulations.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, full-service law firm with approximately 1800 attorneys serving clients from more than 30 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. In the U.S., the firm has more offices than any other among the Top 10 on The National Law Journal’s 2009 NLJ 250. In the U.K., the firm operates as Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP. Additionally, Greenberg Traurig has strategic alliances with the following independent law firms: Studio Santa Maria in Milan and Rome and W’Law Weber Wicki Partners Ltd. in Zürich. The firm was Chambers and Partners' USA Law Firm of the Year in 2007 and among the Top 3 in the International Law Firm of the Year at the 2009 The Lawyer Awards. For additional information, please visit http://www.gtlaw.com.

Contact: Lourdes B. Martinez, Greenberg Traurig, martinezl(at)gtlaw(dot)com, 305-579-0776

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