Florida From the Ground Up is presented by Greenberg Traurig’s Land Development team, which boasts a wide range of experience with virtually every type of development project – from inception to and through issuance of building permits and certificates of occupancy. We advise clients on a broad range of projects, including large-scale suburban residential developments, high-rise/urban office centers, condominiums and mixed use sites.
Reggie Bouthillier represents private and public sector clients and has a broad range of experience in environmental, land use, land development, real estate, and administrative law. He counsels clients on complex projects, transactions, and litigation cases, and serves in many matters as a strategic advisor to ensure critical goals and objectives are achieved.
Lucia A. Dougherty represents major developers in securing governmental approvals for large-scale residential, commercial, mixed use, and/or retail projects before various municipal and County governments. She was named the “Empress of the Skyline” by South Florida CEO because of her representation of numerous high-rise projects in Miami and Miami Beach.
Iris Escarra specializes in land use, zoning and procurement law and has been certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in City, County and Local Government Law. The local government approvals Iris regularly secures for her clients include: platting, waiver, warrants, major use special permits, special exceptions, variances, special area plans, modifications to ordinances, historic preservation approval, DRI approvals, marina approvals, rezoning and comprehensive plan amendments.
Robert S. Fine, A.I.A. is co-chair of the firm’s ADA, Accessibility, Building & Life Safety Codes Practice. He focuses on ADA Titles II & III Litigation, Fair Housing Act accessibility issues, construction law, building department relations and permitting, historic preservation, and green building and sustainable development. Robert is designated as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED® AP) by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
Mario Garcia-Serra is co-chair of the firm’s Land Development and Zoning Group in Miami. He represents major developers before local government boards and regulatory agencies and has wide-ranging experience with the governments of Miami-Dade County, and with nearly all of the municipalities within Miami-Dade County, including the cities of Miami, Coral Gables, Miami Beach, North Miami, and Aventura, as well as regional agencies such as the South Florida Regional Planning Council and the South Florida Water Management District.
Alfredo J. Gonzalez focuses on land use, zoning, code issues, procurement and development law. He represents major developers in securing governmental approvals from large scale residential and commercial projects to single family projects. Alfredo has also represented clients on entertainment venues, including Conditional Use Permit approvals and noise violations.
Barbara Hall concentrates her practice in the area of land use and environmental law. She has 21 years of experience in development law first representing local governments as an Assistant City Attorney and as Assistant County Attorney, and then representing private property owners and developers. Barbara has wide-ranging experience in comprehensive planning, developments of regional impact, zoning, site plan approvals, platting, environmental permitting, variances, annexation, due diligence review, land use support for real estate transactions and in land use litigation.
Dennis Hillier is recognized as the pioneer in the industry of equity club conversions and membership programs. Having practiced corporate and real estate law with an emphasis on the design of club membership programs for the past 30 years in sunny Florida, it is no surprise that Dennis has designed more than 1,800 membership programs throughout the United States, Caribbean, Europe and the Pacific Rim. His vast knowledge and experience in the hospitality industry,which includes preparing management, operational, franchise, financing and refinancing, and recreational access agreements for resorts, has led him to many speaking engagements throughout the world.
Mark Hillier has worked at several architectural, land planning, legal, and consulting firms in the recreational and hospitality industries since 1992. Mark is experienced in the areas of recreation and hospitality law, corporate, real estate, securities, and taxation and has been active in events of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Southeastern/Caribbean Council and the national ULI. Mark also has experience in structuring marina slip membership programs, resort membership programs, community based and stand-alone golf and country club membership programs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico.
Julie Kendig-Schrader was formerly with the South Florida Water Management District Office of Counsel. She has represented both the public and private sector in land use and environmental matters and administrative litigation. Julie also works with clients to create public/private partnerships for infrastructure needs, particularly those related to transportation. With sustainability concerns and initiatives cutting across virtually all sectors of business today, Julie strives to keep her clients ahead of the curve to maximize opportunities and minimize unnecessary costs and risks.
Tracy Lautenschlager practices in the areas of land use, environmental, airport and aviation and construction law. She represents a broad range of private developers in complex interactions with governmental entities, including obtaining entitlements for residential and commercial projects, platting, site plan approvals, land use plan amendments, vacations and abandonments and a variety of other contentious local permitting issues. She has 16 years of experience as an assistant county attorney, where she represented Broward County’s regulatory and planning agencies in the areas of comprehensive planning, land use regulations, zoning, code enforcement and environmental enforcement, including litigation in those areas.
Debbie M. Orshefsky is co-chair of the GT’s National Land Development Practice and focuses her practice on 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, she gained an intimate knowledge of the land use planning process representing private developers and governmental agencies as special counsel. Her focus on land development and environmental law has given her broad experience in comprehensive planning, zoning, subdivision controls, community redevelopment, infrastructure planning and financing, and state, regional and local land use decision-making.
Edward Martos focuses his practice on administrative and environmental litigation, brownfields issues, community development districts, and complex project redevelopment.