For more than 30 years, David has represented clients in the planning and entitlement of complex real estate developments throughout Florida. David emphasizes strategies that position a client to negotiate favorable outcomes during regulatory review because he believes the most important decisions are the ones that a client makes before an application is filed.

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  • Experience throughout Florida in all facets of land development regulation of master-planned communities, major infrastructure projects, and commercial, industrial, and resort developments.
  • Advises clients on large-area plans for major landholdings throughout Florida, including sector plans on agricultural lands and rural landscapes.
  • Counsels clients on long-term strategies to “position” property for changing real estate markets and to take advantage of government-funded infrastructure projects.
  • Member, Transportation and Land Use Study Committee (1999); Chairman Public Schools Construction Study Commission (1998); and Executive Director, Environmental Land Management Study (ELMS III) Committee (1993).
  • Reporter (New York, Miami, Tallahassee bureaus) and Bureau Chief (Tallahassee bureau), The Associated Press, 1975-1981. Reporter, St. Petersburg Times, 1981-1983, and Florida Times-Union (Tallahassee bureau), 1984.
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Florida State University, 2003-2017.

Publications & Presentations

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed in Chambers USA, 2007-2020 editions.
  • Listed in the annual publication of The Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2019 editions.
  • Listed in Florida Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite” Hall of Fame for Land Use & Zoning Law.
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning Law, 2001-2020 editions.
  • Named the Best Lawyers 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” in Tallahassee for Litigation-Land Use & Zoning.
  • Listed in the Best Lawyers as “Lawyer of the Year” for Florida (Tallahassee region) in 2011 & 2017 for Land Use & Zoning Law and in 2012 for Real Estate Law.
  • 2016 Member of the Year, Urban Land Institute, North Florida District Council.
  • Has achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards.

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