For more than 25 years, David has represented clients in the planning and entitlement of complex real estate developments throughout Florida. He emphasizes strategies that position a client to negotiate favorable outcomes during regulatory review of a project’s uses, densities and intensities of use, transportation, resource protection, affordable housing and other subjects. David believes the most important decisions in the development review process must be made before an application is filed.

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  • Represents clients throughout Florida on real estate developments, including master-planned communities, commercial, industrial and resort developments, in both urban settings and greenfield sites.
  • Experience in all facets of land development regulation of complex projects, including comprehensive plan approval, Development of Regional Impact (DRI) review and approval, zoning, subdivision platting, impact fees, and annexation.
  • Represents clients in large-area planning on major landholdings throughout Florida, including sector plans on agricultural lands and rural landscapes.
  • Assesses regulatory constraints on real property for “due diligence” in real estate transactions.
  • Advises lenders, bondholders and trustees on entitlement-related issues in foreclosures and workouts.
  • Counsels clients on long-term strategies to “position” property for changing real estate markets.
  • Member, Transportation and Land Use Study Committee, which recommended transportation concurrency laws enacted by the Legislature in 1999.
  • Chairman, Public Schools Construction Study Commission, which recommended school concurrency laws enacted by the Legislature in 1998 and 2005.
  • Executive Director, Environmental Land Management Study (ELMS III) Committee, which recommended state land use and growth management laws enacted by the Legislature in 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.

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Awards & Recognition

  • Listed in Chambers USA, 2007-2016 Editions.
  • Listed in the annual publication of The Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2016 Editions.
  • Listed in 2004-2009 and 2011 – 2016 Editions of Florida Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite”.
  • Has achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards.
  • Listed in the Best Lawyers “Lawyers of the Year” for Florida (Tallahassee region) in 2011 & 2017 for Land Use & Zoning Law and in 2012 for Real Estate Law; listed in Best Lawyers in America, for Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning Law, 2001-2017 Editions.

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