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USA 2022
Florida Real Estate
Band 2

6 Ranked Lawyers


Provided by Akerman LLP

Akerman offers comprehensive and fully integrated project counsel services to clients across the United States and Latin America. With substantial industry experience and local market insights, the firm represents clients in complex real estate transactions and financings, development and redevelopment projects, public-private initiatives and litigation. The group advises investors, developers, builders, lenders, retailers, owners and corporate end users, often in high profile matters.

Service Offerings

  • Affordable & Workforce Housing
  • Brownfields Redevelopment
  • Construction
  • Distressed Property
  • Economic Development & Incentives
  • Eminent Domain & Property Rights
  • Energy Project Development & Finance
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Green & Sustainable Development
  • Hotels & Resorts
  • Industrial Leasing & Development
  • Land Use & Development
  • Medical Office Buildings
  • Office Leasing & Development
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Real Estate Acquisitions & Sales
  • Real Estate Financing
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Real Property Tax Planning & Appeals
  • Residential & Multifamily Development
  • Retail Leasing & Development
  • Transportation & Public Infrastructure

Chambers Review

Provided by Chambers
Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use - Florida: South
Band 2
What the team is known for

A deep bench of attorneys experienced in guiding clients through all aspects of real estate law, including purchases and sales, financing and land use matters. Other areas of strength include loan restructuring and the foreclosing of distressed real estate assets. An impressive network of offices across the state allows the team to advise on matters throughout Florida. Capable of advising a diverse array of clients, ranging broadly from real estate investors, lenders and owners to retailers and end user businesses.


"Akerman is always attentive to deadlines. They are problem solvers and bring a business perceptive to negotiations."

"We have worked with a number of Akerman attorneys that each have strengths in different aspects of the approval process. Each has done great work. They have been good at not letting any issue slip through the cracks."

"Akerman has long had a good solid bench. They are a well-respected multiservice firm."

Work highlights

Akerman represented Times Publishing Company on the sale of its industrial and distribution facility to Twenty Lake Management for $24 million.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Smulian has a strong industry reputation and is known for his extensive experience, which includes a lengthy stint as the firm's chair and CEO.

Cecelia Bonifay is sought after by developers and government entities for her land use expertise. She offers experience advising on a range of projects including industrial and mixed-use developments.
"Cecelia Bonifay is an exceptional lawyer who is so organized and quick to spot issues. She is both very professional and very sharp."

Spencer Crowley advises clients on a variety of land use matters, including urban development, zoning and marina permitting.

Eric Rapkin is an expert in leasing and attracts praise from market sources for his abilities in that area.
"He is very experienced on the tenant and landlord side. Eric has helped us on every issue across the US, and is our one-stop shop for every one of them." "Eric has always brought an exceptional level of service." "He's one of the go-to lawyers for leasing in real estate."

Neisen Kasdin's practice includes handling development agreements, zoning approvals and land use plans.
"Neisen Kasdin has institutional knowledge, experience and expertise. He knows how to navigate the law."

James McNeil represents national homebuilders and developers in the development of land for sale, handling due diligence, land use approvals and entitlements, as well as obtaining environmental permits.
"James McNeil is both experienced and capable."

Ranked Lawyers at
Akerman LLP

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Florida: North & Central

Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use

Cecelia Bonifay
Cecelia Bonifay
Band 1
James McNeil
James McNeil
Band 3

Florida: South

Real Estate

Andrew Smulian
Andrew Smulian
Senior Statespeople
Eric D Rapkin
Eric D Rapkin
Band 2
Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use

Neisen Kasdin
Neisen Kasdin
Band 2
Spencer Crowley
Spencer Crowley
Band 2


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Andres G Mendoza

Carol L Schoffel Faber

Daniel Faust

James McNeil


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All Aboard Florida


Consultatio SA


Dacra and LVMH Associates

Dr. Horton

El-Ad Properties

Faena Group

FedEx Ground

Fresh Direct

Hilton Worldwide


Minto Communities

Parmenter Realty Partners



Rosewood Hotels + Resorts

Swire Properties

Taylor Morrison

Two Capital Partners



Wells Fargo


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