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Brian S. Adler

Area of Focus: Land Development & Government Relations
"[He is] a good technical attorney." - Chambers USA source
Brian S. Adler
Brian has acquired expansive knowledge about land use, zoning and the development process in South Florida, with a particular emphasis in Miami-Dade County and its numerous municipalities. For over twenty years, Brian has built solid working relationships with municipal and county government staff and officials at various levels as he has guided developers and property owners others through local regulations and processes. 

In addition to his traditional land use and zoning practice, Brian also has extensive experience in drafting zoning opinion letters for lenders, entitlement and acquisition due diligence memoranda for clients, as well as experience assisting clients in permitting, platting, water and sewer, and environmental matters. 
Q & A
What distinguishes you as a land use attorney?
I am tenacious and I do not give up easily.  I know how to quickly locate and evaluate historic approvals, deeds and plans, and I explore every avenue to establish the foundation for success.

I have developed local knowledge in dozens of jurisdictions across South Florida. Importantly, I understand each jurisdiction's unique regulations and codes and also how staff and officials have historically interpreted them.  For example, one client initially was denied permission to set up a particular use in an industrial area.  I researched decades of approvals to produce examples of how such uses historically were allowed in that particular district.  Based on these results, our client was able to proceed directly to permit and avoid the costly and time consuming public hearing process. 

I also have developed knowledge in the various developer-related disciplines, including building, planning, zoning, platting, community development, water and sewer and public works.  My relationships with government officials span over two decades, when I was first starting my practice.  Many of today's supervisors and government officials were also just starting out in government at the time I began my practice and are now directors and department heads.  We have grown our careers alongside each other.
How do new rules affect your clients?
New regulations are often proposed or adopted that, while well-intentioned, may have unintended consequences for development. Workforce housing requirements, LEED certification, provisions to address rising sea levels, and art in public places may all be laudable or desirable goals.  However, implementing such mandatory requirements can have counter-balancing effects, and developers and property owners must therefore factor in the cost of compliance. I work hard to keep my clients informed of changes in the development industry and laws that affect their particular area of development, and I have in the past successfully lobbied for key changes or exceptions from the most onerous requirements.
Representation of a South Florida regional hospital in modifying zoning approvals for a hospital campus, including modifications to the campus, garage, and parking areas. Modifications included revisions to the garage fa├žade, as well as screening and foliage.
Representation of real estate developer Property Markets Group in the development of MUSE, a 68-unit luxury condominium, in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, serving as land use and construction permitting counsel and assisting with land use opinions for financing.
Representation of a shopping mall operator in the renovation and expansion of a shopping mall in Miami-Dade County, which included analysis of applicable zoning regulations and guiding client on issues related to redevelopment of the property.
Representation of Dolphin Mall Associates in the development and expansion of Dolphin Mall, Miami-Dade County's largest retail value shopping center. We handled all land use and zoning applications, zoning approvals, and permitting related to the mall's continued expansion and obtained approval to d...
Representation of Beacon Tradeport Industrial Park Association in land use and zoning matters related to the expansion of office rights for the Dolphin Commerce Center, a 150-acre industrial and telecom park in Miami's Airport West market. The expanded rights allow up to 850,000 square feet of offic...
  • University of Miami, J.D., cum laude, 1993
    University of Miami, B.A., cum laude, 1990
  • Builders Association of South Florida
    Board Member, 2015 - present
    Legislative Committee, 2011 - present
    University of Miami School of Law

    Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig LL.M. in Real Property Development, Adjunct Professor, 2007 - present

    Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
    Beauty and The Beast Event, Past Co-Chair and Former Committee Member
    Miami Dade County Public Schools
    Site Planning and Construction Committee, Vice Chairman, 2015 - Present
    SAVE Dade
    Chairman, 2013 - 2015
    Chair Elect, 2012
    Vice Chairman of the Board, Policy and Lobbying sub-committee, 2010 - 2011
    SAVE Foundation
    Chairman, 2013 - 2019
    Treasurer, 2020
  • Florida
  • - Band 3, Chambers USA, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, 2007 - 2012, 2020 - present

    The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Land Use and Zoning, 2018 - present; Real Estate Law, 2019 - present

    - Builders Association of South Florida President's Award, 2012, 2015, 2018

    - Daily Business Review, Top Dealmakers of the Year - Mixed Use finalist, 2014

    - Florida Super Lawyers, 2011 - 2020

    - Florida Trend's Legal Elite, 2008, 2012 - present

    - South Florida Legal Guide, Top Up & Comers, 2008 - 2010; Top Lawyers, 2011 - present