Brian S. Adler
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.
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.
Brian is an adjunct professor in the LL.M. program at the University of Miami Law School, where he teaches land use and zoning, and he is on the Board of Directors of the Builders Association of South Florida.
EducationUniversity of Miami, J.D., cum laude, 1993University of Miami, B.A., cum laude, 1990
InvolvementBuilders Association of South FloridaBoard Member, 2015 - Present
Legislative Committee, 2011 - PresentCystic Fibrosis FoundationBeauty and The Beast Event, Past Co-Chair and Former Committee MemberDade County Bar AssociationMiami Dade County Public SchoolsSite Planning and Construction Committee, Vice Chairman, 2015 - PresentSAVE DadeChairman, 2013 - 2015
Chair Elect, 2012
Vice Chairman of the Board, Policy and Lobbying sub-committee, 2010 - 2011SAVE FoundationChairman, 2013 - Present
- Chambers USA, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, 2007 - 2012, 2020
- 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
- Daily Business Review, Top Dealmakers of the Year - Mixed Use finalist, 2014
- Florida Super Lawyers, 2011 - present
- Florida Trend's Legal Elite, 2008, 2012 - present
- South Florida Legal Guide, Top Up & Comers, 2008 - 2010; Top Lawyers, 2011 - present
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