Chambers USA Awards Firm Top Ranking in Zoning/Land Use Law in South Florida

June 7, 2024

For the fourth year in a row, Chambers USA, one of the oldest and most prestigious legal guides in the world, has ranked Bercow Radell Fernandez Larkin & Tapanes in Band 1 in the area of Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use Law – South Florida, the highest recognition given by Chambers.

Jeffrey Bercow, co-founder and managing partner of the firm, and shareholders, Michael Larkin and Melissa Tapanes Llahues, were also recognized in the highest categories for lawyers in zoning and land use law.

Chambers USA annually ranks U.S. law firms and individual attorneys based on in-depth telephone interviews with law firm clients and other attorneys. For more than 20 years Chamber has published independent and objective research-based directories of the legal profession. Inclusion in the guide is based solely on the research team’s findings. The Tier 1 ranking is a testament to Bercow Radell Fernandez Larkin & Tapanes’ unwavering commitment to excellence, unparalleled expertise, and the highest standards of client service.

The 2024 Chambers USA Directory, in summarizing the work of Bercow Radell Fernandez Larkin & Tapanes, wrote that the firm is “Very adept at handling complex and sophisticated matters of all scales. The attorneys are smart, strategic and also a pleasure to work with.”

Bercow, ranked in Chambers USA since 2004, was praised for doing his work exceptionally well, describing him as “a top lawyer in town” and noting his “knowledge, relationships and ability to navigate through the period of regulatory requirements of various levels of government is excellent.” Larkin was recognized for his work and “strong reputation” in the City of Miami Beach from a client, staff and peer perspective. Tapanes was described as “a pleasure to work with and someone to admire” and was recognized for her energy, creativity and constructive collaboration with stakeholders in the development process.

“We attribute our success to the trust and support of our esteemed clients, who consistently inspire and challenge us to deliver exceptional legal solutions,” Bercow added. “We are dedicated to offering innovative strategies and personalized attention, continually surpassing their expectations.”

Bercow Radell Fernandez Larkin & Tapanes, located at 200 S. Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 300, Miami, was established in 1996. The firm handles all aspects of local, state and federal real estate permitting and licensing, including zoning approvals, amendments of local government comprehensive plans, site planning, due diligence reviews, growth management, concurrency, environmental and permitting matters.

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