Chambers USA Gives Firm Highest Rank

June 9, 2017


 Managing Partner Jeffrey Bercow Also Recognized on Individual Level

(MIAMI) June 9, 2017 – Chambers USA, one of the oldest and most prestigious legal guides in the world, has ranked Bercow Radell Fernandez & Larkin in Band 1 in the area of Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use Law – Florida, the highest recognition given by Chambers. Only five other firms in Florida placed at the top in this specialty area in the 2017 Chambers USA Directory.

Jeffrey Bercow, co-founder and managing partner of the firm, was also recognized in the highest category for zoning and land use law.

This is the fifth consecutive year both Bercow and the firm have been recognized at the top of their specialty in zoning and land use law in Florida for the fifth consecutive year.

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.

“We are pleased to be included in the 2017 Chambers USA Directory and recognized for our hard work and diligence in the area of zoning and land use law,” Bercow said. “It is especially gratifying to work with a team of excellent attorneys and support staff who year after year produce quality work for our clients.”

The 2017 Chambers USA Directory, in summarizing the excellent work of Bercow Radell Fernandez & Larkin, wrote that the firm is a “highly respected presences in the Miami region” and “regularly represents developers and owner of real estate in securing a range of zoning, land use and environmental permits.”

About founding partner Jeffrey Bercow, who has been ranked in Chambers since 2004, the directory said he is a “highly experienced attorney with a fine reputation” and is “acclaimed in the market as a very good technical lawyer with a great working knowledge of processes and procedures.”

Recent projects highlighted in the Chambers USA guide include:

— Aligned Bayshore Marina, LLC, which the firm is assisting in the extension of the lessee’s interest under a long term ground lease with the City of Miami for a marina and uplands property located in Coconut Grove.

— CG Miami River, LLC, which the firm represented in the due diligence, acquisition, stakeholder outreach, land use, zoning and permitting of the Miami River Special Area Plan, a 10-acre mixed use development on the Miami River in the urban core of the City of Miami.

— Represented real estate developer and property owner Turnberry Associates, in obtaining several approvals of pending development projects, including the approval of a new expansion of the “Turnberry Isle Miami” Hotel, formally known as the Turnberry Isle Resort and Country Club, which needed multiple rezonings of the hotel and golf course properties, a code amendment to expand lot coverage for the parcel, site plan approval and a conditional use permit for the increased height of the hotel structure.

— Represented KR Miami Fund I, LLC in the due diligence, land use, zoning and permitting of a 20-acre parcel of land that serves as ground zero for a public private partnership with the City of Hialeah, known as the Market Station Transit Oriented Development (TOD) District.  The firm collaborated with the City of Hialeah to craft a land use, zoning, and regulating plan that will incentivize private property owners to create the City’s vision of a vibrant and sustainable multi-generational, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly district that melds into the existing neighborhood by embracing the City’s unique historical, cultural and geographical elements.

— Continued to represent Leon Medical Centers, Inc. in land use, zoning, permitting and construction matters throughout Miami-Dade County, including the due diligence, acquisition, land use, zoning, site plan, subdivision exemption, right-of-way dedications necessary to develop a new state of the art medical campus in South Miami-Dade County.

— Obtained approvals for Integra Investments, LLC for ParkSquare Aventura, a mixed-use development on a 7.5 acre site in Aventura. The project, currently under construction, will have approximately 650,000 square feet of floor area, with hotel, residential condominium, office, medical office, specialty retail, quality restaurant and assisted living facility components when complete.

Bercow Radell & Fernandez’s significant clients highlighted in Chambers USA include:

Adler Development Group; Atlantic & Pacific Development; Berkowitz Development Group; Best Buy; Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund; Chetrit Group;; Cornerstone Group; Florida East Coast Properties; Florida International University; Fort Partners; Florida Power & Light Company; Home Depot USA; Homestead-Miami Speedway; Integra International; International Place Associates; Ladder Capital; Landmark Companies; Lennar Homes; Leon Medical Centers; Marriott International;; The Peebles Development Group; Public Storage; Racetrac Petroleum; Related Development; South Beach Group Hotels; Terranova; The Congress Group; TriStar Capital; Turnberry Associates; Warren Henry Motors; Whole Foods Market; Williamson Cadillac Company; Woolbright Development; and Yard House Restaurants.

Bercow Radell Fernandez & Larkin, located at 200 S. Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 850, 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, developments of regional impacts (DRIs), due diligence reviews, growth management, concurrency and environmental matters.

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