Three Firm Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers® 2021 Edition; Jeffrey Bercow Named “Lawyer of the Year” in Miami in Land Use & Zoning

August 20, 2020

Bercow Radell Fernandez Larkin & Tapanes is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Bercow, Ben Fernandez and Michael Larkin were given recognition in the The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 Edition. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

For the 17th year, co-founder and managing partner Jeffrey Bercow has been cited for his work in Environmental, Land Use and Zoning and Real Estate Law. Bercow was also named the “2021 Miami Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year,” an honor he received three years ago in the 2018 Edition. Only a single attorney in each practice area and city is honored with this award.

Name partner Michael Larkin was also once again recognized for his work in the practice area of Land Use and Zoning Law. He has been given this prestigious honor every year for the past seven years.

And for the third consecutive year, shareholder Ben Fernandez also has been cited for his work in Land Use and Zoning Law.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Almost 94,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and more than 11 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world were received.

For the newest edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 8.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 62,000 leading lawyers being included in the 2021 edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Firms included in “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

The process begins when lawyers are nominated for consideration. They are divided by geographic region and practice area, and are evaluated by their peers on the basis of professional expertise. Those who receive high peer reviews undergo an additional verification process to make sure they are currently practicing and in good standing. Only then can these top lawyers be recognized by Best Lawyers.

For more than two decades, the attorneys at Bercow Radell Fernandez Larkin & Tapanes have been at the forefront of Miami-Dade County’s phenomenal growth, guiding their clients on all aspects of local, state and federal real estate permitting and licensing, zoning approvals, amendments of local government comprehensive plans, developments of regional impacts (DRIs), due diligence reviews, growth management, concurrency and environmental matters.

Community involvement is a hallmark of the firm, whose attorneys have been active on numerous boards and associations, including the Downtown Development Authority, Latin Builders Association, Miami Beach Community Development Corporation, and Florida International University.

Bercow Radell Fernandez and Larkin’s significant clients include: Adler Development Group;  JDS; Cornerstone Group; Crescent Heights; Fontainebleau Development LLC; Integra Investments; Lennar Homes; Leon Medical Centers; Marriott International; Terra Group; 13th Floor Investments; and Turnberry Associates.

Established in 1996, the firm is located at 200 S. Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 850, Miami.   For more information, contact (305) 374-5300 or visit


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