Neisen O. Kasdin
Neisen O. Kasdin
Office Managing Partner 
One Southeast Third Avenue
25th Floor
Miami, FL 33131

Neisen Kasdin serves as the office managing partner of Akerman's Miami office. Neisen practices in the areas of land use and zoning, public-private partnerships, local government law, and procurement.

Neisen was involved in the revitalization of South Beach through his service as chair of the Community Development Corporation for South Beach and as a City Commissioner and Mayor of Miami Beach. He is Governor and Trustee of the Urban Land Institute. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Miami Downtown Development Authority and as immediate past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the New World Symphony. Neisen has been recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 as one of the leading land use lawyers in Florida.

Representation of client in regard to the Brickell CityCentre project in downtown Miami. Project consists of two levels of underground parking, approximately 535,000 s.f. of retail, 910 residential units, 290 hotel rooms, 77 serviced apartments, and 925,000 s.f. of office space. Project is the first "Special Area Plan" under the Miami 21 zoning code.
Representation of Miami Design District Associates in the development of an over 1 million square foot retail district, in Miami's Design District, to include top global luxury brands. Akerman represents the client in all aspects of development approvals, including vacating rights of way, re-plating and zoning, and site plan approvals as Special Area Plan under Miami 21.
Representation of Developers Diversified Realty (DDR) and the Midtown Miami Community Development District on the development of Midtown Miami, a three million plus square foot mixed-use development built on an abandoned rail yard in the City of Miami. Representation included zoning and site plan approval for a 645,000 square foot retail center and a binding letter from the State Department of Community Affairs avoiding the need for a Development of Regional Impact (DRI) Review, and assistance with an Interlocal Agreement between the City of Miami, Miami-Dade County, and the Community Development District created by DDR and the residential developer which involved $170 million incentive contribution from the City and County toward construction of parking and major public spaces.
Representation of the developer in the Miami Worldcenter project, a 30-acre, 12 million plus square foot mixed-use, multi-phase development in downtown Miami, Florida. Advised the developer in all aspects: drafting zoning and design guidelines, developing strategies for DRI avoidance or management such as legislative exemption or phasing within area wide DRI, and negotiating and drafting a development agreement to lock in zoning in exchange for public benefits.
Representation of developers in numerous site plan and other regulatory issues throughout South Florida.

Chambers USA 2009-2013, Ranked in Florida for Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use
The Legal 500 2013, Recommended for Real Estate
South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyers 2012, 2014, Listed for Real Estate
Business Leader Magazine 2009 and 2012, Recognized as a "Power Player" in South Florida
South Florida Business Journal 2011, Listed as Heavy Hitter in South Florida Commercial Real Estate
Shining Star Award, Arts & Business Council of Miami, 2011
The Legal 500 2008-2009, Recommended in Florida for Real Estate: Land Use and Zoning
Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2007-2008, Listed for Environmental and Land Use
Dade Cultural Alliance, Elected Official of the Year
Miami Design Preservation League, Chairman's Award
Florida Redevelopment Association, Florida Redevelopment Official of the Year
Dade Human Rights Foundation, Special Citation
Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, Distinguished Service Award
American Institute of Architects, Miami Chapter, Government Official of the Year
Bring Back New Orleans Committee, Urban Land Institute, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 2005
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Bill Colson Award
Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated

Neisen Kasdin has spoken and written extensively on urban revitalization, public-private projects, land use, and historic preservation for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and other organizations.
Guide to Doing Business in Florida, Co-Author, "Land Use: Easements and Zoning," September 2013
Urban Land Institute Charles F. Shaw Forum, Faculty Co-Chair, "Innovative Public-Private Partnerships," 2012
Guide to Doing Business in Florida, Co-Author, "Real Estate Regulation," August 2011
Growth Management and Environmental Permitting Short Course, Speaker, "Traditional Neighborhood Development: from Downtown to Greenfields," Daytona Beach, Florida, February 2007
Bring Back New Orleans Committee, Urban Land Institute, Speaker, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 2005
Asociacion de Constructores de Hogares de Puerto Rico, Annual Conference, Speaker, "Creating Value: The Miami Beach Story," Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico, October 2005
International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Florida Conference, Speaker, "Public-Private Partnerships," Orlando, Florida, August 2005
Japan Development Bank, Mayor's Forum, Speaker, "Creating Value: The Miami Beach Story," Tokyo, Japan, July 2005
Florida Chamber of Commerce, Growth Management and Environmental Short Course, Speaker, "Successful New Urbanism Projects," Orlando, Florida, February 2004 and March 2005
Barcelona Meeting Point, Speaker, "Principals of Urban Revitalization," Barcelona, Spain, September 2004
The Urban Land Institute Latin American Conference, Speaker, "Urban Revitalization," Sao Paolo, Brasil, July 2003
Americas Meeting Point, Speaker, "The South Beach Story: Key Elements in the Revitalization of South Beach," Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 2000

City National Bank of Florida, Board Member
Miami Downtown Development Authority, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors
Urban Land Institute (ULI), Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council, Governor, Trustee and Past Chair
New World Symphony, Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Wolfsonian Institute/Florida International University, Board Member
Beacon Council, Past Chair
University of Miami School of Architecture, Visiting Board Member
Miami-Dade County Bar Association, Member
The Florida Bar, Member
South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Past Board Member
Miami-Dade County Metropolitan Planning Organization, Past Board Member
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Transportation Committee, Past Chair; New World Center Committee, Past Chair

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J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1979
B.A., Northwestern University, 1976

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