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Steven J. Wernick
Steven J. Wernick
Associate 
One Southeast Third Avenue
25th Floor
Miami, FL 33131
 
Tel:
305.374.5600
Fax:
305.374.5095
 
 

Steven J. Wernick represents clients in all aspects of the development approval process including planning and zoning applications, developments of regional impact, platting, and complex environmental and land use permitting with federal, state, and local agencies. Additionally, Steve assists clients in navigating the intricacies of government affairs, including representation of client interests in administrative and quasi-judicial hearings, code enforcement hearings, and procurement of government contracts and public/private incentive agreements. Steve also has experience in the public sector drafting master plans and land use development regulations.

Steve has been invited to speak on topics of land use and local government law, and has been cited in numerous secondary sources, including Powell on Real Property and Land Use Planning and the Environment: A Casebook (2010).
 
Representative Experience
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Representation of Miami Design District Associates in the development of a one million square foot retail district in the City of Miami and related land use approvals.
 
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Representation of Goldman Properties in land use and zoning approvals for mixed-use projects in Wynwood.
 
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Representation of several developers in Town of Bay Harbor Islands on the development of mid-rise apartment buildings and obtaining transfer of development rights.
 
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Representation of a national real estate private equity fund in the acquisition and redevelopment of historic hotels in Miami Beach.
 
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Representation of developer of Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach in obtaining approvals from Historic Preservation Board.
 
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Representation of developer of the University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park in obtaining land use and environmental approvals in the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County, including 250,000+ square feet of office and laboratory space for life science research.
 
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Representation of developer in obtaining a major use special permit for the construction of a mixed-use multi-tower project with 670+ residential units, 470+ hotel rooms, 100,000 square feet of office space and approximately 180,000 square feet of retail space in the City of Miami.
 
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Representation of marina developer in pursuit of an RFP through Miami-Dade County for the development of a boat storage facility at Matheson Hammock Park.
 
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Representation of a property owner in the City of Doral in maintaining existing development rights in the Westpoint Business Park DRI.
 
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Representation of Lotus House in obtaining entitlements from the City of Miami to operate a multi-functional supportive housing complex for women and children in Overtown, Florida.
 
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Representation of marina owner in obtaining development approvals and resolving code enforcement issues in the City of Fort Lauderdale.
 
Awards & Recognition
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2013-2014, Listed in Florida as a "Rising Star" for Land Use/Zoning
 
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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 2013, Recognized as a "40 Under 40, Outstanding Lawyer of Miami-Dade County"
 
Published Works & Lectures
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2011 Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section Update: Power to the People, Speaker, "Smart Growth and Mobility: A Tale of Two Cities," August, 2011
 
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The Miami Herald, Co-Author, "Public-private partnerships help the economy," June, 2011
 
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Powell on Real Property, §78C, Author, "Smart Growth," 2010
 
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9th Annual Richard E. Nelson Symposium, Speaker, "The Problem with Public Sex Offender Residency Requirements," February, 2010
 
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Florida Real Estate Journal, Vol. 17, No. 4, Author, "Preserving Land Entitlements in a Recessionary Economy," June, 2009
 
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"Powell on Real Property," §79.D08, Author, "Golf Course Conversions: The Challenges of Urban Reuse, 2008
 
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6th Annual Richard E. Nelson Symposium, Speaker, "From Fairways to Driveways: Legal Implications of Golf Course Conversion," February, 2007
 
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Supreme Court of Georgia in Mann v. Georgia Dept. of Corrections, 653 S.E. 2d 740, Cited, "In Accordance with a Public Outcry: Zoning Out Sex Offenders Through Residence Restrictions in Florida," 58 Fla. L. Rev. 1147, 2007
 
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Zoning & Planning Law Report, Author, "Diamonds in the Rough: Judicial Reaction to Golf Course Conversions," 2007
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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American Planning Association, Florida Chapter, Member
 
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The American Bar Association, Member
 
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The Florida Bar, Environmental and Land Use Law Section, Member
 
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Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, New World Center Committee and DDA Master Plan Taskforce, Member 2008-2012
 
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Urban Land Institute, SE Florida/Caribbean Council, Co-Chair of Young Leaders Miami, 2013-2014
 
Related Professional Experience
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Broward County, Florida, Attorney's Office, Legal Intern, 2005
 
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Charleston Renaissance Corporation, Project Manager, 2003-2004
 
Community Involvement
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Children's Home Society of Florida, Board Member, 2012-present
 
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City of Miami Waterfront Advisory Board, Member, 2013-present
 
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Miami-Dade County Public Schools - School Site Planning & Construction Committee, Member, 2014-present
 
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Leadership Florida, Connect Florida Class III, 2012-2013
 
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Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Leadership Development Institute, Chair, 2011-2012
 
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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami, Young Professionals Group, Vice President, 2011-2012
 
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Pass It On, Founder and Past President, 2008-2011
 



Steven J. Wernick

Practice
Real Estate
Education
J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2007; Order of the Coif, Florida Law Review, Editorial Board
M.R.P., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004; Masters of Regional Planning (Real Estate Development)
B.A., Boston University, 2002; magna cum laude
Bar Admissions
Florida
 
 
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