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Cecelia  Bonifay
Cecelia  Bonifay
Partner 
Chair, Land Use & Sustainable Development Practice
420 South Orange Avenue
Suite 1200
Orlando, FL 32801
 
Tel:
407.419.8540
Fax:
407.843.6610
 
 

Cecelia Bonifay has experience representing developers and governmental entities in a wide range of land use, sustainable development, and environmental matters. She currently represents clients in commercial, residential, and industrial sectors in the development as well as the repositioning of projects throughout Central Florida, including planned unit developments, large mixed-use developments of regional impact (DRI), and projects planned as sustainable communities.

Cecelia is the past co-chair of the Urban Land Institute's Climate Change, Land Use, and Energy Committee and she currently serves as the Chair of the ULI Central Florida District Council. She is a frequent speaker on the topics of land use and growth management, development incentives, green energy and climate change, and green building and LEED certification. Cecelia is also a board member of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission. Cecelia has been recognized by Chambers USA, The Legal 500, The Best Lawyers in America, and Florida Super Lawyers, and she is a former recipient of the Florida Real Estate Journal's "Top Women in Commercial Real Estate" award.
 
Representative Experience
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Representation of various master planned community developers in land use and entitlements issues associated with the development of mixed-use projects throughout Central Florida.
 
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Representation of developers, investors, and buyers in conducting due diligence on individual properties, as well as portfolios of properties in advance of purchase, sales, and development throughout Florida.
 
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Representation of developers in all aspects of land use and entitlements including zoning, comprehensive plan amendments, site plan approvals, platting, special exceptions and economic development and incentives programs for the development of real estate throughout the state of Florida.
 
Awards & Recognition
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The Best Lawyers in America 2006-2015, Listed in Florida for Environmental Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, and Real Estate Law
 
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Chambers USA 2008-2014, Ranked in Florida for Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2007, 2009-2014, Listed in Florida for Real Estate and Land Use/Zoning
 
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The Legal 500 2008-2009, 2012-2014, Recommended for Real Estate & Construction - Land Use/Zoning
 
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Real Estate Florida 2008, Recognized as "Woman of Influence"
 
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Florida Real Estate Journal 2004, Recognized as a "Top Woman in Commercial Real Estate"
 
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Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
 
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Best Lawyers' 2014 Orlando Land Use & Zoning Law "Lawyer of the Year."
 
Published Works & Lectures
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Cecelia is a frequent speaker on the topics of land use and growth management, development incentives, green energy and climate change, and green building and LEED certification.
 
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Akerman and ACC of Central Florida Legal Roundup: Recent Developments and Practice Applications, Presenter, "What's New in Real Estate," June 2012
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, Board Member; Business Development Committee, Co-Chairman
 
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Bergstrom Center For Real Estate Studies, University of Florida, Advisory Board Member
 
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Urban Land Institute (ULI), Central Florida District Council, Chair; ULI Florida Summit, Chair
 
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Urban Land Institute (ULI), Climate Change, Land Use, and Energy (CLUE) Committee, Co-Chair
 
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Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) of Orlando, Past President
 
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International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Member
 
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Crealde School of Art, President, Past Secretary, and Board Member
 
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United Artists of Central Florida, Board Member
 
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Leadership Lake and Orange Counties, Graduate
 
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Orange and Lake County Bar Associations, Member
 
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The Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section, Member
 
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The Florida Bar, Environmental and Land Use Law Section, Member
 
Related Professional Experience
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Lake County, Florida, City Attorney and Attorney to the Lake County School Board
 
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Department of Community Affairs, Florida, Assistant to the Secretary and Lobbyist
 
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Department of Administration, Florida, Liaison to the State's 11 Regional Planning Councils
 

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Cecelia  Bonifay

Practice
Real Estate
Representative Clients
Hearthstone
Crescent Communities
DDR
Monarch Ranch
Education
J.D., Florida State University College of Law, 1985
M.S.D., Florida State University, 1973; Urban & Regional Planning
B.A., Florida State University, 1967; History
Bar Admissions
Florida
 
 
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