Debbie M. Orshefsky - Holland & Knight, LLP

Debbie M. Orshefsky

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

Debbie M. Orshefsky is a shareholder in the firm's Fort Lauderdale office and is Co-Chair of the firm's Land Development Practice. Her practice is exclusively in the areas of land development and environmental law. Ms. Orshefsky began her career in Washington, D.C. representing developers and local governments before federal administrative agencies in the late 1970s. Upon relocating to Florida in 1980, Ms. Orshefsky gained an intimate knowledge of the land use planning process representing private developers and governmental agencies as special counsel. Ms. Orshefsky's focus in land development and environmental law has given her broad experience in comprehensive planning, zoning, subdivision controls, community redevelopment, infrastructure planning and financing, as well as state, regional and local roles in land use decision-making.

Urban Studies, Washington University in St. LouisBA 1975The George Washington University Law SchoolJ.D. 1979
Urban Land Institute Southeast Florida/Caribbean District CouncilUrban Land InstituteReal Estate Development Advisory Board, Master of Science Real Estate Degree Program, Nova Southeastern University

Case History

Areas of Concentration
  • Large-scale multi-jurisdiction development permitting
  • Comprehensive planning
  • Zoning
  • Subdivision controls
  • Community redevelopment
  • Land use support in real estate transactions
  • Environmental permitting
  • Infrastructure planning and financing
  • Public finance and obtaining economic development incentives
  • Healthcare real estate

Significant Representations
    • Cleveland Clinic - Emerald Estates and Park of Commerce DRI
    • Country Lakes West (Huntington) DRI
    • Deerfield Beach Energy Center
    • East Miramar Areawide DRI
    • Gulfstream Racetrack Expansion - "The Village at Gulfstream Park"
    • Hollywood Harbour DRI
    • Lucent Technologies Caribbean and Latin American Headquarters
    • New River Center FQD (DRI) - Sun Sentinel Headquarters
    • Northport/Broward County Convention Center DRI
    • Oakwood Center DRI
    • Pembroke Meadows DRI
    • Rolling Hills Hotel and Golf Course DRI
    • The Diplomat Resort and Country Club
    • Marco Shores DRI /Marriott Marco Beach Resort
    • Fiddler Creek DRI
    • City of Miami Downtown DRI
    • Miami Arena DRI
    • Miami Beach Marina/Portofino DRI
    • Hammock Dunes DRI
    • Grand Haven DRI
    • Matanzas Shores DRI

Office Location

515 East Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 1200
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
United States

Practice Areas

Environmental Law
Land Use and Zoning Law
Real Estate Law (Land Use)