Kerri L. Barsh - Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Kerri L. Barsh

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 305-579-0772

Kerri L. Barsh represents public and private clients on an array of environmental regulatory, permitting and litigation matters, including transactional support and due diligence, environmental assessment and liability matters, energy and infrastructure projects, wetlands and coastal permitting, complex land use projects, air quality matters, hazardous materials contamination, and other compliance and enforcement cases.

University of MissouriBA 1981University of Miami School of LawJ.D. 1984
American Bar Association, Environment, Energy & Resources SectionBuilders Association of South FloridaMiami-Dade Limestone Products AssociationNational Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, Council of Counsel Florida Atlantic Builders Association

Case History

Areas of Concentration
  • Environmental compliance, permitting, enforcement, including litigation support
  • Transactional environmental work (counseling, due diligence, drafting and negotiation of reps and warrants, disclosures, and indemnities)
  • Energy and infrastructure projects, including due diligence, permitting, and NEPA review
  • Natural resource mining, permitting and siting
  • Brownfields counseling and development
  • Electrical generation facilities (power plant and transmission line siting)
  • Air quality matters (drafting of contractual protections, remedial assistance and litigation support)
  • Land use and comprehensive plan approvals, including litigation
  • Landfills (siting, permitting and related regulatory matters)
  • Legislation drafting (statutes, ordinances and rules)
  • Administrative litigation, including rule-making and permitting challenges

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Supreme Court of the United States



Significant Representations
  • Leader of the Greenberg Traurig Environmental team that represented MAT Concessionaire, LLC and its sponsors, Meridiam Infrastructure Fund and Bouygues Travaux Publics, S.A., in the Port of Miami Tunnel project, one of the first greenfield public-private partnerships in the United States.
  • Represented the petitioner in a pivotal admiralty jurisdiction case before the U.S. Supreme Court, with oral argument to occur on October 1, 2012.
  • Represented several national rock mining companies in federal, state and local wetlands permitting and associated litigation over quarries in the Lake Belt region of Miami-Dade County, Florida, which included serving as industry spokesperson with the media, as well as liaison with the environmental agencies and local government.
  • Represented wind energy company in connection with environmental permitting with the federal agencies in connection with its 200 megawatt wind farm project.
  • Represented commercial real estate and railroad company Florida East Coast Industries (FECI) in its $3.5 billion merger transaction, in which FECI has been acquired by a company formed by certain private equity funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group LLC.
Part 2
  • Represented Greenwich Air Services in $1.8 billion, three-party merger; served as chief environmental counsel who drafted and negotiated the environmental reps and warranties and indemnities; oversaw environmental due diligence and compliance activities, including supervision of five regional environmental consulting teams.
  • Represented developers, builders, building owners/operators, and lenders in connection with mold-related concerns, including preventive advice; development of mold protocols; drafting of mold addenda; disclosures and risk shifting instruments; hiring and supervision of mold experts; analysis of mold-related legislation; and pursuit of insurance claims.
  • Represented electrical generation companies in connection with due diligence, zoning approvals, environmental permitting and related matters.
  • Represented several large pension funds, REITs, and developers in environmental and land use due diligence efforts.
  • Represented several large developers in land use related litigation, both judicial and administrative, including defense of land use plan amendments and developments of regional impact.
  • Represented Broward County in its air permitting and power plant site certification for the north and south resource recovery facilities.
  • Represented the City of Miami and Hillsborough County as special counsel relative to multiparty Superfund sites.

Office Location

333 SE Second Avenue, Suite 4400
Miami, FL 33131
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law of the Miami Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Environmental of the Miami Metro Area
Kerri L. Barsh has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Kerri L. Barsh has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Environmental Law
Land Use and Zoning Law
Litigation - Environmental
Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Natural Resources Law