Debbie M. Orshefsky

Debbie M. Orshefsky


Holland & Knight LLP

Recognized since 2006

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Practice Areas

Environmental Law

Land Use and Zoning Law

Real Estate Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Land Use and Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Environmental Law
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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.

Location

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

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, The Florida Bar
  • District of Columbia, The District of Columbia Bar

Affiliations

  • Real Estate Development Advisory Board, Master of Science Real Estate Degree Program, Nova Southeastern University - Member
  • Urban Land Institute - Member
  • Urban Land Institute Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council - Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Land Use and Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Environmental Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Land Use and Zoning Law, Fort Lauderdale (2022)
  • Environmental Law, Fort Lauderdale (2019)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Environmental Law
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Real Estate Law

Special Focus

  • Land Use

Awards:

  • AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5
  • South Florida Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2003
  • one of 15 "Women of the Year," American Cancer Society's Broward County 1000+ Club, 2005
  • Florida Real Estate Journal, "Top Women in Florida Commercial Real Estate," 2008
  • South Florida Legal Guide, one of eight "Women in Law," June 2010
  • South Florida Business Journal, one of 24 "Influential Business Women of 2010," July 30, 2010
  • Lawdragon 3000, "Leading Lawyers in America," 2010
  • South Florida Business Journal, "100 Heavy Hitters in Commercial Real Estate," May 2011
  • Chambers USA Guide, 2004-2013
  • Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2010, 2012-2013
  • The Legal 500 United States, 2011-2013
  • Winning Team, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2013
  • South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers in South Florida," 2005-2014

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