Neisen O. Kasdin

Neisen O. Kasdin

Akerman LLP

Recognized since 2015

Miami, Florida

Practice Areas

Land Use and Zoning Law

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Neisen Kasdin serves as managing partner of Akerman's Miami office. A former mayor of Miami Beach and leader in the revitalization of South Beach, he brings extensive civic experience to his work on urban revitalization and the development of complex, large-scale, multi-use projects.

Respected as a leader in urban development, he serves as vice chair of the board of directors for the Miami Downtown Development Authority and was responsible for leading the creation of Miami’s Downtown Master Plan. Many of his clients’ projects – from Brickell City Centre to Miami's Design District and the Faena District – have been groundbreaking, transforming Miami’s urban spaces with a blend of retail, office, and residential properties. In addition to large-scale projects, Neisen has represented clients in developments in emerging Miami neighborhoods such as Little Haiti and Wynwood.

Neisen is recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 as a leading land use and zoning lawyer in Florida. Clients value his attention to detail and thorough knowledge of building codes and government agencies, as well as his deep understanding of what a neighborhood needs, what is achievable, and what challenges may arise in the future.

  • Three Brickell City Centre, Suite 1100
    98 Southeast Seventh Street
    Miami, FL 33131
  • University of Florida, J.D., graduated 1980
Bar Admissions
  • Florida, The Florida Bar
  • Beacon Council - Past Chair
  • City National Bank of Florida - Board Member
  • Faena Art Center - Board Member and Secretary
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce - Transportation Committee, Past Chair; New World Center Committee, Past Chair
  • Miami Downtown Development Authority - Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Miami-Dade County Bar Association - Member
  • Miami-Dade County Metropolitan Planning Organization - Past Board Member
  • New World Symphony - Member and Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees
  • South Florida Regional Transportation Authority - Past Board Member
  • The Florida Bar - Member
  • University of Miami School of Architecture - Masters in Real Estate and Urbanism Advisory Board Member and Past Chair
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI), Governor and Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council - Past Chair
  • Wolfsonian Institute/Florida International University - Board Member
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

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Miami, Florida

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Bill Colson Award
  • Bring Back New Orleans Committee, Urban Land Institute, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 2005
  • American Institute of Architects, Miami Chapter, Government Official of the Year
  • Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, Distinguished Service Award
  • Dade Human Rights Foundation, Special Citation
  • Florida Redevelopment Association, Florida Redevelopment Official of the Year
  • Miami Design Preservation League, Chairman's Award
  • Dade Cultural Alliance, Elected Official of the Year
  • Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2007-2008, Listed for Environmental and Land Use
  • The Legal 500 2008-2009, Recommended in Florida for Real Estate: Land Use and Zoning
  • Shining Star Award, Arts & Business Council of Miami, 2011
  • South Florida Business Journal 2011, Listed as Heavy Hitter in South Florida Commercial Real Estate
  • Business Leader Magazine 2009 and 2012, Recognized as a "Power Player" in South Florida
  • Super Lawyers Magazine 2014, 2016, Listed in Florida for Land Use/Zoning
  • South Florida Business Journal 2014, Listed as a Power Leader in South Florida Commercial Real Estate
  • The Legal 500 2013, 2015-2016, Recommended for Real Estate and Construction - Real Estate
  • South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyers 2012, 2014-15, Listed for Real Estate
  • Daily Business Review 2015, Lifetime Achievement Award for Professional Excellence
  • Chambers USA 2009-2016, Ranked in Florida for Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use

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