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Derek J. Allen was awarded 2020 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Derek J. Allen

Allen Stahl + Kilbourne
  • Location:
    Asheville, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Santa Barbara, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Land Use and Zoning Law Construction Law
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  • Location:
    Lawrence, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Land Use and Zoning Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Real Estate Law Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Real Estate
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Daniel J. Bailey III was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Daniel J. Bailey III

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Real Estate Law Government Relations Practice Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Municipal Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Real Estate Law Environmental Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Natural Resources Law Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Nashua, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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Charles A. J. Beavers Jr. was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Charles A. J. Beavers Jr.

Beavers Law, LLC
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Real Estate Real Estate Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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Mark E. Beliveau was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Mark E. Beliveau

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Reno, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Real Estate Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Municipal
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Construction Law
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Food and Beverage Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Commercial Litigation Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Construction Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Bethesda, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Commercial Finance Law Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
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  • Location:
    Potomac, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Environmental Real Estate Law Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Real Estate Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Real Estate Environmental Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Red Bank, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Haddonfield, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Olympia, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Environmental Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Towson, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Stamford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Land Use and Zoning Law First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    New London, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Newark, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Land Use and Zoning Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Somerset, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Construction Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Litigation - Municipal Government Relations Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Education Law
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Qui Tam Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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Paula M. Devereaux was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Paula M. Devereaux

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Real Estate Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Land Use and Zoning Law Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Potomac, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Real Estate Law Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Government Relations Practice Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Land Use and Zoning Law Economic Development Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Economic Development Law Real Estate Law Public Finance Law Commercial Finance Law Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
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  • Location:
    Okemos, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Municipal Energy Law Utilities Law Municipal Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Burlington, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Equipment Finance Law Land Use and Zoning Law Corporate Law Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
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  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Sports Law Land Use and Zoning Law Environmental Law Water Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Environmental Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Sarasota, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    San Jose, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Municipal Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Newark, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Land Use and Zoning Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Colmar, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Roseland, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Princeton, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Towson, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Rutland, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Environmental Mining Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Lawrence, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Municipal Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Real Estate Banking and Finance Law
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  • Location:
    Bend, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Commercial Finance Law Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Commercial Finance Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Burlington, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Lawrenceville, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Bangor, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Bethesda, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Bethesda, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Real Estate Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Land Use and Zoning Law Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Natural Resources Law Litigation - Real Estate Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Land Use and Zoning Law

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Practice Area Definition

Land Use and Zoning Law Definition

Land use practice encompasses those areas of the law which are focused on public efforts to shape the use and development of private land use either through regulation or through governmental incentives. It includes both the substantive and the procedural aspects of federal and state laws regulating the environment and ensuring a place for environmental concerns in public decision-making; federal, state, and local programs to protect significant historic and archeological resources; local subdivision, site planning, zoning and mapping laws; and the use by all levels of government of incentives, whether through the tax system or special governmental powers to facilitate desirable development.

The land use practitioner brings an understanding of these laws and programs and how they relate to each other to any one of the variety of roles: counseling, planning, structuring, and negotiating a private real estate transaction; advising (and sometimes opining) as to compliance with the applicable land use controls; counseling and advocacy with respect to a private land use initiative requiring public agency action; negotiating with or mediating among the stakeholders in a public land use decision; negotiating and preparation of the documentation required in connection with all of these activities; and, in cases where the differences between stakeholders are not resolved through the public land use decision process, advocacy in litigation challenging a public land use decision. 

Beyond a knowledge of the law, land use practice requires a sensitivity to the different economic interests, planning goals, and political considerations of the stakeholders in the land use regulation process and an understanding of how they can shape public decisions; a recognition that land use regulation, particularly environmentally-based controls, often involves technical knowledge that requires retention of appropriate experts; and an understanding that public consideration of a land use action may be colored by the sometimes large economic consequences of a land use decision, by unstated but deeply felt concerns over change, and by competing visions of the future.

Land use practice encompasses those areas of the law which are focused on public efforts to shape the use and development of private land use either through regulation or through governmental incentives. It includes both the substantive and the procedural aspects of federal and state laws regulating the environment and ensuring a place for environmental concerns in public decision-making; federal, state, and local programs to protect significant historic and archeological resources; local subdivision, site planning, zoning and mapping laws; and the use by all levels of government of incentives, whether through the tax system or special governmental powers to facilitate desirable development.

The land use practitioner brings an understanding of these laws and programs and how they relate to each other to any one of the variety of roles: counseling, planning, structuring, and negotiating a private real estate transaction; advising (and sometimes opining) as to compliance with the applicable land use controls; counseling and advocacy with respect to a private land use initiative requiring public agency action; negotiating with or mediating among the stakeholders in a public land use decision; negotiating and preparation of the documentation required in connection with all of these activities; and, in cases where the differences between stakeholders are not resolved through the public land use decision process, advocacy in litigation challenging a public land use decision. 

Beyond a knowledge of the law, land use practice requires a sensitivity to the different economic interests, planning goals, and political considerations of the stakeholders in the land use regulation process and an understanding of how they can shape public decisions; a recognition that land use regulation, particularly environmentally-based controls, often involves technical knowledge that requires retention of appropriate experts; and an understanding that public consideration of a land use action may be colored by the sometimes large economic consequences of a land use decision, by unstated but deeply felt concerns over change, and by competing visions of the future.