Steven W. Zelkowitz - Attorney at Law

333 S.E. 2nd Avenue
Suite 3200
Miami, Florida 33131

P 305-416-6880
F 305-416-6887
D 305-913-0346

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Biography

Steven is the managing shareholder in GrayRobinson's Miami office and co-chair of the Hospitality Industry Group. He focuses on complex real estate, land use and zoning matters for both public and private clients. He has extensive experience in the sale and purchase of all types of commercial properties, leasing and related transactions, lending, title insurance and developer representation including condominium and hotel development and construction projects, as well as representation of municipalities and community redevelopment agencies. He also has experience in public/private transactions, including large-scale transportation and public works projects, as well as in obtaining state and local tax incentives for businesses relocating to the state of Florida.

In addition, Steven has significant governmental law experience. He serves as general and special counsel to a number of community redevelopment agencies in South Florida, including the North Miami CRA, North Miami Beach CRA, Hallandale Beach CRA and Naranja Lakes CRA. He has also worked for a number of municipalities in South Florida, including Bal Harbour Village, Village of Key Biscayne, City of Aventura, City of Homestead, Town of Miami Lakes, City of Miramar, City of Weston, City of Dania Beach, City of Boca Raton, Islamorada, Village of Islands, and the City of Marathon.

Steven has very strong ties to the community. He currently serves as general counsel to one of his favorite charities, the Humane Society of Greater Miami, and is active in the Anti-Defamation League. Steven has been named Top Lawyer in the South Florida Legal Guide since 2006 and recognized in South Florida Business Journal's "Best of the Bar" issue. He frequently lectures on real estate and governmental law issues.

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Background

Steven was born in New York City and grew up in Livingston, New Jersey. After receiving his bachelor's from the University of Massachusetts, Steven attended Rutgers University, where he participated in a joint degree program and simultaneously received his juris doctor and master's in city and regional planning. Prior to becoming a shareholder at GrayRobinson, Steven practiced in New York City and Orlando, Florida.

Education
  • University of Massachusetts, B.S. (1983)
  • Rutgers University, M.C.R.P. (1989)
  • Rutgers University School of Law, J.D. (1989)
Admissions
  • Florida
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court of New Jersey
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • The Florida Bar
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Florida Fiduciary Forum, Member
  • Florida Redevelopment Association, Member
  • Association of Florida Community Developers, Inc., Member
  • Risk Management Association (RMA) Southeast Florida Chapter, Member
Awards & Recognitions
  • AV Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA, Real Estate, 2012-2017
  • South Florida Business Journal, Power Leaders in Law, 2014-2017
  • Daily Business Review, Dealmaker of the Year Finalist, 2014
  • South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers, 2006-2017
  • South Florida Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2003
  • South Florida Business Journal, The Book of Law, 2010-present
  • Daily Business Review, Top Dealmakers of the Year Finalist, 2012
  • Florida Trend, "Legal Elite," 2012
Civic
  • Miami Shores Village
    • Councilmember, 2017-2019
    • Vice Mayor, 2015-2017
    • Planning and Zoning, Board Member, 2013-2015
    • Historic Preservation Board, Chair, 2002-2006
  •  Biscayne Corridor Community Redevelopment Agency, Commissioner
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Trustee Member
  • North Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, Trustee Member
  • North Miami Chamber of Commerce, Trustee Member
  • Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Trustee Member
Articles & Publications
  • "CRAs - Time Tested and Popular," South Florida Legal Guide, 2007
  • "Lenders Should be Wary of Proposed Changes in the Bankruptcy Law That Are Designed to Cure the Home Loan Crisis," South Florida Legal Guide, 2009
Presentations & Seminars
  • "From the Ground Up: Unshared Assumptions in Law and Planning,” American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of State and Local Government Law’s 31st Annual Land Use Institute: Planning, Regulation, Litigation, Eminent Domain and Compensation Program, February 2, 2017
  • “Creating New Places from Old Spaces.” North Miami Downtown Revitalization Forum, Miami, Florida, June 12, 2014 
  • "The ABCs of CRAs: Amending Your Community Redevelopment Plan," The John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government Seminar at FAU, co-sponsored by GrayRobinson and the FAU School of Urban and Regional Planning, November 14, 2013
  • "The ABCs of CRAs: Community Redevelopment Agency Basics," The John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government Seminar at FAU, co-sponsored by GrayRobinson and the FAU School of Urban and Regional Planning, April 10, 2013
  • "ABCs of CRA Deal Making: RLIs, RFQs, RFPs, Ethical Challenges and the "Art of the Deal," Hot Topics for Local Government Officials Annual Redevelopment Program Series, November 2, 2011
  • "The ABCs of CRAs," Florida Atlantic University, School of Government, 2008-2010
  • "The ABCs of PPPs," Florida Atlantic University, March 2010
  • "Public/Private Transactions and Government Incentive Programs," Lorman Education Services, Government Contracts in Florida Conference
  • "From a Legal Perspective: So, How Do You Get It Done Now?," 4th Annual Redevelopment Program, The ABC's of Dealing with CRAs, Working in the Post-Kelo Environment, November 2006
  • "Building and Land Use Attorneys Tell Their Side of Affordable Housing Issues," Florida Redevelopment Association, 2006 Annual Conference
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