Clifford A. Schulman

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  • Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rated
  • Best Lawyers 2012
  • Best Lawyers award
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Legal Elite award
  • SF Legal award
  • Super Lawyers

For 46 years, Cliff has been practicing in the areas of environmental law, zoning, growth management, subdivision law and land development. His practice area is primarily land use law including zoning, environmental law and comprehensive planning issues. In these regards, he has represented or presently represents the developers of Biscayne Landing, a 6,000 unit, mixed use development being built on a historic Superfund landfill site in the City of North Miami; The Related Group of Florida; Michael Swerdlow companies; Williams Island, Acqualina, Fisher Island and numerous other hi-rise developments in Miami-Dade County.

Cliff has vast experience in the field of Environmental Law and has served as Chairman of the Florida Bar's Committee on Land Use and Environmental Law.

Published Works

  • Co-Author of the Florida Bar Environmental Law Section newsletter in 1979 and 1980 and Editor-in-Chief of the continuing legal education manual
  • Environmental Regulation and Litigation in Florida (1981 edition.) Co-Authored the chapter entitled “Inverse Condemnation” in Volume 2 of that manual.

Certifications and Specialties

  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit/Civil Mediator
  • American Arbitration Association Mediator

Reported Cases

  • City of Sunny Isles Beach v. Publix Super Markets, Inc., 996 So. 2d 238 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2008)
  • Turnberry Isle Condominium v. Florida Pritiken Center, Inc., 931 So. 2d 934 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2008)
  • Coral Gables Youth Center Homeowners Ass’n, Inc. v. City of Coral Gables, 901 So. 2d 246 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2005)
  • City of Miami Beach v. East Coastline Development Ltd., 819 So. 2d 898 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2002)
  • Pinecrest Lakes, Inc. v. Shidel, 802 So. 2d 486 (Fla. 4th DCA 2001)
  • Fisher Island Holdings, LLC v. Miami-Dade County Com’n on Ethics and Public Trust, 748 So. 2d 381 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2000)
  • Las Olas Tower Co. v. City of Ft. Lauderdale, 742 So. 2d 308, (Fla. 4th DCA 1999)
  • Las Olas Tower Co. v. City of Ft. Lauderdale, 733 So. 2d 1034 (Fla. 4th DCA 1999)
  • Metropolitan Dade County v. Blumenthal, 675 So. 2d 598 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1995)
  • Village of Key Biscayne v. Dade County, 627 So. 2d 1180 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1993)
  • Scientific Games, Inc. v. Dittler Bros., Inc. 586 So. 2d 1128 (Fla. 1st DCA 1991)
  • City Gas Co. of Florida v. Florida Public Services Com’n, 501 So. 2d 580 (Fla. January 5, 1987)
  • South Florida Citizens For A Better Environment, Inc., v. South Broward County Resource Recovery Project, Inc., 502 So. 2d 9 (Fla. 1st DCA 1988)
  • City of Sunrise v. Town of Davie, 472 So. 2d 458 (Fla. June 27, 1985)
  • Seaboard System R.R., Inc. v. Clemente for and on Behalf of Metropolitan Dade County, 467 So. 2d 348 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1985)
  • Markham v. Fogg, 458 So. 2d 1122 (Fla. October 18, 1984)
  • Weisblum v. Dade County, 434 So. 2d 50 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1983)
  • Coral Reef Nurseries, Inc. v. Babcock Co., 410 So. 2d 648 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1982)
  • Blaustein v. Weiss, 409 So. 2d 103 (Fla. 4th DCA 1982)
  • Fogg v. Broward County, 397 So. 2d 944 (Fla. 4th DCA 1981)
  • Context Development Co., v. Dade County, 374 So. 2d 1143 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1979)
  • Dade County v. Grossman, 354 So. 2d 131 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1978)
  • Amster v. Dade County, 332 So. 2d 639 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1978)
  • Dade County v. Miller, 325 So. 2d 418 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1978)
  • Metropolitan Dade County v. Fletcher, 311 So. 2d 738 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1975)
  • Odem v. Construction Trades Qualifying Bd. Of Dade County, 309 So. 2d 622 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1975)
  • PaineWebber Income Properties Three Ltd. Partnership By and Through Third Income Properties v. Mobil Oil Corp., 916 F.Supp. 1239, M.D.Fla., February 21, 1996 (NO. 92-1839-CIV-T-17B)
  • PaineWebber Income Properties Three Ltd. Partnership By and Through Third Income Properties, Inc. v. Mobil Oil Corp., 902 F.Supp. 1514, 26 Envtl. L. Rep. 20,677, M.D.Fla., April 28, 1995 (NO. 92-1839-CIV-T-17B)
  • Rite-Research Improves Environment, Inc. v. Costle, 78 F.R.D. 321, 11 ERC 1379, 11 Envtl. L. Rep. 20,928, S.D.Fla., February 21, 1978 (NO. 76-1848-CIV-WMH)
  • City of North Miami, Florida v. Train, 377 F.Supp. 1264, 6 ERC 1841, S.D.Fla., June 28, 1974 (NO. 74-714-CIV-WM)

Awards and Recognitions

  • "Congressional Tribute", The Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz 
  • "Top Lawyers", South Florida Legal Guide 2016, 2017
  • "Best Lawyers, Environmental, Land Use and Zoning", Best Lawyers 2015-2019
  • "Super Lawyers", Super Lawyers 2006-2018
  • "Top Lawyers", South Florida Legal Guide 2015
  • Martindale Hubble AV rating
  • Best Lawyers in America (1989 to date)
  • Legal 500 US (2007 and 2009)
  • Who’s Who Legal: Florida (2008)
  • Chambers & Partners USA Guide (2003-2010)
  • “Top Lawyer” South Florida Legal Guide, 2004-2008, 2010, 2013-present
  • “Legal Elite” Florida Trend, 2004-2005
  • Best Lawyers South Florida 2011
  • Lawyer of the Year (Environmental Law/2011)
  • Recipient, 2004 Anti-Defamation League’s “Torch of Freedom” award
  • Best Lawyers, 2012-2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • AV rating
  • Best Lawyers in America (1989 to date)
  • Legal 500 US (2007 and 2009)
  • Who’s Who Legal: Florida (2008)
  • Super Lawyers (2006-2010)
  • Chambers & Partners USA Guide (2003-2010)
  • “Top Lawyers in South Florida” in the South Florida Legal Guide (2004-2008, 2010)
  • “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine (2004-2005)
  • Best Lawyers South Florida 2011
  • Lawyer of the Year (Environmental Law/2011)

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Eleventh Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, Miami-Dade Urban Debate League
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Miami Law School, Master Program
  • Former Member, Executive Council and Chairman, Environmental and Land Use Law Section of the Florida Bar
  • Chairman of the Board, Executive Committee, Aventura Marketing Council
  • Recipient, 2004 Anti-Defamation League’s “Torch of Freedom” award
  • Founder, Mt. Sinai Hospital

 

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