Peter D. Waldman

Partner

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Pete specializes in eminent domain, inverse condemnation, and all aspects of real property litigation and valuation.

He began his legal career as an Assistant General Counsel for the Florida Department of Transportation. During the seven years that Pete represented the Department, he litigated several multi-million dollar damage cases, served as lead counsel in a variety of jury trials, bench trials, and meditations, and interacted with Department officials, committees, and staff on all aspects of property acquisition. While serving at the Department, Pete gained invaluable experience in all disciplines related to property acquisition, such as valuation, engineering, land planning, business damages, relocation and marketing.  He interacted closely with in-house staff, outside consultants, and expert witnesses during his tenure at the Department, and continues to closely monitor Department acquisition projects, policies and procedures.

In 2002, Pete entered private practice to represent private property owners and businesses in all aspects of eminent domain, pre-suit property acquisition and real property litigation. He has handled property acquisition matters initiated by the State, Federal, local and regional governments. Pete also represents and consults with a variety of governmental entities and utilities in eminent domain, property acquisition, project design and engineering matters.  Pete has a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning and uses his planning expertise in litigating land use and real property cases on behalf of both private sector and public sector clients.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Pete served four years in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged from the Corps in 1984.

Published Works

  • "Prepare Your Leases for Eminent Domain,” Florida Real Estate Journal, April 2010.
  • "The Perils of Eminent Domain," National Association of Convenience Stores, June 2010.

Memberships

  • The Florida Bar, Eminent Domain Committee
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Reported Cases

  • State Dept. of Transportation v. Suit City of Aventura, 774 So. 2d 9 (Fla. 3d DCA 2001).
  • Homestead Land Group, LLC v. City of Homestead, etc., and First Baptist Church of Perrine Inc., 165 So.3d 62 (Fla. 3d DCA 2015).

Awards

  • "Florida Super Lawyers", 2019
  • "Super Lawyers", Super Lawyers 2017-2018

Press Mentions

Presentations

  • "Easing into Easements", 2018 AEDP, 9/2018
  • "The Golden Road To Advancing Transportation Infrastructure", LAP, 8/22/2018