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Government Representation

Becker & Poliakoff has represented numerous public entities as General Counsel and as lobbyists. We are very familiar with statutes affecting governmental operations, procurement, contracting and other daily functions. In addition, our attorneys have significant experience in drafting and researching ordinances, ethics and elections laws, bid documents, intergovernmental agreements, land use, annexation, zoning, state and federal legislation. Our attorneys routinely represent governmental entities in real estate and other commercial transactions and business deals.

The Firm's experience representing governmental entities and private sector clients in litigation with governmental entities includes trials and appeals of infrastructure and land use, zoning, setbacks, height, density, compatibility, contract disputes, construction defects, interpretation and constitutionality of statutes and rules, foreclosures, boundary and title disputes, license and employment agreements, eminent domain suits, environmental cases, insurance coverage and claims disputes, telecommunications, public records, ad valorem tax cases and virtually the entire spectrum of civil matters affecting government and business. The Firm has represented the Broward County School Board since 1994 and has handled literally hundreds of delay and defect claims, and helped write the Board's construction related contracts.

Client Accomplishments

For Town of Southwest Ranches as Town Attorney for 13+ years, our attorneys provided comprehensive representation including, review, negotiate and execute all contracts or other legal document set forth by the Town. Specifically, on real estate acquisitions and dispositions for the Town including negotiating terms of contracts for purchases and sales, leasings, title work and financings. Our attorneys routinely reviewed proposed plats within the Town for compliance with Florida Statutes and review the opinions of title submitted to the Town as required with all plat applications. The Firm has also been involved in negotiating and drafting Development Agreements on behalf of the Town.

For School Board of Broward County, as Special Counsel since 1994, our attorneys have resolved numerous delay and defect claims, redrafted construction-related contracts, prevent future claims and, when necessary, filed suits against the District's vendors. Cases range from disputes for time and money to correction of warranty work by general contractors from whom retainage was being withheld.

For the Village of Wellington, the Firm assisted the Village with the review and revision of its Purchasing Manual, and serves as outside legal counsel for procurement related matters.

For Collier County, the Firm assisted the County with the review and revision of their purchasing policy and procedures.

For Cities of Doral, Palmetto Bay and Miami Lakes, our attorney represented these cities before Miami Dade County.

For City of Parkland, our attorneys successfully litigated a case for injunctive relief and damages for breach of contract with a commercial vendor which had previously agreed to sunset certain business activities within the City.

Name Title Phone V-Card Email Office
Mario J. Bailey Senior Government Relations Consultant 954.364.6094 Ft. Lauderdale
George M. Burgess Senior Government Relations Consultant 954.985.4121 Ft. Lauderdale
William J. Cea Shareholder 561.655.5444 West Palm Beach
Jose Keichi Fuentes Senior Government Relations Consultant 305.262.4433 Miami
Yeline Goin Attorney 407.875.0955 Orlando
Yolanda Cash Jackson Shareholder 954.985.4132 Ft. Lauderdale
Nicholas G. Matthews Senior Government Relations Consultant 954.985.4135 Ft. Lauderdale
David G. Muller Shareholder 239.552.3200 Naples
In Memoriam - Marcie Oppenheimer Nolan Shareholder 954.985.4135 Ft. Lauderdale