On the Rise: Jordan Isrow

Get to know some of the most accomplished and promising attorneys in Florida, aged 40 or younger. Title, Firm: Partner at Government Law Group What drew you to a career in law? As a kid I was the unfortunate victim of an accident that required serious surgery and extensive rehabilitation. That was the first time I had […]

‘From the Ashes of Calamity’: Lawyers React to Swift $997 Million Resolution of Surfside Condo Collapse Litigatio

“Next time you hear someone disparage our profession, it is worth remembering some of the exceptional work done here.” Less than a year after the June 24, 2021, collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium building killed 98 people in Surfside, a proposed $997 million class action settlement has been reached—to the amazement of many in […]

Does a Noisy Gym Equal Property Damage? ‘Interpretation Is Key’ in This Insurance Suit Against a Florida Condo Association

It’s a lawsuit that raises questions about how insurance contracts should be interpreted, as this commercial general liability policy defines “property damage” as “physical injury to tangible property.” The big question in a lawsuit that pits insurance underwriters against a Florida condo association is: does the disruption of a noisy gym constitute property damage? It’s […]

Pricey Land Market Confounds Developers

Last year, prices were up 6 percent, the most in nearly a decade. The pursuit of land and its price is rising, putting a strain on developers in nearly every market and industry segment. In 2021, the land market had its best year in nearly a decade as sales rose 6% and outperformed the pace […]

As dev site prices soar in Miami, buyers play a “dangerous game”

Development site deal volume in Greater Downtown Miami rose 155% between 2019 and 2021 Developer Chaim Cahane bought a development site in Miami’s Wynwood for $6.4 million in December. Three weeks later, a broker called him with an unsolicited all-cash offer: Flip it for 75 percent more. Then, in March, Cahane’s Forte Capital partnered with investor Jon […]

Protecting Trade Secrets and Avoiding Litigation in the Great Resignation Era

Arguably one of the biggest changes has been the unprecedented manner in which millions of Americans have quit their jobs in search of new career opportunities that offer greater flexibility, improved work-life balance, higher pay and increased opportunity for advancement. The times they are a-changin’—and it’s beginning to look like things may never go back […]

3 Real Estate Areas To Watch As Russia-Ukraine War Persists

Law360 (April 1, 2022, 10:58 AM EDT) — As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters its second month, U.S. real estate investors are all eyes on supply chain and inflation concerns, while global investors could shift more of their assets into U.S. properties amid growing concerns about the European market. The U.S. real estate market was […]

As a luxury sports bar seeks later hours in Delray Beach, it gets caught in noise battle with neighbors

DELRAY BEACH — The issue of whether more late-night bars in Delray Beach could expand farther out on Atlantic Avenue will likely soon come before the city again as a new sports bar keeps up its fight to receive an exemption to stay open until 2 a.m. And that will likely set up another contentious battle […]

Rise Of Florida Mini-Cities Blurring Urban-Suburban Lines

Among outgrowths of the pandemic has been an explosion of newcomers to Florida. Many recent arrivals to the state are from urban areas in the Northeast and Midwest U.S., where density and walkability have long been part and parcel of daily life. It’s only appropriate, then, that Florida is witnessing a surge in what might […]

A new sports bar in Delray Beach wants to stay open until 2 a.m. Here is why it’s raising major concerns among residents.

DELRAY BEACH — Delray Beach has long confined the festiveness from its late-night bars and restaurants to a half-mile stretch on Atlantic Avenue, but that could come to an end. Bounce Sporting Club, an upscale sports bar set for the $300 million Atlantic Crossing development on Atlantic just east of Federal Highway, is hoping to […]

South Florida elected leader worked remotely during COVID. His peers determined whether he could keep his commission seat

MIRAMAR — Miramar City Commissioner Winston F. Barnes, 73, will keep his seat on the dais. City leaders planned to vote at Monday night’s meeting on whether to oust Barnes for attending commission meetings remotely throughout the pandemic. But before any commissioners could discuss or vote, Commissioner Maxwell Chambers, who brought up the motion, withdrew […]

This elected leader worked remotely during COVID. Now he may get fired.

MIRAMAR — A 73-year-old elected official who worried about contracting COVID-19 faces losing his job — because he only showed up virtually for business during the pandemic. Miramar city leaders are expected to vote Monday whether to fire Commissioner Winston F. Barnes, concluding that leaders “may punish its own members for misconduct,” according to the […]

South Florida expects windfall from $1.2T infrastructure bill

The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill Congress passed is expected to jump-start major construction projects in South Florida, bringing a significant number of jobs and opportunities for local contractors. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which President Joe Biden is expected to sign in the coming days, includes multiple areas of infrastructure that will be bolstered nationwide. Miami-Dade […]

Movers & Influencers

Government Law Group, Fort Lauderdale Attorney Payton H. Poliakoff has joined Government Law Group as an Associate. Government Law Group is a boutique firm that provides clients with a comprehensive 360-degree approach for government and litigation solutions. Mr. Poliakoff will focus his practice on complex commercial litigation and government contracting. Government Law Group, Fort Lauderdale […]

South Florida Business Journal Runs Jordan and Payton’s Announcements

NEW HIRE LEGAL SERVICES NOVEMBER 4, 2021 Jordan Isrow Partner at Government Law Group https://www.govlawgroup.com/ EDUCATION:  University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL) Attorney and City of Parkland Commissioner Jordan B. Isrow has joined Government Law Group as a Partner. Government Law Group is a boutique firm that provides clients with a comprehensive approach for government, litigation, and business […]

New lease on life: Apartment projects popping up at distressed South Florida shopping centers

Multifamily developers want sites in walkable places, and struggling shopping centers need to fill vacant spaces Residential redevelopment of South Florida shopping centers is becoming more common, amid solid demand for rental housing and a slack market for retail space. This month, Houston-based developer Morgan Group won a land use change to build 356 apartments […]

From Dubai to Surfside: Inside Damac’s plans to redevelop the tragic site

Billionaire Hussain Sajwani’s firm hopes for spectacular US debut Hussain Sajwani has made a career out of going against the tide. While his compatriots scaled back after the 2008 market downturn, Sajwani, the founder of Dubai-based Damac Properties, announced his biggest project yet, the 42 million-square-foot Damac Hills. And years later, as many high-profile businesses […]

Town blames rival for blocking big-money detention center. Now it wants $150 million.

PEMBROKE PINES — A long-running feud has finally made its way to a courtroom, where six jurors will decide whether Pembroke Pines is to blame for blocking a lucrative detention center from being built in Southwest Ranches. In a lawsuit filed nearly a decade ago, Southwest Ranches claims Pembroke Pines cost the town millions by […]

Selling out post-Surfside collapse

Buyers seeking warm weather and the amenities of oceanfront living have often sought out more affordable units in older buildings along South Florida’s waterfront. But now the supply of those condos may be dwindling. Developers, facing little to no inventory of undeveloped waterfront land, are increasingly targeting bulk buyouts of these buildings. And unit owners […]