New bill would make it riskier to sue to protect undeveloped lands

Floridians would be on the hook to pay when they lose lawsuits that oppose building new homes on undeveloped lands, under a newly filed bill. Environmental groups fear that if the bill were to pass, it would deter people from filing lawsuits limiting development — and lead to greater sprawl. “The intent of the legislation […]

Government Law Group Adds Attorney Julieta Gomez De Mello To Litigation Team

Government Law Group is excited to announce that attorney Julieta Gomez de Mello has joined the firm as Senior Associate. She will concentrate her practice on complex commercial litigation representing businesses and individuals in a variety of litigation matters, business litigation, appellate practice, Intellectual Property and Probate Litigation. The addition of Ms. Gomez de Mello […]

Hollywood Development Boom: Shrinking Land Supply Presents Opportunities

Hollywood, the beach town sandwiched between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, is finally experiencing a real estate boom. Fueled by high demand for land in the region, and a limited supply, the once-quiet town is now booming with development for the first time in decades. Downtown Hollywood and the iconic Young Circle area are revitalizing with […]

BTI’s $500M South Fla. Mixed-Use Project Gets Approvals

A mixed-use development featuring two 35-story towers and 856 units developed by BTI Partners, with guidance from Government Law Group PLLC, has won key approvals from Hollywood, Florida, officials this week, clearing a path for the over $500 million project to move forward. The Hollywood City Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve the rezoning, design […]

Bonds on the Ballot in Delray, and a New Doc’s All American

Two major bond referendums will be on the Delray Beach ballot in March. One will ask voters to approve $100 million for public safety improvements, including a new police station. The other will be a $20 million plan to upgrade recreation, focusing on Atlantic Dunes and Catherine Strong parks. The city commission approved the proposals […]

CRE Landlords, Tenants Fight For Upper Hand In S. Florida

Law360 (September 2, 2022, 4:01 PM EDT) — With economic forces and local market trends driving up prices for South Florida commercial real estate, the mutual needs that marked tenant-landlord relationships during the depths of the pandemic have given way to property owners motivated to seek out technicalities and other creative means to oust tenants […]

Large self-storage facility may be coming to Atlantic Avenue and Turnpike intersection

The country’s largest self-storage company, Public Storage, is looking to build a three-story facility on the southwest corner of Florida’s Turnpike and Atlantic Avenue. The County Zoning Commission on Aug. 25 granted a necessary variance, the first approval in what will be a lengthy process to build a three-story, 71,259 square-foot facility on a vacant […]

Legal battle ramps up at waterfront Bal Harbour condo building

Former unit owner and her buyers allege board president Joseph Swedroe is engaging in “self-dealing” Current and former unit owners at a boutique waterfront building in Bal Harbour allege that the condo board president has illegally obtained control, with the goal of ultimately terminating the association and redeveloping the property. Litigation between Water’s Edge House […]

As Fight Over South Florida Condo Termination Intensifies, Expect More Litigation as Developers Pursue New Buildings

“A lot of condo associations seem to go unchecked. It’s not to say that they do anything wrong, but the truth is, a lot of people aren’t paying attention to what their condo board does. Especially in something like this particular building, where a lot of its members are part-time residents,” said Jordan Isrow of […]

StrongBlock Lured, Bilked Crypto Investors Via Reward, Suit Says

COURT: S.D.N.Y. TRACK DOCKET: No. 1:22-cv-07313 (Bloomberg Law Subscription) JUDGE: Vernon S. Broderick (Bloomberg Law Subscription) COMPANY INFO: StrongBlock (Bloomberg Law Subscription) Crypto-asset seller StrongBlock promised “lifetime” rewards with the purchase of certain blockchain products but then capped those rewards in a bait and switch, 15 investors say in a suit in federal court in New York. The company also violated the […]

Hollywood trailer park goes under contract to developer

The developer has proposed a 7-story project here. Pinnacle aims to redevelop a trailer park in Hollywood to build the second phase of its affordable housing project. The city’s Technical Advisory Committee on Sept. 6 will consider plans for Pinnacle 441 Phase 2. Miami-based Pinnacle has the 1.67-acre trailer park, containing 50 homes, at 6028 […]

30 years after Hurricane Andrew: How resilient is South Florida? – orlandosentinel.com

The 30th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew’s assault on South Florida is days away, and for the uninitiated and those who may have forgotten, here is what the Category 5 storm did to southern Miami-Dade County and elsewhere. After striking on Aug. 24, 1992, Andrew killed 65 people, destroyed 63,000 homes, left 175,000 homeless, and in […]

30 years after Hurricane Andrew: How resilient is South Florida? – sun-sentinel.com

The 30th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew’s assault on South Florida is days away, and for the uninitiated and those who may have forgotten, here is what the Category 5 storm did to southern Miami-Dade County and elsewhere. After striking on Aug. 24, 1992, Andrew killed 65 people, destroyed 63,000 homes, left 175,000 homeless, and in […]

Twin towers, each rising 35 stories, will be the tallest in Hollywood’s downtown

HOLLYWOOD — When glitzy twin apartment towers take up residence on the east side of Young Circle, they’ll have bragging rights as the tallest downtown. The luxury towers, currently dubbed B57 North and B57 South, will rise into the sky nearly 400 feet high, transforming the east side of Young Circle from dormant to dazzling, […]

‘All part of the game’: Commercial landlords seek ways out of long-term leases as more lucrative tenants arrive

Property owners that don’t want to renew leases as rents increase will find unique ways to get out of contracts. Landlords are finding ways to oust long-term tenants and replace them with new businesses willing to pay premium asking rents, two attorneys told the Business Journal. Jordan Isrow, a partner in the Fort Lauderdale-based Government Law […]

Landlords Are Slashing Ties With Tenants to Capitalize on a Hot CRE Market. Here’s How They’re Doing It

“I think there’s going to be sympathy for businesses but at the same time, the law is really designed in a way to capitalistic benefit,” said Jordan Isrow of Government Law Group in Fort Lauderdale. As commercial rental rates rise in South Florida, some landlords who are locked into leases are hoping to capitalize on […]

Law Lags Behind Tech As 3D Construction Forges Ahead

Law360 (June 28, 2022, 1:27 PM EDT) — When the married co-owners of Precision Building & Renovating LLC decided to build Florida’s first 3D-printed home just outside Tallahassee city limits in 2019, the pair found themselves embroiled in a painful process that they eventually walked away from altogether. Leon County slow-walked James and Kyndra Light’s […]

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 […]