Jeff represents private property owners, developers, associations, and investors in obtaining land use entitlements, and in addressing land use and permitting concerns. He also specializes in working through the often complex challenges presented by local government regulation of land use and the exercise of private property rights. Jeff’s expertise includes Florida’s Sunshine Law and Public Records Law, zoning and code enforcement, and all matters involving the city, county, and local governments, including towns, villages, special districts, and community development districts.
Jeff serves as Chair of the Land Use & Environmental Law Department. He is Board Certified in City, County & Local Government Law, a designation by the Florida Supreme Court that recognizes special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in this area of the law.
Jeff has been deeply involved in growth management and comprehensive planning issues in Florida. He has served as committee counsel to the Collier County Rural Lands Stewardship Area Review Committee, and as an Assistant County Attorney on growth management and land use matters in Collier County, Florida. Jeff was a member of the Florida Association of County Attorneys’ statewide Growth Management Committee from its inception in 2009 and has provided critical input on growth management legislation, referenda, and reform.
Jeff has been recognized for his professional achievements, including being named a “Top Lawyer” by Naples Illustrated for his work in land use and zoning law (2018-2020). He also received the Growth Management Committee Writing Award from the Florida Association of Counties (2009), the Deepwater Horizon Legal Task Force Appreciation Award (2011) and the Faculty of Federal Advocates’ Raymond Micklewright Professionalism Award (2004).
A Michigan native, Jeff resides in Naples with his wife and two daughters. When not working, he enjoys fishing, kayaking, and traveling with his family.
Jeff is admitted in all Florida and Colorado state courts, as well as the United States District Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida, and United States District Court, District of Colorado.
Professional And Civic Affiliations
Jeff is a member of the Collier County Bar Association, the Lee County Bar Association, the Florida Bar’s Real Property and Land Use Sections. He currently serves on the Naples Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee and is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Real Estate Investment Society (REIS), the Collier County Building Industry Association (CBIA), and the Naples Area Board of Realtors (NABOR). He is a former member of the Florida Association of Counties Growth Management Committee and Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Legal Task Force, Florida Association of County Attorneys, and Florida Association of Code Enforcement.