Ms. Berkey is an attorney and certified land planner (AICP) with the Pavese Law Firm.... more
Ms. Berkey is an attorney and certified land planner (AICP) with the Pavese Law Firm. Her practice focuses primarily on the zoning, real estate and environmental issues related to the development of land. This includes representing clients in local government matters before city and county commissions, councils and boards, as well as permitting at the local, state, regional, and federal levels.
A native of Northwest Florida, Michael received a Bachelor of Arts in Business/Real... more
A native of Northwest Florida, Michael received a Bachelor of Arts in Business/Real Estate from Florida State University, and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Before returning to Florida, he practicedlaw in Washington, D.C., in the areas of real estate and bankruptcy. He has held a Florida Building Contractor's certificate since 1984, and lectures in the... view profile
Michelle Diffenderfer is a Shareholder in Lewis, Longman Walker's West Palm Beach,... more
Michelle Diffenderfer is a Shareholder in Lewis, Longman Walker's West Palm Beach, Florida office. Ms. Diffenderfer was born in Kingston, Jamaica and emigrated to the United States in 1985 to go to University and then on to Law School. Ms. Diffenderfer joined the law firm of Lewis, Longman Walker in 1994. Ms. Diffenderfer concentrates her practice in Environmental, Water, Natural Resources an... view profile
Land use / zoning attorneys help you understand land use laws and zoning regulations, both of which concern how you use your land (for businesses, homes, farms, factories, etc.). Zoning regulations specify things such as how close together different types of buildings can be (for example, single-family homes versus high-rise apartment buildings), how far back from the sidewalk buildings must be set, how high you can build, and how much parking you need to provide. A land use / zoning attorney can determine which rules apply to your property and development activities, and whether you qualify for any exceptions to these rules.