Joseph Goldstein is a land use and environmental lawyer and the practice group leader of the Miami Real Estate and Land Use practice. Mr. Goldstein has significant experience in representing developers and private property owners in their efforts to protect their property rights or entitlements and in seeking complex development or other governmental approvals and permits. Mr. Goldstein has particular and extensive experience in obtaining approvals of Developments of Regional Impact (DRI), comprehensive planning, development agreements, zoning and permitting. He is privileged to represent clients who comprise a Who’s Who of Fortune 500 companies and are among Florida’s most responsible corporate leaders in healthcare, government, education, land and economic development, sports, retail, industrial, office, residential and community redevelopment.

Mr. Goldstein has experience in representing dozens of the most significant and recognizable development projects in the South Florida region, from conception to completion, during his approximately 32 years of practicing land use and environmental law at private law firms.

During his nearly two decades of practicing land use planning and law, and prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Goldstein was a shareholder at two major national law firms. Prior to attending law school at the University of Miami (where he spent time as a law clerk for the City of Miami Attorney’s office), Mr. Goldstein was a planner at the South Florida Regional Planning Council, the agency charged with oversight of the DRI and comprehensive planning processes for the three-county South Florida region.

Mr. Goldstein has served on the Board of Directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Florida for many years and remains active in that organization.


  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D.
  • Colgate University, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
  • Builders Association of South Florida, Miami-Dade County Legislative Committee, Chairman
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Environmental Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, Real Estate Law, 2005-2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Miami Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year, 2017, 2019 
  • The Legal 500 USA, Real Estate & Construction: Land Use/Zoning, 2011, 2012, 2014-2019
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, 2008-2019
  • Builders Association of South Florida (BASF) Legislative Leadership Award, 2016
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2016
  • Builders Association of South Florida (BASF) Al Singer Spirit of the Industry Award, 2015
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine, 2008-2009
  • Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine, May 2009
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated


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