Overview

Debbie M. Orshefsky is a partner in Holland & Knight's Fort Lauderdale and Washington, D.C., offices. She practices in the areas of land development and environmental law with specific experience in planning, infrastructure planning and financing, zoning, subdivision controls and community redevelopment, as well as state, regional and local roles in land use decision-making.

Ms. Orshefsky has represented private developers and government agencies as special counsel and has intimate knowledge of the land use planning process. In addition, she is a frequent speaker at state and national seminars on the land development process, as well as infrastructure planning and funding.

Credentials

Education
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D.
  • Washington University in St. Louis, B.A., Urban Studies, summa cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
Memberships
  • City of Fort Lauderdale Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, Member, 2015-2019; Chair, 2018-2019
  • Nova Southeastern University, Real Estate Development Advisory Board, Master of Science Real Estate Degree Program, Member, 2010-Present
  • Urban Land Institute, Member, 2002-Present; National Transit Oriented Development Product Council, Member, 2007-Present; Women's Leadership Initiative, Founding Member, 2010-Present
  • Urban Land Institute Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council, Member, 2002-Present; Chair of the District Council, 2007-2009; Governance Committee, Member, 2010-Present; Executive Committee, Member, 2002-2018; Infrastructure Committee, Chair, 2008-2011; Curtis Program Statewide Transportation Initiative: "Connecting Florida," Founder and Member, 2008-2013
  • Florida Charter Foundation, Board Member, 2015-Present
  • Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Board Member, 2015-Present; Executive Committee, Member, 2017-Present
  • South Florida East Coast Corridor Coalition, Member, 2008-2010; Business Community and Local Government Committee, Chair, 2008-2010; Subcommittee Chairs Roundtable, Chair, 2008-2010
  • North Broward Hospital District Comprehensive Cancer Center, Community Advisory Board, Chair, 2004-2006
  • Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association, Chair, 1992-1994
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Governmental Affairs Task Force, Chair, 1988-1990
  • The Florida Bar, Environmental and Land Use Law Section, Executive Council, Member, 1981-1984
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers, President, 1981-1983
Honors & Awards
  • Holland & Knight Public and Charitable Service All Star, 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide; Environmental Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law; 2006-2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Fort Lauderdale Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year, 2019
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, 2004-2019
  • The Legal 500 USA, Real Estate and Construction: Land Use/Zoning, 2011-2014, 2016 
  • Top Lawyer, South Florida Legal Guide, 2005-2019
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2010, 2012-2019
  • "100 Heavy Hitters in Commercial Real Estate," South Florida Business Journal, 2011
  • Lawdragon 3000, "Leading Lawyers in America," 2010
  • "Influential Business Women of 2010," South Florida Business Journal, 2010
  • "Women in Law," South Florida Legal Guide, 2010
  • "Top Women in Florida Commercial Real Estate," Florida Real Estate Journal, 2008
  • Best of the Bar, South Florida Business Journal, 2003
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

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