Brian Seymour co-chairs Gunster’s Real Property practice. He represents clients throughout Florida who need experienced land use and property rights counsel. Since joining the firm out of law school, Brian has represented land owners and developers in matters of land use, zoning, comprehensive planning and environmental resource permitting, as well as eminent domain, land use and constitutional property rights litigation.

Brian understands the role of the political process in land use decisions, regularly balancing legal rights and political realities in advising clients on how to achieve their goals in ways that makes business sense.

Brian has worked on properties and projects related to residential communities, retail, office and industrial developments, agriculture, mining, education and sports facilities. Brian’s varied experience also helps him lead the firm’s Real Property practice, which includes all aspects of land use, real estate transactions, development, environmental matters and property rights litigation.

With two young children he hopes will live and work in Florida, Brian is committed to his local community. Brian is active in many local organizations, including the Palm Beach County Business Development Board, Chambers of Commerce, The Economic Council of Palm Beach County, and the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, as well as many political activities. Brian also serves as the vice chair of the Florida Elections Commission and as an active member of Leadership Florida. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Jewish Federations of North America and chairs its emergency Committee.

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Land Use and Zoning Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" in West Palm Beach, 2017, Land Use and Zoning Litigation "Lawyer of the Year” in West Palm Beach, 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, Land Use & Zoning Litigation, Eminent Domain and Condemnation, 2013-17
  • Chambers & Partners, “Leaders in Their Field,” Real Estate, 2013-17
  • Florida Trend, “Legal Elite,” 2008, 2010-15
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2011-16
    • “Top 100” Miami Lawyers, 2014
    • “Rising Star,” 2009
  • The US Legal 500, Real Estate and Construction: Florida: Land Use & Zoning
  • Business Leaders Magazine, “Movers & Shakers,” 2009
  • “Fast Track A Successful Redevelopment – The Palm Beach Outlets Story,” American Planning Association, Florida Conference, September 2014
  • “Return of Development – Are We Ready,” Florida Chamber of Commerce, 28th Environmental Permitting Summer School, July 2014
  • “Property Rights Take Center Stage,” Florida Chamber of Commerce, 26th Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School, July 2012
  • “Land Use Regulation and Property Rights,” Florida Chamber of Commerce, Growth Management Energy, Climate Change & the Environment Short Course, February 2011
  • “Practical Tips for the Environmental and Land Use Consultant When Testifying,” Florida Chamber of Commerce, Growth Management Energy, Climate Change & the Environment Short Course, February 2011
  • “Rural Lands Development and Planning,” Florida Earth Foundation, Introduction to Florida, February 5, 2010
  • “Regulatory Takings 101: The Basics of Regulations, Conditions of Approval and Impacts on Property Rights,” Florida Chamber of Commerce, Environmental Permitting Summer School, July 2009
  • “A Primer on Inverse Condemnation,” Half Moon Seminars, February 2006
  • “Fundamentals of Real Estate Development – The Big Picture,” Sterling Education Services, February 2006
  • “Inverse Condemnation: An Overview,” Florida Bar Eminent Domain Committee Annual Meeting, June 2004
  • “Arboriculturist Liability and Valuation of Plant Life,” International Society of Arboriculture, Florida Chapter, May 2004
  • “Orders of Taking and Related Issues,” Florida Bar Eminent Domain Committee, Continuing Legal Education, January 2002
  • “When Does Private Gain Become More Than Incidental?” Association of Eminent Domain Professionals, February 2001
  • “Introduction to Eminent Domain,” Florida Legal Assistants, Inc., May 2000
  • “High Tech in the Valuation Practice: The Internet and Other Tools,” National Association of Certified Valuation Analysis, 1998
  • “Land Use Planning and Zoning In Florida: An Overview,” The Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section Treatise, 2008-present
  • “Land Use 101: Practical Considerations and Ideas for Handling a Quasi-Judicial Hearing,” Lis Pendens, Vol. 8, Issue 1, Spring 2006
  • “U.S. Supreme Court Kelo v. City of New London Decision Should Keep Us on Our Toes,” Treasure Coast Business Journal, July 2005
  • Florida Bar
    • Eminent Domain Committee, 1998-06, vice chair, 2004-06
    • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, 2004-present
    • Environmental and Land Use Section, 2004-present
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, 1997-present
    • Environmental & Land Use Committee, 2009-present
  • American Planning Association, Florida Chapter
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Leadership Florida
    • Gulfstream Council 2013-present
      • Chair, 2014-15
    • Class XXX, 2011-12
    • Business development board of Palm Beach County
    • Shovel Ready Committee, 2011-present
    • Chair, 2013-present
  • Florida Elections Commission
    • Commissioner, 2009-present
    • Vice-chair, 2012-present
  • Jewish Federations of North America
    • National Young Leadership Cabinet, 2007-13
    • Board of trustees, 2014-present
    • Emergency Committee chair, 2014-present
  • Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
    • Board of directors, 2004-present
    • Business & Professions Division, 2004-13
    • Vice-chairperson andmpaign chairperson, 2008-present
    • Jewish Community Relations Council, 2008-present
    • Young Leadership Division, 2000-07
    • Chair, 2004-06
    • Campaign chair, 2003-04
    • Leadership development chair, 2002-03
  • Economic Council of Palm Beach County
    • Six Pillars Committee, 2011-13
  • Citizens for Lower Taxes and a stronger Economy (No on 4 Campaign), Palm Beach county co-chair, 2009-10
  • Law and Leadership Academy, Palm Beach Lakes Community High School, advisory board,1997-2000

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