J. Michael Marshall is a land use attorney and planning consultant with an educational and professional background in law, engineering and business administration. He represents private and public sector clients, including property owners, developers, financial institutions, title companies, large institutional entities such as hospitals and universities, municipalities and counties in land use, planning and real estate matters.

Marshall advises private sector clients regarding property acquisition, due diligence and development yield analysis; title examination; analysis and review of restrictive covenants; and the preparation and review of purchase and lease agreements. He provides guidance and advice throughout the development planning and entitlement process on matters that include large-scale master plans, developments of regional impact, site plans, plats, zoning code and map amendments, comprehensive plan amendments, variances, conditional use approvals and development agreements. Marshall appears before county commissions, city councils, community redevelopment agencies, planning and zoning boards and other permit approval agencies in securing such approvals. He has also served as counsel of record or expert witness in land use and real estate litigation matters, such as certiorari review of local government land use decisions, constitutional due process, takings and other property rights claims, state and federal environmental claims, zoning code enforcement actions, actions to quiet title and release properties from restrictive covenants or other encumbrances, as well as landlord-tenant disputes.

In the public realm, Marshall has worked closely with local governments in developing and drafting comprehensive plans, special purpose plans, zoning codes and other land development regulations. He has also represented local governments in defending comprehensive plans and land development regulations against both judicial and administrative challenges.

  • “Close Encounters of the Referendum Kind,” Florida Bar Journal, November 2010
  • “An Analysis of Affordable/Workforce Housing Initiatives and Their Legality in the State of Florida,” Florida Bar Journal, June (part I) and July (part II) 2008
  • “Amendment Four: Separating Fact From Fiction,” University of Miami School of Law, Ralph Boyer 23rd Institutes on Real Property, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, October 20, 2010
  • “How Do We Deal With Amendment Four if It Passes?” 13th Annual Super Conference, Land Use Law Continuing Legal Education seminar, CLE International, Tampa, Florida, August 26, 2010
  • “Inclusionary Zoning Ordinances,” 32nd Annual Local Government Law in Florida Seminar, hosted by City, County and Local Government Law Section, The Florida Bar, Orlando, Florida, May 8-9, 2009
  • “The Status of Florida Law on Contract Zoning and Practical Drafting Suggestions to Avoid Contract Zoning Claims in Settlement Agreements,” Land Use Law Continuing Legal Education seminar, CLE International, Tampa, Florida, September 15, 2006
  • The Florida Bar
    • Environmental and Land Use Law Section, 2006-present
  • Urban Land Institute
    • District Management Committee
      • Member, 2022-present
    • Mobility Committee
      • Chair, 2022-present
      • Member, 2010-present
  • Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce
    • Board of directors, 2018-present
  • Riverwalk Trust
    • Board of directors, 2014-present
    • Master plan and projects committee, 2014-present
      • chair, 2015
  • Leadership Broward, Class XXXVI
  • Leadership Boca Raton, class of 2011
  • City of Fort Lauderdale Budget Advisory Board
    • Member, 2020-present
  • City of Fort Lauderdale Infrastructure Task Force
    • Member, 2020-present

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