Ms Cecelia Bonifay > Akerman LLP > Orlando, United States > Lawyer Profile

Akerman LLP
United States

Work Department

Real Estate, Land Use/Zoning, Development


Cecelia Bonifay is Chair of Akerman’s Land Use & Sustainable Development Practice. She has experience representing developers and governmental entities in a wide range of land use, sustainable development, and environmental matters. She currently represents clients in connection with large, mixed-use Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs) throughout Central Florida, including projects planned as sustainable communities. Cecelia currently serves as the Chair of the ULI Central Florida District Council. She is a frequent speaker on the topics of land use and growth management, development incentives, green energy and climate change, and green building and LEED certification.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Real estate > Land use/zoning

Akerman LLP has an impressive national practice and is particularly noted for its ‘fantastic Florida presence’ The team has recently advised on multiple urban redevelopment projects, an example of which included assisting the Faena Group with the construction loan closing, project approvals, environmental matters, and real estate acquisitions in relation to its $700m Rem Koolhaas-designed multipurpose project on Collins Avenue in Miami, led by Miami managing partner Neisen Kasdin. In addition, Kasdin acts as land use and zoning counsel to the Magic City Special Area Plan, a proposed mixed-use tech and innovation district of over 7 million square feet on 17.8 acres in Miami’s Little Haiti District. Also recommended in Miami is Spencer Crowley. In Orlando, land use and development practice chair Cecelia Bonifay advised FedEx Ground on the due diligence and acquisition of a 150-acre site in Ocala to house a ground hub. In Chicago, another of the practice’s strongholds, Jack George acted for Riverside Investment and Development in the $1bn redevelopment of Chicago’s historic Union Station.