Four renowned South Florida attorneys join forces to launch a new law firm in the region focused on legal work in the public sphere.
Government lawyers Keith Poliakoff and Neil schiller leave Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr to found the aptly named Government Law Group (GLG). Litigants Alan G. Kipnis and Richard Dewitt are also joining to help get the new business off the ground.
“The new law firm, with offices in Broward and Palm Beach counties, will focus on municipal law, lobbying, land use, zoning and development, government contracts, public partnerships and private, code enforcement and complex litigation, “according to a press release from the organization.
“At the same time, lawyers will continue to serve as general counsel for local governments and represent clients statewide.”
Poliakoff is the district attorney for the city of Southwest Ranches in Broward County, with expertise in municipal law, land use and zoning. He has represented real estate developers in these areas, as well as landlord and neighborhood associations on a variety of other issues. Poliakoff has also advised banks, corporations and individuals regarding violations of the code and municipal privileges.
âBy being a boutique business, we will be able to meet the needs of our customers, while having the flexibility to explore new opportunities together,â Poliakoff said of the new business.
Poliakoff obtained his JD from Benjamin Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University after attending Syracuse University for his undergraduate degree. He is admitted to practice law in Florida and New York.
Schiller is a well-known lobbyist and advocate for land use and development in South Florida. He has over two decades of experience lobbying local governments and representing HOAs and landowners. He has also worked in the field of public procurement, tendering and public-private partnerships.
âWe are excited to launch this new business and look forward to building on the successes we have achieved over the past 20 years,â added Schiller.
Schiller received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Miami and is admitted to practice law in Florida and Washington, DC.
After leaving Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, the two men will maintain a reference relationship with the firm for clients seeking help outside the areas of intervention of the new group.
âWe wish the team all the best in their new venture,â said Michel denberg, Managing Partner of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Fort Lauderdale office. âKeith, Neil and the team have done an excellent job, and we look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship, if any, for the benefit of clients of both firms. “
In addition, Kipnis and Dewitt both bring extensive litigation experience. Kipnis has worked as a litigator and litigator for over three decades. He focuses on contract litigation, construction defect claims and other issues in the construction world, as well as financial, Uniform Commercial Code and shareholders matters.
Kipnis has also handled class action defense cases for public and non-public companies. He obtained a JD from the University of Miami after completing his undergraduate studies at University of Missouri, and is admitted to practice law in Florida and Colorado.
Dewitt’s work focuses on advising local governments, landowners and developers on land use and issues relating to prominent estates. He has experience in all three South Florida counties – including Miami-Dade – representing clients in litigation, planning and zoning, code enforcement, direct and reverse conviction actions, and land use and development.
Dewitt attended Florida State University for undergraduate studies prior to obtaining a law degree from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Legal Center. He is admitted to practice law in Florida.