David E. Sacks

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David Sacks

David E. Sacks is a partner with the Miami law firm of Pathman Lewis, LLP, where he practices in the areas of real estate, land use, zoning and environmental law.

Mr. Sacks provides legal advice for the negotiation and structuring of major land acquisitions, determination of zoning and property rights and entitlements, and due diligence analysis for complex commercial and residential real estate acquisitions including the securing of required development permits and approvals. He regularly appears at public hearings before city, county and the State of Florida quasi-judicial, legislative and administrative authorities.

Additionally, Mr. Sacks regularly advises clients on large-scale complex real estate matters. He has extensive experience in obtaining planned unit development approvals, amendments to master plans, redevelopment of environmentally challenged properties, including Brownfield Initiatives, securing economic incentives to the developer for remediation and redevelopment, as well as obtaining dock and marina rights for waterfront development for both developers and single family homeowners throughout Florida.

Mr. Sacks regularly gives seminars on real estate development, including such topics as the re-development of environmentally contaminated property, including lender liability protections and economic benefits and tax incentives, commercial leasing, representation of foreign buyers/investors, commercial and industrial redevelopment, for developing waterfront properties.

Mr. Sacks is a past co-chair of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Law Council. Additionally, he chaired the Chamber’s Pillar Trustees Board of Directors from 2011-2013. Mr. Sacks was a member of the Chamber’s Executive Board of Governors and the Chamber’s Board of Governors since 2011. Mr. Sacks is a past member of the Florida Department of Transportation Alton Road Project. He is a member of the Environmental & Land Use Law Section, Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section, City, County and Local Government Law Section, Administrative Law Section, and Government Lawyer Section of the Florida Bar.

The South Florida Legal Guide named Mr. Sacks a “Top Lawyer” in its 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions, and he was also selected by the Guide as one of “South Florida’s Up and Comers” in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

He also serves as an adjunct professor at Florida International University, teaching the “Legal Environment of Business.”

Mr. Sacks has written articles for Florida Real Estate Journal, including “Development Strategy Can Mitigate Fees’ Impact,” and “Docks Take Due Diligence in Waterfront Purchases.” He has also written for The Miami Beach News.

Mr. Sacks is a 1989 graduate of the University of Florida, holds an MBA from Florida International University, and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1993 from University of Miami.