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Paul D'Arelli

Paul D'Arelli

Paul D’Arelli was the fifth LEED Accredited Professional (LEED® AP) attorney in the United States and first in Florida, and was at the forefront of attorneys who recognized the significance of sustainability and green building trends on all aspects of real estate development, operations, and business in general and focuses his practice on sustainable development.

Paul actively assisting clients in a variety of green building and sustainability initiatives. In addition to assisting clients in understanding, evaluating and navigating green building certification processes, Paul works collaboratively with other Greenberg Traurig attorneys across many disciplines to manage a host of legal and risk management issues inherent in the implementation of a green building strategy, from entitlements and incentives, to leasing, design and construction contracting, purchasing, financing and insurance issues. He serves as Counsel on multiple LEED for Neighborhood Development pilot projects and large scale projects, and represents local governments, seeking to deploy innovative energy efficiency and carbon reduction strategies.

Paul is a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Fort Lauderdale office and has more than 13 years of experience in complex mixed-use redevelopment; Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs); land use plan amendments; platting, zoning and site plan approvals; variances; and land use due diligence. He is the Co-Chair of the firm’s Green Building and Sustainability Practice Group. 


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