Town Attorney

Professional Activities and Achievements

Mr. Poliakoff is AV rated (the highest level attainable) by Martindale-Hubbell®. He participates in many charitable organizations and community events. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Poliakoff was awarded an Alexander Fellowship where he clerked for Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Maryanne Trump Barry. Mr. Poliakoff also gained valuable experience as a freelance producer for NBC News and as an assistant producer at CNN in New York. Additionally, he also serves on the Ambassadors Board of Nova Southeastern University.

Honors

  • 2009, 2010, 2011 Best Lawyers in America (Government Relations Law)
  • 2009 South Florida’s Best Lawyers
  • 2008 Florida Trends Legal Elite
  • 2006 Florida Trends Legal Elite
  • 2002 Leadership Hollywood 26

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Mr. Poliakoff routinely speaks on all matters of municipal government including The Florida Bar accredited course on Government in the Sunshine, Ethics, Procurement, and Honest Services Fraud. Mr. Poliakoff most recently served as a guest lecturer to Florida Atlantic University.

Education

Benjamin Cardozo School of Law (J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif)
Syracuse University (B.S., magna cum laude)

Bar Admissions

State of Florida
State of New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Keith Poliakoff

Town Attorney

(954) 909 0590

Areas of Emphasis: Municipal Law Land Use & Zoning

Keith Poliakoff brings to clients substantial knowledge of representing local governments along with extensive experience in representing parties before local governments throughout Florida, including all aspects of developer representation relating to land use, zoning, development agreements, and all other entitlements. Keith has represented communities opposed to neighboring developments. His representation includes numerous community and homeowner associations, and he has been highly successful in fostering neighborhood compatibility. Furthermore, Keith serves as counsel to numerous banks, corporations, and even individuals seeking guidance relating to code enforcement violations and municipal liens.

As Town Attorney to the Town of Southwest Ranches, Keith has knowledge and experience in issues unique to Florida governmental entities, such as annexation, municipal liability, RLUIPA, Bert Harris Act, conflict resolution, the Public Records Act, Government in Sunshine, and laws pertaining to ethics and elections. He has worked on all types of matters affecting a municipal government, including the creation of comprehensive plans, developing zoning codes, code enforcement, drafting ordinances and resolutions, and he has presided over countless meetings and quasi-judicial matters. Further, Keith has defended the town in numerous litigation matters, including a lawsuit challenging the municipality’s incorporation. He has counseled elected officials on ethics laws, election laws, disclosure requirements, and conflicts of interest, and he has authored a variety of opinions on these subject matters.

Mr. Poliakoff has a J.D. from Benjamin Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University, where he graduated cum laude, and a B.S. from Syracuse University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He is admitted to practice law in Florida and New York.

The Town has contracted Legal Services from the firm of Government Law Group, PLLC. They provide expertise in municipal law to Council & Staff as needed throughout the work week and at Town Council Meetings.

Residents who need to contact an Attorney regarding matters with their neighbors, homeowner’s associations or Town matters (already discussed with the Town Staff or Council) must contact their own, private attorney. The Town Attorneys only provide legal advice to the Town Council & Staff as per the Town Charter and their contract with the Town.

Please be advised that under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone at (954) 434-0008, or in writing at 13400 Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches, FL 33330.

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