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Cecelia Bonifay

Chair, Land Use & Sustainable Development Practice
420 South Orange Avenue
Suite 1200
Orlando, FL 32801

Cecelia Bonifay has experience representing developers and governmental entities in a wide range of land use, sustainable development, and environmental matters. She currently represents clients in commercial, residential, and industrial sectors in the development as well as the repositioning of projects throughout Central Florida, including planned unit developments, large mixed-use developments of regional impact (DRI), and projects planned as sustainable communities. As one of the members of the Firm's Regulated Substances Task Force, she monitors the impact of recent constitutional and legislative changes on land use and local government.

Cecelia is the past co-chair of the Urban Land Institute's Climate Change, Land Use, and Energy Committee and immediate Past 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. Cecelia is on the Executive Committee and co-chair of the Finance Committee of the Orlando Economic Partnership. She has been recognized by Chambers USA, The Legal 500, The Best Lawyers in America, and Florida Super Lawyers, and she is a former recipient of the Florida Real Estate Journal's "Top Women in Commercial Real Estate" award.
Representative Experience
Representation of various master planned community developers in land use and entitlements issues associated with the development of mixed-use projects throughout Central Florida.
Representation of developers, investors, and buyers in conducting due diligence on individual properties, as well as portfolios of properties in advance of purchase, sales, and development throughout Florida.
Representation of developers in all aspects of land use and entitlements including zoning, comprehensive plan amendments, site plan approvals, platting, special exceptions and economic development and incentives programs for the development of real estate throughout the state of Florida.
Awards & Recognition
Chambers USA 2008-2017, Ranked in Florida for Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use
The Legal 500 2008-2009, 2012-2016, Recommended for Real Estate & Construction - Land Use/Zoning
The Best Lawyers in America, 2014, 2017, Named as a "Lawyer of the Year" for Land Use and Zoning Law in Orlando
The Best Lawyers in America 2006-2018, Listed in Florida for Environmental Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, and Real Estate Law
Super Lawyers Magazine 2007, 2009-2016, Listed in Florida for Real Estate and Land Use/Zoning
Real Estate Florida 2008, Recognized as "Woman of Influence"
Florida Real Estate Journal 2004, Recognized as a "Top Woman in Commercial Real Estate"
Published Works & Lectures
Cecelia 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.
Akerman's Guide to Doing Business in Florida: A Legal Guide for Out-of-State and Foreign Businesses, Author, "Easements" and "Land Use and Zoning," 2016
Akerman and ACC of Central Florida Legal Roundup: Recent Developments and Practice Applications, Presenter, "What's New in Real Estate," June 2012
Professional Memberships & Activities
Orlando Economic Partnership, Executive Committee Member, Board Member; Finance Committee, Co-Chair
Orlando Economic Development Commission, Board of Directors, Secretary/Treasurer, 2016; Finance & Audit Committee, Chair, 2016; Strategic Planning Committee, Chair, 2016; Business Development Committee, Former Co-Chair, 2016
Bergstrom Center For Real Estate Studies, University of Florida, Advisory Board Member
Urban Land Institute (ULI), Central Florida District Council, Board Member, Past Chair; ULI Florida Summit, Chair
Urban Land Institute (ULI), Climate Change, Land Use, and Energy (CLUE) Committee, Co-Chair
Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) of Orlando, Past President
International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Member
Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs Advisory Council
Crealde School of Art, Board of Directors; Past President, Past Secretary
United Arts of Central Florida, Board Member
Leadership Lake and Orange Counties, Graduate
Related Professional Experience
Lake County, Florida, City Attorney and Attorney to the Lake County School Board
Department of Community Affairs, Florida, Assistant to the Secretary and Lobbyist
Department of Administration, Florida, Liaison to the State's 11 Regional Planning Councils

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Cecelia  Bonifay

Real Estate
Representative Clients
Crescent Communities
Monarch Ranch
J.D., Florida State University College of Law, 1985
M.S.D., Florida State University, 1973; Urban & Regional Planning
B.A., Florida State University, 1967; History
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