Mr. Malefatto has been practicing environmental, land use and administrative law in Florida since 1980. He has represented Fortune 500 companies, developers, home builders, small businesses, and local governments in a variety of environmental permitting, enforcement and transactional matters, and in all manner of Florida land use proceedings.

Areas of Practice

  • Represents private and public sector clients in a variety of environmental permitting, enforcement and transactional matters, and in all manner of Florida land use proceedings.

  • Manages a broad range of projects and activities including land use and environmental approvals for all types of development projects, brownfields redevelopment, contaminated property remediation and the defense of environmental enforcement actions by local, state and federal governmental agencies.

  • Guides clients involved in corporate and real estate transactions through necessary due diligence evaluations.

  • Extensive experience in advising clients in property/site contamination clean up.

Publications and Presentations

Professional, Civic and Community Involvement

  • Urban League of Palm Beach County, Board Member, 2010-Present

  • Friends of the Gale Academy of Environmental Science and Technology, Inc., Forest Hill High School in West Palm Beach, Board Member, 1996-present, President, 2009-2011

  • The Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, Board Member, 2000-2010; President, 2007-2008

  • Environmental and Land Use Law Section of The Florida Bar, Executive Council, Member, 1985-1993; served as Section Chairman from 1991-1992

  • Board of Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, Gubernatorial Appointee, 1984-1986

Previous Professional Experience

  • Greenberg Traurig, Shareholder, 1991-2012

  • Shapiro & Bregman, Shareholder, 1988-1991

  • Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen, Associate, 1983-1988

  • Assistant General Counsel at the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation (now Florida Department of Environmental Protection), 1980-1983

  • Regional Planner, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, 1980

Representative Court Decisions

  • Successfully advised local government in redevelopment of abandoned golf course with environmental contamination issues into a very popular regional park.

  • Oversaw environmental remediation and redevelopment of hi-tech manufacturing facility to a mixed-use office and commercial park.

  • Represented major energy company in obtaining land use and environmental approvals for two electric generation facilities.

  • Successfully negotiated favorable settlement of federal and state natural resource damage claims resulting from phosphogypsum release into Tampa Bay.

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Education

  • J.D., University of Florida, College of Law, 1979.

  • B.A., cum laude, New York University, 1975.