Mr. Behn’s practice focuses on governmental affairs, land use law and environmental permitting. He works closely with and for local governments, using his background as an AICP Certified Land Use Planner to support his law practice and bring multiple perspectives to complex issues. With his extensive experience in local government processes and his planning background, he is well versed in property rights, easements, and real estate matters, allowing him to guide his clients to efficient solutions for their constituents. Seth is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in City, County and Local Government Law, a designation that is earned by less than half of one percent of all lawyers admitted to the Florida Bar.
Areas of Practice
Serves as general counsel to the Lehigh Acres Municipal Services District and Coral Springs Improvement District and assistant general counsel to several other special districts including Seminole Improvement District, South Indian River Water Control District, and Ranger Drainage District.
Represents both public and private clients before circuit court and administrative tribunals.
Counsels property owners in local government entitlements, environmental permitting and construction.
Provides review and analysis to both public and private clients in the field of platting, surveying, easements, and title disputes.
Has advised and litigated riparian rights disputes throughout the state.
Publications and Presentations
Moving Toward Reopening Government, LLW Lunch & Learn, June 2020
COVID-19 and Its Impact on Special Districts, LLW Virtual Lunch & Learn, April 2020
Emerging Trends in Transportation Planning and Infrastructure, presented at the Florida Chamber Environmental Permitting Summer School, July 2019
Legal Problems – GIS Solutions, Esri User Conference, July 29, 2017
Recent Developments in Land Use and Environmental Permitting Case Law, November 10, 2013
Where Do Property Rights Fit into Sustainability? Recent Developments Affecting Planners, American Planning Association Florida Conference, September 2013
The Importance of the Water-Energy Nexus in Florida's Future, The Florida Bar Journal, May 2013
Utility Plant Siting Analysis, Okeechobee and DeSoto Counties, January 1, 2006
Professional, Civic and Community Involvement
Leadership Palm Beach County, 2016
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Member, 2006-Present
American Planning Association, Florida Chapter, Member, 2005-Present
Palm Beach County Planning Congress, Board Member, 2010-Present, President, 2011
Previous Professional Experience
Senior Land Use Planner at Greenberg Traurig, P.A., 2005-2012
Land Use Planner at Land Design South, 2004-2005
Planning Intern, City of Miami Beach, 2003-2004
Awards and Recognitions
Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, Environmental Law, 2024
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, Nova Southeastern University, 2014
Masters, Urban & Regional Planning, Florida Atlantic University, 2005
Graduate Studies, School of Architecture, University of Miami, 2002-2003
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Florida Atlantic University, 1995