Law Seminars International Presents: A One-Day Advanced Workshop on

Development Agreements, Easements and CCRs
Uses and considerations in 2008

(For this past program, we offer two options for purchase: a Homestudy (DVD and written materials) or written materials alone.)

June 24, 2008
Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza in Tampa, FL

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, lenders, owners, managers, brokers, real estate developers and others who are involved in real estate transactions

Why Order

Expanding popularity in the use of easements, and special considerations involved with designing those easements, make this seminar particularly salient. This program will provide sophisticated, insightful and practical information on drafting instruments related to easements as well as developer agreements and covenants, conditions and restrictions (CCRs).

This program addresses issues associated with mixed-use and condominium developments, and gives examples to show what you can do with restrictive covenants and changes in the language.

The day concludes as a panel of practicing experts from law, development, government and finance discuss opportunities and challenges of mixed-use redevelopment projects, and the best approaches for resolving them. This program is a "sine qua non" for anyone working in the modern real estate arena.

Program Co-Chairs: Charles L. Siemon, Esq. and Ronald L. Weaver, Esq.

You Will Learn About


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Charles L. Siemon, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Siemon & Larsen, P.A. / Boca Raton, FL

Ronald L. Weaver, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. / Tampa, FL

8:45 am

Special Issues for Allocating Use of Property in Public/Private Partnerships

Case study of issues and lessons from pending projects

Dennis D. Mele, Esq.
Ruden McClosky / Fort Lauderdale, FL

9:30 am

Avoiding Minefields: Title Issues in CCRs and Easements

Abandonment (created but never developed or used, or conflicting use-does it go away?); easements by prescription that don't match the dedicated easement; termination; insurability and affirmative coverage; commonly overlooked issues

Edgel C. Lester, Esq.
Carlton Fields / Tampa, FL

10:15 am


10:30 am

The Burgeoning New Areas of Conservation Easements and Transfer of Development Rights

How they are different from dedications (like a no-cut zone or sensitive areas set aside); early lessons

Charles L. Siemon, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Siemon & Larsen, P.A. / Boca Raton, FL

11:15 am

Drafting Language to Stand the Test of Time: What are Recent Cases Telling Us about Changes in Circumstances Arising From the Intensification of, and Changes in, Land Use?

What the cases tell us about selecting the best approach for the circumstances; the biggest problem areas; how the courts will resolve issues of intent with poorly drafted documents

Carter N. McDowell, Esq.
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP / Miami, FL

Martin A. Schwartz, Esq.
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP / Miami, FL

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Development Agreements as Tools to Prevent School and Transportation Concurrency Moratoria

Property rights; proportionate fair share; proper agreements

Ronald L. Weaver, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. / Tampa, FL

2:00 pm

Restrictive Covenants

Examples to show what you can do; changes in the language

Charles D. Brecker, Esq.
Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. / Fort Lauderdale, FL

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Easements and CCRs for Condominium Developments

New cases dealing with common areas versus limited common areas; expense allocations; rights to construct in common areas

Thomas D. Shults, Esq.
Kirk Pinkerton P.A. / Sarasota, FL

3:45 pm

How the Third Restatement (Servitudes) has been Received by the Courts Nationally

The potential impact of this new view of servitudes on development agreements, easements and CCRs

Michael A. Wolf, Ph.D., Esq., Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law
University of Florida Levin College of Law / Gainesville, FL

4:30 pm

Wrap-up Panel Discussion: Potential Issues in a Complex Mixed-Use Redevelopment Project and the Best Approaches for Resolving Them

Co-owner's perspective

Jerry Shaw, President
Edge Development and Consulting / St. Petersburg, FL

Developer's perspective

Thomas R. Stutler, Esq.
The Sembler Company / St. Petersburg, FL

Lender's perspective

Michael Ryan, Esq.
Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed, P.A. / Orlando, FL

5:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders

Continuing Education Credits

Florida CLE credits are currently pending for this program. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $605. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your Homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
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Faculty Bios

Charles L. Siemon, Program Co-Chair, a planning law consultant at Siemon & Larsen, P.A., provides services to clients on land use matters. His experience includes preparing community redevelopment plans, design and market feasibility, public/private partnerships and development entitlements.

Ronald L. Weaver, Program Co-Chair, shareholder and senior partner at Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A., is Chairman of the Environmental and Land Use Law Department, advising landowners, development companies, and local governments. He is listed in "Chambers USA" and "Florida Trend's Legal Elite."

Charles D. Brecker, real estate specialist and shareholder at Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A, represents shopping center and residential developers in acquisition, financing, development, construction, leasing and sale of projects.

Edgel C. Lester, shareholder at Carlton Fields, focuses on commercial and real estate transactions and is Chair of the Real Estate and Finance Practice Group, a member of the Board of Directors, and Chair of the Legal Opinion Panel. He serves as a title agent for numerous title insurance companies.

Carter N. McDowell, partner at Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP, focuses on land use, growth management, environmental and administrative law. He is listed in "Chambers USA", "Florida Super Lawyers", "Best Lawyers in America", and "Florida Trend's Legal Elite."

Dennis D. Mele, partner at Ruden McClosky, concentrates on zoning, environmental, land use and governmental law, representing clients seeking development entitlements. Previously, he was a land planner with the South Florida Regional Planning Council, Broward County and the City of Coconut Creek.

Michael Ryan, partner at Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed, P.A., specializes in representing real estate lenders. He has been recognized in "Best Lawyers in America", "Leading Lawyers" and "Florida's Legal Elite."

Martin A. Schwartz, partner at Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP, focuses on commercial real estate, representing developers, lenders, landlords and tenants in Florida and New York. His experience includes structuring and documenting new condominium projects and conversions, and has been named a "Super Lawyer."

Jerry Shaw, President at Edge Development and Consulting, has been involved in numerous projects throughout the Southeast including industrial, retail, office, apartments, condos and mixed-use.

Thomas D. Shults, shareholder at Kirk Pinkerton P.A., has a litigation practice that covers matters including business and real estate contract disputes, construction project litigation, probate, trust suits and election law.

Thomas R. Stutler is the Director of Real Estate at The Sembler Company.

Michael A. Wolf, Ph.D., Moderator, is the Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. His expertise is in land use planning, environmental law, property, local government, urban revitalization, legal and constitutional history.