Practice Areas

Equine Law

Almost half a million people in Florida are involved in the horse business in some capacity, annually generating over 5 billion dollars to the Florida economy. David has been at the forefront when it comes to providing legal services to this industry for over 30 years. He regularly advises clients on the appropriate organizational structure for their equine operations whether they are involved in thoroughbred racing, show horses, polo, hunter, dressage, or pleasure.

Through his nationally-recognized equine law practice, David has served as Florida counsel for The Breeders' Cup, Ltd. and Fasig-Tipton, Inc., along with representing numerous industry-leading racing stables, breeding farms and training centers. Outside of his law practice, David has been an active owner, breeder and thoroughbred farm owner in both Florida and New York.

Among the numerous legal services regularly provided are:

  • Banking and finance specific to equine assets

  • Boarding agreements and disputes

  • Business and employment contracts

  • Business entity formation

  • Development of equestrian-themed residential communities 

  • Equine insurance matters

  • Equine-related tax matters

  • Gaming

  • Leasing of horses and/or equestrian facilities

  • Licensing and permitting

  • Litigation of equine-related matters

  • Pet trusts

  • Preparation of private offerings

  • Sale and purchase of horses

  • Sale and purchase of equestrian businesses and farms 

  • Sales commission agreements

  • Syndication agreements

  • Training agreements

  • Zoning and land use issues

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Real Estate  and Business Law

David has represented a diverse mix of  real estate clients such as Century 21 South Florida, Bel-Lago Ocala Residences, the Plantation Fashion Mall, and the Doral Park Homeowners Association. 

David's extensive experience in the real estate industry includes:

  • Negotiating and drafting purchase and sale contracts

  • Preparation of retail and office leases

  • Drafting condominium and timeshare documents

  • Loan origination and refinancing  

  • Loan restructuring and workouts

  • Zoning and regulatory matters

  • Condominium and homeowner association matters

  • Title insurance matters

  • Business entity formation

  • Business and contract disputes

  • Preparations of private placements 

  • Negotiating and drafting construction agreements

Office Building

Hotel/Hospitality Law

David's clients in the hospitality industry have included hotel developers and operators such as the Sanctuary Hotel South Beach,  H.I. Development, Corp., and the Alexander Hotel.

 

With business and legal experience in all phases of the hospitality industry, David possesses the in-depth understanding, technical knowledge and strategic ability to handle projects of all types within the hospitality industry including:

  • Property acquisitions and sales

  • Equity and debt financing 

  • Mortgage modifications and workouts

  • Restaurant and retail leasing

  • Organization structuring

  • Zoning and land use

  • Employment and labor issues

  • Dispute resolution 

  • Food and beverage operations

  • Title insurance 

Hotel Pool