As the first LEED Accredited Professional (LEED® AP) attorney in Florida and fifth in the United States, Paul was at the forefront of attorneys who recognized the significance of sustainability and green building trends on all aspects of real estate development, operations, and business in general and responded by receiving accreditation through the U.S. Green Building Council and focusing a portion of his practice on sustainable development matters.
Paul has represented developers of sustainable development projects on entitlement, incentives, project governance, leasing, financing, design and construction contracting, insurance and certification issues. He has prepared commercial leases for landlords and tenants of buildings seeking green building certification and counsels design, engineering and consulting professionals on contractual and risk management issues pertaining to green building projects. Before joining the law firm of Berger Singerman in 2009, Paul spent almost 14 years with Greenberg Traurig where he was Co-Chair of the national Green Building and Sustainability Group.
Paul regularly speaks and writes on the topic of sustainable development. Following are some of his publications and speaking engagements:
- “Options for Clean Energy Financing Programs: Scalable Solutions for Florida’s Local Governments,” University of Florida, October 2010
- “Energy Efficiency Retrofit and Renewable Energy Programs Using Property Assessed Financing: Florida Guide for Local Governments,” University of Florida, June 2010
- “Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Energy Conservation: Development Impacts Under Florida’s HB 697,” University of Florida, Version 2.0, May 2010
- “Green Building Litigation: No Tsunami but the Tide is Rising,” Florida Real Estate Journal, March 2010
- “Managing Expectations and Risk: Be Clear That Green Building Certification is Not a Proxy for Performance,” Florida Engineering Society Journal, March 2009
- “Managing Risk in the Sustainable Building Frontier: Ask for a Green Building Rating Guarantee from your Architect and you May get the Keys to the Store,” Sustainable Land Development Today, November/December 2008
- “Redevelopers Beware – San Francisco’s Green Building Ordinance is LEED on Acid,” AR Selects Green Blogs, Architectural Record, October 24, 2008
- “Selling and Governing the Green Project: Owner Risks in Marketing, Entitlement and Project Governance,” Real Estate Issues, Published by The Counselors of Real Estate, Volume 33, Number 3, 2008
Disclaimer: The views in Negotiating Leases in the Era of Green Building are personal, are not legal advice, and are not endorsed by Berger Singerman or any affiliate of Berger Singerman.