Kathleen Oppenheimer Berkey, AICP, a land use, zoning, and local government attorney and certified land planner at Pavese Law Firm in Fort Myers, Fla., was the guest lecturer for the Real Estate Fundamentals class at Florida Gulf Coast University on October 7th. Her presentation focused on the role of land use lawyers and planners in the land development process and sharing her experiences taking projects through the due diligence, pre-entitlement, and entitlement phases of development, as well as the value of joining the Urban Land Institute as an emerging professional. This is the second year that Berkey was a guest lecturer in this course.
Berkey joined the Pavese Law Firm in 2011 and her practice focuses primarily on resolving land use and zoning, real estate and environmental issues related to the development of land. Berkey serves as Co-Chair for the Urban Land Institute Southwest Florida Young Leaders Group and Women’s Leadership Initiative. Berkey was also recently recognized as one of Gulfshore Business’ “Top 40 Under 40” for her professional and civic contributions.