Attorneys

JORDANA L. JARJURA

PRACTICE AREAS
  • Government Relations & Public Policy
  • Land Use & Land Use Litigation
EDUCATION
  • Pepperdine University, Juris Doctor, 2004
  • Pepperdine University, The George L. Graziadio School of Business, Master of Business Administration, 2005
  • University of Florida, Bachelor of Arts, 2001
BAR ADMISSIONS
  • Florida Bar, 2005
BIOGRAPHY

Jordana L. Jarjura serves as Of Counsel in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office. Ms. Jarjura has significant land use and local government law experience to assist with government projects. Ms. Jarjura handles exclusively land use and government relations matters for the Firm.

Ms. Jarjura is the former Vice Mayor of the City of Delray Beach, where she managed a $132 million general fund budget and a $250 million capital improvement plan.  She also previously served on the Palm Beach County MPO, the South Central Regional Wastewater and Disposal Treatment Board, the Delray Beach Planning and Zoning Board, and the City of Fort Lauderdale Beach CRA Advisory Board.

Ms. Jarjura served on Palm Beach County State Attorney Aronberg’s Sober Homes Task Force since its inception.  For three consecutive Legislative sessions, the Task Force made recommended statutory modifications that provided additional regulations and stiffer criminal penalties on community recovery properties.  Additionally, during her City Commission tenure, Ms. Jarjura supported sweeping changes to Delray Beach’s land development regulations that allowed the City to define community recovery properties and to determine whether these community recovery properties were in fact operating legally and providing a minimum standard of care to its residents.  Other cities in South Florida, including the City of Fort Lauderdale, used Delray’s code changes as a template for their own.

Before moving into land use and government affairs, Ms. Jarjura began her legal career handling land use and zoning appeals with a prominent Florida law firm.  She has found that the combination of knowledgeable lobbying with a mindful eye on litigation is very effective in meeting her clients’ needs.

Significant Matters/Cases
  • Site plan approval from the City of Delray Beach of a 143-room hotel. In connection with the site plan approval, she assisted with the approval of four waivers to allow for underground parking and an enhanced pedestrian experience as well as architectural approval for a LEED-certified Tropical Modern structure with living walls and a 45% vegetation covered green roof.
  • Site plan approval from the Fort Lauderdale City Commission of a 175-room hotel. In connection with the site plan approval, she successfully defended against historic designation of two existing structures on the property.  She also successfully defended against a petition for writ of certiorari challenging the development order for the site plan and another challenging the denial of the historic designation.
  • Site plan approval and residential unit allocation from the Fort Lauderdale City Commission for an 18-story, 210-unit luxury apartment building. In addition to the City entitlement approvals, she successfully negotiated several agreements related to the property’s 99-year ground lease with Broward County and a plat note amendment to accomplish the desired development.
  • Site plan approval, residential unit allocation and a parking reduction from the Fort Lauderdale City Commission for an 850-unit, six-acre mixed-use marina and residential development. In conjunction with these approvals, she obtained City approval for relocation of a Protected African Rain Tree to a dedicated public park.
  • Assisted with successfully obtaining a writ of mandamus on behalf of Broward County Property Appraiser Lori Parrish after the Broward County Board of Commissioners failed to comply with its statutorily mandated duty to fully fund the Property Appraiser’s budget as approved by the Department of Revenue. In addition to the judicial relief, resolution required multi-government and public affairs advocacy with the Property Appraiser, the Broward County Commission and the Governor’s Cabinet.
  • Assisted in the successful defense of the largest marina and shipyard in the United States. The shipyard was being improperly regulated by a local fire marshal for an industry-wide practice related to spray painting of yachts.  She resolved the matter favorably for her client through the political process and without litigation.  Resolution required multi-government lobbying of the State CFO in his capacity as the State Fire Marshal, the Broward County Commission, the Broward Board of Rules and Appeals, the City of Fort Lauderdale and the local Fire Prevention Bureau.
  • Assisted with the successful passage of State legislation amending the Florida Statutes to change the legal boundary of Broward County and Palm Beach County. The boundary change resulted in accessibility to public services for the 2000+ acres as well as automatic doubling of the permissible density.
  • Assisted with the preservation of the national register designated Stranahan House before the City of Fort Lauderdale, the Fourth District Court of Appeals and the Federal Legislature.
Awards/Recognitions
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, since 2010.
  • Recognized by Florida Super Lawyers® “Rising Star”, 2009 and 2010
  • Recognized by Daily Business Review “Rising Star: Top 40 Under the Age of 40”, 2014
  • Recognized by Lifestyle Media Group “Leaders in Law” – Finalist for Environmental Law, 2014
  • Recognized by Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in Business Issue “Women Leaders in Law”, 2015
  • Recognized by the South Florida Legal Guide “Top Land Use Attorney”, 2015 and 2016
  • Recognized by the South Florida Business Journal “Top 40 Under 40”, 2018
  • Selected as one of 50 statewide members of Leadership Florida Class 35 and now serves on the Leadership Florida’s Regional Council Board, 2017.
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