George Platt bio

George I. Platt

Managing Partner, Fort Lauderdale Office, LSN Partners (gplatt@LSNpartners.com)

Known for his considerable experience in Governmental and Public Policy Law, George Platt’s skill helped him earn a reputation as a leading lawyer/lobbyist in Broward County.  With more than 40 years in practice, he counsels clients on regulatory law, government contracts and procurement, land use, environmental law and related corporate issues.  He is an “AV” or top-rated attorney in his field.

George has represented clients on some of South Florida’s major projects, including the Broward County Convention Center, Dolphins Stadium, development of Coral Springs and Parkland communities, the Bank Atlantic Center and the 450-acre Pembroke Pines Mitigation Bank as well as environmental projects across South Florida.  He is heavily involved in government procurement issues and is known for his special expertise on Airport and Port matters.

George’s familiarity with local government is based not only on his legal work, but also on his years of government and civic involvement.  As a Broward County Commissioner, Mr. Platt chaired the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Value Adjustment Board.  He also served on the South Florida Regional Planning Council.  He later served as a Commissioner on the Broward County Charter Review Commission.  He currently serves as a Board Member and Chair of the Broward Performing Arts Center Authority.

George is widely respected for his lobbying work in state and local governments.  He also served as Chairman (1984-1988) and State Committeeman (1996-2000) of the Broward County Democratic Party and as Treasurer of the Florida Democratic Party in 2000.  Local, state and federal elected officials often call on him for advice and local publications consistently rank him among the 50 most influential people in Broward County.

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Curriculum Vitae

GEORGE I. PLATT

333 North New River Drive East, Suite 3100

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

954/522-3588 Office

(954) 522-3578 Facsimile

                                                 E-mail:  gplatt@LSNpartners.com                                                

 

 

PERSONAL DATA:

 

Married 48 years; 5 children

Born in New Haven, Connecticut; 50+-year Florida resident

Profession: Attorney (AV rated); Lobbyist; Wetlands Mitigation Banker

 

 

EDUCATION:

 

J.D., Northeastern University School of Law

Boston, Massachusetts

B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Major: Political Science (Latin American Studies)

University of Notre Dame (Summer)

A.A., Broward Community College

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT:

 

Current          LSN Partners, LLC – Manager, Broward (Government Affairs practice)

Shutts & Bowen, LLP, Of Counsel

 

Past

1998-2010       Equity Partner: Shutts & Bowen, LLP; Managing Partner of Fort Lauderdale Office

1993-1998       Equity Partner: Eckert Seamans

1988–1992      Equity Partner: Platt Haas

1981-1988       Equity Partner: Fine Jacobson

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT (continued):

 

1978-1980       Broward County Commission

1975-1978       Associate, Becker & Poliakoff

1974-1975       Florida Legal Services, Inc. – Tallahassee

1972-1973       International Legal Center Overseas Fellowship, Professor and Advisor

Universidad Catolica School of Law, Santiago, Chile

1973                Stringer correspondent for ABC News in Chile

1971-1972       Harvard Center for Law and Education, Staff Assistant

1969                Teacher, Special Education, Cleveland County, N.C.

1966-1969       U.S. Peace Corps – Republic of Panama

 

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

 

Florida Bar; Massachusetts Bar; Member of the Environmental and Land Use Section, and the Local Government Section of the Florida Bar; American Bar Association Section of Environmental, Energy and Resources; Federal Judicial Bar and Community Liaison Committee (S.D. Fla); Northeastern University School of Law Dean’s Council.

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS:  Feb. 2009, The Environmental Forum of Environmental Law Institute, “What the Banks Value Most.”

 

 

CIVIC AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

 

Current – Civic and Professional

 

Broward College Advocacy Committee

The Florida College System Foundation, Trustee

Broward Workshop, Board; Chair, Transportation Committee

National Mitigation Banking Association, Legislative Committee

Broward League of Cities, Charter Review Committee

Broward League of Cities, Sustainability Committee

Nova Southeastern University, Trustee

University of North Carolina Global Education Advisory Board, Member

FEC Corridor Coalition, Member

Port Everglades Association, Member

Broward Cultural Tourism Committee, Member

Florida House on Capitol Hill, Board of Trustees

Broward League of Cities Charter Review Committee

 

 

Past – Civic

Broward Public Library Foundation – Board Member 2000 – 2010; Chair 2008-2009

Broward County Cultural Plan Steering Committee 2009-2010; Co-Chair Cultural

Tourism Task Force

Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Trustee and Executive Committee Member 2006-2009

State Board of Community Colleges, Member 91 – 00 (Chair 95-96)

Florida Atlantic University Foundation Board of Trustees, Member, 90-03, Chair 95-97

Past – Civic

World Class Schools Steering Committee, Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce

Lower East Coast Water Supply Plan Advisory Committee, SFWMD 94-98

Florida Education Facilities Study Committee, Chair 94-95

Education Accountability Commission’s Joint Committee on Articulation, Member 92-96

Florida Atlantic University Research and Development Authority, Member, 93-97

Broward Education Planning Initiative 93-94, Chair

Florida Education Commissioner’s Facilities Task Force 93-94

Summit of the Americas, Steering Committee Member, 94

Broward County Metropolitan YMCA, Board Member 77-93; President 92-93

Downtown Council, Chair 91-92

Broward Urban Wilderness Advisory Board – 1981-1984; Chair – 1984

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Gold Coast Chapter, Board Member, 1976-1980;

Chair 1977-78

Florida Atlantic University Presidential Search Committee, Member, (Brogan)

Broward Public Schools Superintendent Search Committee (Till)

Lecturer, National Conference on Mitigation Banking (Terrine Institute) 1998-2011

Lecturer for Florida Chamber Short Course on Environmental Permitting 1995-2006

Literary Feast, Underwriting Chair 03

Special Olympics Advisory Board

Broward County Urban Wilderness Advisory Board 1982-1986; Chair 1984

Broward Advisory Board for Transportation of the Handicapped, 1976-1978

 

PUBLIC OFFICE:

 

Broward County Performing Arts Center Authority – current Board Member and Vice Chair

Broward County Charter Review Commission 00-02

Broward County Commissioner 78-80

 

Chair:              Metropolitan Planning Organization

Chair:              Value Adjustment Board

Member:          South Florida Regional Planning Council

Member:          Florida Association of Counties, Energy and Environment Committee

 

Florida Board of Community Colleges 1991-2000

 

POLITICAL:

 

Democratic State Committeeman for Broward County, 1996 – 2000

Florida Democratic Party, Treasurer and Finance Chair, 1999-2000

Broward County Democratic Executive Committee, Chair 1984-1988

Coral Springs Democratic Club, President, 1977-1978

 

 

 

 

Awards and Recognitions:

 

1981                Good Government Award – Jaycees

1982                Distinguished Alumnus, Broward Community College

1985                Florida Democratic Party Service Award

1988                Broward Young Democrats Lifetime Member

1989                Jefferson Jackson Democrat of the Year – Broward

1990                Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Leadership Award

1990                Florida Atlantic University President’s Club

1991                Chair’s Award, Downtown Council

1993                YMCA Lifetime Board Member

1995                Downtowner of the Year, Downtown Council

1996                Broward Leader of the Year, Leadership Broward

  • Broward AFL-CIO Businessperson of the Year

2003                Judge Learned Hand Award, American Jewish Committee

2005                Award as Outstanding Board Member, Broward Public Library Foundation

2007                Gold Coast Magazine List of 50 Most Powerful People in Broward County

2007-08           Chambers List of Leading Business Lawyers in the United States

2007                National Mitigation Bankers Association – Decade of Leadership Award

2008                South Florida Business Journal Diamond Award

2008                Florida Super Lawyers 2008-2009

2008                South Florida CEO Magazine Business Leaders

2009                Broward Public Library Foundation Literary Light Award

2010                South Florida Legal Guide’s recognition as South Florida Top Lawyers

2011                South Florida Legal Guide’s recognition as South Florida Top Lawyers

2014                South Florida Legal Guide’s recognition as South Florida Top Lawyers

2014                Florida Super Lawyers

2014                The Best Lawyers in America

2014                Legal Leaders South Florida’s Top Rated Lawyers

 

 

Private Company Involvement

 

LSN Partners, LLC, Manager, Broward

Florida Wetlandsbank, LLP, Chair and General Counsel

George I. Platt, P.A.