GARY M. HELD- FIRST ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY
Education: State University of New York at Stony Brook (1969-1971); University of Miami (B.A. 1973; Master of Urban and Regional Planning, 1981; J.D., cum laude, 1982).
Member: The Florida Bar, admitted in 1982 (Environmental and Land Use Law Section); U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (1985); U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (1991); U.S. Supreme Court (1994); American Bar Association; Dade County Bar (Environmental and Land Use Law Committee (Chair, 2005 – 2013).
Born: Bronx, New York.
Mr. Held joined the City Attorney's office in 1999, and primarily represents the City's land use boards, including the Board of Adjustment, Design Review Board, Historic Preservation Board, and Planning Board. He also advises the City Commission, Administration, Planning Department and Public Works Department in land use, planning, zoning, historic preservation, plat, subdivision and right-of-way matters, and various first amendment and other constitutional issues affecting the City, such as the regulation of religious institutions, adult entertainment, nightlife industry, street performers and vendors, and newsracks.
Mr. Held has been a resident of South Florida since 1971. While in graduate school, Mr. Held served on the national board of the American Institute of Planners, as national student representative, and has been active in local planning organizations since that time. Prior to the practice of law, he worked with the City of Miami Planning Department, and Miami-Dade County social service, housing and capital improvement agencies, the latter with the County Manager's Office, Capital Improvements Division. In law school Mr. Held served on the school's Law Review as an Articles and Comments Editor. He has practiced law with Greenberg, Traurig; Thomson Zeder Bohrer Werth & Razook; and Milledge Iden & Held where he was a name partner. Mr. Held has practiced asbestos defense, media law and defamation defense, but has primarily practiced land use, planning, zoning and environmental law representing property owners, developers, local governments, citizens and community groups on matters involving the regulation of the development of real property and its effects on surrounding properties and neighborhoods. He represented Dade Heritage Trust in protecting against bulldozing and developing over the Miami Circle, a 2,000 year old Tequesta Indian archaeological site at the mouth of the Miami River. He also represented the City of Miami as outside co-special counsel in land use litigation.
Mr. Held was an Advisor to Dade Heritage Trust; and was Chair and on the executive committee of the Children's Home Society of Florida, Southeastern Division; Member of Class XI, Local Program Chair and Regional Chair of Leadership Florida; and on the board and executive committee of Temple Samu-El Or Olom.