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, and adult entertainment.
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 was 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, and zoning 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.