Nectaria M. Chakas, Esq.
Direct Telephone: 954-779-1123
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Ms. Chakas' extensive experience involves representing developers of commercial, residential, mixed use, and urban redevelopment projects. She provides advice and counsel during the various stages in the development approval process. Ms. Chakas is known for her ability to secure permitting and approvals involving comprehensive plan amendments, rezoning, platting, variances, and environmental permitting.

Ms. Chakas has a broad knowledge base of state and local economic development with regard to managing projects through the government entitlement process by addressing political and administrative law matters, in addition to land-use and related environmental issues.

Her responsibilities with numerous large and complex redevelopment projects involve the coordination of multiple design professionals, creating approval and entitlement strategies, as well as working with elected officials and a wide variety of community associations.

Prior Experience

  • Partner, Ruden, McClosky, Smith Schuster and Russell, P.A., Land Use Practice Group, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  • Associate, Gunster, Yoakley and Stewart, P.A. Land Use Practice Group, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  • Assistant Public Defender, Broward County Public Defender's Office, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida


  • LL.M. Real Property Development, University of Miami School of Law, 2002
  • J.D., Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, 1999
  • B.A., Communications, Palm Beach Atlantic College, 1993


  • Florida Bar
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • The Urban Land Institute


  • Selected, Florida Rising Stars, Florida Super Lawyers, 2009-2011

Community Involvement:

  • Board of Directors, Unforgettable Prom Foundation, Inc.
  • Member, Broward County Bond Review Committee
  • Broward League of Cities - Blue Green Initiatives Subcommittee


1401 East Broward Boulevard, Suite 303, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Phone: 954-779-1119
Fax: 954-779-1117

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