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Cushla E. Talbut focuses her practice on land development and land acquisition. She is skilled in understanding the entirety of the deal based on her experience both from a land use and zoning perspective and from a real estate perspective. She has represented developers on land use matters throughout the state of Florida, particularly in Broward County and Palm Beach County, including site plans, rezoning, comprehensive plan amendments, platting, code violations, permitting, and environmental deed restrictions. She has also analyzed hundreds of developed and developable properties from an acquisition perspective throughout the state of Florida. In addition, Cushla has counseled owners, investors, developers, and lenders in major real estate transactions both nationally and locally, including complex title and survey review, the formation of property associations and the preparation of financing documents.


  • Land use and zoning approvals
    • Site plan approvals
    • Rezoning and land use plan amendments
    • Variances and waivers
    • Conditional use approvals
    • Platting, plat note amendments, and non-vehicular access line amendments
  • Land development and acquisition analysis
  • Condominium development and property associations
  • Purchases and sales of commercial properties
  • Lending
  • Complex title issues
  • Environmental
  • Permitting and code violations
  • Development agreements and unified control documents



  • Legal Intern, Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc., May 2013-April 2014
  • Legal Extern, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, Spring 2013

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch"
    • Insurance Law, 2022-2024
    • Land Use and Zoning Law, 2024
    • Real Estate Law, 2024
  • Team Member, Chambers & Partners USA Real Estate Law Firm of the Year, 2017-2018 and 2022
  • Selected, Fort Lauderdale Illustrated, "Top Lawyers - Land Use and Zoning Law," 2020-2022
  • Team Member, BTI Power Rankings, “The 16 Strongest Firms for ‘Go-To Outside Counsel’ Insurance Work,” 2016
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2015 and 2022
  • Member, Charter Revision Board, City of Fort Lauderdale, 2020-2023
  • Member, Sustainability Advisory Board, City of Fort Lauderdale, 2017-2020


  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Miami School of Law
    • Managing Editor, University of Miami Law Review
    • Recipient, CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Property, Dean’s Certificate of Achievement Award in Civil Procedure I
  • B.A., University of Miami
    • Triple Major: Political Science, International Studies, and Philosophy
  • Florida