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Joseph S. Geller

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Overview

Joseph S. Geller focuses his practice on civil litigation, administrative law, election law, government relations, municipal law and land use and zoning. He has extensive litigation experience in both the Florida and federal courts. Mr. Geller was elected to the State House of Representatives, District 100, representing parts of Northeast Dade and Southeast Broward, in November, 2014 and was reelected without opposition in November, 2016. He was previously elected as Mayor of North Bay Village in 2004 and was reelected in 2006 serving until 2008. Mr. Geller is also the former long-time Chair of the Miami-Dade County Democratic Party. Additionally, Mr. Geller served as the Village Attorney for the Village of El Portal for many years. He also previously served as City Attorney for the City of Opa-Locka. He is the former Town Attorney for the Town of Miami Lakes and the Town of Golden Beach and former City Attorney for the City of North Bay Village. Mr. Geller is a member of the Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund. Mr. Geller has also served as the Southeast Regional President of the American Jewish Congress.

Mr. Geller has more than 35 years experience, including state and federal court litigation, at both the trial and appellate level. In addition to Complex Civil Litigation matters, Mr. Geller’s practice focuses on government relations, land use and zoning, election law, government relations, municipal law and administrative law. Mr. Geller is especially well known for a series of landmark Election Law cases, beginning with the City of Miami Mayoral Election Vote Fraud case in 1997, and including Recount Litigation, including the Gore Presidential Campaign in 2000, the “Ted’s Shed” School Board residency case in 2000, successful representation of judicial candidates in the 2006 Election cycle, and successful representation in the 2010 cycle of candidates facing Resign to Run and Entitlement to Run-off issues. Mr. Geller has over twenty (20) years of experience in serving as a Municipal Attorney, and has served five (5) municipalities as their principal attorney, as well as serving as special counsel for a number of other municipalities. He has extensive litigation experience in a variety of complex civil litigation fields, including Construction Law, Intellectual Property, Fraud and Misrepresentation, Real Property Law, Family Law and Probate Litigation, along with others too numerous to mention.

Prior to joining Greenspoon Marder, Mr. Geller was partners with his brother, Senator Steven A. Geller, for many years in Geller & Geller, P.A., a long-time South Florida Civil Law Firm.

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court, State of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1980

Education

  • J.D., Florida State University Law School, 1979
  • B.A., History, Florida State University, 1975
Experience

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Florida House of Representatives, District 100, November 2014
    • Reelected, November 2016
  • Village of El Portal, Village Attorney, 1995-1997, 2000- March 2018
  • Town of Miami Lakes, Town Attorney, 2011-2013
  • City of North Bay Village, City Attorney, 2009-2010
    • Interim City Attorney, 2003
  • Town of Golden Beach, Town Attorney, 1999-2000
  • City of Opa-Locka, City Attorney, December 2009-March 2015
    • Acting City Attorney, January-July 2008
    • Assistant City Attorney, 2005-2008
  • Democracy Movement, Pro-Bono Counsel, 1996-Present
  • Mayor of North Bay Village, Elected, November 2004
    • Reelected, November 2006
  • American Jewish Congress, Southeast Region, President, 2004 –
    • First Vice President, 2000-2004
    • Board of Directors, Member, National Executive Committee, Governing Council, and Two-Time Resolution Committee Chair
  • Dade County Democratic Party, Chair, 1989-2000
  • Democratic National Committee, Member, 1996-2000
    • DNC Site Selection Committee, 1993-1996
  • Art & Culture Center of Hollywood
    • Advisory Board of Trustees, 2013-2014
    • Honorary Board, 2014-Present
  • Silver Knight Alumni Network
    • Vice-Chair, 2012-2014
    • Honorary Board, 2014-Present
  • Holocaust Documentation and Education Center
    • Vice-Chair and General Counsel, 2013-2014
    • Honorary Board, 2014-Present
  • Women’s Emergency Network
    • Board of Directors, 1994-2007
    • Advisory Board, 2007-Present
  • Dade County Fair Campaign Practices Committee, Member, 1989-2000
  • Kids Voting of Miami-Dade County, Advisory Board, 1996-2000
  • Builders Association of South Florida, Board of Directors, 1993-1995
  • Temple Beth El of North Bay Village, Board of Directors, 1987-1991
  • B’nai B’rith, Zahav Unit, Vice President, 1986-1990
  • Young Democrats of Florida, President, 1978-1979
  • Young Democrats, National Committeeman, 1981-1989

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Keynote Panel,” Broward County Bar Association Law Day, May 4, 2018
  • Speaker, “Updates from Tallahassee & Washington, DC,” North Miami Quarterly Business Luncheon, May 3, 2018
  • Speaker, ” Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Home Regulations and Legislation,” St. Thomas University 6th Annual Elder Law Symposium, April 17, 2018
  • Speaker, “State of the State,” Broward County Bar Association’s (BCBA) Legislative Affairs Update & Reception, November 29, 2017
  • Speaker, “Medical Marijuana in Florida: Understanding the Impact of Senate Bill 8-A on Local Businesses”, City of North Miami’s Business Luncheon, November 1, 2017
  • Panelist, “Home Rule: What is its future in Florida?,” Miami-Dade Ethics Commission, June 2, 2017
  • Panelist, “The Medical Marijuana Debate and Medical Panel,” Florida’s Future, October 21, 2016

 

Awards

Recognitions

  • Holocaust Documentation & Education Center, “Honoree,” 2018
  • Florida Association of Counties, “County Champion Award,” 2017
  • Florida League of Cities, “Legislative Appreciation Award,” 2017
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