Pavese Law Firm attorney Kathleen Oppenheimer Berkey, AICP, a land use, zoning and local government attorney and certified land planner has been elected to the Connect Florida Board of Governors. As the Connect Florida Southwest Regional Chair, Berkey will also sit as the fifth ad-hoc member of the Leadership Florida Southwest Regional Council. Berkey is a graduate of the Connect Florida Statewide Leadership Institute’s Class III.

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Connect Florida, a program developed by Leadership Florida® in 2006, is the first statewide young professional organization in the nation, specifically working to connect and engage Florida’s leaders in the 25 to 39 age range. Connect Florida’s Statewide Leadership Institute is tailored after the Leadership Florida Class Program. Its curriculum offers an intensive orientation to the issues facing our state and is designed to enhance the participants’ leadership skills, provides practical experience in community service, and facilitates opportunities to interact with statewide leaders. The overall goal of the Statewide Leadership Institute is to be a portal for young professionals to develop the skills they need to enhance their potential as future leaders regionally and statewide.

The Connect Florida Board of Governors will work to create and maintain an environment where young professionals from around the state can interact with each other, learn vital leadership skills, educate themselves on issues impacting their communities, and engage in the future of Florida.

Berkey joined the Pavese Law Firm in 2011 and her practice focuses primarily on resolving land use and zoning, real estate, and environmental issues related to the development of land. She graduated with pro bono distinction from the University of North Carolina School of Law and earned her Master of City and Regional Planning degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also received her A.B. degree from Franklin and Marshall College, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Berkey is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Planning Association, Florida Planning and Zoning Association, Florida Wireless Association, Real Estate Investment Society (REIS), and the Florida Bar Association. Berkey also serves as a co-chair for the Lee County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee, co-chair for the Urban Land Institute Southwest Florida’s Young Leaders Group, Guardian ad Litem for the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program (20th Judicial Circuit), and volunteers with the Gulf Coast Humane Society.

Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, bankruptcy, business and taxation, civil litigation, community association, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trust, family, land use and government, and real estate law. Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida. With a long history of service to Southwest Florida, Pavese Law Firm has played a significant role in the growth of local businesses, communities and major development projects.