Michael S. Weiner, Esquire was born on March 24, 1949 in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Washington & Jefferson College where he graduated magna cum laude. He entered the University of Michigan Law School and graduated in May, 1974. He joined the firm of Guren, Merritt with offices in Cleveland, Ohio, Columbus, Ohio and Miami, Florida, passing the Ohio Bar in 1974 and the Florida Bar in 1978.
After beginning his career as a tax attorney, Mr. Weiner turned to the narrow specialty of tax planning for real estate developers. Mr. Weiner first became familiar with redevelopment by being involved in the Tower City project in Cleveland, Ohio in the late 1970’s. By 1977 he was an investor in the Cedar Lee Theater in Cleveland which consisted of the successful renovation of a dilapidated 1920’s theater. This was a springboard to specializing in real estate work to which Mr. Weiner devotes his full professional time.
In September, 1983, he was hired by the law firm of Csank & Csank, P.A. with offices in Cleveland, Ohio and Palm Beach, Florida. Upon moving to Delray Beach, Florida he took an active interest in real estate opportunities afforded by South Florida. He was involved as an attorney in the first attempts to redevelop Miami Beach in the early 1980’s. In March 1986, Mr. Weiner shaped his own law firm in tandem with the resurgence of Delray Beach. In 1991, he purchased and moved his offices to the historical Clark House located at 102 N. Swinton Avenue. In 2009, he renovated the historic 1924 Masonic Temple on the corner of SE 1st Avenue and Atlantic Avenue and relocated his expanding law practice to occupy the second floor.
As both an entrepreneur and as an attorney, Mr. Weiner specializes in solving his client’s problems relating to redevelopment and is a sought-after speaker before various City and County Commissioners, Chambers of Commerce, local civic clubs and groups about the importance of the revitalization of urban centers. To that end, Mr. Weiner has invested his own funds in pursuit of the same goal, demonstrating that there can be profits both for the individual and for the community. His success as both an attorney and investor in numerous residential and commercial restorations in several South Florida municipalities, most notably Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, Florida, has made him one of the most sought after real estate and zoning attorneys in the area.
•The Florida Bar •Environmental and Land Use Law Section Member
•Ohio State Bar (inactive)
•Business Law and Taxation
•Election, Campaign, and Political Regulation Law
•Government Administration and Regulation Law
•Real Estate/Land Development Law
•Zoning, Planning and Land Use Law
•Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, Chairman’s Club, Chairperson (Present)
•Gold Coast Builders Association, Palm Beach County, Florida (Present Member)
•Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, Trustee (Present)
•Palm Beach County Planning Commission (Former Chair)
•Palm Beach County Land Use Advisory Board (Former Member)
•Palm Beach County Consumer Affairs Hearing Board (Past Chair)
•State of Florida Greenways and Trails Committee (Former Member)
•Pineapple Grove Support Group, Delray Beach (Past President)
•Centennial Committee, Delray Beach (Former Member)
•Palm Beach County University Parkway Task Force (Former Member)
•Cultural Heritage Month, Delray Beach (Past Chair)
•Old School Square, Inc., Delray Beach (Former Trustee)
Publications & Lectures
•Urban Land Institute, Redevelopment Perspective Lecture Series Speaker
•Florida Atlantic University Seminar for Land Planners: “Hot Topics For Local Governments,” Panelist
•Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce: “10 Things You Can Do For Free (or Almost Free) to Promote Redevelopment,” Speaker
•Lambda Alpha International: “Eastward Halt: How is new Urbanism faring in the face of Government Regulation,” Speaker
•Florida Mainstreet Program Conference: “Kickstarting Urban Redevelopment,” Speaker
•NBI Attorneys Program: Speaker •“Creation of Private Rights of Way and Easements”
•“Land Use Planning & Eminent Domain”
•“Mastering Land Use and Planning Processes in Florida”
•“Drafting and Negotiating Florida Commercial Real Estate Leases”
•Sterling Education Services, Inc.: Fundamentals of Real Estate Development,” Presenter
•“Workforce Housing Can’t Work Under Current Guidelines”, Florida Real Estate Journal (June 2006)
•“Workforce Housing Not Necessarily Silver Lining”, Boca Raton/Delray Beach News (May 2006).
•“Good Planning Saved Best of Delray Beach”, Florida Real Estate Journal May (2006)
•For the Connoisseurs of the Preposterous—“When Is It A Capital Asset,” 24 Cleveland State Law Review 573 (1975).
•“Accumulated Earnings Tax and Stock Redemptions–Further Thoughts on the Reasonable Business Needs Test,” 28 Cleveland State Law Review 417 (1979).
•“Stock Redemptions Can Be Reasonable Business Needs to Avoid Tax on Accumulated Earnings,” 26 Taxation For Accountants 176 (March, 1981).