Gary A. Poliakoff

Founding Shareholder
Professional Experience

Mr. Poliakoff is a founding principal of Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. He served as the Firm's Managing Shareholder for 35 years, from its inception in 1973 until March, 2008. He has devoted a significant part of his career to the practice of Community Association law and is considered one of the foremost authorities on the subject. Recognized internationally as an authority on common interest ownership housing, Mr. Poliakoff has been a consultant to State Legislatures and the White House in drafting common interest ownership housing legislation. He served as the American Bar Association's Advisor to the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws in its efforts to revise the Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act. In addition, at the invitation of the Minister of Economics of the Czech Republic, he addressed the Parliament of the Czech Republic on issues relating to the conversion of State housing to private ownership, and, at the invitation of the Russian Academy of Jurisprudence, has lectured in Moscow on common interest ownership issues, In 1990, Mr. Poliakoff served as a member of the State of Florida Condominium Study Commission and, in 1992 and 1993, as a member and chairman of the State of Florida Advisory Council on Condominiums. Twice he has testified before Committees of the United States Senate looking into potential areas of abuse in the sale, development and operation of condominiums, Mr. Poliakoff is the past chair of the H­ Group of the American Bar Association, which oversees the Common Interest Ownership Development Committee, the Sports Entertainment & Games Committee, the Hotel, Resorts & Tourism Committee, and the Timeshare & Interval Uses Committee. He served on the Presidential Advisory Board of the University of South Carolina. He also served as a member of the Board of Governors of the College of Community Association Lawyers and as a member of Scribes, an organization which recognizes excellence in legal writing. He is on the Board of Governors of the Shepard Broad Law Center of Nova Southeastern University where he is an Adjunct Professor, teaching Condominium Law and Practice. In 2008, Mr. Poliakoff was recognized as the outstanding Adjunct Professor of the Year for the teaching of Doctrinal Courses.

Mr. Poliakoff has also established himself as a Municipal Attorney. He assisted his own town of Southwest Ranches through their incorporation process and served for ten years as its Town Attorney, advising Council Members on day to day government operations including procurement issues, land use and zoning, Sunshine and other law affection elected officials duties intergovernmental agreements and the provision of municipal services. Upon his retirement in 2010 he was designated Town Attorney Emeritus.

In addition to practicing law, Mr. Poliakoff has gained national recognition as an authority on the development of disaster plans for common interest ownership housing communities, businesses and law firms. Mr. Poliakoff gained his experience working with condominiums and planned

developments impacted by Hurricanes Andrew and Opal, and enhanced that experience by his first-hand involvement in rebuilding following Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Jeanne, Katrina and Wilma. His article, "Disaster Planning and Recovery," is a primary guide for disaster planning. Mr. Poliakoff is a frequent speaker on the subject at law conferences, business forums and the National Windstorm Conference.

Bar Admissions
  • Florida, 1969
  • District of Columbia, 1971
  • Colorado, 1999
  • University of South Carolina, B.S., 1966
    Selected by faculty and administration as one of the twelve outstanding seniors in Class of 1966; listed in Who's Who in American Students; Student Senate
  • University of Miami, J.D., 1969
    Editor in Chief and Chairman of Publication of the Student Newspaper Slipsheet; Editor in Chief of Amicus Curiae, Yearbook, Senator, Student Bar Association, President of the Bar & Gavel Legal Society
Prescription Pets February 15, 2008
After the Storm January 10, 2005
Lessons of Andrew and Iniki September 2, 1998