Gary A. Poliakoff, (1944-2014)

Founding Shareholder

Professional Experience

Gary Poliakoff was 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.

Mr. Poliakoff devoted a significant part of his career to the practice of Community Association law and was considered one of the foremost authorities on the subject. Recognized internationally as an authority on common interest ownership housing, he was invited to serve as 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, he 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 testified before Committees of the United States Senate looking into potential areas of abuse in the sale, development and operation of condominiums. He served as 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 and as a member of the Board of Governors of the College of Community Association Lawyers. He was on the Board of Governors of the Shepard Broad Law Center of Nova Southeastern University where he was 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.

Later in his career, Mr. Poliakoff 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. Upon his retirement in 2010, he was designated Town Attorney Emeritus.

Bar Admissions
  • Florida, 1969
  • District of Columbia, 1971
  • Colorado, 1999
Education
  • 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
Publications
Publication
Prescription Pets February 15, 2008
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After the Storm January 10, 2005
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Lessons of Andrew and Iniki September 2, 1998
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