Three attorneys from Nason Yeager Gerson Harris & Fumero have been named to the 2021 list of Best Lawyers. John Fumero, Nathan “Nat” Nason and Gloria Velazquez were selected by their peers for recognition in the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
This is the fourth year in a row that shareholder Nathan “Nat” Nason has made the list. This year he was honored for his work in two practice areas: Commercial Litigation and Litigation- Land Use and Zoning. Shareholder John Fumero was honored for his work in Environmental Law and shareholder Gloria Velazquez was honored for her work in Land Use and Zoning Law and Real Estate Law. Both are making the list for the second year in a row.
Recognition by Best Lawyers® is based solely on reviews from peers in the legal industry. The process begins with a nomination. Those nominations are then divided by location and practice areas and are evaluated by peers on the basis of professional expertise. Those who receive high reviews undergo an authentication process to ensure they are currently practicing law and are in good standing.
Fumero has provided strategic legal counsel to a wide array of public and private sector clients throughout Florida for more than three decades. He is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in State and Federal Governmental and Administrative Law. Less than 1% of Florida attorneys enjoy this designation. He is also a Florida Supreme Court-certified mediator and is AV Preeminent-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. His practice focuses on the areas of environmental, land use/zoning, land development, and governmental law. He formerly served as General Counsel for the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and with the U.S. Justice Department.
Nason has practiced complex commercial litigation for over 25 years in South Florida and has developed substantial land use and environmental practices. He is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and a member of the Florida Bar. He is active in several community groups including: The Palm Beach County Bar Association, West Palm Beach Rotary Club and was a previous member of the Palm Beach County Environmental Appeal Board and Chair of the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce in 2014-2015.
Velazquez focuses her practice in the areas of land acquisition, due diligence, land use and zoning, permitting and governmental matters. She represents clients in numerous aspects of the real estate development process, from conceptual planning, contract negotiation, real estate due diligence, and entitlements, including platting, building permits, and certificates of occupancy. She has appeared before the Environmental Quality Control Board (EQCB) and other regulatory boards. As part of the development approval process, she routinely engages community stakeholders and manages tasks with architects, traffic engineers, surveyors and other project consultants.