Michael Sznapstajler practices in the areas of environmental law, land use and local government law. Michael joined Cobb Cole after participating in the firm’s summer program in 2007 and graduating from Stetson University College of Law in 2008. As part of his environmental practice, Michael represents businesses and redevelopers with environmental due diligence, assessment and cleanup of contaminated properties, redevelopment of properties through state and federal brownfield programs, submerged lands permitting, and wetland and species issues. As part of his land use practice, Michael focuses on obtaining entitlements and approvals for development of property, including but not limited to rezonings, comprehensive plan amendments, special exceptions and variances. He also represents clients in local government, land use and environmental administrative matters, including enforcement proceedings, hearings and appeals.
Michael has extensive experience representing businesses, local governments and non-profit organizations with contaminated site issues and the redevelopment of Brownfield Sites under the Florida Brownfields Redevelopment Program. Michael regularly assists clients with the designation of Brownfield Areas by local governments, negotiation of Brownfield Site Rehabilitation Agreements with environmental agencies, management of the cleanup of properties, conditional closure using institutional and engineering controls, and applying for Voluntary Cleanup Tax Credits. Michael has also assisted with the development of legislation that has advanced liability protection and increased incentives for the redevelopment of brownfields in Florida.
Michael is a Past President of the Florida Brownfields Association, which is a nonprofit, volunteer, service organization dedicated to advancing the cleanup and redevelopment of brownfields in Florida and frequently speaks before local governments, trade organizations, and environmental professionals regarding brownfield redevelopment. He is also active in the local community having served as Chair of the Daytona Beach Downtown Development Authority, President of the Young Professionals Group, and on the Ormond Beach Brownfield Advisory Board. Michael has also served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler Counties, on the Jewish Heritage Festival Planning Committee, and the Checkered Flag Committee.
Michael is married to Jessica Fox Sznapstajler and has a daughter and son.
Michael holds an AV rating, which is the highest rating obtainable by an attorney from Martindale-Hubbell.
• Florida, 2008
• Super Lawyers Rising Star 2014, 2017-2021
• Certificate of Recognition, Florida Brownfields Association, 2017
• Top Lawyer, Environmental Law, Daytona Beach News-Journal, 2016
• Daytona Beach News- Journal 40 Under 40, 2013 and 2020
• AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubble, 2012 – Present
• Honorable Mention, Best Oral Advocate, Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court, 2008
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