Keith Poliakoff

Chair of Government Relations

As Town Attorney to the Town of Southwest Ranches, Mr. Poliakoff has substantial knowledge and experience in issues unique to Florida governmental entities, such as annexation, municipal liability, RLUIPA, Bert Harris Act, conflict resolution, the Public Records Act, Government in Sunshine, and laws pertaining to ethics and elections. He has worked on virtually all matters affecting a municipal government, including the creation of comprehensive plans, developing zoning codes, code enforcement, drafting ordinances and resolutions, and he has presided over countless meetings and quasi-judicial matters. Further, Mr. Poliakoff has defended the town in numerous litigation matters, including a lawsuit challenging the municipality’s incorporation. He has counseled numerous elected officials on all aspects of ethics laws, election laws, disclosure requirements, and conflicts of interest, and he has authored numerous opinions on these subject matters.

In addition to his representation of municipalities, Mr. Poliakoff represents owners of multifamily residential and commercial properties on issues relating to land use and zoning, and he has substantial experience in obtaining entitlements. He works closely with local public officials and provides guidance to his many business clients on the complex governmental processes, for example, public sector procurements, affordable housing, developer agreements, and legislative initiatives. Mr. Poliakoff’s annexation legislation, still serves as the model in the Broward County Local Bill Manual for the legislative process. He also has considerable experience with community redevelopment agencies and has been involved in numerous redevelopment efforts throughout Broward County.

In 2005, Mr. Poliakoff was appointed to the Broward County Land Preservation Board by the Broward County Commission. This board was responsible for reviewing all land acquisitions in Broward County, specifically overseeing the $400 million bond issue that was approved to preserve and reclaim over 1,400 acres of open space in Broward County and repair and enhance the county’s recreational parks.

Bar Admissions

  • State of Florida
  • State of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Professional Activities and Achievements

Mr. Poliakoff is AV rated (the highest level attainable) by Martindale-Hubbell®. He participates in many charitable organizations and community events. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Poliakoff was awarded an Alexander Fellowship where he clerked for Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Maryanne Trump Barry. Mr. Poliakoff also gained valuable experience as a freelance producer for NBC News and as an assistant producer at CNN in New York. Additionally, he also serves on the Ambassadors Board of Nova Southeastern University.


  • Benjamin Cardozo School of Law (J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif)
  • Syracuse University (B.S., magna cum laude)