Steven W. Zelkowitz
Attorney, Managing Partner

Phone: 305.407.1937
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Admitted to Practice:

  • Florida
  • New Jersey
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Practice Areas:

  • Real Estate
  • Zoning & Land Use
  • Financial Services
  • Infrastructure & Development
  • Government Relations
  • Public/Private Partnerships


  • English

Steven W. Zelkowitz focuses his practice on the laws governing business and transactional matters, including real estate, financial services, infrastructure & development, hospitality, and public/private partnerships.

Steven’s practice includes complex real estate, land use and zoning matters for public and private clients including the sale and purchase, development, and financing of commercial and residential properties, leasing, lending, and title insurance. Steven’s 30+ years of experience has allowed him to represent an array of foreign and domestic clients, including condominium and hotel developments and other major infrastructure construction projects, such as airports and sports complexes. He also has significant financial services representation for institutional and private lenders and borrowers. Additionally, Steven handles public/private partnership transactions that include large-scale transportation and public works projects, and businesses establishing in, and relocating to, Florida in leveraging tax and other financial incentives.

As part of his government relations work, Steven serves as general and special counsel to an assortment of Community Redevelopment Agencies in South Florida, including the North Miami CRA, Hallandale Beach CRA and Naranja Lakes CRA. Moreover, he represented a number of municipalities in South Florida, including Bal Harbour Village, Village of Key Biscayne, City of Aventura, City of Homestead, Town of Miami Lakes, City of Miramar, City of Weston, City of Dania Beach, City of Boca Raton, Islamorada, Village of Islands, and the City of Marathon.

Steven also provides the additional benefit of his law firm managerial experience, having previously served as Managing Partner of the Miami offices of Am Law 100 and Am Law 200 law firms. He will continue to serve as Managing Partner of Spiritus Law.

Prior to joining Spiritus Law, Steven was the Managing Partner at Fox Rothschild’s Miami Office, where he also served on the firm’s Executive Committee and was Co-Chair of the Infrastructure & Development Industry practice team.

In addition to Steven’s professional endeavors, he is a supporter for his home communities. He previously served as Vice Mayor and Councilman for Miami Shores Village.


  • Top Lawyers, South Florida Legal Guide, 2006-2020
  • The Book of Law, South Florida Business Journal, 2010-2020
  • Rated AV Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell, 2019
  • Florida Trailblazer, Daily Business Review, 2019
  • Ranked in the Category of Real Estate, Chambers & Partners USA, 2012-2018
  • Power Leaders in Law, South Florida Business Journal, 2014-2017
  • Dealmaker of the Year Finalist, Daily Business Review, 2014
  • Dealmaker of the Year Finalist, Daily Business Review, 2012
  • Legal Elite, Florida Trend, 2012
  • Best of the Bar, South Florida Business Journal, 2003


  • "Unprecedented," Invest: Miami 2020, December 3, 2020
  • 2019 Florida Trailblazers (Page 24), Daily Business Review, September 30, 2019
  • Invest: Miami 2019, May 9, 2019
  • “Lenders Should be Wary of Proposed Changes in the Bankruptcy Law That Are Designed to Cure the Home Loan Crisis,” South Florida Legal Guide, 2009
  • “CRAs – Time Tested and Popular,” South Florida Legal Guide, August 23, 2007

Speaking Engagements:


  • Juris Doctor Degree and Master of City & Regional Planning, Rutgers Law School, 1989
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Massachusetts, 1983


  • Florida Fiduciary Forum
  • Florida Redevelopment Association
  • Risk Management Association (RMA) Southeast Florida Chapter
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Trustee
  • North Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, Trustee
  • North Miami Chamber of Commerce, Trustee
  • Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Trustee
  • Hallandale Beach Chamber of Commerce, Trustee
  • Miami Shores Village
    • Councilmember, 2017-2019
    • Vice Mayor, 2015-2017
    • Planning and Zoning, Board Member, 2013-2015
    • Historic Preservation Board, Chair, 2002-2006