Hertz P.A., Clifford I.

“..think(s) outside of the box and show(s) a strong understanding of business principles.” – Chambers USA, 2012

Clifford Hertz is the Managing Partner of the West Palm Beach office and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Land Use and Environmental Law department. He is also a member of the Firm’s Management Committee.

Hertz is actively representing entrepreneurial and institutional clients in a variety of highly significant real estate and land use and governmental matters.

Hertz has extensive knowledge of Palm Beach County local government matters and real estate as a result of his practice and background.

“deep local contacts” – Chambers USA, 2012

Hertz’s experience with real estate developers includes working on every aspect of property development with clients from the acquisition of land until the client sells the property and/or turns the land over to an association.

Hertz offers a complete range of legal services to his clients. He serves as general counsel, providing day-to-day representation, to many local, national and international companies.

Hertz works extensively on land use matters and zoning changes for some of the Firm’s largest clients.

“working knowledge of law and process, timely responsiveness and thorough vetting of options that weigh what is important to our company.” – Chambers USA, 2016

He also works with attorneys throughout Broad and Cassel on affordable housing projects including bonds, tax credits, real estate issues and corporate agreements.

Most recently, Hertz has been recognized for achieving top rankings in Real Estate Law by Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers and Land Use Law by Chambers USA: A Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers.

 “his knowledge of the Palm Beach County entitlement landscape is second to none.” – Chambers USA, 2016

He was named the Best Lawyers 2014 and 2017 West Palm Beach Land Use & Zoning Law “Lawyer of the Year.” Hertz was also named a “Top Lawyer” in healthcare by the South Florida Legal Guide in 2017 and 2018.

 “smart and very competent.” – Chambers USA, 2017

Hertz is AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest available rating to attorneys. He is a member of the Board of Directors and legal counsel to BIZPAC, a leading business community political action committee.

Bar Membership

New York


U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida


University of Miami School of Law
Coral Gables, Florida, 1979
J.D., Juris Doctor , cum laude

New York University
New York, New York, 1976
B.A., Bachelor of Arts


The Florida Bar

Chamber of the Palm Beaches

Economic Council of Palm Beach County
Executive Committee

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating with Martindale-Hubbell

Chambers USA: A Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers – Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, 2010-2018

“The Best Lawyers in America®”, 2011 – 2018

“Top Lawyer” by South Florida Legal Guide, 2017 – 2018

“Florida Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers magazine, 2012 – 2014, 2016, 2017

Best Lawyers 2014 and 2017 West Palm Beach Land Use & Zoning “Lawyer of the Year”