FT. LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwire - November 26, 2008) - Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., a diversified commercial law firm with more than 120 attorneys in 13 Florida offices, New York City and affiliated international offices, today announced that firm attorney Nelson Diaz has been appointed to the Miami-Dade County Community Council of West Kendall.

The Community Councils, comprised of six members elected by the community and one appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, make decisions regarding land use and zoning inquiries and disputes in settings accessible to the community. Mr. Diaz was appointed to the Council by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Joe Martinez to fill the elected vacancy of Miguel Cervera.

Mr. Diaz, an attorney in Becker & Poliakoff's Coral Gables office, is a member of the Florida Bar and the Bar's Real Property, Probate and Trust Law section. He graduated from Florida International University in 1996 with a degree in International Relations and earned his Law Degree, cum laude, from the University of Florida College of Law in 2002.

"As an accomplished attorney, Nelson Diaz has played an active role in County and State-wide legislative issues, and really understands how government works," said Joe Martinez. "His extensive knowledge and experience will help to ensure the Community Council of West Kendall has a strong voice in the local government and is effective at addressing the issues most important to local residents and businesses."

Each Community Council member must be a registered voter and reside in the area they represent. Members also serve as advisory liaisons to the Board of County Commissioners and County Staff, and make recommendations to the County Commissioner on capital, programming and operational priorities for municipal services such as police, parks, fire and roadway maintenance in their area.

In addition to his professional and community responsibilities, Mr. Diaz is actively involved in philanthropic activities, including serving on the Board of Directors for the Kristi House and the Institute for Child and Family Health.

About Becker & Poliakoff P.A.

Becker & Poliakoff is a diverse commercial law firm with more than 120 attorneys in 13 Florida offices, New York City and affiliated international offices. Celebrating its thirty-sixth (36th) year of serving clients, the firm has seven primary areas of practice: Real Estate, Construction, Community Association, International Trade & Customs, Commercial Litigation, Corporate, Tax & Securities, and Government Law & Lobbying.

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