Kathleen Oppenheimer Berkey

Associate / 
Joined Firm - 2011
Kathleen Oppenheimer Berkey
Fort Myers
1833 Hendry Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
(239) 336-6280
(239) 332-2243
Practice Areas 

Land Use, Zoning and Local Government
Environmental and Water
Community Association
Real Estate

Admitted to Practice 

Florida Bar (2011)


University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D., with pro bono distinction, 2011)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (M.C.R.P., 2011)
Franklin & Marshall College (A.B., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2005)
Sea Education Association (C-197, Study Abroad, 2005)


American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), 2012

Bar and Professional Association Memberships 

American Planning Association (APA)

  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
  • Planning and Law Division

Connect Florida (by Leadership Florida)

Franklin & Marshall College Alumni Association

  • Board of Directors, 2013-Present
  • Liaison to the Florida Regional Chapter

Florida Bar Association

  • City, County, and Local Government Law Section
  • Environmental and Land Use Law Section
  • Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section

Florida Planning and Zoning Association
Florida Wireless Association
Lee County Bar Association

  • Co-Chair, Pro Bono Committee
  • Land Use and Government Law Section

Real Estate Investment Society (REIS)
Urban Land Institute (ULI) Southwest Florida

  • Co-Chair, Young Leaders Group
  • Co-Chair, Women's Leadership
  • Member, Executive Committee
Awards & Recognitions 
  • Q4 Fellowship Award, WWLF (2011) [4]
  • Best Social Media Interaction Award, Florida Chapter of the APA (2011)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (2005)
  • Fred and Nancy Sener Prize in American Studies (2005)
  • Dean’s Award, Sea Education Association (2004)

Kathleen Oppenheimer Berkey is an attorney and certified land planner (AICP) in the Pavese Law Firm’s Land Use, Zoning and Local Government; Real Estate; Environmental and Water; and Community Association practice areas. Her practice focuses primarily on planning, zoning, real estate, and environmental issues related to the development of land. This includes: permitting, drafting comprehensive plan amendments, and representing clients in local government administrative matters before city and county commissions, councils, and boards.  As a certified land planner (AICP), Ms. Berkey can also testify as an expert witness on land use and zoning issues.

Ms. Berkey’s experience includes having prepared variance, conditional use, special exception, and permit applications for wireless telecommunications facilities across dozens of jurisdictions in the Baltimore/Washington area; presenting proposed sites to local land use officials and the public at community input meetings and public hearings; performing zoning ordinance reviews; reviewing zoning drawings prior to submittal for compliance with public agencies and client requirements; and monitoring legislation. She gained extensive experience in building the relationships with landowners, adjacent neighbors, community residents, planners and other governmental officials, land use and telecommunications lawyers, and citizen groups necessary to support proposed sites throughout the zoning and permitting process.

After her time in wireless site development, Ms. Berkey earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of City and Regional Planning (M.C.R.P.) degrees under a dual-degree program sponsored by the University of North Carolina School of Law and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Department of City and Regional Planning. Her studies focused primarily on land use and environmental law/planning.

In her spare time, Ms. Berkey serves as Co-Chair of the Urban Land Institute Southwest Florida's Young Leaders Group and Women's Leadership Initiative, Co-Chair for the Lee County Bar’s Pro Bono Committee, Southwest Regional Chair on the Connect Florida Board of Governors, a Director of the Franklin & Marshall College Alumni Association, and volunteers with the Gulf Coast Humane Society. She also enjoys boating, fencing, skiing, travel, and art.

Selected Publications and Presentations