Vivien serves as Counsel in the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group with a focus on serving real estate clients in areas related to land use, zoning, growth management law, environmental and local government issues. This focus includes assisting clients with matters relating to development permitting and other approvals, impact fees, entitlement issues, bid protests, and alcoholic beverage licensing.
Vivien also assists clients in matters related to public finance, including representation of issuers, financial institutions, underwriters, and investors in connection with the public and private offering of municipal and corporate securities.
Vivien is a Florida Bar Board-Certified lawyer in City, County and Local Government Law and served for 15 years as an Assistant County Attorney for the Orange County Attorney’s Office. As an Assistant County Attorney, Vivien represented and advised the County Mayor, Board of County Commissioners and departments and divisions on a variety of matters relating to planning, zoning, land use, transportation, impact fees, and concurrency. Her experience with the County Attorney’s Office also encompassed negotiating contracts with property owners and developers, representing the county in appellate litigation, and drafting ordinances and resolutions. She also drafted proposed amendments to state legislation for the county.
Vivien is the Immediate Past Chair of the Environmental and Land Use Section of The Florida Bar, and is the former chair of the City, County and Local Government Section. Aside from her practice, she also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Barry University School of Law in the areas of Florida constitutional law and land use law.
Vivien was nominated by the FBI Chief Division Counsel and selected for the FBI Citizens Academy, Spring 2018 class. The FBI Citizens Academy, beginning May 10, 2018, is an eight-week program to give business, religious, civic, and community leaders an inside look at the FBI.