Attorney Kathleen Oppenheimer Berkey, AICP, a land use, zoning, and local government attorney and certified land planner at Pavese Law Firm, was honored by the Lee County Bar Association at a special Pro Bono Awards Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 14 at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers. Berkey was recognized for service as an excellent representative of the legal profession while making a positive impact by providing free legal services to those in need. Berkey has volunteered a substantial number of pro bono legal service hours in 2016 alone that, if she was paid, would have totaled over $19,550.
Berkey joined Pavese Law Firm in 2011 and her practice focuses primarily on resolving land use and zoning, real estate and environmental issues related to the development of land. She graduated with pro bono distinction from the University of North Carolina School of Law and earned her Master of City and Regional Planning degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also received her A.B. degree from Franklin & Marshall College, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Berkey serves on the Franklin & Marshall College Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Keep Lee County Beautiful, Inc., Board of Directors, and the Urban Land Institute Southwest Florida Executive Committee. Berkey is also a founding Board member of the Young Professionals for Animal Protection, Inc. (YAP) and was recognized as one of Gulfshore Business’ “Top 40 Under 40” for her professional and civic contributions in 2014.