Franklin Zemel

Franklin Zemel is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Arnstein & Lehr LLP and is the Chair of the Firm’s Religious Land Use Law Group. He has advised and represented many religious assemblies in their battles against local governments, with great success, including precedent-setting reported decisions. Mr. Zemel has secured nearly $3 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of religious groups. He has authored several articles on Religious Land Use Law and frequently speaks on the topic.


Franklin Zemel is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Arnstein & Lehr LLP and is the Chair of the Firm’s Religious Land Use Law Group. He has advised and represented many religious assemblies in their battles against local governments, with great success, including precedent-setting reported decisions. Mr. Zemel has secured nearly $3 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of religious groups. He has authored several articles on Religious Land Use Law and frequently speaks on the topic.



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America’s Subtle Biases Against Muslims

Written by Franklin Zemel and Ariel Deray Leaders of the Islamic Center of Western Suburbs wanted to build a mosque in D


Written by Franklin Zemel and Ariel Deray Leaders of the Islamic Center of Western Suburbs wanted to build a mosque in DuPage County, where religious institutions are authorized to operate in residential districts as “conditional uses” so long as they are approved by the county.  Applicants must proceed through a multistep process to obtain approval […]