Our People

Steven G. Messing, JD, CPA

Senior Tax Director

Steve Messing has more than 40 years of tax and real estate experience and has worked extensively with developers. Before joining Berkowitz Pollack Brant in 2005, Messing was a tax partner in a Big Four accounting firm for more than 20 years. During this time, he was partner in charge of the Southeast US and South Florida Real Estate practices, as well as the Southeast US Real Estate Tax Practice.  In addition, he was partner in charge of the Miami Tax Department.

As a lawyer and CPA, Messing brings his clients a unique ability to solve problems and anticipate challenges. His work as an advisor and consultant has helped many entrepreneurs build their businesses into well-performing organizations. He was honored as an alumni of distinction by Leadership Miami in 2015.

Areas of Focus

  • Acquisitions and dispositions
  • Business consulting
  • Debt restructuring and workouts
  • Joint ventures
  • LLC operating agreements
  • Real estate investment funds
  • State and federal tax compliance
  • Tax controversies and disputes
  • Tax services


  • University of Miami School of Law – Juris Doctor magna cum laude
  • University of Florida – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, graduated first in the School of Business

Industries Served

  • Commercial, retail and industrial owners and developers
  • Condominium conversions
  • High-net-worth individuals and families
  • Homebuilders and condominium developers
  • Multi-family residential

Community Involvement

  • Greater Miami Jewish Federation – Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Chairman of the Administrative Committee, past chair of Commerce and Professions Division
  • University of Florida, Fisher School of Accounting - Advisory Board