Becker & Poliakoff




      • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1986
      • Florida Atlantic University, B.B.A., International Business, 1983



Donald P. Dufresne is a shareholder in Becker’s Real Estate and Government/Lobbying Practice areas, based in the West Palm Beach office. Mr. Dufresne has more than three decades of experience advising clients on a broad range of real property matters, including acquisition, development, sale, construction, leasing, and financing. He also counsels clients on environmental due diligence and represents clients before municipal, county, state and federal governmental bodies and agencies. He has extensive experience in land use, zoning, code enforcement and other regulatory matters, including agricultural tax classifications.

Mr. Dufresne’s practice extends to work on agricultural, commercial, condominium, assisted living, equestrian and residential properties. He has a particular focus in equine law and matters involving the equestrian industry. He also advises institutional lenders and commercial borrowers in real property and asset-based lending. Additionally, he is a Certified Circuit Court Mediator and counsels clients in contract negotiations, asset purchase and sale transactions, as well as general business matters. His background allows him to provide input regarding strategic, substantive, and procedural matters in many types of litigation.

Mr. Dufresne is involved in many community, civic, and charitable organizations. He serves on the Board of the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council and is a Trustee for both the South Florida Fairgrounds and Palm Beach County’s BizPac. He previously served as a member of the Palm Beach County Planning and Zoning Commission, as well as the Palm Beach County Consumer Affairs Hearing Board. He is the former chairman of the Village of Wellington Equestrian Preserve Committee and past president of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.


  • Equine Preserve Committee, Village of Wellington (Former Chair)
  • Palm Beach County Sports Commission (Past President)
  • Palm Beach County Consumer Affairs Hearing Board (Past Member)
  • Leadership Palm Beach County Class of 1996
  • Forum Club Member


  • Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council
  • South Florida Fair
  • Palm Beach County Planning and Zoning Commission (Former Board Member)
  • BizPac Palm Beach County (Trustee)
  • Palm Beach County Sports Commission


  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named one of the “Top Rated Lawyers in Real Estate” by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell (2013)
  • Named one of South Florida’s Top-Rated Lawyers (2012)