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Bilzin Sumberg

Real Estate

13 ranked lawyersBand 1FloridaUSA 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Provides a wide range of real estate services to property developers, owners and investors. Areas of particular prowess include complex financings, developments, land use and zoning, while the team is also able to advise on joint venture formations, construction matters, debt restructuring and bankruptcies. Offers strength in all aspects of real estate, including office, retail, industrial and commercial developments. Particular strength in South Florida.


A client says: "The team is very good at negotiating. The firm has very good client service and pays attention to the work. Nothing is left undone or untouched; they are very effective."

Another notes that "the firm has a depth of experience and is well connected to the pulse of critical issues affecting its clients. It is constantly offering additional market insights and tips."

One source mentions that "the firm has a local feel, with the quality and experience of the largest national firms."

Work highlights

Continued to represent South Florida Stadium and the Miami Dolphins, including in the successful negotiations with Miami-Dade County to support a $400 million stadium modernization project.

Represented Adler Real Estate Partners in connection with $172 million in acquisitions and accompanying financing of light industrial and related business park properties in Florida and Alabama.

Notable practitioners

Adam Lustig advises on local and multistate real estate acquisitions and financing mandates, with particular strength acting for developers.
"He understands the law and he understands how to make deals work.""He has the expertise and experience. He is directly on top of the matter, the process and all the issues."

Albert Dotson , the firm's managing partner, is particularly active in the area of transit development projects, which includes advising clients on permit matters. He also acts for clients in the residential sector and nonprofit organizations.
"He is certainly esteemed and well regarded, particularly for development projects."

Brian Adler advises on zoning, permitting and land use issues in connection with a range of development projects, including those in the healthcare and retail sectors.

Brian Bilzin , a founding partner, handles all aspects of real estate transactions, including financing, leasing and workouts.
"He's become something of a legal institution. He's highly respected and capable with a strong legal mind.""He's a real counselor."

Carter McDowell 's practice covers entitlement matters, easement negotiations and development projects, including those relating to marinas and residential projects.
"He's very good and very effective.""He is a very smart attorney."

Eileen Mehta 's practice encompasses zoning approvals and entitlement matters. She offers further experience in disputes concerning use of historic buildings.
"She is a very knowledgeable, thoughtful and practical counsel on the intricacies of the Florida statutes and case law dealing with zoning and land use."

James Shindell handles a variety of property acquisitions and development projects, with further strength in construction loan transactions.
"He has a strong intellect and is a pleasure to work with."

Javier Aviñó regularly handles land use and zoning issues arising from projects in the residential, hospitality and leisure sectors. He also advises on private-public partnerships and air rights issues.
"He is an incredibly knowledgeable zoning and land use attorney.""Javier was persistent and diligent, and communicated effectively and was well prepared for every meeting. He works collaboratively and has an effective approach."

John Sumberg is the chairman of the firm and advises clients on construction financing and real estate transactions, including hotel sales and acquisitions of ownership interest.
"He's a terrific, responsive and outstanding lawyer and a great and supportive counsel.""He is a very solid attorney and a real deal-maker."

Martin Schwartz ’s practice covers the acquisition, sale and financing aspects of real estate deals, with further strength handling development projects.
"He's a thoughtful lawyer. When you discuss an issue, he thinks and comes up with solutions. He's really an excellent lawyer."

Stanley Price 's vast experience includes handling zoning and land use matters concerning transport, residential and retail development projects.
"He's just a legendary attorney. He knows everybody and is a very effective land use lawyer.""He is well respected, well regarded and well known."

Suzanne Amaducci-Adams acts for clients on redevelopment projects, with a focus on the transit and leisure sectors. She also advises on ground lease agreements, investments and acquisitions, as well as real estate workouts and refinancing matters.
"She is extremely knowledgeable and attentive; I would have no qualms having her represent me for the rest of my life.""She is as solid as can be, very helpful and very much a contributor to the profession. She's a first-rate lawyer."

Vicky Leiva handles zoning, permitting and planning approvals for major local projects, including transit and residential developments.
"She is very in tune with coordinating between neighborhoods, cities and developers."

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Florida: South

Real Estate

Adam D Lustig
Band 2
Brian L Bilzin
Band 1
James W Shindell
Band 2
John C Sumberg
Band 1
Martin Schwartz
Band 3
Suzanne Amaducci-Adams
Band 1

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