Bilzin Sumberg

Real Estate Department

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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.

Strengths One client says: "The entire team is amazing; these are the best lawyers in Miami," adding: "They are fair, equitable and reasonable, offer sound advice and are always willing to meet client objectives."

Another client remarks: "It is a great team with a comprehensive approach," adding: "It's a personalized service. They make you feel like you are their priority."

A third client describes the group as the "top professionals in the market," highlighting their "diligent, thorough, talented and collaborative" approach.

Work highlights Represented Berkowitz Development Group in the development of SkyRise Miami, including the negotiation of the 99-year lease. The skyscraper is estimated to cost $600 million.

Acted as counsel to Florida East Coast Industries in the development of MiamiCentral station including the acquisition of public properties, developmental approvals and permitting issues.

Notable practitioners

Adam Lustig makes use of wealth of experience in the retail sector, in addition to handling acquisitions across the office and light industrial markets. Clients report: "He always protects our interests, is very knowledgeable, and also, importantly, he is a deal maker."

Managing partner Albert Dotson centers his practice on the provision of experienced zoning counsel. He has demonstrated adept handling of industrial property, infrastructure and housing real estate. One client remarks: "I was impressed with his compelling arguments that cut straight to the point."

Founding partner Brian Bilzin is regarded as a " spectacular, unique individual" by his clients. His transactionally focused practice is called upon by clients seeking representation in high-profile acquisitions, construction finance and restructuring negotiations.

Carter McDowell is a "brilliant and tough negotiator" according to clients, who also note his high level of client service. He has experience providing land use counsel on commercial transactions, in addition to handling large-scale development entitlement and land swap matters.

Eileen Mehta makes use of prior experience as assistant county attorney in providing counsel on land use matters, particularly in negotiations with local governments. She is picked out for her "strong legal acumen and client-centric approach" by clients, who further praise her "excellent communication and negotiation skills."

James Shindell maintains a well-regarded market presence, offering experience in acquisitions and sales alongside development finance. Clients says that he is "really great to work with."

Javier Aviñó is noted by his peers for his experience and skills in representing developers and institutional finance clients on zoning issues. He is described as "an excellent land planning and zoning partner" by clients, who note that "he has been able to achieve enormous success in a very short period of time."

John Sumberg "is probably one of the brightest lawyers I have ever met," reports one client, adding: "He is my go-to for difficult issues." He has been engaged on a number of recent landmark developments spanning the full range of real estate assets classes.

Martin Schwartz is praised for his "excellent judgment and brilliant legal drafting" by clients, who go on to praise his style and client service. His transactional practice focuses on the representation of developers and he draws extensive praise for his experience in connection with condominiums.

Stanley Price is widely recognized by other practitioners in the space, who describe him as "the dean of the Miami practice." He offers detailed experience in connection with issues faced by developers, including rezoning, entitlements and environmental approvals.

Suzanne Amaducci-Adams is picked out by clients for her ability to "understand our objectives, boil down the issues, and find solutions." She has recently handled transactions in relation to mixed-use, residential and industrial properties, ranging from construction to acquisition.

Vicky Leiva is "knowledgeable, attentive and responsive" according to clients. She offers counsel in connection with issues facing developers, with particularly deep experience in government relations, and the acquisition of government land.