THE FIRM This leading firm has a broad real estate practice which integrates hospitality, land use and zoning, governmental and a multidisciplinary distressed property practice to provide its clients with representation on multiple fronts. These attorneys are especially adept in distressed commercial real estate and workouts of loan portfolios but have also been busy representing foreign developers and investors in large-scale development projects. The group's strong land use and governmental relations practice provides advice on procurement and contracts, due diligence for institutional clients, and development applications. The land use team has also worked on high-profile projects of historical significance including the Hialeah Race Track and the Fontainebleau Hotel.
Sources say: "The quality of work product has always been top-notch. The culture of the firm is very professional and problem-solving oriented."
KEY INDIVIDUALS As a founding partner, Brian Bilzin has a distinguished reputation among his peers for representing some of the country's largest homebuilders. Sources describe him variously as a "leader" and "major player" in the field, and he also comes recommended for his practical approach to matters. He represented two major homebuilders on acquisitions and dispositions of distressed assets.
Stanley Price is regarded as a "preeminent land use attorney," praised for his knowledge and experience in the area. He chairs the land use and government relations group and advises clients on all aspects of development projects, from applications to dispute matters.
John Sumberg has acted for investors, developers, and lenders for over 35 years. His practice focuses largely on commercial real estate and he also acts as managing partner of the firm, drawing praise from clients for his ability to balance his duties in both: he is "a very pragmatic and smart fellow, not only in legal practice but the managerial practice of running a firm."
The much respected Carter McDowell is a strong land use attorney who is especially adept at advising clients on the approval procedures of marinas, hotels, malls and other complexes. He secured the greatest variance issued by the City of Miami Beach for 1111 Lincoln Road.
Real estate group chair James Shindell has an active practice in the area of distressed assets, working on acquisitions and dispositions. Clients find that he is "very competent and very knowledgeable and gets back to you right away." He is becoming increasingly active on development projects and has represented a major private real estate company on a multifaceted joint venture transaction.
Suzanne Amaducci-Adams is the head of the firm's hospitality practice and is particularly strong in loan work and debt restructuring. Sources describe her as a "very knowledgeable attorney" with a "solution-oriented" approach and also reserve praise for her availability and desire to get a deal done. She advised the owners of two major office towers located in the Brickell financial district on leasing.
Carey Stiss is a prominent real estate transactional attorney with experience in workouts, debt restructuring, and mortgage foreclosures and also a strong background in lending work. He has represented Priderock Capital Partners and its affiliates in purchases and financings.
Albert Dotson is the well-known practice leader of the land use team and actively engages with both the state and federal governments. He regularly advises clients with procurement contracts and is currently representing a cross-border company in connection with hundred of millions of dollars worth of procurement contracts with Miami-Dade County.
Vicky Garcia-Toledo represents large scale developers on zoning, procurement, historic preservation and is also well versed in major use special permit (MUSP) approvals, among other areas.
Brian Adler has a broad land use practice, representing clients from the beginning of the project with comprehensive planning, permitting and applications to representation in court. He also has specific expertise in evaluating the history of a parcel of land and jurisdictional controls.