Florida Trend Recognizes Bilzin Sumberg Partners as Florida Legal Elite

Press Release
July 11, 2022

Miami, FL – Bilzin Sumberg is pleased to announce that Land Development & Government Relations Partner Anthony De Yurre, Litigation Partner Melissa Pallett-Vasquez, Corporate & Finance Practice Group Leader David M. Seifer, and Litigation Partner Mitchell E. Widom have been recognized in Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite 2022 Edition. 

The publication recognizes highly regarded lawyers who have exemplified excellence in their practice, as determined by endorsements from their peers. The list represents less than 2% of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida.

Anthony De Yurre’s expansive practice focuses on the representation of real estate developers and investors in complex land use and zoning matters with a focus on transit-oriented development, large scale mixed-use development, and public-private partnerships. Anthony has worked on some of Miami’s key transit-oriented developments and public-private partnerships including the development of Miami Worldcenter, which at $4 billion and 10 city blocks covering 27 acres, is Florida's largest mixed-use real estate development strategically located in the heart of downtown Miami. Anthony is Co-Chair of the University of Miami School of Law Real Property Development LL.M Advisory Board, and is also an adjunct professor in the program.

Melissa Pallett-Vasquez is a seasoned trial lawyer who handles complex business disputes in both federal and state courts, as well as arbitration. She focuses her practice on high stakes, bet-the-company cases, in which long-standing clients appreciate her ability to interpret the legal landscape and craft astute defense strategies that protect their businesses today, tomorrow, and in the future. She has extensive experience particularly in federal class action defense and multi-jurisdictional cases, and is additionally often called upon to handle complex, but sensitive, high profile local state court matters. Melissa is actively involved in the American Bar Association's International Law Section, where she is currently the Revenue Officer, one of the few Executive Committee positions in the Section, Vice-Chair of the Food, Agriculture & Cannabis Committee, and Senior Advisor to the Canada Committee. Melissa is consistently recognized by legal publications including Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, and The Best Lawyers in America

A corporate attorney with more than 20 years of experience serving as trusted counsel to his clients, David Seifer has shepherded businesses of all sizes through a wide range of strategic business and corporate matters, earning him the reputation of "the business person's lawyer". His diverse corporate practice - representing start-ups, emerging and development-stage business enterprises and entrepreneurs, and mature public and private companies - allows him to effectively advise clients at all stages of their businesses. His practice focus includes securities offerings, corporate governance, periodic securities reporting and compliance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, and general contract negotiations, spanning industries such as life sciences, medical devices, diagnostics and pharmaceuticals, technology, blockchain and distributed ledger, and banking and financial institutions. David has been consistently recognized by legal publications including Chambers USA and the International Financial Law Review 1000 (IFLR1000). 

A highly experienced trial attorney, Mitchell E. Widom has extensive expertise in class action and complex product liability, and he also helps clients untangle and solve complex partnership disputes. Among other civil matters, he has handled litigation involving class actions, multi-district litigation, antitrust, probate and will contests, construction, intellectual property, partnership disputes, insurance, land use litigation, and bankruptcy preference and fraudulent transfers. Mitch is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), an esteemed fellowship comprised of 5,700 preeminent trial lawyers from the United States and Canada. He is consistently recognized by legal publications including Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, and The Best Lawyers in America

About Bilzin Sumberg
Bilzin Sumberg counsels clients whose business and legal opportunities and challenges span the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia. The firm’s growth has paralleled that of its Miami home base, a region known for its rich cultural, social, and professional diversity. Bilzin Sumberg stands at the center of virtually every major transaction shaping Florida and is at the forefront of the state’s most pressing economic issues – from infrastructure, transit and mobility, to affordability and the diversification of the state’s economy. Bilzin Sumberg lawyers concentrate on services at the heart of both regional and international commerce, including real estate, land development and government relations, environmental, construction, corporate and securities, finance, joint ventures, domestic and international tax and private wealth planning, antitrust, business litigation, and public-private partnerships. For more information, please visit bilzin.com.

David M. Seifer
Practice Group Leader, Corporate & Finance
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