Javier F. Aviñó

Practice Group Leader, Land Development & Government Relations
Hablo Español
Area of Focus: Land Development & Government Relations
"He can think quickly on his feet and has encyclopedic knowledge of the Miami zoning code." - Chambers USA source
Javier F. Aviñó
Practice Group Leader, Land Development & Government Relations
Javier is the first stop for developers before they put a shovel in the ground. Javier assists clients in obtaining the necessary development approvals for major high-rise residential condominium and rental projects, commercial and institutional buildings, single-family residential developments, affordable housing developments, and public-private partnerships.

Javier also has extensive experience representing clients in the restaurant and hospitality industry with liquor licensing and permitting. This niche practice includes the solicitation of new licenses, the transfer of existing licenses, and the resolution of any zoning or permitting issues.
Q & A
Why is it beneficial for a developer to come to you first?
My deep roots in the community, years of experience, and network of contacts allow me to best assess the issues and devise strategies for my clients' development projects. 
How does Bilzin Sumberg's one-office approach benefit your clients?
We work collaboratively across a wide range of practice areas. Our environment is a huge benefit to clients, because everything is handled by one strong team in one office. We have a deep bench, and we have worked on many different complex matters to find the best and most expeditious solutions for our clients. 
  • University of Miami, J.D., 2004
    Boston College, B.A., Psychology, 1999
  • Lotus Endowment Fund, Inc.
    Board Member
    Builders Association of South Florida
    Legislative Committee Member
    Cuban American Bar Association
    Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
    Latin Builders Association
    Board of Directors
    Leadership Miami
    Class XXXI, 2009 - 2010
    Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA)
    Transit, Connectivity & Mobility Committee, Member
    Urban Land Institute (ULI)
    Multi-Family Development Florida Product Council
    Voices for Children Foundation
    Board Member
  • Florida
  • - Band 2, Chambers USA, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, 2015 - present

    - Lawyers of Color, Law Firm Leaders, 2022 

    - Daily Business Review, Florida Trailblazer, 2020

    - Connect CRE, Top 50 Lawyers in U.S., 2020

    - Daily Business Review, Attorney on the Rise, 2017

    - Daily Business Review, Top Dealmakers of the Year - Office finalist, 2014

    - Florida Super Lawyers, 2018 - 2019

    - Florida Super Lawyers, Florida Rising Stars, 2009 - 2014

    - South Florida Business Journal, 40 Under 40 Honoree, 2014

    - South Florida Legal Guide, Top Up & Comers, 2015 - present

    - The Best Lawyers in AmericaLawyer of the Year - Land Use and Zoning Law, 2022

    - The Best Lawyers in America, Land Use and Zoning Law, 2019 - present

  • Spanish