Martin A. Schwartz

Area of Focus: Real Estate
"One of the most accomplished and knowledgeable lawyers in his field. There is no real estate issue that Marty hasn't seen in his long and distinguished career." - Chambers USA source
Martin A. Schwartz
Marty, Florida Bar Board Certified in Condominium and Planned Land Development, represents developers, lenders, borrowers, landlords and tenants in all aspects of commercial real estate. He services clients throughout the entire development process, from land acquisition and financing to leasing and debt restructuring. Additionally, Marty has been constantly at the forefront of reshaping Florida's condominium law.

Marty also handles financing transactions for non-traditional lenders focused on Miami's development industry. With over 40 years of experience, Marty is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), a prestigious fellowship reserved for lawyers distinguished for their skill, experience, and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of real estate law.
Q & A
Why should a client hire you?
I have very diverse experience in complicated projects, and I have been through several downturns with my clients. I am experienced in handling new projects when construction is booming, and restructuring when the market is down.
How does your experience with condominium legislation help your clients?
It helps in two ways. For a client developing a new condominium project, I may spot issues that could be missed by someone without my background. In redeveloping existing condominium projects, my background working on legislative fixes to the 2007 termination statute have enabled me to avoid some of the pitfalls that may arise in attempting a termination strategy.
Do you have any unique areas where you mentor young attorneys?
I am trying to teach younger lawyers how to write in plain English rather than legalese. It may be difficult to articulate what plain English is, but it resembles Potter Stewart’s characterization of pornography — “I know it when I see it.” Perhaps the easiest way of characterizing plain English is in the negative: It is not typical legal writing.
  • New York University, LL.M., 1968
    New York University, LL.B., Note and Comment Editor, New York University Law Review, 1967
    Brooklyn College, B.A., 1964
  • American Bar Association
    American College of Real Estate Lawyers
    Dade County Bar Association
    David Posnack Jewish Community Center
    Past President
    The Florida Bar

    Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Executive Council
    Commercial Real Estate Committee
    Condominium and Planned Unit Committee

    Florida Developers Counsel Group
    University of Miami
    School of Law, Adjunct Professor, Condominium and Planned Development, 2021
    New York City Bar Association
    New York State Bar Association
    Section on Real Estate Law
  • Florida
    New York
  • Band 2, Chambers USA, Real Estate, 2014 - present

    The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, Real Estate Law, 2023

    The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, Community Association Law, 2011 - present

    Daily Business Review, Most Effective Lawyers - Real Estate, International, Winner, 2017

    Real Estate Forum, Annual Deals & Dealmakers, 2015

    Daily Business Review, Top Dealmakers of the Year - Retail winner, 2015

    Daily Business Review, Top Dealmakers of the Year - Real Estate Finance finalist, 2014

    Daily Business Review, Top Dealmakers of the Year - Hotels, 2013

    Daily Business Review, Top Dealmakers, Finalist, 2007 - 2008

    South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers, 2014 - present

    Florida Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2008, 2012 - present

    Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2015 - present

    AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell