John C. Sumberg

Founder, Chairman
Area of Focus: Real Estate
"He's simply top in his field; he's a strategic genius." - Chambers USA source 
John C. Sumberg
Founder, Chairman

Chairman and founding member of Bilzin Sumberg, John Sumberg leads the business and strategic operations of the Firm.

John is one of the most influential real estate lawyers in South Florida, leveraging his presence and wisdom to guide stakeholders through strategic business decisions.

Throughout his 40-plus-year career, John's influence can be seen in the revitalization of Miami's skyline and in connection with complex real estate transactions worth billions of dollars.

Q & A
What makes you stand out as a deal lawyer?
Deals are not just about real estate. They require a multidisciplinary approach, from tax, to corporate, land development and dispute resolution. The advantage I bring is knowing how to take all those pieces and create an overall strategy at the outset. I assemble the optimal Bilzin Sumberg team, and then orchestrate a solution to the client's issues.
What are you passionate about?
Giving back to the South Florida community is a shared passion I have with all of the founding partners. The Firm has given us a great platform to demonstrate our commitments. I hold leadership positions in several charitable organizations, including Board positions in United Way of Miami-Dade, Greater Miami Jewish Federation and Lotus House. We are also coming up on the 17 year anniversary of Bilzin Sumberg Cares, our community involvement program that provides our attorneys, staff and their families with opportunities to work together to benefit charitable organizations in South Florida.
What makes Bilzin Sumberg unique?
Our firm has deep Miami roots and connections throughout the business and governmental community. Additionally, clients appreciate our significant investment in legal project management which greatly enhances value and efficiency for our clients.
  • Yale University, J.D., Editor, Yale Law Journal , 1974
    Yale University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1971
  • Gulliver Preparatory School
    Board of Trustees, Member
    United Way Miami

    Board Member
    Executive Committee, Member

    University of Miami

    School of Architecture Master in Real Estate Development + Urbanism
     Board Member

    Greater Miami Jewish Federation
    Board Member
    Sundari Foundation Lotus House Women's Shelter
    Board of Directors, Vice Chair
    Executive Committee, Member
    Lotus Endowment Fund, Inc.
    Board Member and Vice President
  • Florida
    New York
  • Band 1, Chambers USA, Real Estate, 2003 - present

    South Florida Business Journal, Top 250 Power Leaders of South Florida, 2022

    Florida Trend's Florida 500 - Florida's Most Influential Business Leaders, 2018, Living Legend, 2021

    South Florida Business Journal's Ultimate CEO Award, 2021

    Daily Business Review, Distinguished Leader, 2017, 2020

    MCCJ, Silver Medallion Humanitarian Award, 2019

    The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2003 - present 

    South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers, 2004 - present

    Bisnow, Miami Power 50 - The Most Influential Players in Commercial Real Estate, 2016

    South Florida Business Journal, Top 100 Power Leaders, 2014, 2015 

    South Florida Business Journal, Book of Law, Leading Lawyer, 2011; Top Managing Partner, 2012; Legal Leader, 2013