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Suzanne M. Amaducci-Adams

Partner, Head of Real Estate
Area of Focus: Real Estate, Hospitality
"She is as solid as can be, very helpful and very much a contributor to the profession. She's a first-rate lawyer." - Chambers USA source

As part of one of the largest real estate practices in Florida, Suzanne knows that the “old playbook” doesn’t work anymore. Her experience has led her to the creation of tailored, yet practical, legal solutions that adjust to the cycles of the market and the unique aspects of each transaction. Suzanne 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.

Suzanne advises developers and owners across every stage of their investments, and also works with alternative finance lenders, institutional investors, family offices, and publicly traded companies. She is very active in the areas of marina and hotel acquisition, finance, and development and mixed use development, leading the Firm’s Hospitality Group.

Q & A
What is one thing that you are urging all of your clients to focus on right now?
Because of various regulations and changes within the real estate industry, credit markets are getting tighter. I encourage my clients to think about financing early. If it can be secured at a great interest rate, or they are attempting to secure a large sum, I encourage my clients to jump at the opportunity, even if they don’t use the funds right away. 
How do you stay connected to trends and changes in the industry?
Although we do work nationally, ground zero for us is Miami. Staying aware of current events, transactions and the status of the economy is the only way to recognize what’s ahead. When the economy turned in 2008, I was prepared to help my clients through it. 
How does Bilzin Sumberg’s commitment to community impact your work and life?
We have a long-term vision for what the City of Miami can be. Our work supporting public transportation and transit oriented development will help connect different areas of the community. When we work to improve the community, we prosper, which in turn helps our clients prosper. In the end, it just makes good sense for everyone. 
Oversaw the servicing of over $6 billion worth of hotel loans involving sales and loan assumptions, restructurings, mergers, deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure, forbearances and other workouts, changes in franchises/ flags, operating/ master lease issues, private equity takeovers, changes in management, e...
Representation of the joint venture between Tate/Rok Group, RCI Marine and Rialto Capital Management in the acquisition of the company that held a long-term lease of the iconic Bahia Mar Resort and Marina, a 39-acre waterfront property in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with a Doubletree hotel, a 245-slip ...
Representation of real estate developer Bridgeport Landing in the $1 billion public-private partnership redevelopment of a mixed-use project, situated on the 52-acre Steel Pointe peninsula in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The redevelopment will include a 2.85 million square foot complex of approximately ...
Representation of a public state college in central Florida regarding the procurement of public-private partnership (P3) to expand its 43-acre campus to accommodate 9,000 full-time students. The proposed P3 development will create more than 1.4 million square feet of space, including 950,000 square ...
  • University of Miami, J.D., cum laude, 1993
    Vanderbilt University, B.A., cum laude, 1990
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers
    Commercial Real Estate Women
    CREW Network National Convention Co-Chair, 2014
    Director of Sponsorship, 2013
    President, 2010 - 2011
    President-Elect, 2010
    Miami Board of Directors, 2009 - 2014
    Orlando Chapter Board of Directors, 1997 - 1998
    Coral Reef Yacht Club
    Board of Directors; 2010 - 2012, 2014 - 2016, 2019 - 2021
    Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association

    Board of Directors, 2014 - 2021
    Member, Executive Board of Directors

    Miami Downtown Development Authority
    Board Member, 2019- present
    The Orange Bowl Committee
    Board of Directors, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021
    University of Miami School of Architecture Master in Real Estate Development + Urbanism
    Advisory Board Member
    University of Miami School of Law
    Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig LL.M. in Real Property Development, Adjunct Professor, 2017 - Present
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • - Band 1, Chambers USA, Real Estate, 2007 - present

    BisNow, Commercial Real Estate Women of Influence Honoree, 2019

    - CREW Miami, Miami Outstanding Leadership, 2014

    - CREW Miami, Networking Deal of the Year Award, 2011, 2012 

    - Daily Business Review, Distinguished Leader, 2018

    - Daily Business Review, Top Dealmakers of the Year, 2016

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

    - Daily Business Review, Top Dealmakers of the Year - Hotels, 2012

    - Florida Super Lawyers, 2011 - present

    - Florida Trend, Must Know Contact in the Real Estate Industry, 2016

    - Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Peer Review Rated, 2013 Top Rated LawyerTM, Banking & Finance Law

    - National Real Estate Investor, Outstanding Women in Real Estate Award, 2010

    - Real Estate Forum, Women of Influence, 2014, 2019

    - South Florida Business Journal, Power Leaders in Real Estate, 2015 to 2016

    - South Florida Business Journal, Power Leaders in Commercial Real Estate, 2014

    - South Florida Business Journal, Heavy Hitters in Commercial Real Estate, 2011, 2013

    - South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers, 2006 - present

    - The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2009 - present