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Javier F. Aviñó

Partner, Land Development & Government Relations Practice Group Leader
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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
Partner, Land Development & Government Relations Practice Group Leader
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. 
Representation of Miami Produce Center, an entity controlled by Robert Wennett, in the filing of a Special Area Plan (SAP) with the City of Miami for a proposed eight-building development with over 1 million square feet of residential, office, retail, hotel, and educational components in the Allapat...
Representation of Brightline, an affiliate of Florida East Coast Industries, Inc., in the procurement, land acquisition, and development of portions of the $2.4 billion high-speed passenger rail project connecting South and Central Florida. Passenger service will be created in central Florida and wi...
Representation of Related Urban Development Group, a developer of affordable housing, in a $300+ million public housing P3 redevelopment project, "Liberty Square Rising," the first P3 public housing project in Miami-Dade County which establishes a new model for the design, construction, financing, o...
Representation of developer in acquisition and development of multiple-building residential project on the former Chiquita Banana distribution site in Midtown Miami, Florida. Assisted with platting of underlying property to vacate public right-of-way that transects the property.
Assisted New York-based Property Markets Group with pre-acquisition due diligence, land use and zoning, and entitlements on a new building at 300 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami, Florida which will be the tallest building in Miami once complete. The Waldorf Astoria Hotel and Residences will occupy the p...
Representation of Malaysia-based Resorts World Miami, an affiliate of the Genting Group, in its development of a new bus station and automated people mover station, and a private hotel constructed in the air rights. Successfully navigated a competitive RFP process and negotiated a long-term lease an...
  • University of Miami, J.D., 2004
    Boston College, B.A., Psychology, 1999
  • American Bar Association
    Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida
    Builders Association of South Florida
    Legislative Committee Member
    Cuban American Bar Association
    Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
    International Council of Shopping Centers
    Latin Builders Association
    Board of Directors
    Leadership Miami
    Class XXXI, 2009 - 2010
    Miami Downtown Development Authority
    Transit, Connectivity & Mobility Committee, Member
    Urban Land Institute
    Multi-Family Development Florida Product Council
    Voices for Children Foundation
    Board Member
  • Florida
  • - Band 2, Chambers USA, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, 2019 - present

    - Chambers USA, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, Up & Coming, 2015 - 2016 

    - 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, 2019 - present

  • Spanish