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Javier F. Aviñó

Partner, Land Development & Government Relations Practice Group Leader
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 2020
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. He represents both international and domestic clients in the private sector and is Co-Chair of the Firm's International initiative.

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 Alla...

Representation of The Sydell Group, developer of the trendy Freehand Miami hostel (formerly the Indian Creek Hotel), in its acquisition, zoning, and liquor license issues related to renovating the historic Art Deco building.
Representation of the North American branch of CorpBanca, a Chilean multinational bank, in negotiating and structuring a $41 million construction loan to Atton Hotels, a Chilean hotel brand, to build a 275-room, 12-story hotel near Brickell Avenue. The deal was particularly complex as this was the f...
  • 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

    - 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 America, Land Use and Zoning Law, 2019 - present

  • Spanish