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Brian L. Bilzin

Founding Partner
Area of Focus: Real Estate
"He's become something of a legal institution. He's highly respected and capable with a strong legal mind." - Chambers USA source
Founding partner of Bilzin Sumberg with more than 40 years of experience, Brian's understanding of the real estate market and the South Florida business community gives him a perspective few lawyers have.  His knowledge and experience allows him to provide strategic direction and input at the highest level.

Brian's deep commitment to the community has also become a foundation for the Firm's core principle of giving back to the community which has been so good to all of us.  He has held leadership in numerous organizations, including Board positions with The Greater Miami Jewish Federation (Chair), The Jackson Memorial Foundation, and the I Have A Dream Foundation.
Q & A
How has Miami changed during your time here?
Miami has exploded and become one of the great international cities of the world.  Men and women from all over the world visit Miami as tourists.  Many people born outside the United States make Miami their home.  The blend of Americans with people from elsewhere has given Miami a unique charm and character.
Why should clients hire a lawyer from Bilzin Sumberg?
We have assembled a group of incredibly talented lawyers who care deeply about the quality of their representation and how to achieve results for their clients.  Our lawyers collaborate with each other, and, we believe, achieve better results for the client.
What new developments do you see that might impact your clients?
Because Miami is an international city, it becomes even more important to focus on world events and their impact on the economy of our community.  It requires day to day attention on a quickly changing world.
Representation of majority shareholder and senior executives of LNR Property Corporation, then an NYSE company, in the $3.8 billion acquisition of LNR Property Corporation by LNR Property Holdings Ltd., an entity controlled by Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. Our clients retained a 25% interest in ...
Representation of joint venture comprised of two former NYSE companies in $1 billion acquisition by merger of The Newhall Land & Farming Company, former owner of 47,000 acres of land in several states including California. We handled the corporate restructuring of the acquisition and financing v...
  • Boston University, J.D., Editor, Boston University Law Review, 1970
    University of Michigan, B.A., 1967
  • Greater Miami Jewish Federation
    Chair of the Board, 2012 - 2014
    General Campaign Chair, 2012
    Board Member, 2000 - Present
    I Have a Dream Foundation
    Board Member
    Jackson Memorial Foundation
    Former Board and Executive Committee Member
    Mt. Sinai Hospital
    United Way of Miami-Dade
  • Florida
    New York
  • - Band 1, Chambers USA, Real Estate, 2003 - present

    - American Jewish Committee, Judge Learned Hand Award, 2018

    - The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 1999 - present

    - The Best Lawyers in America, Miami Lawyer of the Year, Real Estate Law, 2019

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

    - Daily Business Review, Top Dealmakers of the Year - Mixed Use finalist, 2014

    - Florida Trend's Legal Elite, 2001 - 2012; 2017

    - Top 100 Miami Florida Super Lawyers, Florida Super Lawyers, 2010 - present

    - Florida Super Lawyers, 2006 - present

    - South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers, 2003 - present

    - South Florida Business Leader, The Power Issue: The Leaders of South Florida Business, 2009

    - AV® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell