Jennifer E. Fine

Area of Focus: Land Development & Government Relations and Affordable Housing & Tax Credit
Jennifer E. Fine
Jennifer Fine is a land use and zoning attorney who is proud to continue her family’s tradition of civic involvement and leadership in the community’s various industry, advocacy, and charitable organizations. She enjoys contributing to Miami’s changing skyline and continued growth as a global city through representation of developers on land use, zoning, and entitlements and working with community stakeholders in government, private, and nonprofit sectors. 
Q & A
What factors are leading to the increase in mixed-used developments?
Policy makers, planners, and elected officials are encouraging developers to create self-sustaining, walkable cities with street level retail and entertainment engagement options. These live-work-play cities and suburban locales are providing city centers with common areas and a cohesive design that offer residents a small-town feel in Miami’s diverse, growing urban metropolis. Walkability is a major focus to get people out of cars to improve traffic congestion and encourage fitness and wellness.  
Describe how planning and zoning lawyers help their clients navigate local governments?
Our team works closely with local elected officials and the professional staff from planning, public works, and traffic departments, as well as city and county attorneys, to research issues, negotiate agreements, seek approvals, and draft legislation. While the maze of government can be daunting, we serve as project managers to expedite the process and create mutually beneficial developments that the community will embrace. We have had great success clarifying ambiguities in local codes relating to whether a certain use is permitted or considered nonconforming. 
Why is it important for you to be involved in civic and charitable organizations?
Being a Bilzin Sumberg attorney gives me a platform, resources, and access to our community’s most important influencers.  Being involved with different organizations enables me to grow as a person, an attorney, and a community leader. Most importantly, it provides the ability to create an impact on issues that are important to me and make a difference in the community. It’s exciting to meet and work with high-level decision makers and successful businesspeople who share my dedication to our community and get a sneak peek into their exciting new developments before anyone else.
  • University of Florida, J.D., cum laude, 2015
    University of Michigan, B.A., 2011
  • American Israel Public Affairs Committee

    Miami Club Executive Board, Co-Chair
    Real Estate Division

    Greater Miami Jewish Federation

    Network Executive Board Member
    Jewish Incubator Grants Committee, Co-Chair

    Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.

    Campaign Committee
    Young Professionals Council, Chair

    Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
    Resilience Committee
    The Florida Bar
    Environmental and Land Use Law Section
    United Way of Miami-Dade

    Young Leaders Society
    Women United
    LINC Executive Board Member, 2018-2019

    Urban Land Institute
    Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce
    Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association
  • Florida
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Florida Rising Stars, 2019 - present

    Florida Trend, Up & Comer, 2019