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Carly S. Grimm

Area of Focus: Land Development & Government Relations
With a lifelong passion for smart urban design, Carly focuses her land use and government relations practice on development projects that improve local quality of life, including residential, commercial, and transit-oriented developments.  

Carly oversees her clients' projects from conception to the completion of all development approvals, with a keen eye for opportunities to reduce her clients' development costs.
Q & A
What is one way you help clients identify new opportunities?
I closely monitor new ordinances and legislation that could turn into profitable development opportunities for our clients. For example, there is a renewed focus within Miami-Dade County and local municipalities on urban revitalization and transit-oriented development. Legislative action encouraging increased residential density or development within the Metrorail corridor could result in profitable opportunities for clients. We keep our clients up-to-date about amendments to local codes that could affect current and future development projects. 
What distinguishes you as a government relations attorney?
As a government relations attorney, it's essential to cultivate relationships within the local community—not only with local officials but with residents, businesses, organizations, and community groups. I work to develop these relationships and keep my finger on the pulse of Miami's varied neighborhoods. I have a strong commitment to this community and for projects that improve local quality of life either through thoughtful design or the provision of vital services such as the multi-million dollar expansion of the Lotus House women's shelter. 
What is your relationship like with your clients?
I am very aware that our clients need to run a business first and foremost. The priority is not just to get a project off the ground, but to do so in a way that will save our clients time and money. Understanding the intricacies of local codes and effectively communicating and working with City officials to move a project forward is an integral part of the job.
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...
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 international real estate development group in the site plan and design review and approval process for its first project in South Florida. Arte by Antonio Citterio, a $250 million, 12-story condominium tower in Surfside, will feature 16 units sized from 5,500 square feet and up, a...
Representation of private investment firm Starwood Capital Group in the development of its new company headquarters in Miami Beach. Representation includes negotiations relating to entitlements with pending applications before the Miami Beach Planning Board and Historic Preservation Board. The appro...
Representation of BHI Miami Limited Corpin the redevelopment of the iconic Seagull Hotel,fronting onboth Collins Parks and the oceanin Miami Beach, Florida. It will be the first Bulgari Hotel & Resort in the United States, a 6 star hotel brand located in major cosmopolitan centers and unique loc...
  • University of Florida, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2014
    New College of Florida, B.A., Urban Anthropology, 2008
  • The Underline
    Vice President, Young Professionals Organization
    Urban Land Institute
    Member, 2017
    Nu Deco
    Board Member
  • Florida
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, 2021 - present

    Florida Super Lawyers, Florida Rising Stars, 2018 - present