Carly Grimm

Associate
305.350.2352
Area of Focus: Land Development & Government Relations
GET TO KNOW Carly
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.
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Carly's PRACTICES
EXPERIENCE
EXPERIENCE
Representation of All Aboard Florida, 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 will continue on Florida's east coast, with new stations planned in Orlando, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. We are also assisting the client with its Miami “Grand Central Station”-like transportation and retail district, to include retail, office, residential, parking, and transit related components.
EXPERIENCE
Representation of Lotus Village, a homeless shelter for women, youth, and children, in its expansion of facilities and services. Our multi-practice team handled legal work pertaining to the acquisition of properties surrounding the current facility, related land use and zoning issues, and approval of almost $20 million in construction financing. The culmination of these efforts, including the City of Miami's approval of the land use and zoning, resulted in the shelter's expansion from 240 to almost 500 beds.
INSIGHTS

Prior to attending law school Carly worked as a program officer for a community development nonprofit in Washington, D.C. focused on sharing best practices in urban design and social programming that improve livability in urban settings.

CREDENTIALS
  • 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
  • Florida
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