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Eileen Ball Mehta

Of Counsel
305-350-2380
Area of Focus: Land Development & Government Relations
"A veteran with years of experience [who is] very savvy [and] has the ability and knowledge base to navigate through the governmental world." - Chambers USA source
GET TO KNOW Eileen
Eileen counsels clients who do business with or are affected by local governments. A former Assistant County Attorney for Miami-Dade County, Eileen has decades of experience in areas such as zoning, comprehensive planning, elections contests, bid protests, civil rights suits, and constitutional challenges. She represents both private and public sector clients and served as special counsel to the Clerk of the Court for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit for more than 20 years.

A seasoned appellate lawyer, she has handled hundreds of cases in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels and quasi-judicial matters before local, regional, and state administrative tribunals.
Q & A
What gives you a unique understanding of your client's objectives?
In addition to my law practice, I have also owned a homebuilding business that developed several residential subdivisions. Many of my clients develop real estate, and I have first-hand knowledge of the challenges that confront them on a daily basis. I look for pragmatic, expeditious solutions to the hurdles that they face, particularly those that arise from their dealings with governmental entities.
How does your experience as a local government attorney help your clients?
Governmental actions affect clients in a myriad of ways, and both private and public sector clients turn to me for assistance in drafting legislation, representation in administrative hearings and handling litigation. For example, I had a client who was planning to construct a transit-oriented development. Because of my experience in local government I was able to draft an amendment to the County’s Rapid Transit Zone ordinance and to work with staff and elected officials to secure its adoption. The amended ordinance brought my client’s property into the Rapid Transit Zone, streamlined the permitting process, and saved my client substantial time and money.
What are some of the advantages of working with Bilzin Sumberg's land use team?
Many of our partners had earlier careers in local government and helped draft important land use legislation. As a team, we have been at the forefront of Florida land use law for decades. Our collective experience as effective, competent lawyers practicing in jurisdictions throughout Florida serves as a value-add for our clients.
EXPERIENCE
EXPERIENCE
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...
EXPERIENCE
Representation of Palmer Trinity Private School, Inc. in connection with the school's $55 million expansion of its current campus onto an adjacent, 32-acre parcel of land that it acquired specifically for that purpose in 2003. Bilzin Sumberg's representation included providing land use and zoning co...
EXPERIENCE
Representation of the Miami-Dade County Clerk of Courts in a class action alleging violations of the federal Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act. The plaintiff claimed that after paying a parking ticket, she received a receipt that contained more un-redacted credit card numbers than is allowed ...
EXPERIENCE
Representation of homebuilder in redevelopment of the former Calusa golf course in Kendall, a suburban area of Miami. The firmsuccessfully secured the release of a restrictive covenant imposed by the County several decades ago which limited the 168-acre property to golf course use for a period of 99...
EXPERIENCE
Representation of the Board of Trustees of Florida International University in a third-party challenge to a referendum amending the local County Charter. Summary judgment in favor of the University was upheld by the Third District Court of Appeal, which is a preliminary step toward a multi-million d...
EXPERIENCE
Represented Harvey Ruvin, the Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Court in a lawsuit challenging Florida's constitutional and legislative ban on same-sex marriages. The Clerk was sued in his official capacity as the state officer authorized to issue marriage licenses. The lawsuit was filed in the wake of...
INSIGHTS
CREDENTIALS
  • University of Miami, J.D., cum laude, 1977
    Florida International University, B.A., with high distinction, 1974
  • Branches
    Board Member
    Builders Association of South Florida
    Assists on the Legislative Committee
    United Way of Miami-Dade
    Women's Leadership Breakfast Vice-Chair
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Band 3, Chambers USA, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, 2013 - present

    The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year - Litigation- Land Use & Zoning Law, 2020

    The Best Lawyers in America, Land Use & Zoning Law, Litigation - Environmental, Litigation - Land Use & Zoning, 1995 - present

    The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year - Land Use & Zoning Law, 2016

    Benchmark Appellate, Eleventh Circuit Litigation Star, 2013

    Daily Business Review, Most Effective Lawyers - Finalist, Real Estate, 2014

    Daily Business Review, Top Dealmakers of the Year - Industrial Winner, 2014

    Daily Business Review, Most Effective Lawyers, Real Estate, 2012

    Daily Business Review, Most Effective Lawyers - Public Interest, Finalist, 2011

    Florida Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2009, 2015 - 2020

    Recipient of the Judy Florence Memorial Outstanding Service Award presented by the Environmental and Land Use Section of The Florida Bar, 2000

    AV® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell