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Martin A. Schwartz

Area of Focus: Real Estate
He is "a fountain of knowledge" and "a strategic thinker." - Chambers USA source
Martin A. Schwartz
Marty, Florida Bar Board Certified in Condominium and Planned Land Development, represents developers, lenders, borrowers, landlords and tenants in all aspects of commercial real estate. He services clients throughout the entire development process, from land acquisition and financing to leasing and debt restructuring. Additionally, Marty has been constantly at the forefront of reshaping Florida's condominium law.

Marty also handles financing transactions for non-traditional lenders focused on Miami's development industry. With over 40 years of experience, Marty is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), a prestigious fellowship reserved for lawyers distinguished for their skill, experience, and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of real estate law.
Q & A
Why should a client hire you?
I have very diverse experience in complicated projects, and I have been through several downturns with my clients. I am experienced in handling new projects when construction is booming, and restructuring when the market is down.
How does your experience with condominium legislation help your clients?
It helps in two ways. For a client developing a new condominium project, I may spot issues that could be missed by someone without my background. In redeveloping existing condominium projects, my background working on legislative fixes to the 2007 termination statute have enabled me to avoid some of the pitfalls that may arise in attempting a termination strategy.
Do you have any unique areas where you mentor young attorneys?
I am trying to teach younger lawyers how to write in plain English rather than legalese. It may be difficult to articulate what plain English is, but it resembles Potter Stewart’s characterization of pornography — “I know it when I see it.” Perhaps the easiest way of characterizing plain English is in the negative: It is not typical legal writing.
Representation of Miami Design District Associates, a joint venture between Craig Robins of Dacra, L Catterton Real Estate, a global real estate development fund, and Brookfield Properties intransforming a neglected downtown area into a high-end shopping destination by property acquisitions and fina...
Representation of Paramount Miami Worldcenter in the acquisition and development of a 564-unit residential tower and six-acre amenity deck, which is the $550 million centerpiece of the $2 billion Miami Worldcenter project, the largest real estate development in the history of Florida. Representation...
Representation of a California-based real estate hedge fund in negotiating, structuring and closing three separate constructions loans totaling $474.7 million. The project includes three high-visibility condominium and hotel projects in Miami.
Representation of lender in financing $118 million for development of Miami Beach Setai condo hotel project.
Representation of American Land Housing Group in preconstruction sale and financing of 409-unit high-rise adjacent to the New River in Ft. Lauderdale to an affiliate of the Carlyle Group. The project, developed on a ground lease from Broward County, sold for $102 million and was converted to a condo...
Representation of property owners with retail properties in Sunset Harbour, formerly an industrial area in Miami Beach, Florida, in the $68.7 million sale of a seven-building assemblage to a North Carolina retail investment fund. The sale was complicated by challenges relating to a ground lease and ...
Representation of a Venezuelan group in the conversion of a management agreement with Wyndham Worldwide to a franchise agreement and the sale of the ownership interests in the Wyndham Aruba Beach Hotel, Spa and Casino and adjoining undeveloped land for $230 million. Hotel was subsequently rebranded ...
Negotiated port leases in Tampa and Palm Beach for South American concrete manufacturer.
  • New York University, LL.M., 1968
    New York University, LL.B., Note and Comment Editor, New York University Law Review, 1967
    Brooklyn College, B.A., 1964
  • American Bar Association
    American College of Real Estate Lawyers
    Dade County Bar Association
    David Posnack Jewish Community Center
    Past President
    The Florida Bar

    Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Executive Council
    Commercial Real Estate Committee
    Condominium and Planned Unit Committee

    Florida Developers Counsel Group
    University of Miami School of Law
    Adjunct Professor, Condominium and Planned Development, 2021
    New York City Bar Association
    New York State Bar Association
    Section on Real Estate Law
  • Florida
    New York
  • Band 3, Chambers USA, Real Estate, 2014 - present

    The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2011 - present

    Daily Business Review, Most Effective Lawyers - Real Estate, International, Winner, 2017

    Real Estate Forum, Annual Deals & Dealmakers, 2015

    Daily Business Review, Top Dealmakers of the Year - Retail winner, 2015

    Daily Business Review, Top Dealmakers of the Year - Real Estate Finance finalist, 2014

    Daily Business Review, Top Dealmakers of the Year - Hotels, 2013

    Daily Business Review, Top Dealmakers, Finalist, 2007 - 2008

    South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers, 2014 - present

    Florida Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2008, 2012 - present

    Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2015 - present

    AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell