John C. Sumberg

Partner
305-350-2364
Area of Focus: Real Estate
“At Bilzin Sumberg, we are committed to making our clients' strategic visions a reality."
GET TO KNOW John

John Sumberg serves as Managing Partner of Bilzin Sumberg, where he leads the business and strategic operations of the Firm.

John is one of the most influential real estate lawyers in South Florida, leveraging his presence and wisdom to guide stakeholders through strategic business decisions.

Throughout his 40-plus-year career, John's influence can be seen in the revitalization of Miami's skyline and in connection with complex real estate transactions worth billions of dollars.

Q & A
What makes you stand out as a deal lawyer?
Deals are not just about real estate. They require a multidisciplinary approach, from tax, to corporate, land development and dispute resolution. The advantage I bring is knowing how to take all those pieces and create an overall strategy at the outset. I assemble the optimal Bilzin Sumberg team, and then orchestrate a solution to the client's issues.
What are you passionate about?
Giving back to the South Florida community is a shared passion I have with all of the founding partners. The Firm has given us a great platform to demonstrate our commitments. I hold leadership positions in several charitable organizations, including Board positions in United Way of Miami-Dade, Greater Miami Jewish Federation and Lotus House. We are also coming up on the 10 year anniversary of Bilzin Sumberg Cares, our community involvement program that provides our attorneys, staff and their families with opportunities to work together to benefit charitable organizations in South Florida.
What makes Bilzin Sumberg unique?
Our firm has deep Miami roots and connections throughout the business and governmental community. Additionally, clients appreciate our significant investment in legal project management which greatly enhances value and efficiency for our clients.
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John's PRACTICES
EXPERIENCE
EXPERIENCE
Representation of Oleta Partners, LLC, a joint venture comprised of affiliates of the LeFrak Organization and Turnberry Associates, in the successful negotiation of the long-term ground lease and complicated leasehold financing for a 185-acre brownfields redevelopment site in the City of North Miami, Florida. The client intends to redevelop the property as a $4 billion multi-use master development, known as Solē Mia Miami. The current City-approved plans include over 4,000 multifamily and residential units; approximately 1,200,000 square feet of retail commercial mixed-use space, a 4-star, 150-room hotel and over 7.2 acres of open space park, including sports facilities, playgrounds, and a 13.7-acre passive park.
EXPERIENCE
Representation of an entity comprised of Starwood Capital, the LeFrak Organization, and Invesco Ltd. in the purchase and substantial $340 million renovation of one of South Beach's largest oceanfront luxury resort properties, the 1 Hotel South Beach. Our team handled contract negotiations and closing, supervised review and analysis of land use issues and secured numerous key approvals from the City of Miami Beach including approvals from the City Commission, the Historic Preservation Board, the Planning Board and the Board of Adjustment. We resolved numerous litigation matters, including those pending with the condominium association, allowing the project to move forward with substantial renovations. In 2015, our team assisted in the opening of the hotel and in securing a $250 million loan from Deutsche Bank, refinancing the Miami Beach property. The $1 billion property, which boasts nearly two million square feet of space, has reopened as a hotel and series of oceanfront condominiums and includes a rooftop pool, a spa and fitness center and private beach amenities.
EXPERIENCE
Representation of developer in the purchase and development of Skyrise Miami, a 1,000-foot bay-front tower in downtown Miami. Bilzin Sumberg negotiated the 99-year ground lease, helped renegotiate the master lease and is handling all legal aspects related to the project's construction, including financing and review of all architecture, engineering, and construction contracts.
INSIGHTS

John has received Chambers USA’s highest ranking in Real Estate since the publication’s inaugural year in Florida and has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for over a decade.

CREDENTIALS
  • Yale Law School, J.D., Editor, Yale Law Journal (1973 - 1974), 1974
    Yale University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1971
  • United Way of Miami-Dade
    Board Member and Trustee
    Center for Excellence in Education Campaign Co-Chair, Campaign Cabinet
    University of Miami School of Architecture Master in Real Estate Development + Urbanism
    Advisory Board, Chair and Executive Committee Member; former Vice Chair
    Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, Co-Chair
    Nominating Committee, Co-Chair
    Greater Miami Jewish Federation
    Board Member
    Audit Committee, Chair
    Sundari Foundation Lotus House Women's Shelter
    Board Member
    Lotus Endowment Fund, Board Member and Vice President
    Miami Herald CEO Roundtable
    Former Member
    Drug Free Youth in Town
    Former Board Member
  • Florida
    New York
  • - Band 1, Chambers USA, Real Estate, 2003 - present

    - The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2003 - present

    - Daily Business Review, Distinguished Leader, 2017

    - Bisnow, Miami Power 50 - The Most Influential Players in Commercial Real Estate, 2016

    - South Florida Business Journal, Power Leaders in Law, 2017

    - South Florida Business Journal, Top 100 Power Leaders, 2014, 2015

    - South Florida Business Journal, Power Leaders in Law & Accounting, 2014, 2015

    - The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year - Miami Real Estate Law, 2013

    - Daily Business Review, Top Dealmakers of the Year - Mixed Use finalist, 2014

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

    - Florida Super Lawyers, Top 100 Miami Florida Super Lawyers, 2013

    - Miami Today's Book of Leaders, 2013

    - Florida Super Lawyers, 2006 - present

    - South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers, 2004 - present

    - South Florida Business Journal, Book of Law, Leading Lawyer, 2011; Top Managing Partner, 2012; Legal Leader, 2013

    - AV® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

     
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