John V. Chibbaro Joins Bilzin Sumberg as the Newest Addition to the Environmental Group

Press Release
January 10, 2020

Miami, FL – Bilzin Sumberg is pleased to announce John V. Chibbaro has joined the firm's Environmental and Land Development & Government Relations Practices. 

As an environmental and land-use attorney, John advises public and private clients on a variety of environmental regulatory, permitting, and litigation matters, including environmental assessment and liability, transactional support and due diligence, wetlands and coastal permitting, hazardous materials contamination, legislation drafting, climate change, and energy and infrastructure projects.  John also counsels clients on virtually all aspects of real estate development, from permitting and entitlement strategy through government approvals and enforcement actions. His experience includes complex regulatory matters involving the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Endangered Species Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), and related state laws. He has represented companies such as Public Storage, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, White Rock Quarries, and National Marine Manufacturer’s Association, among others. 

John's experience serves to complement the firm's robust environmental portfolio. Led by partner, Howard E. Nelson, the team is often consulted by clients regarding environmental due diligence issues in markets across the Southeastern United States.

"We strive to be trusted advisors and to maintain the highest standards," said Nelson. "John's addition to the group aligns with our commitment to our clients to assemble teams of professionals who are valued and trusted."

Bilzin Sumberg's Environmental team often works in tandem with the firm's market-leading Government Relations & Land Development practice group. Under the leadership of Javier F. Aviñó, the team is re-shaping South Florida and other communities, to include transit-oriented, real estate development, infrastructure, and hospitality projects.

"We are thrilled to welcome John," said Aviñó. "His collaborative nature and commitment to the community are a perfect fit with our firm's service culture and multidisciplinary approach to our matters."

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