Join ULI's Young Leaders Group for part three "Getting A Project Approved" of their From the Ground Up series, which takes you behind the scenes into the interactions and intersections that make up the real estate development process. You'll learn how players at each stage of the process operate and interact and gain valuable insights, perspectives, and connections.
Jeffrey Bass is a founding member of Shubin & Bass who represents individuals, businesses, governmental entities, and universities in all manners of commercial trial court litigation, administrative proceedings, and appellate matters. Jeff regularly litigates issues involving the use and development of real property, property rights, entitlements, zoning disputes, local government law issues, business disputes, and regulatory conflicts. In addition to his commercial litigation and appellate practice, Jeff frequently serves as a counselor to large institutions and national law firms seeking to navigate Florida's complex regulatory regimes with respect to zoning, land use, and development. In 2010, Jeff concluded a successful, multi-year effort to negotiate a comprehensive development agreement between the University of Miami and the City of Coral Gables. University of Miami President Donna Shalala was quoted as saying, "The agreement sets us on a course for appropriate and thoughtful development. I consider this agreement to be the most important accomplishment of my presidency." The development agreement authorized the development of 6.8 million square feet of development on the Coral Gables Campus over a twenty (20) year build-out term together with a host of robust community enhancement packages. It also included a comprehensive re-write of the City's existing land development regulations and comprehensive plan. The development agreement was approved unanimously by the City of Coral Gables City Commission on September, 2010.
Mark Grafton is an attorney with Shubin & Bass, where he focuses on property rights and restrictions, development approvals and challenges, contract and partnership disputes, and navigating local land use regulations. Mark’s wide range of experience spans from oral argument before the appellate court to the federal district court where his trial team recently and successfully tried a complex commercial dispute before a jury for three weeks.
Carly Grimm is an attorney with Bilzin Sumberg's Land Use and Government Relations Practice Group, where she oversees projects from conception to the completion of all development approvals. Since joining Bilzin Sumberg in 2014, Carly has been involved in numerous high-profile matters that are creating meaningful solutions for our growing community, including the Allapatah Special Area Plan and Liberty Square Rising, along with her extensive personal involvement with The Underline.
Javier F. Aviñó is a Partner and Practice Group Leader in Bilzin Sumberg's Land Development & Government Relations Group, as well as Co-Chair of the Firm's International Group, where he focuses his practice in land use, zoning, and environmental law. Javier represents clients in complex matters including the development approval process, DERM permitting, planning and zoning applications, code enforcement, comprehensive planning and other environmental law areas. Javier also has experience representing both private and public sector clients before various state, county, municipal governments and regulatory bodies throughout South Florida. Javier assists clients in obtaining the necessary development approvals for major high-rise residential condominium and rental projects, commercial and institutional buildings, single family residential developments, affordable housing developments and public/private projects.