Al Quentel joined Greenberg Traurig in 1971 as a named principal in the firm. He was born in Miami, and is a fourth-generation Floridian.
Quentel helped write Florida's first condominium statute (enacted 1963) as part of a three-law firm-team hired by Arvida Corporation, pioneered the concept of two-unit condominiums to facilitate separate ownerships in mixed use projects, established as-built outdoor living area easements to facilitate siting of zero-lot-line homes, and developed strategies to save Florida taxes.
For about 20 years, Quentel concentrated on representing pension funds, including five state funds, in real estate equity purchases and sales, real estate lending, and occasional real estate borrowing. Transactions took place in 16 states.
Areas of Concentration
· Real estate
Professional & Community Involvement
· Member, American College of Real Estate Lawyers, since 1981
- Membership Selection Committee 1989-1992
· Member, Governor's Growth Management Advisory Committee, 1985-1987
· Board of Directors, National Parkinson Foundation, 1980-1998
- Vice President and Member of the Executive Board, 1985-1997
· President, The Miami Club, 1991-1992
· President, Key Biscayne Lions Club, 1972-1973
Awards & Recognition
· Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 1987-2014
· Member, Winning Team, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2013
· Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, "Top Tier" Firm in Real Estate, 2013
· Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2013
· Selected, Miami Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year, 2012
· Team Member, a Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2011 and 2012
· Listed, The International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers, 2009
· Listed, Real Estate, Who's Who Legal: Florida, 2008
· Listed, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, 2003-2004, 2008
· Listed, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, and Who's Who in American Law
· Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5
· Brothers Bob Graham (Florida Governor 1979-87, U.S. Senator 1987-2005), William A. Graham, and Philip L. Graham in developing 3,000 acres of the family's lands, beginning in 1960. The new town of Miami Lakes was begun in 1962, with award-winning planning, extensive landscaping, parks, and open space. Quentel established the covenants and restrictions, architectural control, mandatory homeowners' associations, a taxing district to maintain the numerous tot-lot parks, a water and sewer utility (now part of the Miami-Dade system), performance standard restrictions for the industrial parks (when this was a first for South Florida), and other legal framework. Now named The Graham Companies (previously Sengra Development Corp., The Sengra Corporation, and Graham's Dairy Incorporated) today the company owns the town center, office buildings, rental apartments, five neighborhood shopping centers, industrial properties, two hotels, and recreational properties, and continues as a GT client. Outside of Miami Lakes, the company owns and operates dairy and other farming properties.
· Anthony V. Pugliese III in purchasing 27,000 acres in 2005, and expanding the site by an agreement to purchase 14,000 acres in 2006, and planning and entitlement issues continuing until 2009.
· Jaymont Properties in purchasing (or acquiring sites and building), operating, and eventual sales of Class A office buildings (and some retail) in Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco (1978-2005).
· Corporate Property Investors in investments in Town Center at Boca Raton; Countryside Mall, Clearwater; University Mall, Pensacola; and Southeast Financial Center, Miami (from 1982 until the company's acquisition by Simon-DeBartolo in 1998).
· Harry B. Helmsley's Brickell Biscayne Corp. in building, selling units, and overseeing litigation with buyers who did and did not close at the Palace condominium, Miami. Beginning the representation after the purchase, it was discovered that the boundary between the condo site and the historic church next door ran through the church hall. Quentel arranged a property exchange of equal area (so that the condo's Floor Area Ratio to land area remained the same) and a permanent easement to the church over the land it conveyed (its parking lot). The church and its members supported City Commission approvals needed for the condominium development.
· Key Colony condominium, Key Biscayne, developer Fininvest Ltd. in land use approvals of the 43-acre site for 1,276 units. Quentel lifted the building permit moratorium on the property by developer financing of a new 24-inch water main under Biscayne Bay from the mainland to Key Biscayne. Costs of the main not attributable to the condo development were recovered through connection fees charged to other future users of water on Key Biscayne. Quentel represented Fininvest as it financed, constructed, and sold the condominium units in four phases. Key Colony was the Number One (dollar sales volume) condominium development in Dade County in 1978 and 1979.
· When the Neiman Marcus store at Bal Harbour Shops proposed that floors be open to a 4-story atrium, with glass elevators, designers were told that the South Florida Building Code required enclosure. Quentel obtained an interpretation by the Board of Rules and Appeals that closely-spaced fire sprinklers would produce a wall of water constituting a sufficient enclosure.
· Assisted Walter Beinecke, Jr. in buying Rainbow Springs (then a privately operated tourist attraction, and now a Florida State Park) with a one-page, printed form contract. The sellers accepted Beinecke's offer the day it was presented, ending the sellers' weeks of negotiations with a competing buyer whose counsel was noted for long, complicated agreements.
· Black Island Limited Partnership in preparation for development of Black Island and part of Lovers Key, on the Gulf of Mexico, and then negotiation of a deed in lieu of condemnation which turned the property into the major part of Lovers Key State Park, near Fort Myers Beach.
· Arvida Corporation in its Miami-Dade County residential developments, including negotiation of water and sewer main extensions and service contracts with General Waterworks Corporation. To speed up deliveries of houses on completion, Quentel devised the technique for final platting of zero-lot-line subdivisions before buildings were sited through use of outdoor living area exclusive easements, boundaries of which were established by as-built surveys.
Publications & Presentations
Articles, Lectures & Publications
· Authored the chapters, "Participating Mortgages: Do They Solve the Problems of Partnerships?" published by the American Bar Association in the volumes Real Estate Partnerships: Selected Problems and Solutions, published in 1991; and Commercial Real Estate Finance, published in 1993
· Author, "The Basic Agreement in Real Estate Practice," The Florida Bar, 1965
· Lecturer, Florida Bar CLE Programs on "The Basic Agreement in Real Estate Practice"