Albert D. Quentel: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Albert D. Quentel

Miami,  FL  U.S.A.

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AV® Preeminent

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  • Real Estate
    Contact InfoTelephone: 305.579.0505
    Fax: 305.961.5505
    University University of Florida, B.A., 1956 Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Eta Sigma, Florida Blue Key, Editor-In-Chief, The Florida Alligator
    Law SchoolUniversity of Florida College of Law(LL.B., with honors, 1959; replaced by J.D., with honors, 1967) Editor-in-Chief, University of Florida Law Review
    Admitted1959, Florida

    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

    BornMiami, Florida, November 27, 1934

    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

    Awards & Recognition

    •Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers, Law Firm of the Year in Real Estate Law, 2015
    •Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 1987-2015
    •Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2015
    •Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, Top Tier Firm in Real Estate, 2013 and 2014
    •Member, Winning Team, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2013
    •Team Member, a Law360 Real Estate Practice Group of the Year, 2011, 2012 and 2013
    •Selected, Miami Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year, 2012
    •Listed, The International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers, 2009, 2014
    •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

    AV, BV, AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

    Articles, Publications, & Lectures

    •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

    Associated News & Events

    Press Releases

    06.11.15 95 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
    06.11.15 48 Greenberg Traurig Miami Attorneys Named 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
    08.19.14 128 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers In America 2015
    07.02.14 96 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 2014 Florida Super Lawyers
    11.19.13 Six Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Listed in 2013 Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers
    01.03.13 Greenberg Traurig Real Estate Practice Selected as a Practice Group of the Year by Law360
    05.30.12 82 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys to Be Listed in Florida Super Lawyers magazine 2012
    11.01.11 Greenberg Traurig Recognized in 2011 U.S. News - Best Lawyers 'Best Law Firm' Rankings
    09.21.11 102 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys in Florida Listed In Best Lawyers in America 2012
    06.17.11 More than 70 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized in the 2011 edition of Florida Super Lawyers

    Reported CasesSignificant Representations: 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 a client 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.

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    Albert D. Quentel

    333 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 4400
    MiamiFL 33131


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