Iris Escarra: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Iris Escarra

Miami,  FL  U.S.A.

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Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas

  • Land Development
  • Environmental
  • Green Building & Sustainable Development
  • Government Law & Policy
Contact InfoTelephone: 305.579.0737
Fax: 305.961.5737
University Florida International University, B.B.A., 1997; Research Assistant, Legal Writing Department, 1999
Law SchoolSt. Thomas University School of Law, J.D., 2001; Who's Who in American Law Students, 2000
Admitted2001, Florida

Professional & Community Involvement

•Member Agent, Attorney's Title Insurance Fund
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, Dade County Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Committee
•Member, Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP)
•Member, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)
•Member, Cuban American Bar Association
•Member, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
•Member, The Florida Bar
•Board Certified, City, County and Local Government, Board of Legal Specialization and Education
•Young Lawyers' Division
•City, County & Local Government Law Certification Committee
•Member, U.S. Green Building Council
•Member, Urban Land Institute (ULI)
•Participant, United Way Woman's Leadership
•Council Member, Miami Dade County Public School, Educational Excellence School Advisory Council (EESAC), Ada Merritt K-8 Center, 2009-Present
•Graduate, Leadership Miami, Class XXX, 2008-2009

BornMiami, Florida, March 24, 1974

Iris Escarra specializes in land use, zoning and procurement law, and has been certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in city, county and local government law.

Iris represents land owners and developers in every phase of a property's development and operation. In the early planning phase of a development project, Iris is experienced with due diligence regarding the property's development potential. Next, Iris assists her clients in obtaining any and all local and state entitlements necessary for new construction, the redevelopment of existing properties, the introduction of new uses or the preservation of existing uses.

The local government approvals Iris secures for her clients include: platting, waiver, warrants, major use special permits, special exceptions, variances, special area plans, modifications to ordinances, historic preservation approval, DRI approvals, marina approvals, rezoning and comprehensive plan amendments. Once development occurs, Iris continues to serve her clients by resolving complex code enforcement matters that may arise.

The various projects Iris is proud to have served in the foregoing capacity include residential, hotel, retail, commercial and mixed-uses, and institutional uses such as affordable housing, educational facilities, medical buildings, places of worship and museums.

Iris also advises clients during the local government's procurement process, including the due diligence, submittal, award and bid protest, as may become necessary. After a government contract has been awarded, Iris assists clients with regulatory compliance in accordance with the award agreement. In addition, Iris represents clients in the adoption of regulatory ordinances for outdoor advertising displays.

Iris is a former Assistant City Attorney for the City of Miami. During her tenure there, she served as legal counsel to several departments. Iris was principally responsible for opining on all real estate issues including platting, right-of-way closures, covenants, easements and specific title issues. Iris is seen as an expert in subdivision regulations and has been asked to speak on several occasions regarding platting and subdivision in Florida.

Areas of Concentration

•Governmental affairs
•Land use representation
•Real estate transactions
•City, county and local government law
•Subdivision law

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

05.27.15 Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Iris Escarra Named to 2015 Class of Influential Business Women
01.21.15 51 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized by South Florida Legal Guide
12.30.14 Greenberg Traurig's Iris Escarra Honored with 2014 'Networking Deal of the Year' Award by CREW-Miami
11.14.14 Greenberg Traurig's Environmental Practice Receives Top Tier Rankings in U.S. News - Best Lawyers 2015 'Best Law Firms' List
10.07.14 Greenberg Traurig and Deloitte Host Women's Networking Lunch to Benefit Chapman Partnership
07.02.14 96 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 2014 Florida Super Lawyers
05.19.14 Greenberg Traurig's Iris Escarra Named Co-Chair of the Miami Office's Land Development Practice Group
04.22.14 Greenberg Traurig Miami Shareholders to Speak at Condominium Development, Finance & Investment Forum Conference in Miami
05.30.12 82 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys to Be Listed in Florida Super Lawyers magazine 2012
04.02.12 Greenberg Traurig Launches 'Florida From the Ground Up' Land Development Blog


12.07.11 Act Now to Secure Your HB 7207 Development Order and Permit Extensions
05.16.11 The Future of Growth Management In Florida
04.01.04 From The Ground Up

Articles, Publications, & Lectures


•Mentioned, 24-Hour Cement Pour Survives Last-Minute Anxieties, Daily Business Review, August 25, 2014
•Quoted, Home Prices Up But Slowdown Looms for South Florida Real Estate, The Miami Herald, June 23, 2015
•Quoted, Apartment Tower to Link Booming Districts, Miami Today, May 26, 2015
•Quoted, 20-Story Hotel Targets Edgewater, Miami Today, May 26, 2015
•Quoted, 60-Story Towers Due on River, Miami Today, April 28, 2015
•Quoted, Two 60-Story Towers Due on River, Miami Today, March 11, 2015
•Quoted, Multi-Use Tower Would Trim Parking, Miami Today, February 4, 2015
•Quoted, Developers See a Rebirth for Miami's Omni Area, The Miami Herald, February 1, 2015
•Quoted, NY Developer Plans Wynwood Hotel, Miami Today, January 28, 2015
•Mentioned, Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri LLP's Monica Cunill-Fals Honored with 2014 'Networking Deal of the Year' Award by CREW-Miami, Business Wire, January 21, 2015
•Featured, Greenberg Traurig's Iris Escarra Honored with 2014 'Networking Deal of the Year' Award by CREW-Miami, Virtual Strategy Magazine, December 30, 2014
•Featured, 647-Unit Edgewater Tower Gets OK, Miami Today, September 24, 2014
•Featured, 4 Major Condo Towers Win OKs, Miami Today, May 28, 2014
•Quoted, Developer Wants to Take Control of Three Miami Streets, The Miami Herald, April 22, 2014
•Quoted, Downtown Art Museum a Huge Leap, Miami Today, December 26, 2013
•Quoted, Kitschy, Cool Vagabond Motel Coming Back to Life on Biscayne Boulevard's MiMo District, The Miami Herald, November 3, 2013
•Quoted, No Parking? No Problem for Planned Downtown Miami Loft Condo, The Miami Herald, July 14, 2013
•Quoted, Related Group Revises Plan for New Brickell Tower, The Miami Herald, April 19, 2011
•Quoted, Mercy Plans to Double Size, Rework Outpatient Facilities, Daily Business Review, November 24, 2010
•Mentioned, Construction Permit Approved for the New Miami Art Museum, The South Florida Business Journal, November 5, 2009
•Quoted, Edgewater Commercial Complex Closer to Approval, The Miami Herald, July 18, 2008
•Quoted, Easing Through, The SunPost, June 28, 2006


•Discussion Moderator, How to Close the Deal, Coffee Talk Series, Commonwealth Institute, Miami, FL, April 22, 2015
•Speaker, Florida Plat and Subdivision Laws and Regulations, Lorman Educational Services Seminar, September 2010
•Speaker, Land Use Tour Seminar, International Municipal Lawyers Conference, 2009
•Speaker and Moderator, Plat and Subdivision Law in Florida, Hyatt Regency, Miami, FL, June 25, 2008

Awards & Recognition

•Selected, South Florida Business Journal, one of 25 Influential Business Women, 2015
•Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers, Law Firm of the Year in Real Estate Law, 2015
•Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, 2008-2015
•Listed, Top Lawyer, 2012-2015
•Midyear 2012
•Listed, Top Up and Comer, 2008-2012
•Recipient, Netowrking Deal of the Year Award, CREW-Miami, 2014
•Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers Government Relations Law Firm of the Year, 2014
•Ranked, Tier 1 - Government Relations, Miami Metropolitan Area
•Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, Top Tier Firm in Real Estate, 2014
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2009-2014
•Member, Winning Team, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2013
•Team Member, a Law360 Real Estate Practice Group of the Year, 2013
•Recipient, Star Award, CREW-Miami, 2010
•Selected, Real Estate Florida, 40 Under 40, 2009

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Office Information

Iris Escarra

333 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 4400
MiamiFL 33131


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