Iris Escarra: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Iris Escarra

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Miami,  FL  U.S.A.
Phone305.579.0737

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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
http://www.gtlaw.com/People/Iris-Escarra
 
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
 
Memberships 

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

 
LanguagesSpanish
 
BornMiami, Florida, March 24, 1974
 
Biography

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

•Procurement

•Real estate transactions

•City, county and local government law

•Subdivision law

Awards & Recognition

•Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers Government Relations Law Firm of the Year, 2014

•Ranked, Tier 1 - Government Relations, Miami Metropolitan Area

•Listed,Super Lawyersmagazine,Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2009-2014

•Listed,South Florida Legal Guide, 2008-2014

•Listed, Top Lawyers in South Florida, 2012-2014

•Midyear 2012

•Listed, Top Up and Comers, 2008-2012

•Member, Winning Team, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2013

•Team Member, aLaw360Real Estate Practice Group of the Year, 2013

•Recipient, Star Award, CREW-Miami, 2010

•Selected,Real Estate Florida, 40 Under 40, 2009

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

Articles

•Quoted, Downtown Art Museum a Huge Leap,Miami Today, December 26, 2013

•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

Lectures

•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 (click here for the agenda)

Associated News & Events

Press-Releases

07.02.14 98 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 86 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

12.26.11 Thirty-five Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 'Top Lawyers' by South Florida Legal Guide

06.17.11 More than 70 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized in the 2011 edition of Florida Super Lawyers

09.14.10 Greenberg Traurig Receives 2010 Law Firm of the Year Award from Latin Builders Association

01.01.10 Greenberg Traurig Names New Shareholders and Of Counsel

11.19.09 Greenberg Traurig Thanksgiving Food Drive Benefits Children and Families of Overtown Youth Center

Alerts

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

 
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Office Information

Iris Escarra

333 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 4400
MiamiFL 33131




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