Lucia A. Dougherty: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Lucia A. Dougherty

Co-Chair Land Development & Zoning, Miami
Miami,  FL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Environmental
  • Green Building & Sustainable Development
  • Land Development
Contact InfoTelephone: 305.579.0603
Fax: 305.579.0717
University Syracuse University, B.S., 1971; University of Oklahoma, M.L.S., Library Science, 1972
Law SchoolOklahoma City University School of Law, J.D., 1975; University of Miami School of Law, LL.M., Ocean/Coastal Law, 1980
Admitted1976, Oklahoma; 1980, Florida
BornSchenectady, New York, August 4, 1949

Lucia A. Dougherty has wide-ranging experience as a land use and zoning attorney in Miami-Dade County. Lucia represents major developers in securing governmental approvals for large-scale residential, commercial, mixed use, and/or retail projects before various municipal and County governments. Lucia was named the "Empress of the Skyline" by South Florida CEO because of her representation of numerous high-rise projects in Miami and Miami Beach. Lucia also represents clients seeking Certificates of Appropriateness for the development of historic properties or development within historic districts. She also has experience in securing liquor licenses, real property tax appeals, procurement matters and bid protests, special area plans, and various other government related approvals. She is the Co-Chair of the Land Development and Zoning Department of the Miami office. Lucia has served as the legal counsel to the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau since 1988, and was the Chairman of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Archbishop's and Charities Drive for Dade County.

Areas of Concentration

· Administrative law

· Land development

· Government procurement and contracting

· Property tax appeals

Significant Representations

· Significant Development Representations

- Constructa's Cocowalk specialty center in Coconut Grove and Ocean Steps project in Miami Beach

- Michael Samuels and Jack Cayre in the development of the Buena Vista Yards in Miami, "Midtown Miami"

- Espirito Santo Bank and office building

- Hyperion Group development of Blue and Marina Blue on Biscayne Boulevard in Miami

- Many historic preservation developers such as the late Gianni Versace in his conversion of the historic Amsterdam Palace on Ocean Drive to a residence; Ian Schrager in the preservation and renovation of the historic Delano Hotel on Collins Avenue, Karim Maseri in the Astor renovation; Jonathan Breen in the construction of a new addition to the Sasson Hotel (Setai Condominium) and Chris Blackwell (Island Trading) in the restoration of the Leslie, Marlin and Tides hotels.

- The Millennium Partners, Four Seasons Hotel, Miami-Brickell Avenue

- The 60-story Pacific Equities project on the Miami River

- Ugo Colombo's exclusive high-rises - Bristol Tower, Santa Maria and the Governor project

- Ritz-Carlton Project, Miami and Miami Beach

- Miracle Center

- Mutiny Condominium Project (Sonesta) in Coconut Grove

- One Miami Project, Downtown Miami - The Related Group

- The Performing Arts Center in Downtown Miami

- The W hotel in Miami Beach

- The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Miami and Miami Beach

· Significant Procurement Representations

- Representation of Unisys in the City of Miami; procured over $20 million in contracts.

- Representation of Able Sanitation in Miami-Dade County for portable toilets.

- Representation of Martin Lamar for police uniforms contract in the City of Miami.

- Representation of A2 for contract management services in Miami Beach.

- Representation of Bell Helicopter in contested bid dispute in Miami-Dade County.

- Representation of Road One in several jurisdictions for towing contracts.

- Representation of Sarmiento Advertising in obtaining the bus bench contract for the City of Miami.

- Representation of City Solutions in obtaining modular news racks in the City of Miami.

- Representation of FUEL and worldwide push in the establishment of an outdoor advertising mural program in the City of Miami.

· Significant Financing Representations

- Member of Greenberg Traurig team that represented MAT Concessionaire, LLC and its sponsors, Meridiam Infrastructure Fund and Bouygues Travaux Publics, S.A., in the Port of Miami Tunnel project, one of the first greenfield public-private partnerships in the United States.

Professional & Community Involvement

· Myeloma Institute Advisory Board Member, University of Arkansas

· Former Chairperson, Archbishop's Charities and Development Drive for Miami-Dade County

· Legal Counsel, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau since 1988

· Chairperson, Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce

· Vice-Chairperson, Eminent Domain Committee of The Florida Bar

· Adjunct Professor of Law, Nova Southeastern University School of Law

· Member, American Bar Association

· Member, Greater Miami and Beaches Hotel Association

Awards & Recognition

· Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Administrative/Regulatory Law; Environmental Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law, 2006-2013

- "Lawyer of the Year," Miami Land Use & Zoning Law, 2013

· Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2012

- "Top 50 Female Lawyers in Florida," 2007

· Recognized, one of "South Florida's Top Lawyers," South Florida Legal Guide, 2004, 2005, 2010-2012

· Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2004-2012

· Listed, Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine, 2005-2010

· Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2009

· Recipient, 2008 Key Partners, Legal-Real Estate & Construction Finalist, South Florida Business Journal, 2008

· Listed, The Most Influential South Floridians, Miami SunPost, April 2008

· Listed, Heavy Hitters in Commercial Real Estate, South Florida Business Journal, July 2006

· Featured, The Power Women of Real Estate, Miami SunPost, 2005

· Awarded, the Municipal Lawyer of the Year Award, the Florida Municipal Lawyers Association, 1986

· Inducted, Miami Centennial '96 Women's Hall of Fame, City of Miami Commission on the Status of Women

- Honored, First Woman City Attorney of Miami and Miami Beach

· Named, Best Zoning Attorney, Miami SunPost

· Rated, AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5

Previous Employment

· City Attorney, City of Miami, 1984-1988

· City Attorney, City of Miami Beach, 1982-1984

· Assistant City Attorney, Oklahoma City, Miami Beach and Miami, 1976-1982

Articles, Publications, & Lectures


· Featured, "Lucia A. Dougherty & Adrienne F. Pardo: Empresses of the Skyline," South Florida CEO, September 2006

· Co-author, "Rights, Remedies and Ratiocination; Toward a Cohesive Approach to Appellate Review of Land Use Orders After Board of County Commissioners v. Snyder," Stetson Law Review, Spring 1995


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Lucia A. Dougherty

333 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 4400
MiamiFL 33131


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