Mario Garcia-Serra is the Co-Chair of the firm's Miami Land Development & Zoning Group. He focuses his practice on local government law, particularly land use and zoning, and development law. He represents major developers before local government boards and regulatory agencies and has had wide-ranging experience with the governments of Miami-Dade County, and with nearly all of the municipalities within Miami-Dade County, including the cities of Miami, Coral Gables, Miami Beach, North Miami and Aventura, as well as regional agencies such as the South Florida Regional Planning Council and the South Florida Water Management District. Mario has been involved in obtaining the necessary development approvals for major high-rise residential condominium and rental projects, commercial and institutional buildings, single family residential developments, and public/private projects.
Mario is involved in local politics and has served as a campaign fundraiser for various local and state elected officials. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Latin Builders Association, a local development and construction trade association.
Professional & Community Involvement
· Board Member, Harvard Club of Miami, Board of Directors
· Board Member, Latin Builders Association, Board of Directors
· Board Member, Salvadoran American Humanitarian Foundation, Board of Directors
· Member, American Bar Association
· Member, Cuban American Bar Association
Awards & Recognition
· Member, Winning Team, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2013
· Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2012-2013
· Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2009-2013
Publications & Presentations
Articles, Lectures & Publications
· Author, "The Enabling Law: The Demise of the Separation of Powers in Hugo Chavez' Venezuela," University of Miami Inter-American Law Review, Vol. 32, No. 2, Spring 2001