Robert S. Fine, Esq., A.I.A.: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Robert S. Fine, Esq., A.I.A.

Shareholder; Co-Chair, ADA, Accessibility, Building and Life Safety Codes
Miami,  FL  U.S.A.
Phone305.579.0826

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Environmental
  • Land Development
  • Building & Life Safety Codes
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Catastrophe Planning & Response
  • Rehabilitation Act and Fair Housing Act Counseling and Defense
  • Construction Law
  • Real Estate Operations
  • Green Building & Sustainable Development
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 305.579.0826
Fax: 305.961.5826
http://www.gtlaw.com/People/Robert-S-Fine-Esq-A-I-A
 
University University of Miami, B.S., Civil Engineering, 1982; University of Miami, B.S., Architectural Engineering, 1982; Rhode Island School of Design, B.F.A., 1984; Rhode Island School of Design, B.Arch., 1985
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1998
 
Admitted1998, Florida; Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
 
Memberships 

Professional & Community Involvement

•Board Certified, The Florida Bar, Construction Law, Board of Legal Specialization and Education

•Certified, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB 39308)

•Former ADA/Rehabilitation Act Coordinator, City of Miami Beach, FL

•Member, American Bar Association

•Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA)

•Member, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)

•Member, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

•Member, The Florida Bar

•Professional Member, International Code Council (ICC)

•Registered Architect, Florida (AR 13045)

•Registered Florida Real Estate Broker

 
BornMiami Beach, Florida, 1959
 
Biography

Robert Fine is a board certified construction law attorney and a Florida-registered, nationally certified architect. His practice focuses on land use, zoning, historic preservation, environmental, and administrative law. Robert's work ranges from representation before local governments for zoning and other development approvals to building code appeals, code enforcement and unsafe structure defense; and at a state level, petitions for declaratory statements, lobbying for and challenging building code provisions and other administrative rulemaking related to his practice areas.

Formerly, the City of Miami Beach's first ADA/Section 504 Coordinator, Robert provides defense counsel and consulting in claims under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Fair Housing Act, and has consulted on a multitude of projects regarding the ADA, FHA, and similar state and local laws. He also works to adopt as well as challenge building accessibility and life safety codes and laws, where such laws and codes have beneficial or detrimental effects on his clients.

Areas of Concentration

•Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Titles II & III Litigation

•Expert witness and consulting

•Fair Housing Act accessibility issues, familial status issues and supporting litigation

•Construction law

•Building department relations and permitting

•Building and life safety codes

•Land use and zoning

•Historic preservation

•FEMA/NFIP/Coastal construction issues and permitting

•Administrative law

•Green building and sustainable development

•Local government enforcement proceedings and appeals

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Government Relations Practice; Land Use and Zoning Law - Litigation, 2012-2015

•Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, Top Tier Firm in Real Estate, 2014

•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2013

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

•Team Member, a Law360 Real Estate Practice Group of the Year, 2013

•Team Member, a Law360 Employment Practice Group of the Year, 2011 and 2013

•Rated, AV Preeminent 4.6 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

Robert lectures extensively regarding ADA and accessible design-related topics. He has also authored numerous articles, including:

Articles

• Quoted, Deaf, Blind Sue Over Web Shopping, The Wall Street Journal, Business Section, March 21, 2013

•Co-Author, Department of Justice Offers Guidance on use of Segways and Non-Traditional Mobility Devices in Public Accommodations, GT Alert, June 2008

•Author, Hurricane Rebuilding Brings Higher ADA Standards for Businesses and State and Local Governments, From the Ground Up, Fall 2004

•Author, Hurricane (and Other Natural Disaster) Rebuilding Brings Higher ADA Standards for Business and State and Local Governments, GT Alert, June 2004

•Author, Model Homes: A Source of ADA Liability for Homebuilders, GT Alert, November 2003

•Author, Defending Against Title III: Americans with Disabilities Act Litigation, Massachusetts Bar Institute, Tuesday, July 1, 2003

•Quoted, Stuart Woman Wins Fight to Make 2,200 Claire's Stores More Friendly to Disabled, Sun-Sentinel, Tuesday, May 21, 2002

Publications

• Authored, Designing and Implementing a Hospital Compliance Program: Disability Access Compliance, Health Care Administration: Planning, Implementing, and Managing Organized Delivery Systems, Jones and Bartlett, Fourth Edition, 2003

Client Alerts

• Co-Author, Florida's Move to Establish a Stronger Private Flood Insurance Market Provides an Opportunity for Insurers, Developers and Property Owners, GT Alert, January 6, 2014

 
Reported CasesPetitioned the Florida Building Commission for a declaratory statement holding that multi-family residential developments not receiving government funding are not subject to the 2012 Florida Accessibility Code resolving in statewide confusion on this issue.; Petitioned the Florida Building Commission for a declaratory statement establishing a binding interpretation of the state building code that restored the ability of developers to construct usable space (retail, dining areas, bars, etc.) seaward of the coastal construction control line and below the 100-year storm wavecrest elevation to facilitate beachfront development.; Appointed special master by U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida in Title III ADA national class action lawsuit. Case Number 8:01-cv-00787-EAJ (M.D.Fla).; Consulted on ADA, FHA and other accessibility code related matters in more than 600 facilities and businesses.; Provided defense counsel, litigation support, expert witness and other related consulting services to clients in more than 500 Title II and III of the ADA lawsuits including hospitals, hotels, restaurants, retail stores, shopping centers, office buildings, pari-mutuels and municipalities.; Consulted in more than 60 multi-family residential projects, time shares and condo-hotels on Fair Housing Act Accessibility.; Assisted numerous clients in attaining Florida state Accessibility Code waivers.; Works with employment (Title I), and programs of state and local governments (Title II) aspects of ADA, as well as the public accommodations/architectural aspects (Title III).; Challenged local technical amendments and statewide technical amendments to the Florida Building Code.; Lobbied and challenged amendments to the Florida Building Code.
 
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Robert S. Fine, Esq., A.I.A.

333 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 4400
MiamiFL 33131




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