ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHY

Our Firm

Our firm handles mission critical matters for public and private institutional clients, local governments, and large law firms who place a premium on our ability to approach complicated problems with equal measures of technical expertise, efficiency, creativity, and common sense.

We are not a large law firm, we do not aspire to be a large law firm, and we do not measure our success by the number of lawyers we employ or the number of new files we open. We measure our success purely by the results we obtain for our clients and the level of trust they place in our abilities.

Our Practice

We are not afraid of the trenches — we do our best work there. For over 20 years, our firm has represented individuals, businesses, governmental entities, and universities at every stage of the proceedings throughout a variety of practice areas including:

  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bid Protests
  • Business Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Constitutional Law
  • Election Law
  • Eminent Domain
  • Entitlement Litigation
  • Environmental Law
  • First Amendment Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use Law
  • Local Government Law
  • Municipal Litigation
  • Probate Litigation
  • Procurement
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Trial Practice
  • Zoning Law

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Jeffrey S. Bass

Jeffrey S. Bass

EDUCATION:

Duke University (B.A., cum laude, 1989); University of Miami (J.D., 1992).

ADMITTED:

Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; United States District Court Southern District of Florida; United States District Court Middle District of Florida.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS:

Mr. Bass has received awards and recognitions throughout his career from: The Wall Street Journal, Top Attorneys in Florida Recognition Selected by Peer Recognition and Professional Achievement; Top Attorney Recognition for Excellence; American Registry America's Most Honored Professionals; Best Lawyers in America; Florida Trend's Florida Elite State's Legal Leaders; South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyer; and numerous Super Lawyer Recognitions.

Mr. Bass has been featured in Chambers USA which describes him as "a uniquely talented attorney" when it comes to commercial and land use litigation. According to Chambers USA sources praise his "terrific blend of being really smart, hard-working and insightful, as well as being great with people."

PERSONAL:

Fellow, National Tropical Botanical Gardens; Trustee, Crohn's Colitis Foundation of America, Florida Chapter; Legal Commentator Fox News 2001. Editor, University of Miami Entertainment and Sports Law Review; Adjunct Professor, Nova University, 1993-1996; Member, Dade County School Overcrowding Task Force, 1996.

LANGUAGES:

French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Jeffrey Bass is a founding member of the firm who represents individuals, businesses, governmental entities, and universities in all manners of commercial trial court litigation, administrative proceedings, and appellate matters. Jeff regularly litigates issues involving the use and development of real property, property rights, entitlements, zoning disputes, local government law issues, business disputes, and regulatory conflicts. In addition to his commercial litigation and appellate practice, Jeff frequently serves as a counselor to large institutions and national law firms seeking to navigate Florida's complex regulatory regimes with respect to zoning, land use, and development.

In 2010, Jeff concluded a successful, multi-year effort to negotiate a comprehensive development agreement between the University of Miami and the City of Coral Gables. University of Miami President Donna Shalala was quoted as saying, "The agreement sets us on a course for appropriate and thoughtful development. I consider this agreement to be the most important accomplishment of my presidency." The development agreement authorized the development of 6.8 million square feet of development on the Coral Gables Campus over a twenty (20) year build-out term together with a host of robust community enhancement packages. It also included a comprehensive re-write of the City's existing land development regulations and comprehensive plan. The development agreement was approved unanimously by the City of Coral Gables City Commission on September, 2010.

On September 29, 2008, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission awarded the Carnegie Medal for Outstanding Act of Heroism to Jeff for risking his own life to successfully rescue an unconscious and badly injured near-drowning victim in the waters off of Key Largo, Florida. For this rescue, Jeff was also recognized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and by the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners.

In 2006, Governor Jeb Bush appointed Jeff as a Commissioner for the Third District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission. Governor Charlie Crist re-appointed Jeff to the Third District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission where he continues to serve. Jeff served as Chairman from 2011-2012.

In addition to that service, Jeff lectures throughout the State of Florida on land use and litigation. Jeff was invited to join the faculty of the Good Government Initiative in 2011 where he lectures on comprehensive planning and zoning to a select group of elected officials from throughout the State of Florida.

Jeff lives in Miami with his wife Heather and son Connor. He enjoys running, swimming, and cycling. Jeff is an avid angler who loves to fly fish in both fresh and salt water.

REPORTED DECISIONS:

  • Dusseau v. Metro. Dade County Bd. Of County Com'rs, 794 So. 2d 1270 (Fla. 2001);
  • Atlantic Civil, Inc., v. Edwin O. Swift, 118 So.3d 271 (Fla. 3d DCA 2013);
  • Sunbeam Television Corp., v. Clear Channel Metroplex, Inc., 117 So. 3d 772 (Fla. 3d DCA 2012);
  • Miami-Dade County v. Redland Estates, 964 So. 2d 701 (Fla. 3d DCA 2007);
  • Gateway Se. Props., Inc. v. Dept. of Cmty. Affairs, Town of Medley, 960 So. 2d 771 (Fla. 3d DCA 2007);
  • Redland Co. v. Atlantic Civil, Inc., 961 So. 2d 1004 (Fla. 3d DCA 2007);
  • Clear Channel Metroplex, Inc. v. Sunbeam Television Corp., 922 So. 2d 229 (Fla. 3d DCA 2005);
  • Oceanside at Fisher Island v. City of Miami Beach, 870 So. 2d 916 (Fla. 3d DCA 2004);
  • City of Miami Beach v. Chisholm Prop. South Beach, 830 So. 2d 842 (Fla. 3d DCA 2002);
  • Framer Realty, Inc. v. Ross, 768 So. 2d 5 (Fla. 3d DCA 2000);
  • City of Miami v. Carollo, 748 So. 2d 397 (Fla. 3d DCA 2000);
  • City of Miami v. Miami Ass'n of Firefighters, Local 587, 744 So. 2d 555 (Fla. 3d DCA 1999);
  • Earnest & Stewart, Inc. v. Codina, 732 So. 2d 364 (Fla. 3d DCA 1999);
  • In Re the Protest of Election Returns and Absentee Ballots, November 4, 1997, Election for the City of Miami, Florida, 707 So. 2d 1170 (Fla. 3d DCA 1998);
  • Bird-Kendall Homeowners Ass'n v. Dade County, 695 So. 2d 908 (Fla. 3d DCA, 1997);
  • City of Pompano Beach v. Swerdlow Lightspeed Mgmt. Co., 942 So. 2d 455 (Fla. 4th DCA 2006);
  • Remseaoliv, LLC v. City of S. Miami, 19 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 237b (Fla. 11th Cir. Ct. 2011)
  • Palmetto West Park, L.C., v. City of Doral, 13 Fla. L.Weekly Supp. 427a (Fla. 11th Cir. App. Div. 2006);
  • Herbits v. City of Miami, 12 Fla. L.WeeklySupp. 432a, (Fla. 11th Cir. App. Div. 2005);
  • Williams Island Synagogue v. City of Aventura, 12 Fla. L.Weekly Supp. 34a (Fla. 11th Cir. App. Div. 2004);
  • Spiral Tech Elementary Charter School v. Miami-Dade County School Bd., 9 Fla. L.Weekly Supp. 689a (Fla.11th Cir. 2002);
  • Brickell Avenue Homeowners v. City of Miami, 9 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 16a (Fla. 11th Cir. App. Div. 2001);
  • Sheets v. Metro. Dade County, 5 Fla. L.Weekly Supp. 142a (Fla. 11th Cir. App. Div. 1997);
  • Rafter v. Metro. Dade County, 5 Fla. L.Weekly Supp. 510a (Fla. 11th Cir. App. Div. 1997);
  • Rothman v. Metro. Dade County, 4 Fla. L.Weekly Supp. 9a (Fla. 11th Cir. App. Div. 1996);
  • Scheer v. City of Miami, 15 F. Supp. 1338 (S.D. Fla. 1998).

PRACTICE AREAS:

Administrative Law, Appellate Practice, Business Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation, Constitutional Law, Election Law, Eminent Domain, Environmental Law, First Amendment Litigation, Land Use Law, Local Government Law, Municipal Litigation, Property Rights, Real Estate Disputes, Zoning Law

Lauren G. Brunswick

Lauren G. Brunswick

EDUCATION:

Brown University (A.B., 2001), University of Pennsylvania (J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2004)

ADMISSIONS:

Florida, Southern District of Florida, Massachusetts, District of Massachusetts, First Circuit Court of Appeals

PRACTICE:

Ms. Brunswick has diverse experience in the fields of complex commercial, real estate, land use and securities litigation. She has handled class action and other large-scale commercial and securities litigation and has experience representing companies in internal and government investigations and related civil litigation. She has represented public and private companies in the financial services, pharmaceutical, and high technology industries, among others. She is a member of the Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society, the Dade County Bar Association and is the Chair of the Mentoring Committee of the Miami Section of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. She is also an active member of the Brown Club of Miami.

BACKGROUND:

Ms. Brunswick received her bachelor's degree from Brown University (A.B., 2001) where she was awarded the William Gaston Scholarship for Excellence in International Relations for outstanding grades in her concentration. She received her law degree from University of Pennsylvania (J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2004). During law school, she was Senior Editor and Associate Editor Liaison on the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. She was also the recipient of the Frank H. Gelman Prize for Excellence in Real Property and Real Estate Transactions and the P. Pemberton Morris Prize for Excellence in Evidence, Pleading and Practice for the top grades in those courses.

Ms. Brunswick was raised outside of Philadelphia, and practiced law in Boston at an international law firm prior to moving to Miami. While practicing in Boston, she was a recipient of the Boston Bar Association's President's Award for her representation of Guantanamo Bay detainees.

In her free time, Ms. Brunswick enjoys competing in and coaching sports. She has completed an Ironman triathlon and qualified for the Boston Marathon. She is also a member of Miami's Rose Bandits Women's Cycling Team. While at Brown, she was captain of the Varsity Women's Lacrosse Team.

REPORTED DECISIONS:

  • Boumediene v. Bush, 553 U.S. 723 (2008)
  • Food & Water Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers, 570 F.Supp.2d 177 (D. Mass. 2008)
  • In re the First Marblehead Corp. Sec. Litig., 639 F.Supp.2d 145 (D. Mass. 2009)
  • Kenney v. State Street Corp., 694 F.Supp.2d 67 (D. Mass. 2010)

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Ian E. DeMello

Ian E. DeMello

EDUCATION:

American University (B.A., M.A.); University of Miami School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude)

ADMITTED:

Florida; United States District Court, Southern District of Florida

LANGUAGES:

Spanish.

Prior to joining ShubinBass, Ian served as a judicial fellow for the Honorable Robert N. Scola in the Southern District of Florida. In addition to his federal court experience, Ian brings a background in litigation, international affairs, and local government law.

Mr. DeMello graduated from the University of Miami School of Law magna cum laude and was a member of the University of Miami Business Law Review. His local experience includes clerking in the Office of the City Attorney of the City of Coral Gables where he worked on matters involving litigation, contracts, land use and zoning.

Prior to moving to Miami, Ian lived in Washington, D.C. where he worked on the behalf of private and public-sector clients-including cities, counties, and economic development corporations-to achieve their business, legislative, and policy goals before Congress and the Executive Branch.

Ian enjoys an extensive background in international relations. He holds a Masters of Arts in International Studies and U.S. Foreign Policy from the School of International Service at American University. His work abroad includes an internship with the European Union Parliamentary Support Program in Capetown, South Africa. Additionally, Ian worked in Madrid, Spain with Jovenes del Tercer Mundo, an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of youth in the developing world.

A native of Redwood City, California, Mr. DeMello now lives in Coconut Grove and in his free time enjoys racing sailboats on Biscayne Bay.

PRACTICE AREAS:

Administrative Law, Appellate Practice, Business Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation, Constitutional Law, Due Diligence, Election Law, Eminent Domain, Entitlements, Environmental Law, First Amendment Litigation, Land Use Law, Local Government Law, Municipal Litigation, Real Estate Disputes, Zoning Law

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Juan J. Farach

Juan J. Farach

EDUCATION:

University of Miami School of Business (B.B.A., accounting, magna cum laude, 1988); University of Miami School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1992). Member, University of Miami Law Review.

Currently serves as a Director of the Dade County Bar Association, and as Vice-Chair of the Civil Litigation Committee of the Dade County Bar Association

Since 1999, Mr. Farach has been involved with the Latin Builders Association.

ADMITTED:

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida; United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

LANGUAGES:

Spanish.

Prior to joining Shubin & Bass, P.A., Juan Farach was a senior litigator in the Miami office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, where he gained extensive experience on a broad range of commercial and construction litigation matters in federal and state court and before arbitral tribunals, from inception of matter through trial or earlier resolution, including:

  • Lead counsel for owner of luxury hotel in state court litigation concerning the transfer of control of master association.
  • Lead counsel for commercial property owner in federal court litigation against general contractor and others arising from construction defects.*
  • Lead counsel for mechanical contractor in American Arbitration Association arbitral proceeding against general contractor to recover unpaid contract amount and change orders.*
  • Lead counsel for mechanical contractor in federal court action seeking recovery under federal public work bond.*
  • Lead counsel for commercial tenant in state court action against landlord for breach of contract and constructive eviction.*
  • Lead counsel for freight forwarder in state court action against a rival freight forwarder for breach of contract and related claims.*
  • Lead counsel for shareholder in state court action against fiduciary for constructive trust and related tort claims. *
  • Co-counsel for Brazilian mining company in International Chamber of Commerce arbitral proceeding against Austrian company for breach of contract. *
  • Co-counsel for owner of a Spanish-language network and television station group in defense of state court action brought by broker seeking commission in connection with the sale of the network and television station group. *
  • Co-counsel for developer in lender liability action and contemporaneous defense of foreclosure action. *
  • Co-counsel for Central Bank of Paraguay in federal court action to recover assets diverted from two Paraguayan banks in liquidation. *
  • Co-counsel for Paraguayan bank in liquidation in state court action to recover bank assets under fraudulent conveyance act. *

* Indicates matters handled by Mr. Farach prior to joining Shubin & Bass.

REPORTED DECISIONS:

  • City of Palm Bay v. Palm Bay Greens, LLC, 969 So. 2d 1187 (Fla. 5th DCA 2007).
  • Belz Investco Ltd. v. Grupo Immobiliano Cababie, S.A., 775 So. 2d 1020 (Fla. 3d DCA 2001);
  • Belz Investco Ltd. Partnership v. Groupo Immobiliano Cababie, S.A., 721 So. 2d 787 (Fla. 3d DCA 1998);
  • Woods v. Huntington Federal Sav. Bank, 622 So. 2d 1363 (Fla. 2d DCA 1993).

Deana D. Falce

Deana D. Falce

EDUCATION:

University of Miami (B.S., cum laude, 2006); University of Miami School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2010).

ADMITTED:

Florida, United States District Court Southern District of Florida, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

PRACTICE AREAS:

Administrative Law; Commercial Litigation; Municipal Litigation; Land Use Law; Zoning Law; Civil Appeals.

Ms. Falce centers her practice in the areas of administrative law, commercial litigation, municipal litigation, and civil appeals with a particular emphasis on disputes involving the use, development, and regulation of land.

Ms. Falce joined Shubin & Bass, P.A. in 2010 upon graduating cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law. During law school, she served as Vice President of the Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board, Articles Editor of the International and Comparative Law Review, and successfully completed the Litigation Skills program with honors. She was also the recipient of the CALI Book Award for Business Associations.

Ms. Falce completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Miami graduating cum laude in 2006, with a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a dual major in public relations and economics, and a minor in marketing. As an undergraduate, she was the recipient of the Henry King Stanford Scholarship and Hank Meyer Public Relations Scholarship.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ms. Falce now lives and works in Miami, along with her husband, Christopher Falce.

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Robert A. Ginsburg

Robert A. Ginsburg

EDUCATION:

Harvard Law School, (J.D., 1969) University of Miami, College of Arts & Sciences (A.B., Economics, magna cum laude, 1966)

ADMITTED:

Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; United States District Court Southern District of Florida; United States District Court Middle District of Florida.

PRACTICE AREAS:

Administrative Law, Appellate Practice, Business Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation, Constitutional Law, Due Diligence, Election Law, Eminent Domain, Entitlements, Environmental Law, First Amendment Litigation, Land Use Law, Local Government Law, Municipal Litigation, Real Estate Disputes, Zoning Law.

ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:

Bob Ginsburg is Of Counsel to the firm and serves as an expert advisor to businesses, individuals, and government entities in litigation and administrative proceedings. He has practiced throughout Florida and possesses a unique combination of experience as both a trial lawyer in state and federal courts and as a representative of clients' interests in quasi-judicial proceedings. He advises clients on strategies which promote local support for complex development applications.

PRIOR EXPERIENCE:

County Attorney, Miami-Dade County, Fl., 1980 - 2005. First Assistant County Attorney, Miami-Dade County, Fl., 1975 - 1980. Assistant County Attorney, Miami-Dade County, Fl., 1970 - 1975. Advised the Board of County Commissioners, the Zoning Appeals Board and the Planning Advisory Board on zoning, land use, planning, Ad valorem tax, condemnation, elections, municipal finance, and seaport matters. City of Orlando, Hearing Officer, Zoning and Land Use, 2006 - present. City of Sebastian, Special Magistrate, Code Enforcement, 2007 - present. Miami-Dade County, Charter Review Task Force, July, 2007 - Jan. 2008.

ACTIVITIES, AWARDS & RECOGNITION:

City, County and Local Government Law Section of The Florida Bar:

  • Ralph A. Marsicano Award, 2005, "Significant Contributions to the Development of Local Government Law in Florida."
  • Paul S. Buchman Award, 2003, "Outstanding Contribution in the Area of Legal Public Service."

Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida: Certificate of Appreciation, 2005, "Many Years of Outstanding and Dedicated Service to the Judiciary and to the Citizens of Miami-Dade County, Florida." Miami-Dade League of Cities, 2005, "Superior Public Service." "Robert A. Ginsburg Day" Miami-Dade County, Coral Gables, Hialeah.

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Lucinda A. Hofmann

Lucinda A. Hofmann

EDUCATION:

Tufts University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1970); Florida State University (M.S.L.S. 1973); University of Miami School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1991).

CERTIFICATION and LEADERSHIP:

Florida Bar Board Certified Appellate Specialist, 2002- Vice-Chair, Florida Bar Appellate Certification Committee, 2008-09; Member 2006 - pres.. President, University of Miami Law Alumni Association, 2008-2009. Florida Bar Appellate Rules Committee, 2000-06 American Bar Association, Chair, Appellate Judges Conference Council of Appellate Lawyers 2002-03. Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section, Chair, 1999-2000, Chair-elect, 1998-99, Vice chair, 1997-98, Secy 1995-97;. Dade County Bar Association, Director, 1994-97, 2000-03, Chair, Appellate Court Committee, 1997-98;. Phi Delta Phi Order of the Coif. Assoc. Editor, Inter-American Law Review, 1988-90. Member: Florida Association of Women Lawyers, 1992- .

AWARDS:

Dade County Legal Aid Society 2007 Pro Bono Award for appeals.

Florida Trend Legal Elite, 2005, 2006; SuperLawyer 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

ADMITTED:

Florida; Southern District, Florida; 9th & 11th Circuit Courts of Appeals; U.S. Supreme Court.

Lucinda A. "Cindy" Hofmann is Board Certified in Appellate Practice by the Florida Bar and her experience includes litigating appellate matters in Florida's Supreme Court and District Courts of Appeal, two Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Ms. Hofmann has handled a wide variety of appellate matters including administrative law, commercial/contract litigation, intellectual property, banking and UCC litigation, employment and discrimination litigation, personal injury, trusts and estates, and local government appeals.

REPORTED DECISIONS:

  • City of Palm Bay v. Palm Bay Greens, LLC, 969 So. 2d 1187(Fla. App. 5 Dist. 2007).
  • Knowles v. Edwards, 967 So. 2d 255 (Fla. App. 3 Dist. 2007).
  • Gateway Southeast Properties, Inc. v. Department of Community Affairs, Town of Medley, 960 So. 2d 771 (Fla. App. 3 Dist. 2007).
  • Lewis v. Enterprise Leasing Co., 912 So. 2d 349 (Fla. App. 3 Dist, 2005).*
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of U.S., its Territories, and Canada Local 500 v. International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators Holding Co, Inc., 902 So. 2d 959, (Fla. App. 4 Dist. 2005).*
  • DSL Internet Corp. v. TigerDirect, Inc., 907 So. 2d 1203 (Fla. App. 3 Dist. 2005).*
  • Keybank Nat. Ass'n v. International Finance Bank, 874 So. 2d 664 (Fla. App. 3 Dist. 2004). *
  • Keybank Nat. Ass'n v. International Finance Bank, 875 So. 2d 672 (Fla. App. 3 Dist. 2004). *
  • Engle Homes, Inc. v. Jones, 870 So. 2d 908 (Fla. App. 4 Dist., 2004).*
  • Minucci v. United Parcel Service, Inc., 846 So.2d 568 (Fla. App. 4 Dist. 2003.*
  • Bach v. United Parcel Service, Inc., 837 So. 2d 395 (Fla. 2002).*
  • Palomares v. Palomares, 730 So. 2d 705 (Fla. App. 3 Dist. 1998).*
  • Peoples Nat. Bank of Commerce v. First Union Nat. Bank of Florida, N.A., 667 So. 2d 876 (Fla. App. 3 Dist. 1996).*
  • Levine v. United Companies Life Ins. Co., 638 So. 2d 183 (Fla. App. 3 Dist. 1994).*
  • In re Estate of Gleason, 631 So. 2d 321 (Fla. App. 3 Dist. 1994).*
  • Visions East, Inc. v. Fagerdala Thiger Marine Systems, AB, 209 Fed. Appx. 954 (11th Cir. 2006).*
  • Collado v. United Parcel Service, Co, 419 F.3d 1143 (11th Cir. 2005).*
  • Lind v. United Parcel Service, Inc., 254 F.3d 1281 (11th Cir. 2001).*

*Indicates matters handled by Ms. Hofmann prior to joining Shubin & Bass.

PRACTICE AREAS:

Civil appeals and litigation support.

Amy E. Huber

Amy E. Huber

EDUCATION:

Barry University (B.S. Education, 1998); University of Miami School of Law (J.D., 2004).

ADMITTED:

Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; United States District Court Southern District of Florida; United States District Court Middle District of Florida.

ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:

Dade County Bar Association; American Bar Association, Administrative Law Division and Young Lawyer Division; Florida Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Law Section, City, County and Local Government Law Section, and Young Lawyers Division, Florida Association of Women Lawyers.

PRACTICE AREAS:

Administrative Law, Land Use Law, Local Government Law, and Zoning Law.

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Katherine R. Maxwell

Katherine R. Maxwell

EDUCATION:

Nova Southeastern University (B.S., with distinction, 2006); Florida International University (J.D., magna cum laude, 2012)

ADMITTED:

Florida

PRACTICES AREAS:

Civil appeals and commercial litigation

Katherine ("Kate") R. Maxwell joined the firm as an Associate in September 2012. Kate focuses her practice on civil appeals and commercial litigation with an emphasis on issues relating to land use, development, and regulation. She is a member of the Administrative Law, Appellate Practice and Advocacy, and City, County, and Local Government Law Sections of the Florida Bar, as well as a member of the Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society, Dade County Bar Association, and Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Prior to her admission to the Florida Bar, Kate worked full time with the firm as a paralegal and law clerk supporting our litigation and appellate practices. She has been with us since March 2007.

Kate earned her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Florida International University College of Law (Miami, Florida). While in law school, she interned at Florida's Third District Court of Appeal, researched international criminal law issues as a faculty research assistant, and edited articles selected for publication as a member of the College's law review. Kate was recognized for excellence in a number of courses, including legal research and writing, contracts, international criminal law, and Islamic law.

Before enrolling in law school, Kate attended the United States Coast Guard Academy (New London, Connecticut) and Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), where she earned a Bachelor of Science, with distinction, in Legal Studies and Psychology. As an undergraduate, Kate joined (and captained) the college's mock trial team, completed advanced coursework as a member of the honors program, and was inducted into the Alpha Chi College Honor Society. In 2006, a faculty committee selected Kate to deliver a commencement address on behalf of the graduating class. Kate was also a recipient of the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences' Outstanding Student Achievement Award.

Kate was born in Florida, but, being the proud daughter of a retired naval officer, was raised throughout the United States and in Seoul, Korea and London, England. Kate returned to Florida in 2002 and made Miami her home in 2006. She enjoys kickboxing and classical music (especially Chopin) and has studied ballet and piano since she was a child.

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John K. Shubin

John K. Shubin

EDUCATION:

Harvard College (A.B., cum laude, 1983); St. John's College, Oxford University, Oxford, England (B.A., with high honors, 1985); University of Miami School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1988). Omicron Delta Kappa. Member: Society of Bar and Gavel; University of Miami Honor Council, 1986-1988. Editor-in-Chief, Inter-American Law Review, 1987-1988. Co-Author: "The Promotion of Debt-Equity Swaps in Latin America: A Survey of the Regulatory Regimes and the International Policy Frameworks," 20 Inter-American Law Review 31, Fall, 1988.

Trustee: Ransom-Everglades School, 1988 - 1995, Vice President, 1993 - 1995; Miami Light Project, 1989 - 1995; Member, Dade County Charter Review Advisory Board, 1989. Harvard College Fund, Class Chairman, 1992-1993.

Legal Commentator (NBC/MSNBC), 2001.

ADMITTED:

Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; United States District Court Southern District of Florida; United States District Court Middle District of Florida.

LANGUAGES:

Spanish.

John Shubin is founding partner of the firm and he represents companies, individuals, and government entities in all manners of litigation and administrative proceedings related to real property and its entitlement. He has practiced throughout Florida and possesses a unique combination of experience as both a trial lawyer in state and federal courts and as a representative of clients' interests in quasi-judicial proceedings.

He has also advised clients on strategies which promote local support for complex development applications. Mr. Shubin also coordinates the firm's representation of its clients in complex commercial litigation and appellate matters, and has served as an expert witness and mediator in matters concerning zoning and land use.

The firm also regularly serves as co-counsel with national law firms in litigation matters and in addressing the viability of entitlement strategies related to land and other natural resources.

REPORTED DECISIONS:

  • Kainen v. Harris, 769 So.2d 1029 (Fla. 2000);
  • Sunshine Vistas v. Caruana, 623 So.2d 490 (Fla. 1993);
  • Kujawa v. Manhattan National Life Ins. Co., 541 So.2d 1168 (Fla. 1993);
  • Framer Realty, Inc. v. Ross, 768 So.2d 5 (Fla. 3d DCA 2000);
  • City of Miami v. Carollo, 748 So.2d 397 (Fla. 3d DCA 2000);
  • City of Miami v. Miami Ass'n of Firefighters, Local 587, 744 So.2d 555 (Fla. 3d DCA 1999);
  • Earnest & Stewart, Inc. v. Codina, 732 So.2d 364 (Fla. 3d DCA 1999);
  • Cosmic Corp. v. Miami-Dade County, 706 So.2d 880 (Fla. 3d DCA 1998);
  • Metropolitan Dade County v. Sportacres Development Group, Inc., 698 So.2d 281 (Fla. 3d DCA 1997);
  • Kassier v. Kipnis, 677 So.2d 373 (Fla. 3d DCA 1996);
  • Metropolitan Dade County v. Blumenthal, 675 So.2d 598 (Fla. 3d DCA 1995);
  • Sontag v. State Dep't of Banking and Finance, 669 So.2d 283 (Fla. 3d DCA 1996);
  • Ivanov v. Sobel, 654 So.2d 991 (Fla. 3d DCA 1995);
  • Board of County Com'rs of Metropolitan Dade County v. Wood, 662 So.2d 417 (Fla. 3d DCA 1995);
  • Quintana v. Community Partnership for Homeless, 651 So.2d 1287 (Fla. 3d DCA 1995);
  • Cook v. Tradewinds West Condominium, Inc., 636 So.2d 591 (Fla. 3d DCA 1994);
  • Federal Fence Co. v. BankAtlantic, 600 So.2d 19 (Fla. 4th DCA 1992);
  • Ziegler v. Miami-Dade County and City of Coral Gables, 8 Fla.L.Weekly Supp. 344a (Fla. 11th Cir. App. Div. 2001);
  • Federal Opinions: Scheer v. City of Miami, 15 F. Supp. 2d 1338 (S.D. Fla. 1998); Coletta v. City of North Bay Village, 962 F. Supp. 1486 (S.D. Fla. 1997).

PRACTICE AREAS:

Administrative Law, Appellate Practice, Business Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation, Constitutional Law, Due Diligence, Election Law, Eminent Domain, Entitlements, Environmental Law, First Amendment Litigation, Land Use Law, Local Government Law, Municipal Litigation, Real Estate Disputes, Zoning Law

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The photography featured on our site is by Mark Denton – an English photographer who took these lovely photographs on a quick weekend visit to Miami. Mark is from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, but has now lived in North and East Yorkshire for nearly 15 years. He started taking photographs on a serious basis only in 2000 and soon progressed to using the unusual panoramic film camera he uses for most of his work today. He concentrates mostly on landscape images but has also enjoyed success with his floral and architectural shots. He is quickly becoming well known for his panoramas of North Yorkshire, taking inspiration from British photographers such as Joe Cornish and Colin Prior while developing his own unique style. More about Mark and his work can be found at http://www.markdentonphotographic.co.uk

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Exceptional individuals are always of extreme interest to us. Persons seeking employment with our firm should direct their resume to:

Mr. Jeffrey S. Bass
Shubin & Bass, P.A.
46 SW 1st Street
Third Floor
Miami, Florida 33130.