Former Miami-Dade County Commissioner Joins Firm’s Diverse and Dynam…

Former Miami-Dade County Commissioner Joins Firm’s Diverse and Dynamic
Government Group in Coral Gables Office

CORAL GABLES, Fla., Feb. 14 LAWFUEL – Law Firm News — Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., a Florida-based statewide and international commercial law firm with a significant government law and lobbying practice, today announced that Miguel Diaz de la Portilla has joined the firm as a shareholder in its Coral Gables office and will lead the firm’s government and lobbying practice in Miami-Dade County.

A former two-term member and Chairman of the Miami-Dade County
Commission, Mr. Diaz de la Portilla joins the firm’s Government Law Group, where he will continue his land use and zoning, lobbying, litigation and governmental procurement practice. The Government Group in Miami Dade also includes Crystal Connor Lane, former Chief of Staff to County Commissioner Jimmy Morales and Nelson Diaz, former Chief Legislative Aide to Florida
House Speaker, Marco Rubio (R-Miami).

Mr. Diaz de la Portilla previously served on the Governor’s Commission for a Sustainable South Florida, the Tri-Rail Commuter Rail Authority Board
of Directors, the South Florida Regional Planning Council, The Miami Dade
Public Schools Oversight Board, and the Miami-Dade Value Adjustment Board.

Mr. Diaz de la Portilla is active in the American Bar Association’s
State and Local Government Law section and the Florida Bar’s City, County
and Local Government and Environment and Land Use sections. Mr. Diaz de la Portilla has practiced law in Florida since 1987. Prior to joining Becker & Poliakoff, he was a Partner with the law firm of Adorno & Yoss.

“Becker & Poliakoff is very pleased to welcome Miguel Diaz de la
Portilla, a talented and knowledgeable local government attorney and
lobbyist,” said Alan Becker, former Miami-Dade State Representative and
founding shareholder of Becker & Poliakoff. “His experience in government
and thorough understanding of land use and zoning law, as well as
government purchasing and procurement practices, strengthens our Miami-Dade office and is an excellent addition to our diverse and dynamic team.”

“I’m excited at this opportunity to bring my years of experience as an attorney and in public service in Miami-Dade County to Becker & Poliakoff’s expanding Governmental practice,” said Miguel Diaz de la Portilla. “I look forward to integrating my practice and clients with Becker & Poliakoff’s
talented team of government, transactional and litigation lawyers.”

Since its founding in Miami Dade almost 35 years ago, Becker &
Poliakoff, P.A. has had a strong governmental and lobbying practice,
representing local governments in a variety of legal practice areas, and
assisting private sector clients doing business with municipal, local,
regional and state governmental entities.

Becker & Poliakoff’s lobbying team represents high-profile clients
including AT&T, Florida Memorial University, Pompano Park Racing and
several local governments, including Miami-Dade Expressway Authority,
Miami-Dade County and the Cities of Opa-Locka and Miami Gardens.

In joining the Becker & Poliakoff Government practice, Mr. Diaz de la
Portilla will work closely with Becker & Poliakoff lawyer-lobbyists Bernie
Friedman and Yolanda Cash Jackson both of whom have an active Tallahassee
and local government practice as well as Neil Schiller, a lawyer lobbyist
and political campaign strategist in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

Mr. Diaz de la Portilla earned a B.A. degree and a J.D. degree from the University of Miami and also has served as a visiting professor at Florida International University. Fluent in English and Spanish, Mr. Diaz de la Portilla belongs to a prominent, politically active family in Miami-Dade County, which includes brother Alex Diaz de la Portilla, who currently represents Miami’s District 36 in the Florida Senate, and another brother, Renier Diaz de la Portilla, who represents District 5 on the School Board of Miami-Dade County.

About Becker & Poliakoff P.A.
Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. is a diversified commercial law firm based in
Ft. Lauderdale with more than one hundred attorneys in fifteen Florida
offices and international and affiliated offices in New York, Czech
Republic, Germany, China, France and Israel. The firm counsels clients in
legal issues relating to Real Estate, Condominium and Homeowners
Association Law, Disaster Recovery, Construction, International Business & Trade, Government Relations, and Civil and Commercial Litigation and many other areas of law. For more information, visit: http://www.becker-poliakoff.com.

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