Alejandro J. Arias

Associate
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Practice
Real Estate

Overview

Alejandro J. Arias is a real estate attorney in Holland & Knight's Miami office, where he focuses his practice on land use and zoning matters. Mr. Arias is well-versed on creating multifaceted strategies for project approvals that include working with development teams (owners, architects, engineers and contractors), meeting with key constituencies (whether in support or opposition), interacting with government officials and staff, preparing public outreach messaging, and lobbying elected officials. He routinely appears before city and county commissions, local zoning boards and specialized boards (architects' boards and environmental quality control boards) with requests for land use changes, rezonings, site plan approvals, variances, wetlands and environmental compliance requests, and contracting matters.

Mr. Arias regularly represents national homebuilders, local and international developers, affordable housing developers, multinational engineering and construction companies, major utility companies, and government agencies. Throughout his career, he has obtained a multitude of development entitlement approvals for a number of diverse projects, including multifamily housing, master-planned residential subdivisions, retail and commercial uses, live/work developments, student housing complexes, and more.

Among his representative matters, Mr. Arias advised:

  • a South Florida developer in connection with the procurement of development entitlements for a 886-unit student housing development, and the securing of $228 million in Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) bond financing
  • a national homebuilder in connection with the procurement of rezoning and site plan approvals for a master-planned 1,300-unit residential subdivision encompassing single-family homes, townhomes, villas and multifamily units
  • a local developer in connection with a land use amendment, rezoning and site plan approval entitlements for two respective shopping centers
  • a prominent car dealer in connection with the rezoning and site plan approval of a 48,000-plus-square-foot automotive dealership

Mr. Arias has a particular interest in both the legal and business elements of the real estate development process. While earning the Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig LL.M. in Real Property Development at the University of Miami School of Law, he gained in-depth experience interning with two major homebuilders, and a multinational law firm. As part of the LL.M. degree curriculum, Mr. Arias scrutinized legal and transactional issues, including land acquisition, finance, regulation, tax law, construction law, environmental law, land use and zoning, and residential and commercial development.

While in law school, Mr. Arias served as a judicial intern with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, working for the Hon. Adalberto Jordan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Credentials

Education
  • University of Miami School of Law, LL.M., Real Property Development Program
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Florida International University, B.A., magna cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
Memberships
  • Holland & Knight Associate Liaison Committee, Miami Real Estate Practice Group
  • The Florida Bar, Environmental and Land Use Law Section
  • The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division
  • The Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • Cuban American Bar Association (CABA)
  • Belen Alumni Association of Jesuit Schools from Cuba and Miami
  • Belen Jesuit Preparatory School Alumni Lawyers Section
  • Nicklaus Children's Hospital Young Ambassador
Honors & Awards
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI) Leadership Institute, Class of 2020
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, 2009
  • University of Miami School of Law, Dean's List, 2009
  • University of Miami School of Law, Dean's Merit Scholarship, 2009-2012
Spoken Languages
  • English
  • Spanish

Speaking Engagements

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