Miguel De Grandy is a partner in Holland & Knight's Miami office and the practice group leader for the South Florida Government Advocacy and Development Group. He practices in the area of litigation and dispute resolution with particular emphasis on governmental, administrative, land use and procurement law. Mr. De Grandy has an in-depth understanding of the governmental, regulatory and administrative processes in the state of Florida as a result of serving as a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1989-1994, including being the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee and chairman of the Cuban-American Caucus of State Legislators from 1992-1993.

Mr. De Grandy represents clients before governmental, administrative and regulatory agencies at all levels on a variety of matters, as well as related litigation before administrative bodies and the courts. For governmental and private entities, he also counsels on redistricting, complex annexation and incorporation issues. Mr. De Grandy has represented clients in some of the largest public procurement processes in Miami-Dade County and has litigated some of the most complex bid protests both locally and at the state level. He has also represented clients in judicial appellate proceeding resulting from bid protests. Routinely, Mr. De Grandy helps to guide his clients through the regulatory issues that affect their business interests.

With more than 35 years of experience, including as a Miami-Dade County assistant state attorney, Mr. De Grandy is well-versed in high-profile trials and highly contested matters. He has also served in several capacities in disputes dealing with redistricting and the Federal Voting Rights Act. Mr. De Grandy has spearheaded significant legislation and other policy matters, including the Rosewood Claims Bill that recognized the losses suffered by the residents of a small town in Levy County, Fla., due to racial violence in the 1920s. He also acted as lead plaintiff and co-counsel in De Grandy, et al v. Wetherell, a federal Voting Rights Act action against the Florida Legislature for violation of the federal voting rights of minority citizens in Florida in the enacted Reapportionment Plan. Consequently, several African-American members of Congress from Florida were elected for the first time in 100 years and Florida’s Hispanic representation in Congress was also increased.

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  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D.
  • University of Florida, B.S., Business Administration, with honors
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Miami-Dade County Domestic Violence Oversight Board, Chairman
  • Florida Speakers Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation, 2006-2008
  • Miami-Dade County Charter Review Committee, 2001, 2007
  • State University System of Florida, Florida Board of Governors, 2003-2004
  • Bush-Cheney 2004 Campaign, Legal Regional Chair, 2004
  • State of Florida Energy 2020 Study Commission Member, 2000-2001
  • Florida State Conference of Black Legislators, Honorary Member, 1994
  • The Florida House of Representatives, Cuban-American Caucus, Chairman, 1992-1993
Honors & Awards
  • Most Effective Lawyer Finalist, Lobbying, Daily Business Review, 2014
  • Attorney of the Year, Latin Builders Association, 1995
  • The Most Effective Republican Member of the Florida House of Representatives, The Miami Herald, 1990-1994
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated
Spoken Languages
  • English
  • Spanish

Speaking Engagements