Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz is a partner in Holland & Knight's Miami office and serves as the deputy section leader of the Real Estate Section. Ms. de las Cuevas-Diaz has experience representing developers in a range of projects, including land development, multifamily, condominium, office and single family development and hotels. She also handles the financing for these types of developments, including institutions and mezzanine financing, public representation of complex real estate transactions, as well as government relations. She also focuses on joint venture negotiations for these transactions at all levels.

Ms. de las Cuevas-Diaz has extensive experience in complex real estate transactions for developers, family offices, and equity investors for acquisitions, developments and construction, institutional lenders in commercial lending for various types of projects and developments in the United States, as well as asset-based loans secured by real estate, inventory, equipment receivables and securities.

Ms. de las Cuevas-Diaz focuses on guiding institutional lenders toward resolutions for troubled loans and complex workouts. She is called on to assist clients in developing solutions for complex real estate transactions.

Ms. de las Cuevas-Diaz's special assets experience includes representation of lenders and developers across the U.S. with respect to forbearance, negotiation of loan modifications, restructuring and workouts on behalf of lenders and borrowers for various types of loans, deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure, note purchase, and sales and foreclosures affecting numerous commercial properties located throughout the state and nation.


  • Tulane University Law School, J.D.
  • Florida State University, B.S.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
  • Coral Gables Community Foundation, Board Member
  • Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission - Southern District
  • Cuban American Bar Association, Past President, Foundation Board Member 
  • Leadership Florida, Class XXXIV
  • American Red Cross, Board Member
  • Florida International University School of Law, Board Member 
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) of Miami
  • Latin Builders Association
  • Beacon Council, Board Member
Honors & Awards
  • Distinguished Leaders in Law Honoree, Daily Business Review, 2019
  • UHealth Red Cross Service Award, American Red Cross 25th Annual Sarah Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Awards for Women, 2018
  • The Legal 500 USA, Real Estate, 2017-2020; Land Use/Zoning, 2020
  • Top Influential Business Women, South Florida Business Journal, 2016
  • Top 20 “Women in Law,” Daily Business Review, 2015
  • Top Lawyer, South Florida Legal Guide, 2015-2019
  • Top Up and Comer, South Florida Legal Guide, 2013, 2014
  • Rising Star, Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2010-2016
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) Rainmaker, 2014 
  • Latin America's Legal Rising Stars, Latin Business Chronicle, 2013
  • Florida Legal Elite "Up and Comer," Florida Trend magazine, 2006-2009, 2011
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Law & Politics magazine, 2010, 2012
  • 20 Under 40, Miami Herald
  • 40 Under 40, South Florida Business Journal
  • 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Hispanic Women of Distinction, Bank of America and Latin Style Magazine
  • Key Partners Award, Real Estate Law Finalist, South Florida Business Journal
Spoken Languages
  • English
  • Spanish


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