Miguel Diaz de la Portilla

Miguel Diaz de la Portilla

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (305) 428-4543
Fax: (305) 675-0519

Primary Office

Miami
Southeast Financial Center
200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Suite 3600
Miami, FL 33131

Miguel Diaz de la Portilla

Miguel Diaz de la Portilla concentrates his practice in the areas of land use and zoning, code enforcement, government procurement and administrative law. He has wide-ranging experience as a land use and zoning attorney in Miami-Dade County. Miguel represents major developers in securing governmental approvals for large-scale residential, commercial, mixed use, and/or retail projects before various municipal and county governments. He is also an experienced civil litigator who has successfully represented clients in matters before state and federal courts, as well as before administrative bodies.

Miguel has served two terms as a Miami-Dade County Commissioner, including his service as Chairman of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, where he created the Office of Inspector General, the Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority (MDX), the Downtown Dadeland Charrette, Downtown Dadeland Zoning Ordinance, and the Community Zoning Appeals Board. Miguel has also served as a board member and chairman of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (TriRail) and as a board member of the South Florida Regional Planning Council.

Miguel serves on the board of directors for the Builders Association of South Florida.

Before joining the firm, Miguel was a Florida State Senator, serving from 2010-2016. He was a ranking member of the Florida Senate from Miami-Dade County, serving as the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, and a key member of the Senate Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations sub-committee.

 

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Recognized as a "Distinguished Leader" by the Daily Business Review's 2019 Professional Excellence Awards

Named to the "Legal Elite" (Government and Administrative Law Practice) list by Florida Trend magazine

Named to the "Legal Elite" (Government and Administrative Law Practice) list by South Florida Legal Guide

Rated AV Pre-Eminent by Martindale-Hubbell

Recognized as "Best Lobbyist" by Miami New Times in their annual Best of Miami rankings

 

Memberships and Affiliations

Casa Familia, Board Member

Builders Association of South Florida Board of Directors

American Bar Association, State and Local Government Section

The Florida Bar, City, County and Local Government Section

The Florida Bar, Environment and Land Use Section

Coral Gables Elementary PTA

Coral Gables Cultural Development Board of Directors

Education

J.D., University of Miami, 1987, cum laude

B.A., University of Miami, 1984, cum laude

Bar Admissions

Florida

Firm Management Positions

Miguel Diaz de la Portilla concentrates his practice in the areas of land use and zoning, code enforcement, government procurement and administrative law. He has wide-ranging experience as a land use and zoning attorney in Miami-Dade County. Miguel represents major developers in securing governmental approvals for large-scale residential, commercial, mixed use, and/or retail projects before various municipal and county governments. He is also an experienced civil litigator who has successfully represented clients in matters before state and federal courts, as well as before administrative bodies.

Miguel has served two terms as a Miami-Dade County Commissioner, including his service as Chairman of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, where he created the Office of Inspector General, the Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority (MDX), the Downtown Dadeland Charrette, Downtown Dadeland Zoning Ordinance, and the Community Zoning Appeals Board. Miguel has also served as a board member and chairman of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (TriRail) and as a board member of the South Florida Regional Planning Council.

Miguel serves on the board of directors for the Builders Association of South Florida.

Before joining the firm, Miguel was a Florida State Senator, serving from 2010-2016. He was a ranking member of the Florida Senate from Miami-Dade County, serving as the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, and a key member of the Senate Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations sub-committee.