Elinette Ruiz-Diaz De La Portilla Appointed to the Gulliver Alumni Advisory Council in Miami
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr announced today that Elinette Ruiz-Diaz de la Portilla, counsel in the Firm’s Real Estate Practice in Miami, has been appointed to The Gulliver Alumni Advisory Council at her alma mater, Gulliver. The Council partners with the Gulliver Alumni Relations office to help foster close connections between the school and its alumni through events, networking and communications. Gulliver serves more than 2,200 students from Pre-K3 through 12th grade on four campuses. Its mission is to maintain the physical and social-emotional health of its students and to train them to become people of integrity in everything they say and do.
At Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, she concentrates her practice in the areas of land use and zoning, liquor licensing and administrative law on behalf of a wide range of clients. She has experience at the local and federal levels of government. Ms. Ruiz-Diaz de la Portilla represents builders, developers and land owners in all aspects of land use through the entire development process, from zoning approvals to subdivision, including due diligence reviews, vested rights claims, local comprehensive plan amendments, historic preservation approvals, permit matters, Brownfields redevelopment and environmental issues. She also represents private companies doing business with government agencies through the intricate public procurement process, including quasi-judicial bid protests and related litigation.
After graduating from Gulliver, Ms. Ruiz-Diaz de la Portilla received both a B.A. and a J.D. from St. Thomas University. Prior to law school, she spent three years in the financial industry as a Registered Sales Associate with Citi Global Wealth Management Smith Barney obtaining a General Securities (Series 7) License from the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD). She also served as an Assistant to the Miami Dade County Mayor in the Office of the Senior Advisor. In addition, Ms. Ruiz-Diaz de la Portilla gained experience in Washington, D.C. in the U.S. House of Representatives as a staff assistant for Congressman Diaz Balart, and as an intern at the U.S. Department of State, Department of Public Affairs.