Stevan J. Pardo

Chair, Construction, Hotel and Litigation Groups

Stevan Pardo is a leading authority on Florida construction and corporate hospitality law. During his more than 30 years as a construction litigator, Stevan has represented companies involved in virtually all aspects of the construction industry including owners, contractors, design professionals, subcontractors, sureties, and insurers.

His legal representations have included delay and defect claims arising out of commercial and residential, high-rise residential, hospitality and resorts, multifamily, retail, and office construction projects.

Stevan’s clients rely on him to advise them on all aspects of the delivery of construction and engineering projects, from procurement and the drafting and negotiation of contracts, to contract administration, the avoidance and resolution of disputes, and insurance matters.

Stevan has developed an impressive track record representing developers and investors in multimillion-dollar real property transactions, including purchases and sales, joint ventures, and residential and commercial development.

Stevan brings a unique perspective to the real estate side of his practice because of his 20 years of personal experience as a real estate developer and a hotel owner, builder, and operator. His own experience handling complex construction, buying and selling properties, and negotiating with lenders, has given him deep insight into the world of construction and renovation and has served to enhance the legal advice and business strategies he provides to his hotel clients.

As a result of his practical knowledge, Stevan is well-versed in both the business impacts and legal aspects of his clients’ real estate and construction endeavors. His real-world experience has helped Stevan to become a go-to attorney when negotiating and implementing real estate deals in Florida and across the country. Stevan’s distinctive business background also has given him a unique ability to troubleshoot difficult projects for clients before they devolve into full-blown disputes, and to craft business solutions to his clients’ business problems. When necessary, however, Stevan brings extensive trial experience in representing clients before the Florida courts, federal courts, mediators, arbitration panels, and appellate courts.

Other key areas of Stevan’s expertise include working with franchisors and franchisees, management companies, vendors, and insurers. Drawing from his real-life experience in hotel ownership, Stevan provides his clients with insight into the business aspects of a legal decision and the legal effects of a business decision.

Stevan has developed relationships with various hotel franchisors, including Ritz Carlton, St. Regis, Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, and other well recognized industry flags. This holistic combination of legal experience and hospitality industry knowledge brings a critical and essential benefit to Stevan’s hotel and resort clients.

Stevan’s membership in the American Hotel and Lodging Association and Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Hospitality Network allows him to remain current on issues relating to the business and legal challenges in today’s hospitality community. His role as President of the South Florida Chapter of International Network of Boutique and International Law Firms enables Stevan to keep his pulse on the trends, changes, and challenges facing the construction, real estate, and hospitality community in South Florida, the United States, and internationally.

A strong believer in pro bono work, Stevan has committed his legal and construction skills to bettering his local community. He is the current chair of the City of Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board. In that role, Stevan combines his experience as a real estate developer, a lawyer, and a resident to balance the importance of historic preservation with development. Stevan also serves as both construction and legal consultant to a large new community center in his neighborhood. He was the President of the Venetian Island Homeowners Association for several years and spear headed the historic preservation of the Venetian Causeway, a historic link between Miami and Miami Beach.

Prior to launching his law firm, Stevan, an AV-rated lawyer, was a partner and leader of the construction litigation department of Greenberg Traurig, where he practiced law for more than a decade.

Significant Representation

  • Consulting with national hospitality companies on hotel product expansion in selected markets in the U.S. and abroad
  • Representation of multiple high end condominium associations and master associations in multimillion-dollar construction defect and lien claims
  • Representation of property owners in class action multimillion-dollar ad valorem tax reimbursement claim
  • Representation of national construction company in grand jury investigation regarding construction industry practices and related civil litigation
  • Negotiation and preparation of corporate documents for new technology ventures
  • Consulting with national private equity firm and developers on public/private partnership of billion-dollar development
  • Representation of hotel condominium association and hotel condominium owners in Bankruptcy Court as creditors and claimants in adversary proceedings
  • Representation of national construction companies in multiple multimillion-dollar contract claims
  • Representation of national architectural firms in multimillion-dollar design defect litigation

Representative clients

Broward County, Pompano Beach and Miami Beach; owners/developers, contractors, architects, and engineers such as Lionstone Development, Faena, BEA Architects, Hyperion Development Group, Plaza Construction, Williams Island, Sieger Architectural Partnership, Portofino Tower, Porto Vita South Tower, The Related Group, Il Villaggio, Florida Engineering, Kobi Karp Architects, Fisher Island, Cocowalk, Jade Ocean Condominium, Mei Condominium, Continuum Master Association, One Bal Harbour, Balmoral Condominium, National Hotel

Education

J.D., Duke University Law School, 1984
B.A., Public Policy, Duke University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1981

Bar/Court Admissions and Certifications

  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Awards and Recognitions

  • Rated AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Recipient Dade County Bar Association Luminaries Award 2016 – Real Estate Development/Transactions
  • Miami Beach JCC, Community Service Award – 2015

Professional Involvement

  • Member of the American Bar Association’s Construction Law Forum and Construction Law Section
  • Past chairman of the Construction Defects Committee of the Construction Law Section of the American Bar Association
  • Former Vice-Chairman of Dade County Bar Association Construction Law Committee
  • Member Advisory Board of Duke University’s Law and Entrepreneurship LLM Program
  • Board Member, Duke South Florida Alumni Association
  • Member, Young Presidents Organization (YPO)
  • Former YPO Chapter Chairman and Current Executive Committee Member
  • Member, South Florida Builders Association
  • Member, National Association of Home Builders
  • Member, Latin American Builders Association
  • Member Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Academy of American Trial Lawyers
  • Member Federal Bar Association

Lectures

  • Florida Construction Defect Claims
  • Advanced Construction Issues in Florida: New AIA General Conditions, Condominium Defect Litigation and ADR
  • Advanced Construction Law in Florida
  • Florida Construction Law: What do you do when
  • Construction Management/Design-Build in Florida
  • Construction Law for Attorneys in Florida
  • Construction Contracting for Public Entities in Florida

Community Involvement

  • Chairman Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board
  • Vice President and Board of Trustee Members, Temple Beth Sholom, Miami Beach
  • Former Board of Governors Member, Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Miami Beach Jewish Community Center Chair, Construction Committee
  • Greater Miami Jewish Federation
  • Former Chair – Attorneys Division

Married to Adrienne Friesner Pardo
Children: Daniel, Carly and Joshua