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Overview

Super thorough, intelligent, diligent, and demonstrates both the ability to solve issues and respond quickly.

- Chambers USA 2018

Gisela M. Munoz practices in the areas of commercial real estate and corporate transactions. She represents companies and financial institutions in real estate (including hotel) acquisitions, dispositions, development, financing, and operations; the structuring, negotiation, and documentation of joint ventures; and general corporate and commercial matters.

Gisela is an experienced member of the Firm’s Latin America Group, who speaks Spanish fluently and has counseled Latin American clients in U.S. matters, as well as U.S. clients in matters involving Latin America together with local co-counsel in Latin America.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of national hospitality company in negotiation and documentation of $505,000,000 loan secured by mortgage on a resort/meetings hotel complex in Orlando, Florida.
  • Representation of bank in negotiation and documentation of $25,000,000 loan secured by a mortgage on a luxury hotel in Miami, Florida.
  • Representation of law firms as tenants in various leases of office space, including multi-floor leases and build-outs.
  • Representation of D.R. Horton, Inc., in the acquisition of a 20-acre site for the development of 140 single-family homes in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
  • Representation of Tross International, the new U.S. affiliate of a Brazilian development company, in negotiation and documentation of contracts relating to its acquisition of real property in Bay Harbor Islands for development of luxury condominiums, including negotiation of terms requiring seller to deliver the property in fully-entitled and shovel-ready condition.
  • Representation of national home builder in several transactions involving the acquisition of raw land and entitled lots for the development of single family homes and town homes in South Florida.
  • Representation of national hospitality company in establishment of a joint venture and in subsequent negotiation of loan made to the joint venture for development of a new 1,800-room resort hotel.
  • Representation of owner of Class A office tower in negotiation and documentation of mortgage loan.
  • Representation of major international bank in negotiation and documentation of an asset management agreement for its Latin American branches and offices.
  • Representation of international industrial company in asset sale and in negotiation and documentation of post-closing leaseback deal.
  • Representation of a national media company in negotiation of asset management agreement for all of its U.S. properties.
  • Representation of hospitality company in negotiation and documentation of construction agreement for laundry facilities.
  • Representation of hotel in sale and post-closing leaseback of hotel.
  • Representation of investor in development of joint venture, acquisition of hotel in major resort area and negotiation of hotel management agreement.
  • Representation of owner of partially developed Class A office building in negotiation of a construction loan and related documentation, as well as subordination and related documentation relating to contractor, subcontractors, and designers.
  • Representation of joint venture composed of national hotel company and third-party investor in negotiation and drafting of agreements for development of a hotel in a mixed use project.
  • Representation of national warehousing company in development of a joint venture and closing of asset acquisition transactions for expansion into coffee warehousing.
  • Representation of international pharmaceutical company in negotiation and documentation of a ground lease for office and laboratory space.
  • Representation of joint venture that owns a portfolio of real property in negotiation and drafting of a real estate-style agreement and a corporate merger-style agreement for purchase and sale of assets of, or alternatively interests in, such joint venture.
  • Representation of European wineries and hospitality services company in negotiation and documentation of a joint venture with a U.S. company, for expansion of business into the United States.
  • Representation of major international company in negotiation of a complex joint venture composed of several parties in jurisdictions throughout South America, including outsourcing documentation.
  • Representation of investor in negotiation and documentation of joint venture with internationally known athlete for the development of a U.S. sports federation.
  • Representation of office and retail landlords and tenants in leasing transactions.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Dade County Bar Association, Real Property Committee Co-Chair, 2013-present
  • Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., Secretary and Director, 2006-2012
  • Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, President, 2008-2009
  • Yale Alumni Schools Committee, Interviewer, 2003-2009
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Mentor, 2006-2008
  • The Florida Bar YLD Delegate, ABA Annual Meeting, 2006 and 2008; ABA Mid-Year Meeting, 2007
  • ABA/YLD Mid-Year Meeting Host Committee, Member, 2006-2007
  • ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, Member
  • Commercial Real Estate Women, Member
  • Master Chorale of South Florida, Former Member

Recognition

  • Chambers USA: Up & Coming in Real Estate, 2018
  • Daily Business Review's 10 Top Women in Law, 2017
  • Dade County Bar Association Legal Luminaries Award, Real Estate Development Transactions, 2017
  • Dade County Bar Association, Louise Rebecca Pinnell Woman of Distinction Private Practice Award, 2017
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Fellow, 2016-present
  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys, Fellow, 2015-present
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2014-2018
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2010-2013
  • CREW-Miami, Outstanding Mover and Shaker of the Year, 2015
  • Dade County Bar Association, Outstanding Service Award, 2015
  • Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite, 2017-2018
  • Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite, Top Up and Comer, 2007-2012
  • American Bar Association, YLD National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, Nominee, 2009
  • The Florida Bar’s Lynn Futch Most Productive Young Lawyer Award, 2005
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Iron Arrow Honor Society, University of Miami

Publications & Presentations

Events: Mindfulness & Your Personal & Professional Success
Holland & Knight LLP (live in Miami/video-cast to other offices)|August 2018

Events: Mindfulness and the (Ethical and Professional) Practice of Law
The Florida Bar Webcast|July 2018

Events: Hospitality Law LLM Course
University of Miami School of Law |April 2018

Events: Mindfulness and the (Ethical and Professional) Practice of Law
The Florida Bar Real Property Section, Commercial Real Estate and Real Estate Structures and Taxation Committees (Exec. Council Mtg.)|February 2018

Events: Title Insurance and You: Let the Lawyer Beware
American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) Mid-Year Meeting, Panelist|April 2017

Publications: Meant To Be: An Article About Mindfulness In the Practice of Law
Dade County Bar Association Bulletin |March 2017

Publications: Mindfulness: Tapping Into Its Power To Achieve Professional and Personal Success and Wellness (co-authored with Leslie A. Loubier, Psy.D)
First published in the Spring 2017 edition of The Abstract, a publication of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA)|February 2017

Events: Mindfulness: Tapping Into Its Power To Achieve Professional and Personal Success and Wellness
American College of Mortgage Attorneys’ Annual Meeting|September 2016

Events: Key Concepts in Commercial Real Estate and Project Finance: From Mortgage Loans to Preferred Equity
Dade County Bar Association 2016 Bench & Bar Conference|February 2016

Events: The Lifecycle of a Real Estate Deal
CREW-Miami Breakfast and CLE|March 2015

Events: Real Estate Development & Zoning in South Florida and Hospitality & Hotel Law with the Giants
Dade County Bar Association 2015 Bench & Bar Conference|February 2015

Events: Real Estate Deals, Zoning and Litigation
Dade County Bar Association 2014 Bench & Bar Conference|February 2014

Events: The Role and Obligations of Lawyers Serving on Boards of Directors
Arts & Business Council of Miami and Put Something Back Jump On Board Program|November 2013

Events: New Business Ventures: Picking Your Corporate Vehicle, Developing a Roadmap for Joint Ventures and Avoiding Litigation Bumps Along the Way
Büro and Put Something Back Midtown Program|October 2013

Events: Pro Bono Needs in Housing, Community Development, and Non-Profit Representation
Miami Pro Bono Summit|May 2013

Publications: The Effect of Plea Bargains (and Possibly Civil Settlements) on Florida Corporate Indemnification
The Bulletin, Dade County Bar Association|October 2011

Publications: The Five R's of Listening
The Practical Lawyer, The American Law Institute-American Bar Association; Re-published in Management of a Practice, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, 2007|April 2006

Publications: The Broad Reach of Professionalism: From Your Legal Career to the Pursuit of Justice
The Bulletin, Dade County Bar Association|October 2005

Publications: Writing Tips for the Transactional Attorney
The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, The American Law Institute-American Bar Association|May 2005

Publications: Navigating the Rough Roads of Negotiations
The Young Lawyer, American Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Division|March 2005

Publications: Attorneys: Legal Counselors or More?
The Bulletin, Dade County Bar Association|January 2005

Publications: Note: The Two Faces of Gag Provisions: Patients and Physicians in a Bind
Yale Law & Policy Review|January 1998

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Newsroom

In the Media: Introducing the Daily Business Review's 2017 Top Women in Law
Daily Business Review|August 2017

In the Media: Giving Credit to Mentors: The Magic of Opening Professional Doors
Daily Business Review|August 2017

In the Media: Legal Team Advising on Sunset Place Switched to CocoWalk and Back Again
Daily Business Review|October 2015

In the Media: CREW-Miami Members Lead in 2015
CREW-Miami People & Deals Newsletter|December 2014

In the Media: CREW Storms Miami Beach
Real Estate Bisnow|October 2014

In the Media: Stearns Weaver Adds Real Estate, IT Partners In Miami
Law360|September 2014

Firm Announcements: Gisela M. Munoz Joins Stearns Weaver Miller
August 2014

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