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Maria A. Gralia has over 20 years of experience in real estate development with an emphasis on land use and zoning and real estate acquisition. Maria represents developers, businesses, financial institutions, not-for-profit institutions and private property owners in the acquisition, development, leasing and sale of residential and commercial property. Maria has assisted her clients in obtaining the requisite development approvals, master plan and zoning amendments, platting, vacating right-of-ways, design development approvals and development of regional impact development orders, local, state and federal environmental permitting, historic preservation issues, marina permitting, land use litigation and appeals.

Prior to joining the firm, Maria served as Assistant General Counsel to the University of Miami where she oversaw the University of Miami’s real estate portfolio, which included negotiating the purchase and sale of University property, negotiating and drafting commercial leases with private and public entities, and managing all land use and zoning related issues with the City of Coral Gables, City of Miami, Miami-Dade County, State and Federal agencies. While at the University, Maria also oversaw the area of technology transfer on behalf of the General Counsel’s office. In this capacity, she was responsible for drafting, reviewing and negotiating various agreements to facilitate the commercialization of University intellectual property, including corporate documents for start-up companies, term sheets, license agreements and shareholder subscription agreements.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of homeowners’ group in negotiating a settlement agreement with the developer of a deed restricted golf course.
  • Represented Metromall Partners, LTD (“Metromall”) in the $14.5 million sale of the Metromall Building in the heart of downtown Miami’s jewelry district.  The sale included the assignment of a 99-year ground lease executed in 1945.
  • Represented homeowner in the amendment to the declaration of condominium for purposes of capturing common elements and reconfiguring the homeowners unit to include the common area.
  • Representation of institution of higher education in the development of a 10-acre technology park in the City of Miami, including the assemblage of the parcels for the technology park.
  • Representation of institution of higher education in the historic designation of various buildings on its main campus.
  • Obtained the entitlements for the construction of the Marine Technology & Life Sciences Seawater Research Building at The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science that included an 8,520 square foot state of the art wind-wave-storm surge simulator capable of generating hurricane force winds.
  • Representation of institution of higher education with the successful adoption of a 20 year Development Agreement with its local government allowing, among other things, the development of approximately two million square feet of new development on its main campus.
  • Representation of client in the construction of an ambulatory medical center in the Village of Key Biscayne.
  • Representation of developer with various entitlements and negotiations of lease agreement for the development of mega-yacht marina, multi-family, retail and hotel complex in the City of Miami.
  • Land Use counsel in the representation of a REIT in the acquisition of $2 billion real estate portfolio in Florida.
  • Representation of developer in the acquisition and development of property in the Town of Bay Harbor Islands for the development of a luxury multi-family building.
  • Land Use counsel in a $500 million refinancing of a hotel development.
  • Representation of seller in the conveyance of 160-acre parcel of land in unincorporated Miami-Dade County that required the release of various covenants and restrictions imposed by the Federal government.
  • Representation of owner in the donation of a parcel of land that included a natural spring to Sarasota County.
  • Represented a healthcare provided in the negotiating and drafting of an exclusive sponsorship agreement of a sports stadium.
  • 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.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce - Business and Government Affairs Committee, Chair
  • Coral Gables Community Foundation, Board Member
  • Intercultural Outreach Initiative, Board Member
  • Youth Co-Op Legal Services, Board Member
  • CREW-Miami (Commercial Real Estate Women)
  • Miami Downtown Development Authority – Urbanism Committee


  • Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite, 2017

Publications & Presentations

Land Development News Update, Publications: Act Now to Secure Tolling and Extension Benefits Related to Hurricanes, Algal Blooms and Red Tide Emergency Declarations
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|January 2019

Land Development News Update, Publications: Unanimous Property Owner Win as U.S. Supreme Court Limits the Reach of the Endangered Species Act
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|January 2019

Land Development News Update, Publications: Calmer Waters Ahead? Environmental Protection Agency Proposes New
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|January 2019

Land Development News Update, Publications: Update: IRS Provides Guidance for Big Capital Gains Break
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|October 2018

Land Development News Update, Publications: Qualified Opportunity Zones
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|August 2018

Land Development News Update, Publications: How Are Your Permits Affected by Hurricane Irma?
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|September 2017

Land Development News Update, Publications: State of Emergency for Tropical Storm Emily Presents Another Opportunity to Extend Permits, As Previous Opportunity Comes to a Close
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|August 2017

Land Development News Update, Publications: What's Developing | Winter 2017
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|January 2017

Land Development News Update, Publications: Executive Orders Present Opportunities to Extend the Duration of Qualified Development Permits Across Florida
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|October 2016

Land Development News Update, Publications: Golf Course Redevelopment Team Update: National and Florida Trends and Recent Local Government Regulatory Responses
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|July 2016

Events: Cuba: Technology as an Engine of Economic Development
2016 Hispanic National Bar Association Corporate Counsel Conference |March 2016

Events: A Birds Eye View of Real Estate Development: Perspectives from Developers, Contractors, Attorneys, and the Government
Dade County Bar Association Real Property Committee|January 2016

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

Events: Tomorrow’s Miami: What you need to know
Dade County Bar Association 2015 Bench & Bar Conference|February 2015

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In the Media: Stearns Weaver Team Handles CocoWalk Acquisition
Daily Business Review|June 2015

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

In the Media: Late-Summer Lateral Moves An Anomaly
Daily Business Review|August 2014

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