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Rick Schatz is the Managing Director of the Firm and is a Shareholder in the Real Estate and Corporate & Securities Departments. He also serves on the Firm’s Board of Directors. Rick handles commercial real estate matters, working extensively in the hospitality and restaurant industries on high-profile projects in South Florida and across the state. He also represents public and private companies in a wide variety of complex corporate and securities matters including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and corporate governance.

Representative Experience

  • 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 the landlord in the negotiation of a 150,000 square foot lease with an international law firm and a 60,000 square foot lease with an international accounting firm in a new, downtown Miami, Florida mixed use project.
  • Represented developer in a $250 million construction loan for a mixed use office, hotel and retail project in downtown Miami, Florida.
  • Represented the landlord in the negotiation of a restaurant lease with a celebrity chef. Also, negotiated another restaurant lease for the same development with a high-end restaurant group.
  • Represented hotel developers in $300 million restructuring.
  • Represented hotel developers in all aspects of new five star hotel resort development.
  • Represented owners of a private gaming business in a $200 million cash sale to a public gaming company.
  • Represented a privately held construction company in the $60 million sale of company.
  • Represents hotel and resort owners in the development, financing, purchase and sale of numerous hotel properties.
  • Represents several hotel owners in the first execution of agreements with celebrity chefs for restaurants located in various hotel properties.
  • Represents developers in all aspects of mixed use hotel, office, and retail development.
  • Represents several restaurant companies in all aspects of their business, including purchases, sales, lease negations, equity and debt financings, licensing and distribution agreements, and franchise issues.
  • Represents public and private companies in reverse “blind pool” mergers.
  • Represents issuers in public offerings including debt, equity, and 144A offerings.
  • Represents owners of commercial real estate companies in all aspects of their businesses including purchase, sales, leasing equity and debt financing, and development.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The Miami Foundation
    • Past Chairman
    • Past Board of Trustees
  • Adrienne Arsht Center Foundation, Inc.,
    • Past Chairman
    • Past Board of Directors
  • Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, Performing Arts Center Trust, Inc.,
    • Past Vice President
    • Board of Directors and Executive Committee
  • Meritas, Firm Representative
  • Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Friends For Sylvester Board of Directors
  • University of Miami Citizens Board


  • South Florida Business Journal, Power Leaders in Law and Accounting, 2015-2017, 2020
  • South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers in South Florida - Corporate & Business; Mergers & Acquisitions, 2006-2016
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2008; 2011
  • Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition, 2009
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


In the Media: South Florida's 2017 Power Leaders in Law
South Florida Business Journal|May 2017

In the Media: Power Leaders in Law and Accounting
South Florida Business Journal|May 2015

In the Media: Lawyers Gear Up for Downtown Expansion
Bisnow Miami|January 2015

In the Media: Stearns Weaver Signs Bigger 10-Year Lease in Miami
Daily Business Review|January 2015

In the Media: Stearns Weaver Signs Lease To Expand Miami Office
Law360|January 2015

In the Media: Stearns Weaver Miller expands Miami office to 110,000 square feet
South Florida Business Journal|January 2015

In the Media: Firm Helps Secure 250M Construction Loan
Daily Business Review |October 2008

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