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About Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson P.A.
Miami-based Stearns Weaver is a full-service firm, with nearly 150 attorneys working out of five offices across Florida. The firm attracts clients from individuals and startups to Fortune 500 and multinational companies.
Since its founding in 1981, Stearns Weaver has emerged through multiple name changes and evolutions to become one of the most sought-after firms in Miami. With four additional offices in Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, and Tallahassee, its relatively small size belies its influence. Stearns Weaver does it all for its clients, from litigation and alternative dispute resolution to bankruptcy and corporate transactions to labor and employment, real estate, family, and tax matters, and everything in between.
Stearns Weaver shines bright in a number of practice areas. For starters, the firm’s litigation team is reputed as a formidable force in the state of Florida and beyond. The firm has an in-house, state-of-the-art courtroom for practicing mock trials and mooting appellate arguments, but the firm’s trial attorneys have no shortage of real life experience. Whether in state or federal court, before an administrative agency, or through alternative dispute resolution, Stearns Weaver has litigated everything from straightforward business disputes to complex class actions—on both sides of the “v.”
Another standout is the firm’s real estate group, which handles all kinds of residential and commercial real estate matters. Many significant firm successes can be attributed to its team of real estate gurus. As recent examples, the firm has represented clients including All Aboard Florida/Brightline to overcome challenges to the development of a passenger rail system in Southern and Central Florida; South Florida Stadium—owners of the Hard Rock Stadium—in a contract dispute arising from recent renovations; and an affordable housing developer to obtain a brownfield area designation in Tallahassee, which required extra creativity during the COVID-19 pandemic given the public hearing requirements tied to the process.
You can’t talk about Stearns Weaver’s strengths without mentioning its Labor & Employment practice group. The group counsels clients—large and small, public and private sector—on everything from immigration and discrimination issues to labor relations to benefits and executive compensation. The firm hosts an annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar that draws hundreds of business professionals to South Florida, plus it hosts a number of workshops throughout the year. The firm also runs a labor and employment blog, BelaborThePoint, which is published in both English and Spanish and has appeared on the ABA’s list of top law blogs.
Stearns Weaver genuinely cares about attorney wellness. The firm sponsors gym memberships for all employees, and the Miami office boasts in-house fitness programming that rivals any gym, with spinning, yoga, and Zumba classes and Peloton bikes. The firm offers routine seminars that tackle topics from nutrition to mindfulness to stress management. Attorneys traditionally participate in a number of charitable events that bring wellness and community together—such as 5Ks, bike races, and sports tournaments. Every year, the firm also hosts a Wellness Fair where employees receive biometric screenings and flu shots.
150 West Flagler Street, Suite 2200
Miami, FL 33130
Phone: (305) 789-3200
Managing Director: Rick Schatz
Chairman: Eugene E. (“Gene”) Stearns
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
100 - 150
General Recruiting Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
No. of U.S. Offices: 5
No. of International Offices: 0
Coral Gables, FL
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Miami, FL (HQ)
Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights
Commercial Finance and Loan Restructuring & Workouts
Corporate & Securities
Government & Administrative
Labor & Employment
Land Development, Zoning, & Environmental
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Marital & Family Law
Real Estate Finance