MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Spiritus Legislation introduced at this time that Steven W. Zelkowitz has joined the agency as Managing Associate. Mr. Zelkowitz beforehand labored with the agency’s founding companions, Marbet and Robert Lewis, for greater than 10 years. In the present day, the group is reunited to increase Spiritus Legislation’s core companies and bolster restoration efforts for its hospitality purchasers which can be struggling to get better from the pandemic. Jonathan Portuondo can be becoming a member of Spiritus Legislation as an affiliate and can work intently with Mr. Zelkowitz.
As the previous Managing Associate of Fox Rothschild’s Miami Workplace, Mr. Zelkowitz brings greater than 30 years of expertise in enterprise and transactional issues in the true property and monetary companies industries, together with infrastructure & growth, hospitality, and public/personal partnerships. His authorities relations expertise and information of business actual property transactions and finance will improve the agency’s area of interest regulatory practices and supply extra complete illustration for its struggling hospitality and restaurant purchasers. Mr. Zelkowitz additionally brings the extra advantage of his legislation agency managerial expertise, having beforehand served as Managing Associate of the Miami workplaces of Am Legislation 100 and Am Legislation 200 legislation corporations.
Mr. Zelkowitz’s observe contains advanced actual property, land use and zoning issues for private and non-private purchasers together with the sale and buy, growth, and financing of business and multi-family residential initiatives. His experience allows him to draw a various shopper base together with an array of international and home purchasers, together with condominium and lodge growth and main public infrastructure building initiatives, akin to airports and sports activities complexes. He additionally has vital monetary companies illustration for institutional and personal lenders and debtors. Mr. Zelkowitz assists companies establishing in and/or relocating to Florida by leveraging tax and different monetary incentives. Steven’s authorities relations observe contains serving as normal and particular counsel to Group Redevelopment Businesses throughout South Florida.
“The pure synergy between Steven’s observe and our present practices helps our agency’s strategic development plan,” mentioned Robert F. Lewis, Co-Founding Associate, and the agency’s COO. “Over the previous 15 years as mates, colleagues and even rivals, we’ve got been lucky to construct a relationship of belief with Steven. Our mutual respect and our dedication to collaboration will allow us to develop revolutionary options for our purchasers as they alter to their new regular and rebuild their monetary platforms.”
“Along with his authorized experience, we’re assured in Steven’s management. Steven served because the Managing Associate at one of many first legislation corporations I labored with as a younger affiliate, so we’ve got already skilled the most effective and worst of one another via these rising pains,” mentioned Marbet Lewis, Co-Founding Associate and CEO. “Steven shares our widespread imaginative and prescient for the way forward for Spiritus Legislation. Steven will profit from our versatile shopper administration platform whereas our group and purchasers will profit from his numerous expertise in authorized companies which can be important for our purchasers within the hospitality and leisure industries particularly eating places and film theaters.”
“Spiritus Legislation is already generally known as a powerhouse nationally within the alcohol and hospitality industries. I’m assured that my depth of expertise will additional cement the agency’s repute in these industries in 2021 and past,” mentioned Mr. Zelkowitz. “I’m each humbled and excited to reunite with Marbet and Rob, and in making use of my many years of expertise rising legislation corporations for the advantage of Spiritus Legislation and its purchasers at this pivotal second in historical past.”
Mr. Zelkowitz has been acknowledged for his revolutionary work in the true property realm over time. Most notably, he was acknowledged as a High Lawyer by South Florida Authorized Information, Rated AV Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell, was deemed a Florida Trailblazer by the Day by day Enterprise Evaluation and was ranked within the class of Actual Property by Chambers & Companions USA.
Along with Mr. Zelkowitz’s skilled endeavors, he’s a supporter of his house communities. He beforehand served as Vice Mayor and Councilman for Miami Shores Village.
Mr. Zelkowitz earned a Juris Doctorate Diploma and Grasp of Metropolis & Regional Planning from Rutgers College Faculty of Legislation. He earned a Bachelor of Science Diploma from the College of Massachusetts. He’s admitted to observe legislation in Florida, New Jersey, and New York.
Mr. Portuondo graduated with a Juris Doctorate diploma from the College of Miami Faculty of Legislation. He has interned on the Miami-Dade State Lawyer’s Workplace and labored as an affiliate for a number of small to midsize legislation corporations in South Florida. Mr. Portuondo, who’s fluent in Spanish, has been admitted to observe legislation within the Southern District of Florida.
About Spiritus Legislation:
Spiritus Legislation as an entrepreneurial regulatory and enterprise legislation agency targeted on the illustration of extremely regulated industries by providing authorized companies within the areas of alcohol and tobacco legislation, hospitality legislation, industrial and residential growth, land use and zoning, actual property transactions, authorities relations, banking and lending, normal industrial retail together with the retail sale of regulated merchandise and public/personal partnership transactions. The Agency is based on conventional rules of shopper counseling and teamwork with a cutting-edge twist on regulatory innovation and fashionable problem-solving. Spiritus Legislation combines a singular mix of pros, together with attorneys, authorities consultants, licensing assistants and paralegals to help its numerous purchasers. Our fashionable strategy to clear shopper illustration and worker engagement defines our collaborative spirit and progressive power.
Major service areas embrace: Alcohol Licensing & Regulatory Compliance, Alcohol Manufacturing & Distribution Transactions, Monetary Providers, Meals & Hospitality Business Compliance, Infrastructure & Improvement, Public/Non-public Partnerships, Actual Property, Administrative Enforcement Protection. Our agency companies an array of extremely regulated industries, together with alcohol producers, sports activities groups, lodges, eating places, theme parks, film theaters, grocery shops, liquor shops, bars, industrial builders, municipal governments, funding corporations and particular person buyers, lending establishments, safety service suppliers, firearms suppliers and extra.
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