Daniel A. Espino comes to the firm with unique insight into local government gained from having been an elected-official. Dan practices in the Firm’s Local Government Division, Land Use and Zoning Group and Government Affairs and Procurement Group. Having served on the City Council for the City of Miami Springs, as well as general counsel to a government relations firm, Dan has developed substantial knowledge and experience in issues related to local governments throughout south Florida.
He has handled matters involving public sector procurement, zoning and code changes, interlocal and intergovernmental agreements, municipal annexations, and various stages of affordable housing and other land development projects. He has also participated in such processes as comprehensive master plan amendments, public pension collective bargaining, municipal strategic planning, commercial redevelopment efforts and legislative initiatives.
In addition to his governmental practice, Dan represents a variety of businesses and non-profit organizations, assisting his clients to achieve their business objectives through corporate structuring, real estate and trade fixture deals, mergers and acquisitions, buy-outs and other complex transactions.
Dan served on the City Council for the City of Miami Springs for two terms, first elected in 2009—becoming the youngest elected official in city history and one of the youngest in Miami-Dade County—and then again in 2011. Prior to that, he served on the city’s Zoning and Planning Board, Board of Adjustment and Code Review board.
While in office, he was a member of the Intergovernmental Relations Legislative Committee of the Florida League of Cities, chaired the Legislate Committee of the Miami-Dade League of Cities and participated on the host committee of the National Association of Latino Elected Official’s Annual Conference.
Dan is heavily involved in the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as an Honorary Member of its Board of Directors, Co-Chair of its Government Affairs Committee and member of its Small Business Committee, as well as in the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce as a member and alumnus of Leadership Miami. He is also a member of the Cuban American Bar Association, having previously served on its Young Lawyers Steering Committee.
Dan has been involved with the American Cancer Society for many years, serving as Honorary Chair of the River Cities Relay for Life from 2011 to 2012 and an active participant before and after that period. He also served on the Board of Directors of his high school alma mater, Monsignor Edward Pace High School, as well as President of its Alumni Association. He is an active parishioner of his life-long church, Blessed Trinity Catholic Church.
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