Joseph (Joe) M. Hernandez is Chair of our Real Estate Practice Group. Joe’s transactional real estate and corporate experience spans over 30 years from his prior career as a real estate and corporate banker throughout his legal career. Joe represents a variety of clients, including real estate developers, financial institutions, private equity firms, high net worth individuals, and public entities in all phases of complex commercial real estate and business transactions.
His experience includes acquisitions, development, financing, leasing, joint ventures, and advising clients in connection with raising capital for real estate projects in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. Joe is also an agent for several national title insurance companies and has handled the resolution of complex title insurance issues involving real property in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Joe’s representation of banks and other lending institutions includes lenders providing secured corporate loan transactions, including revolving credit facilities, asset-based lending, and other secured lending facilities.
In addition, Joe has extensive experience with representing condominium associations, community associations, developers and investors in condominium projects and groups of unit owners in a variety of condominium law and community association matters.
Joe has developed a special niche in representing condominium associations and cooperative corporations which are being pursued by developers for acquisition of all or substantially all of the units and frequently coordinates a multi-disciplinary approach to representing these clients in order to counsel and assist clients in navigating the myriad of legal issues faced by associations and unit owners in these situations.
Joe and the condominium law attorneys at the Firm have also developed extensive experience representing condominium associations which are facing a significant casualty or construction defects issues.
Prior to joining the firm, Joe served as General Counsel for an asset management firm owned by a large private equity firm which managed several luxury high-rise condominium projects. Prior to that, Joe was the head of the real estate practice group at the Miami office of Hogan Lovells and was also a shareholder in the real estate practice group at Greenberg Traurig in Miami.
In April of 2017, Joe was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL). Joe is active in the community and was formerly the Chairman of the Board of Junior Achievement of Greater Miami and now serves as a board member. In addition, Joe is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law and teaches courses in real estate finance in the Real Property Development L.L.M Program.
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