Managing Director's Message

Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske

Mitchell J. Burnstein

In 1991, Founding Firm Members Richard Weiss, Joseph Serota, and Steven Helfman saw a need in the South Florida legal marketplace for a high-end, boutique firm dedicated to providing exceptional legal services to their private sector and public sector clients.  Today, 27 years later, Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman is a premier 70-attorney firm that sits squarely at the crossroads of business, government, and the law.  We remain a boutique firm, focusing our work on those practice areas in which our attorneys are recognized as innovative thought leaders with the expertise and experience to shape law in Florida.

The attorneys at Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman are a diverse group.  Some joined the firm from prior private sector and public sector positions, and others were “home grown.”  Many of our attorneys have worked at the most prestigious international and national law firms in the country.  Dozens are former city attorneys, assistant city and county attorneys, counsel for various state and federal governmental entities, and elected officials.  Our attorneys also are highly accomplished.  In addition to their successes in courts, boardrooms, and industries across many areas of practice, they earn prestigious professional accolades, awards, and recognition year after year.  Our firm prides itself on providing its clients with wise counsel based on vast experience and thorough knowledge of the law.  Our objective is to ensure that every client achieves its objective.

We are proud not only of our achievements and growth, but also of our passionate and ethical commitment to our clients’ interests and goals.  That commitment is made possible through more than just the talents of our attorneys.  We never lose sight of maintaining our warm and professional firm culture that emphasizes respect and dignity toward one another, our clients, and even our opposition, principles upon which this firm was founded.  This culture has made our work environment  unique and remarkably stable.  Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman is consistently recognized as a “best place to work” because we constantly strive to do right by our attorneys and staff.  We also are recognized for diversity and our ability to attract and retain the best and brightest talent from a cross-section of our community.

This is the only law firm for which I have ever worked, and I have been here for almost 20 years.  I am proud and honored to practice with some of the finest attorneys and staff in our industry while helping to maintain the firm’s stature.  As our firm continues to grow and burnish its reputation, we will always treat our attorneys and staff as its most valuable resource and the key reason why we attract and maintain some of the most respected clients in Florida.