Joseph M. Hernandez


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Joe 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.

Relevant Experience

  • Represented a developer in a joint venture with an institutional equity partner and then the joint venture in the purchase of a development site and development of a luxury condominium project in downtown Miami.
  • Represented a condominium association in the $82 million sale of the entire condominium under a plan of termination.
  • Represented a lender in its $1 billion senior mortgage participation and mezzanine loan to a nursing home and health care facilities company.
  • Represented a large hotel company in the refinancing of $300 million in mortgage financing for a large resort hotel in Orlando, Florida.
  • Represented a public university in analyzing real estate issues in connection with the donation of a large tract of land located in Puerto Rico to the university for conservation purposes.
  • Represented a large commercial bank in $110 million corporate and real estate financing to a large commercial grower of foliage and bedding plants involving over 2,600 acres of real property throughout several states.
  • Represented Florida East Coast Industries in real estate aspects of $270 million acquisition of Codina Group, Inc., the largest industrial developer in South Florida, and acquisition of related real estate assets.
  • Represented developer throughout the purchase, development, and $90 million construction financing of an affordable residential project consisting of a 398-unit condominium and retail development in the City of Miami.
  • Represented West LB in a corporate and real estate loan in the aggregate amount of $59 million to a world renown hotel company and its affiliates secured in part by a mortgage on a five star hotel located in Brazil.
  • Represented a condominium association in the $55 million sale of all of the units and related transactional and litigation.

  • Represented a condominium association controlled by a bulk owner of the units to terminate the condominium and in related litigation.

Awards and Recognitions

  • "The Best Lawyers in America© 2020," Real Estate Law, Best Lawyers
  • "Best Lawyers, Real Estate Law" 2019
  • Daily Business Review, Dealmaker of the Year Award, 2015
  • Florida Trend Magazine, Florida Legal Elite, 2007 - 2012


  • "Opportunity Zone Panel for Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.", 6/5/19
  • “South Florida Opportunity Zones”, Bisnow, 2/14/2019
  • “Building For Resiliency: Strengthening Workforce, Housing and Mitigating Future Risk”, Bisnow, Caribbean Hospitality Investment Summit, 8/2018
  • "Real Estate Industry, Forecast for 2018", South Florida Association for Financial Professionals (SFAFP), November 2017
  • "Trends in South Florida Real Estate", Miami-Dade Legal Support Association, 7/25/2017
  • "The Peebles Path to TOD's", Bisnow, 5/11/2017
  • "Miami's 2017 Outlook & Forecast Forum" Bisnow1/20/2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Florida Bar
  • Member, Real Property Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Real Property Committee, Dade County Bar Association
  • Junior Achievement of Miami, Former Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee Member, Member of Board of Directors
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Miami, Class of 2001
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Miami Law School, Real Property Development L.L.M. Program


  • English
  • Spanish

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