Earlier this year, the Miami City Commission announced that the City would select a new City Attorney to replace Julie O. Bru, who is retiring in September after more than twenty five years of service with the City. The Commission also announced it would form a selection committee to identify the best candidates for the position. Specifically, the committee would review all of the applications, and present a list of five candidates to the commissioners by May 23. In March, each commissioner selected a highly distinguished attorney to sit on the committee. We are thrilled to announce that WSH Founding Member Richard Jay Weiss has been appointed by Miami City Commissioner Francis Suarez to serve on this selection committee.
For the past twenty years, Richard has served as City Attorney for nearly a dozen South Florida municipalities; he has served as special counsel and labor counsel to many more. He previously served for seven years as an Assistant County Attorney for Miami-Dade County. Richard is a frequent speaker on municipal law topics to groups such as the American Arbitration Association, the Florida Association of Police Legal Advisors, the Florida Public Employer Relations Association, and the Florida Association of Municipal Attorneys. He has authored charters for many newly-created cities, and has served on the Broward County Charter Review Commission, the Town of Miami Lakes Charter Commission, and the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Ad Hoc Charter Review Committee. An AV-rated attorney, Richard has been recognized as one of the “Top 1% of Lawyers in South Florida” by South Florida Legal Guide, a “SuperLawyer” by Florida SuperLawyers, and, in 2012, BestLawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year” for Government Relations Practice in Miami.