Melissa Tapanes Llahues Receives Latin Builders Association Leadership Award

October 13, 2016

Latin Builders Association Recognizes Miami Zoning Attorney Melissa Tapanes Llahues With First-Ever “Leadership Award”

(MIAMI) October 13, 2016 — Bercow Radell & Fernandez shareholder, land use and zoning attorney Melissa Tapanes Llahues, was presented with the first-ever “Leadership Award” by the Latin Builders Association® (LBA) at the Association’s recent 36th Annual Awards Luncheon in downtown Miami. Florida Governor Rick Scott made the presentation.

“I am deeply honored by the recognition given me by the Latin Builders Association,” Tapanes Llahues said. “I strongly support the organization’s mission; it gives me great pleasure to be in a position to help them.”

Added Jeffrey Bercow, managing partner of Bercow Radell & Fernandez: “This is a wonderful honor for Melissa, who works tirelessly in the community. She assisted the LBA Children and Family Foundation to obtain governmental approvals for the LBA Charter High School, and is an active political advocate for the organization.”

In 2012 Tapanes Llahues was named the LBA’s “Director of the Year” and spearheads their legislative affairs as an Executive Director and Chairwoman of the Political Action Committee.

In addition, she is currently Chair-Elect of the President’s Council at Florida International University for the 2015-2017 term. She also serves as Chairwoman of the Florida International University President’s Council World’s Ahead Faculty Award Committee. She is also a member of the Miami chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW). Recently, she served as Chairwoman of the City of Doral’s Doral Design District Steering Committee and was one of 13 members comprising the City of Miami Charter Review & Review Committee.

The South Florida native has been consistently named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, an “Up and Comer” by Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, and by numerous Who’s Who publications. Bercow Radell & Fernandez was recently ranked in the highest category of service and experience by U.S. News – Best Lawyers.   

As a shareholder of Bercow Radell & Fernandez, she and her colleagues have been at the forefront of Miami-Dade County’s phenomenal growth, guiding their clients on all aspects of local, state and federal real estate permitting and licensing, zoning approvals, amendments of local government comprehensive plans, developments of regional impacts (DRIs), due diligence reviews, growth management, concurrency and environmental matters.

The firm’s clients include Adler Development Group; Apple; Atlantic Civil; Atlantic & Pacific Development; Berkowitz Development Group; Best Buy; Capital One Bank; Canyon Capital Realty Advisors LLC ; Chetrit Group; City of Miami Community Redevelopment Agency; Cornerstone Group; Crescent Heights; D.R. Horton; Florida East Coast Properties; Florida International University; Fort Partners; Florida Power & Light Company; Home Depot USA; Homestead-Miami Speedway; Integra Investments; International Place Associates; Ladder Capital; Landmark Companies; Lennar Homes; Leon Medical Centers; Marriott International; Nike; The Peebles Development Group; Public Storage; Racetrac Petroleum; Related Development; South Beach Group Hotels; South Beach Tristar Capital, LLC; Terra Group; Terranova; The Congress Group; TriStar Capital; Turnberry Associates; Warren Henry Motors; Whole Foods Markets; Williamson Cadillac Company; Woolbright Development; and Yard House Restaurants.

Bercow Radell & Fernandez, located at 200 S. Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 850, Miami, was established in 1996.

For more information, contact (305) 374-5300 or visit

Photo: Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney Melissa Tapanes Llahues, and LBA President Alex Lastra

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