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David T. Podein

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Phone: 305.379.2400
Fax: 305.379.1106

251 NW 23rd St
Miami, Florida 33127

David Podein is a partner with Haber Law and has been with the firm since 2009. He concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate and construction law, condominium and community association representation, commercial leasing, secured financing, and business and commercial litigation.

A substantial portion of Mr. Podein’s practice involves representation of community associations in the financing, approvals, and contract negotiation for multi-million dollar capital improvement, repair, and/or building upgrade projects. Additionally, Mr. Podein represents real estate developers, investors, joint venture, lenders/servicers, and landlords in connection with real estate related transactions, including commercial and shopping center leasing, landlord tenant negotiations, long-term ground leases and development agreements, distressed asset based transitions, and loan work outs and restructurings. Mr. Podein handles all aspects of commercial and residential real estate and loan closings (including title review, issuance of title insurance policies for owners and lenders, and closing agent services). Mr. Podein is a licensed title agent and provides title insurance policies for the property buyer and lender. Mr. Podein is a member of Attorney's Title Fund and he provides these title services in association with underwriter Old Republic National Title Insurance Company.

Mr. Podein also serves as outside general counsel to companies located in South Florida. Mr. Podein’s experience in both litigation and transactional matters enable him to offer a broad and practical perspective to his clients.

Mr. Podein received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 2005, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 2008. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Podein interned with the Honorable Judge Gill Freeman in the Complex Business Litigation Division of the 11th Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade County, Florida.


J.D., University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida, 2008

  • Honors: Dean's Merit Scholarship 2005-2008
  • Honors: Semi-Finalist Moot Court Board Mock Trial Competition
  • Honors: Who's Who Among American Law Students 2008

B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2005

  • Honors: NSCS Honor Society, Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society
  • Major: Political Science

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Florida, 2009
U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 2010
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Miami-Dade County Bar Association

University of Miami School of Law Young Alumni Committee

Always Keep Pedaling Foundation
Board of Directors

First Descents
Alumni Advisory Board

  • Real Estate Development and Commercial Leasing. Lead counsel representing Florida based developer in negotiation and documentation of $40 million dollar ground lease and construction/development agreement with one of the largest global companies as the anchor tenant.
  • Commercial Leasing. Lead counsel representing Florida based Landlord in drafting and documentation of master commercial tenant lease for use in shopping center plaza. Lead counsel-representing Florida based Landlord in numerous landlord tenant disputes – negotiate and document numerous lease addendum, assignments, forbearance agreements and other financial work-out packages.
  • Construction Law/Condominium General Counsel. Lead associate representing multiple high-end condominium associations in South Florida. Negotiate and document construction contracts with general contractors, sub-contractors and project managers and manage all legal affairs of numerous multi-million dollar construction and repair projects on behalf of Association clients. Negotiate and document uniform lease addendums, restrictions and Association rights for Associations.
  • General Counsel to numerous high-end condominium associations in South Florida with aggregate values in excess of One Billion Dollars. Manage and coordinate legal issues with the Board of Directors, advise and conduct Board meetings, corporate resolutions, amendments to governing documents. Negotiation and documentation of numerous vendor agreements for Association. Review and advise Board of Directors on enforcement of governing documents (Declaration, Covenants, Articles of Incorporation and Rules and Regulations), implementation of legal policies and memorandums on same.
  • Commercial Real Estate/Finance/Litigation. Lead associate representing national loan servicer in one of the largest commercial property foreclosures in the history of Florida.
  • Licensing. Lead outside general counsel for consumer products licensing company based in Miami. Lead counsel for the company in negotiation and documentation of products licensing agreements with the National Basketball Association and the Major Lease Baseball Players’ Association, and drafting of professional player endorsement and licensing agreements.
  • Transactional. Lead counsel representing apparel design, marketing and manufacturing company in two sale transactions to purchasers of company’s private label apparel lines – including the transfer of intellectual property rights.
  • Transactional. Lead associate representing real estate investor in acquisition of majority interest in development investment entity and negotiate and document amendments to company’s shareholders agreement and equity restructuring after sale transaction.