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Alexander I. Tachmes is a partner in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is Chair of the Land Use and Government Relations Practice Group and a member of the Real Estate Practice Group.

A Martindale-Hubbell AV® rated attorney, Alex concentrates his practice on governmental matters, including land use and zoning, public-private transactions, competitive bidding and lobbying, and commercial real estate transactions, including hospitality matters.

Alex regularly represents developers, property owners and other clients in connection with governmental matters, including site plan and zoning approvals; historic preservation issues; building code, fire and code compliance matters; procurement/public bid projects; and related local government items. He has substantial experience in the area of private as well as public-private real estate transactions, including the purchase, sale, leasing and financing of commercial projects. Alex also has significant experience representing hospitality industry clients, from major publicly traded firms to boutique hotel companies.

Alex is a former First Assistant City Attorney for Miami Beach. While with the City, he concentrated his practice in the areas of public-private real estate development and other transactions. Alex served as counsel to the City in connection with the Loews Miami Beach Hotel project, involving the development of a $150 million, 800-room convention center hotel and parking complex on public land. The project is one of the largest public-private transactions, in terms of its overall cost, in Miami Beach history. Alex also served as counsel to the City on the Royal Palm Crowne Plaza Resort project, a $60 million, 422-room hotel on public land, adjacent to the Loews hotel.

Alex currently serves as Assistant Treasurer of the Adrienne Arsht Center and sits on the Executive Committee of the Arsht’s Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Miami City Ballet. He is a published author on government contracts compliance and a lecturer and panelist on hospitality and tourism topics.


  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1989
    • Published Author and Special Comment Editor, University of Miami Law Review
    • Order of the Coif
    • American Jurisprudence Award – Creditors’ Rights & Remedies
  • University of Miami, B.A., cum laude, 1986
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Member, The Juilliard Council (Lincoln Center, New York City)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
    • Former Member of Executive Committee
  • Former Board of Trustees Member, Miami City Ballet
  • Founder, Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce
    • Governor Emeritus
    • Former Chair, Government Affairs Committee
  • Former Co-Chair for Finance, Miami-Dade Democratic Party
  • Board member, Temple Moses, Miami Beach
  • Former Board Member, Jewish Community Services of South Florida



  • Guest Speaker, Facing South Florida: Ocean Drive Liquor Sale Restriction Proposal, 2017
  • Guest lecturer, Public-Private Transactions, Real Property Development LLM class, University of Miami School of Law, 2016
  • Moderator, Panel on Hospitality Law, Dade County Annual Bench & Bar Seminar, 2015
  • Panelist, Real Estate Executive Council, Fall Chairman’s Forum, Fireside Chat:  Historic Opportunity in the Hospitality Industry, September 2010
  • Guest Lecturer, Florida International University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Negotiating Hotel Management Agreements, November 2009
  • Panelist, “Loews Miami Beach Hotel, A Case Study,” presented at American Bar Association 2000 Spring Meeting


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