Hundreds of Miami’s heavy hitters, from lawyers to politicians to real estate tycoons, rubbed elbows at a soiree toasting Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod’s new Miami office.
Among those sipping bellinis and sampling salmon, roast beef and dark chocolate Tuesday were lawyers Aaron Podhurst, Jane Moscowitz and Sam Rabin; legendary Miami developers Tibor Hollo and Michael Bauman; commercial Realtors Tere Blanca and Hank Klein, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Carlos A. Gimenez.
Scott Baena, a senior bankruptcy partner at Bilzin, took a group on an impromptu tour of the office. Bilzin recently moved from the Wachovia Financial Center to the spanking new 1450 Brickell building, snapping up 80,000 square feet on four floors in a 15-year lease deal.
Guests were impressed.
“There’s even artwork in the stairwell,” Moscowitz remarked. “This is a beautiful building.”
The space features plentiful conference rooms, tempered and missile-resistant windows, state-of-the-art video cameras in nearly every room and corner partner offices with spectacular views of downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay. Despite the multiple floors, only one reception area serves as a control point for visitors.
The room labeled the “war room” must be there to balance out the “wellness room.” Perhaps in recognition of Brickell’s pricey lunch spots, the firm has its own cafeteria. Bucking the trend of law firms these days, Bilzin has a rather large law library with a dozen daily newspapers on display.
“I like to hold a newspaper in my hand,” Baena said.
Other tenants in the building include law firm Ratzan & Rubio, which took the penthouse, JPMorgan Chase and Kempler Energy.