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James A. Carenza is a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Miami office and concentrates on commercial real estate law. He represents clients located in Florida and throughout the United States in a broad range of commercial real estate matters, including the acquisition, disposition and development of vacant land, office buildings, multi-family residential properties, single family home developments, industrial parks and self-storage centers. Jim also has deep experience representing both landlord and tenants in office, retail, restaurant and industrial leasing matters, including ground leases. Furthermore, Jim represents his clients in the negotiation of restrictive covenants, property and asset management agreements, license agreements, easements, loan documents and security agreements.


  • Acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate
  • Office, retail, restaurant and industrial leasing (both landlord and tenant)
  • Ground leasing (both landlord and tenant)
  • Land development
  • Commercial lending


Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, Chambers & Partners USA Real Estate Law Firm of the Year, 2010, 2013, 2017-2018 and 2022
  • Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Up and Comer," 2014-2016
  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, "Law Firm of the Year" in Real Estate Law, 2015
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2011-2013, 2015, and 2022
  • Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, "Top Tier" Firm in Real Estate, 2013-2014
  • Member, American Bar Association


  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 2001
    • Notes and Articles Editor, Fordham Environmental Law Journal
  • B.A., Psychology, magna cum laude, Fordham University, 1998
    • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Hon. Dorothy Eisenberg, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York, 1999
  • Florida
  • New York