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Richard J. Giusto is Co-Chair of the firm's Global Real Estate Practice and focuses his practice on commercial real estate transactions and leasing, as well as corporate transactions.



  • Representation of AvalonBay Communities, a public REIT, on their national acquisition, disposition and development of real estate assets.
  • Acted as national outside general counsel to Checkers Drive-In Restaurants on all legal matters.
  • Representation of Invesco Realty Advisors on their national acquisition, disposition and management of real estate assets.
  • Representation of Burger King Corporation on multistate real estate and corporate transactions.
  • Representation of TA Realty Associates on their Florida acquisitions/dispositions and leasing.
  • Representation of Seagis Property Group and KTR Capital Partners on acquisitions, dispositions and leasing matters.
  • Representation of GL Homes of Florida on land acquisitions, financings and land-use matters.
  • Representation of The Easton Group on a national basis for all acquisitions, financings, dispositions and leasing.
  • Representation of Pero Family Farms on all farming, corporate and real estate matters.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in AmericaReal Estate Law, 2007-2024
    • Named, "Lawyer of the Year," Real Estate Law, Miami, 2017 and 2024
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, Florida, Real Estate, 2015-2023
  • Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, 2004-2005, 2020-2021
    • "Top Lawyer," 2020-2021
    • "Top Up and Comer," 2004-2005
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2008-2009, 2012, 2016, and 2018-2022
  • Team Member, Chambers & Partners USA Real Estate Law Firm of the Year, 2010, 2013, 2017-2018, and 2022
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2007-2019
  • Team Member, Daily Business Review, "Florida Legal Awards: Real Estate Transactions Award," 2020
  • Finalist, Daily Business Review, "Top Dealmaker of the Year – Office Category," 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 and 2014
  • Selected, a Law360, "MVP," Real Estate, 2013
  • Selected, Daily Business Review, "Top Dealmaker of the Year - Office (Real Estate) Category," 2012
  • Recognized, Florida Trend magazine "Legal Elite," Real Estate Law, 2005-2006
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5.0

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Member, Board of Directors, for FinanzButik, a US based real estate alternative investment platform for non-US residents
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Advisory Board, TopMed Realty (Medical Office Real Estate Fund)
  • Member, University of Miami Robert Traurig - Greenberg Traurig Real Property Development LL.M. Task Force
  • Former Chair, The Miami Foundation
  • Former Chair, Parent Family Leadership Council, The University of Chicago
  • Former Board Member, I Care I Cure Foundation


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1986
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 1982
    • All American Lacrosse Player
    • Recipient, NCAA Top Five Award (one of the nation's top five student athletes)
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