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Carlos R. Lago is a member of the Land Use & Land Development Practice of the firm’s Miami office. He focuses his practice on land use, zoning, and governmental affairs representing clients in numerous multi-million dollar transactions throughout South Florida. Carlos represents real estate and hotel development clients that include The Related Group; Terra; OKO Group; Aries Development; Aria Development; BMG Group; CMC Group; East End Capital Partners; Greystone & Co; Avra Jain; Largavista Companies; Lionheart Capital; Mana Wynwood; Mast Capital; and The Melo Group. He is active in helping both the owners and developers of historic properties use the city’s Transfer of Development Rights program, allowing historic property owners to sell their property’s excess development rights to developers. Carlos has achieved successful results for clients who are bringing quality projects to downtown Miami, the Edgewater area of the City of Miami, Wynwood, Brickell and beyond.

Prior to joining the firm, Carlos was the chief of staff for the largest hospital system in Florida, managing the health system's legislative agenda at the local, state and federal levels. He served as senior policy analyst at the City of Miami, working directly with the city commission and city administration on legislative and policy items related to land use, planning, zoning, and outdoor media.

Greenberg Traurig’s South Florida Land Use Team has made an impact throughout the state. View a map of the team’s work on Miami’s skyline.


  • Governmental Affairs
  • Land Use Representation
  • Procurement
  • City, County and Local Government Law
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Subdivision Law



  • 1000 Biscayne Blvd – 1000 Museum by Zaha Hadid
  • 2000 Biscayne
  • 2500 Biscayne
  • Atton Hotel
  • Auberge - 1400 Biscayne
  • Baltus House
  • 888 Brickel Plaza
  • Brickell Heights
  • Brickell Flatiron
  • Casa Brickell
  • Columbus Apartments
  • Dade Commonwealth
  • Fisher Island
  • GlassHaus
  • Gran Paraiso
  • Grove at Grand Bay
  • Iconbay
  • Icon Biscayne
  • Le Parc - 17th and 1st Ave
  • Lyric Point
  • MANA Wynwood SAP 
  • Miami River Walk
  • Miami Science Museum
  • Milicento
  • Missoni Baia
  • Mr. C’s Hotel & Restaurant
  • One Brickell - 444 Brickell
  • One Paraiso
  • Paraiso Bay
  • Paraiso Bayviews
  • Park Grove
  • Riverside Wharf
  • 3811 Shipping Avenue
  • SLS Brickell
  • SLS Lux
  • Stirrup House
  • UNA
  • Urbanea
  • Vagabond
  • 335 Wynwood Hotel
  • Wynwood 25
  • Wynwood 26
  • Wynwood 29
  • Wynwood Square
  • MANA Wynwood Special Area Plan
  • Intern, Florida Free Trade Agreement of the Americas, Inc., August 2003-January 2004

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2024
  • Team Member, Chambers & Partners USA Real Estate Law Firm of the Year, 2013, 2017-2018, and 2022
  • Listed, South Florida Business & Wealth Magazine, "Up & Comer," 2020
  • Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, 2020-2021
    • Listed, "Top Lawyer," 2021
    • Listed, "Top Up and Comer," 2020
  • Selected, South Florida Business Journal, “40 Under 40,” 2018
  • Listed, Daily Business Review, Most Effective Lawyers - Government Relations and Regulation, 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," 2013, 2015, and 2022
  • Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, "Top Tier" Firm in Real Estate, 2013 and 2014
  • Member, Dean’s Leadership Council, FIU Law 
  • Board Member, Latin Builder Association, Board of Directors
  • Board Member, The Downtown Miami Charter School, 2019-2020
  • Member, United Way, Young Leaders Executive Committee
  • Director, Locust Projects
  • Member, Cuban American Bar Association
    • Former Vice Chairman, Young Lawyers Committee
  • Member, Dade County Bar Association
  • Volunteer, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law


  • J.D., Florida International University College of Law, 2009
  • M.B.A., University of Miami, 2005
  • B.B.A., Florida International University, 2003
  • Florida
  • Spanish, Fluent