Carlos R. Lago

Carlos R. Lago


Carlos R. Lago focuses his practice on land use, zoning and governmental affairs. 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 for former Miami City Commissioner Francis X. Suarez, working directly with the commissioner and city administration on legislative and policy items related to land use, planning, zoning and outdoor media. Francis X. Suarez currently serves as the Mayor of City of Miami.


  • Land use
  • Governmental affairs
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  • Intern, Florida Free Trade Agreement of the Americas, Inc., August 2003-January 2004

Recognition & Leadership

  • Selected, South Florida Business Journal, “40 Under 40,” 2018
  • Team Member, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2013 and 2017-2018
  • 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 and 2015
  • Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, "Top Tier" Firm in Real Estate, 2013 and 2014
  • Board Member, Latin Builder Association, Board of Directors
  • 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