Interim Village Attorney Norman Powell

Village Attorney Norman PowellMr. Powell is an AV Peer Review Rated attorney, which is a testament to the fact that his legal peers have ranked him at the highest level of professional excellence and ethical standards. He also a Supreme Court of Florida Certified Circuit Court Civil Mediator. Mr. Powell graduated from Florida International University in 1987 and received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Florida, College of Law in 1990. He was admitted to The Florida Bar in the same year. During his attendance at the University of Florida, Mr. Powell distinguished himself academically. He was a member of the Justice Campbell Thornall Moot Court Team and was selected by the Florida Supreme Court as the Best Oralist in the College of Law Annual Zimmerman Shuffield & Kiser Moot Court Competition.

Since graduating from the University of Florida, Mr. Powell has concentrated his practice in civil litigati0n, real estate transactions, and state and local government law. Mr. Powell is a member of the City, County and Local Government Law Section of The Florida Bar. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Powell is a member of Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund, Inc and has served as one of its outside claims litigation counsel.

Through his extensive training and representative experience, Mr. Powell has obtained a thorough understanding of the diverse legal issues that arise in litigation and in state and local government matters. From 1991 through 1994, he successfully represented the Florida Senate in the State of Florida’s redistricting of its Senate and House Districts and the reapportionment of Florida’s Congressional Districts. His representation of The Florida Senate included advising the Senate President and the Members of the Senate Reapportionment Committee on the Voting Rights Act and Federal and State Constitutional issues. Mr. Powell’s representation of the Senate also included defending the Senate’s Redistricting and Reapportionment plans before the United States Justice Department and in Federal District Court before a Three-Judge Panel. He also briefed the issues on appeal before the Florida Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the United States. See, Johnson v. De Grandy, 114 S.Ct. 2647 (1994); In Re: Constitutionality of Senate Joint Resolution 2G, 601 So. 2d 543 (Fla. 1992); In Re Constitutionality of Senate Joint Resolution 2G, 597 So. 2d 276 (Fla. 1992); De Grandy v. Wetherell, 794 F. Supp. 1076 (N.D. Fla. 1992)(three-judge court); De Grandy v. Wetherell, 815 F. Supp. 1550 (N.D. Fla. 1992)(three-judge court). Mr. Powell also successfully represented the cities of Miami Beach and North Miami in Voting Rights Act cases. Negron v. City of Miami Beach, Fl., 13 F. 3d 1563 (11th Cir. 1997) and Celestin, et al. v. Miami-Dade County, et al. (Case No. 86-1820-CIV-HIGHSMITH, U.S. Dist., 2002), respectively. Mr. Powell’s representation of the City of North Miami resulted in the Miami-Dade County Commission’s adoption of a resolution that sets forth specific criteria and factors to be used in the County’s redistricting process, the creation of a redistricting advisory board, and a public hearing review process for the legislative adoption of County Commission voting districts. The resolution also requires Spanish and Creole materials and interpreters to assist members of the public throughout the redistricting process. Mr. Powell represented Democratic Florida Senate and House members before the Florida Supreme Court and before a Federal Three-Judge Panel concerning the constitutionality of Florida’s Congressional, House and Senate Legislative Districts. In Re: Constitutionality of House Joint Resolution 1987, 817 So. 2d (May 2, 2002); In Re: Constitutionality of House Joint Resolution 25e, 2003 Fla. Lexis 2085 (Fla., Dec 4, 2003); and Raul L. Martinez v. John Ellis “Jeb” Bush, 234 F. Supp. 2d 1275 (U.S. Dist., 2002).

Mr. Powell’s legal experience includes representing developers and contractors in complying with federal, state, and local government procurement procedures; and responding to procurement solicitations; defending or prosecuting administrative hearings; and advocacy in state and federal court, quasi-judicial proceedings, and before legislative bodies. See R.N. Expertise, Inc. v. Miami-Dade County School Board, D.O.A.H. Case No. 01-2663 Bid, March 13, 2002. Mr. Powell also served as a Hearing Examiner for the Clerk of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners and was responsible for providing the Board with recommended findings of law and fact for the Board’s consideration in the resolution of procurement and bid protests. Mr. Powell represents private, commercial, industrial, residential and mixed-use developers throughout the land development process including development, permitting, zoning, concurrency, platting, and permitting in Miami-Dade County and its municipalities.

Over the last twenty years, Mr. Powell’s other relevant legal experience has included representation of the following clients in the area of government law: BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc. before the Florida Public Service Commission and in the Miami-Dade County procurement process for the $50 million pay telephone services contract at Miami International Airport; American Medical Response in Miami-Dade County concerning the County’s certificate of need ordinance for ambulances and County Wide Emergency and Non-emergency Medical Transportation Vehicle Service Contract; Yellow Cab concerning the Miami-Dade County For Hire Vehicle Ordinance, which included negotiations with the hotel industry and the Miami Visitors and Convention Bureau; Miami Sports & Exhibition Authority including compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act at the Miami Arena; Storm Shutter Association concerning the proposed building code revisions following Hurricane Andrew; Dollar Rent-A-Car Systems, Inc. in negotiations with Miami International Airport for concessions space and in litigation matters; GFC Crane Consultants, Inc. and in the Miami-Dade County Seaport’s procurement process for the contract to manage and operate its gantry cranes; WH Smith US Travel Retail in the procurement for a retail concession master developer at Miami International Airport; Sapphire Properties of Florida, Inc. in the request for proposals for the joint development of the Coconut Grove Metrorail Station; Turner Construction Company in the selection process for the Miami Arena Development; Pro Player Stadium concerning annexation issues related to Pro Player Stadium; Comsis Intelitran/Comsis Mobility Services in the procurement for the Miami-Dade County Paratransit Contract; Subaqueous Services, Inc. in issues relating to the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) and the Florida Department of Community Affairs related to FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Program; and also in negotiations with Miami-Dade County and the procurement process for the County’s $200 million Secondary Canal Dredging Project. Mr. Powell also served as Eminent Domain Counsel to the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority.

Beyond the practice of law, Mr. Powell has participated actively in Miami-Dade County’s civic community. Mr. Powell takes a special interest in children’s issues. In November of 2004, Mr. Powell served on the Conference Committee for the Children’s Bill of Rights 2004 Conference and served as a facilitator with the Honorable Justice Rosemary Barkett on Rights of Children in the Justice System. He was a Board member of Voices For Children Foundation, Inc., the fundraising arm of Miami Dade’s highly praised Guardian Ad Litem program and served as its Chairperson from 2002 until 2004. He has also served on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Miami-Dade County and this was honored as one of its Miracle Maker Awardees for 2005. Mr. Powell was also an Officer of 100 Black Men of South Florida and a Trustee of the Miami Art Museum from 1992 until 2010. Mr. Powell served as Chair of the Miami Shores Planning and Zoning Board from 1998 until 2000 and was reappointed in 2007. Mr. Powell served on the Fundraising Committee for the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Legendary Sports Celebrity Roast from 1996 until 1998. Mr. Powell also served as the Vice-Chair of the City of Miami’s Model City Trust from 2000 until 2005. The Model City Trust is part of the City of Miami’s campaign to revitalize and transform the Model City area with specific projects that include redevelopment and infill to increase homeownership and streetscape. Mr. Powell was also a member of Miami-Dade County’s Boundaries Commission from 2003 until 2005, which was the County board that initially reviewed annexation and incorporation applications. Mr. Powell also served on the City of North Miami Beach’s Redevelopment Advisory Board and the Miami Shores Planning and Zoning Board from 2006 until 2009. Mr. Powell has served as a Special Master for the cities of the City of North Miami Beach and North Bay Village. Since October 2010, Mr. Powell has served as a Traffic Court Magistrate for Miami-Dade County. He is also a Board Member for the Miami-Dade County Parks Foundation. Mr. Powell is also an adjunct professor at Broward College and lectures on civil litigation.