Raul J. AguilaCity Attorney
Education: University of Miami School of Law (J.D. 1985); Florida International University (Faculty Scholar/B.A. 1982).
Member: Florida Bar; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida.
Born: Miami, Florida
Mr. Aguila as City Attorney acts as the legal advisor for the municipality and all of its officers in all matters relating to their official powers and duties, attends all meetings of the City Commission and performs such duties as may be required of him by ordinance or resolution of the City Mayor and Commission or City Charter.
He oversees the Office of City Attorney and under his supervision, the Office of City Attorney prepares or reviews all ordinances, resolutions, contracts, bonds, and other written instruments in which the municipality is concerned, and endorses on each his approval of the form, language, and execution thereof. The Office of City Attorney also prosecutes or defends, for and in behalf of the City, all complaints, suits and controversies in which the City is a party, before any court or other legally constituted tribunal.</>
During his tenure with the City of Miami Beach he has had the opportunity to do world class work, spearheading cutting-edge social legislation that has influenced local governments throughout Florida and the country. To that end, Miami Beach was one of the first cities to enact human rights legislation and domestic partnership protections. Additionally, the City was one of the first to pass ordinances guaranteeing a living wage to the employees of city contractors, and requiring that city contractors provide equal benefits to the domestic partners of their employees. Going forward, Mr. Aguila envisions a municipality on the forefront of sustainability. He is working with the City to enhance public transportation and to make the City as pedestrian friendly as possible, with the hope of one day eliminating the need for cars all together. He is also working on turning Miami Beach into a model for corporate sustainability and resilient development practices. For example, Mr. Aguila’s work has been instrumental in guiding the City through amending the City to code to lay the framework for progressive development practices. As to sustainability, an ordinance was enacted that prohibits the use and sale of expanded polystyrene (commonly known as Styrofoam) by retail stores and food service providers.