Rafael A. PazFirst Assistant City Attorney
Education: Florida International University, Miami, Florida (B.A. 1995, Magna Cum Laude); University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (J.D. 1998).
Member: The Florida Bar; United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; United States District Court, Southern District of Florida.
Rafael Paz joined the City Attorney’s Office in 2014. Mr. Paz handles transactional, real property and general business matters for various City departments, including the Procurement Management Department, Tourism, Culture and Economic Development, the Office of Capital Improvements, and the Finance Department with respect to the City’s various bond issuances and financings. Mr. Paz is the lead attorney for the Convention Center District, including the Miami Beach Convention Center Renovation and Expansion Project, and the City’s development of a convention headquarter hotel.
Prior to joining the City, Mr. Paz was Senior University Counsel at Florida International University, where, among other matters, he represented The Wolfsonian-FIU in Miami Beach, and was lead counsel with respect to the University’s acquisition of the Jewish Museum of Florida in Miami Beach.
Mr. Paz also served as Assistant County Attorney for Miami-Dade County, where his practice concentrated on construction, procurement and commercial litigation, and was a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Donald L. Graham, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida.
Since 2003, Rafael has served as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Miami Law School, where he currently teaches Contract Drafting & Negotiation.