East San Marino Drive 205 E San Marino Dr Above the Law blog.jpgIn Lawyerly Lairs, the ATL feature that takes you inside the luxurious homes of legal luminaries, we focus a lot on New York City. We’ve previously peeked inside the residences of Schulte partner Rick Presutti, ex-S&C associate Aaron Charney, Cravath partner John Beerbower, Columbia law profs Hans Smit and Sarah Cleveland, and lawyer-turned-TV-personality Greta Van Susteren (to name a few).
Our obsession with Gotham isn’t surprising, since NYC is one of the nation’s biggest and most expensive legal markets. But today, to mix it up a bit, we take you down south, to another town where real estate is an obsession: MIAMI.
Miami real estate has taken a tumble lately. But that hasn’t stopped one top lawyer from wheeling and dealing. From the Daily Business Review:

A prominent attorney has sold one waterfront estate and bought another along the Venetian Causeway linking Miami and Miami Beach.

Dale Hightower, founder and managing partner of Hightower & Partners, and his wife, Anna, sold their San Marino Island property on Biscayne Bay for $6.9 million.

El Popular publisher Marco Laureti and his wife, Giovanna, bought the 5,982-square-foot bayfront Mediterranean-style estate at 205 E. San Marino Drive (at right).

More after the jump.


Here’s the house’s Zillow profile:
Dale Hightower 205 E San Marino Dr Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpg
Some details on the former Hightower house, from the DBR (note that they differ from the Zillow listing in some particulars, such as bedroom count and square footage):

The home has four bedrooms, 5½ bathrooms and a guesthouse. A dock big enough to handle an 80-foot boat and a boatlift are on the 105-foot waterfront.

Extras include an infinity pool, backup gas generator and a brick driveway leading to a two-car garage on 0.42 of an acre.

Space for an eighty-foot yacht? Who is this Dale Hightower — a plaintiffs’ lawyer?
Actually, no:

Dale Hightower’s 15-year-old firm specializing in corporate defense has 26 attorneys and offices in Miami, West Palm Beach, Orlando and St. Petersburg.

Hightower began his career as a commercial litigator and moved to Miami, working for the firms Wicker Smith Blomqvist & Tutan and Barnett & Clark before launching his own firm.

Very nice. We focus on Biglaw attorneys in the pages of ATL, but it’s clear that partners in boutique and midsize firms do very well for themselves too.
So where is Mr. Hightower moving to?

He kept a Venetian Islands address by buying a 5,419-square-foot home on Dilido Island last week.

The property is similar to his former home. The six-bedroom home at 714 W. Dilido Drive is on the same size lot with 100 feet of waterfront and a new dock. The attorney owns 28- and 19-foot boats, according to public records.

Please note that in the street address, there’s an “I” in between the “L” and the second “D.” Thank you.
Transfer: Attorney sells, buys homes on Venetian Isle [Daily Business Review]
205 E San Marino Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 [Zillow]


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