Former Greenberg Traurig attorneys open CRE-focused firm

Current and previous clients include Starwood Capital Group, Goldman Sachs

Jun.June 01, 2016 03:10 PM

Miami attorneys Anthony Casareale and James Carenza have teamed up and launched their own firm, Casareale & Partners. 

The commercial real estate-focused practice, located at 1000 Brickell Avenue, opened in March and focuses on acquisitions, dispositions and office leasing on a state and national level, Casareale told The Real Deal.

Formerly of Greenberg Traurig, both attorneys said the move allows them to take a more hands-on approach. Casareale was most recently with Di Santo Law, where he said he adapted to working at a smaller firm.

“We are not hampered by conflict waivers, internal meetings and billing budgets. Our clients know that they are getting our attention and that we are not pushing the work to inexperienced attorneys,” Casareale said in a press release.

Casareale and Carenza’s clients include Starwood Capital Group, led by Barry Sternlicht, and Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan in a limited role. Starwood developed 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach along with Richard LeFrak, and owns office and multifamily properties in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

The firm handles all real estate-related transactions, including residential closings and financing, Carenza said.

“It wasn’t really necessary for me to have the size of a large firm,” Casareale told TRD.

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