Richard J. Sarafan


100 Southeast Second Street, 44th Floor
Miami, Florida 33131

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Richard J. Sarafan concentrates his practice in the areas of complex commercial, corporate, bankruptcy and real property litigation as well as local government law. With more than 35 years of litigation experience, he has been involved in a wide range of matters including contract disputes, condominium related litigation, construction litigation, foreclosures, banking law, tort actions, arbitrations, administrative proceedings, partnership disputes, broker litigation, and landlord tenant matters, among many others.

Richard is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been repeatedly named one of South Florida's top lawyers by South Florida Legal Guide. He has been litigation counsel to the Town of Miami Lakes and has also served as the Village Attorney for Miami Shores, Florida, since 1998. In that position, he has dealt with virtually all municipal issues, ranging from zoning and land use litigation, defense of police misconduct claims, discrimination claims, municipal bond work, code enforcement issues and other areas of local government law.

Richard is a member of The Florida Bar and admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third and Eleventh Circuits, the General and Bankruptcy Bars of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. He received his juris doctor from the University of Florida College of Law, with honors, in 1979 and his bachelor of science from the University of South Florida in 1976.


  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Municipal Law
  • Real Estate Litigation


  • Florida, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Florida


  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    • J.D. - 1979
    • Honors: With Honors
  • University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
    • B.S. - 1976


  • English