Alberto S. Bustamante III

Partner

Orlando
T 407.540.7900  |  F 407.841.0168

"Sources highlight his business-friendly temperament, noting that 'he's not combative or intense—he's even-keeled, which is always good in negotiations.'"

— Chambers USA 2013

Alberto Bustamante's practice encompasses a range of business and real estate transactions, including commercial, industrial, office and retail development, leasing, and sales. As a complement to his service for clients, Alberto offers counsel with entity structuring, trademark licensing, environmental law, land use, and zoning. His experience provides a balanced understanding of clients' business needs, and practical application to facilitate success in achieving their goals. A significant proportion of his experience has been focused on the restaurant and services industry, leasing, licensing, and franchises. He serves as primary outside counsel to major companies with portfolio asset/unit development, operation and management needs.

Alberto has been rated as preeminent in his field and has the highest ethical standards with an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell and is ranked in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use.

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  • Assists in the representation of international hotel and restaurant company in general development, business, and leasing matters. Services for the client includes counsel with regard to new facilities, development, unit operations, land use and zoning, liquor licensing, construction, and leasing. Routinely negotiates leases in prime commercial centers and properties in major cities and entertainment venues throughout the world. 
  • Represented client in obtaining land use and entitlements for a large mixed use, urban infill project of 400+ acres in Seminole County, Florida, which facilitates the master planning and development of institutional venues, green space and environmental preserves, senior living, single and multifamily housing, and retail/commercial uses. The services to the client will continue throughout the master planning and development program.
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Experience

  • Assists in the representation of international hotel and restaurant company in general development, business, and leasing matters. Services for the client includes counsel with regard to new facilities, development, unit operations, land use and zoning, liquor licensing, construction, and leasing. Routinely negotiates leases in prime commercial centers and properties in major cities and entertainment venues throughout the world. 
  • Represented client in obtaining land use and entitlements for a large mixed use, urban infill project of 400+ acres in Seminole County, Florida, which facilitates the master planning and development of institutional venues, green space and environmental preserves, senior living, single and multifamily housing, and retail/commercial uses. The services to the client will continue throughout the master planning and development program.
  • Represented major non-profit client in development of senior housing funded through State/Federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program grants awarded to Osceola County, Florida as part of stimulus initiative. Handled all aspects of project including governmental procurement, public/private contracting, sophisticated planning, redevelopment of a blighted project, land use, permitting, construction, and operations of the facility.
  • Represent independent/assisted living senior community developers in Orange, Polk, Sumter, and Pinellas Counties in the acquisition, land use and development planning for new senior housing facilities. Services include all aspects of business structuring, debt/equity offering, tax exempt bond financing, development, governmental incentives, lobbying, State grant solicitation, and construction.

Recognitions

  • Bustamante III, Alberto SChambers USA: Real Estate in Florida (2013, 2014)
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent

Memberships

  • NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association)
  • ICSC
  • APTA
  • NDAA 
  • Florida Bar: Real Property, Probate and Trust Section

Community

  • Central Florida Historical Society
  • City of Orlando Police Citizens Review Board
  • City of Orlando Naval Training Center Redevelopment Board (Baldwin Park)
  • Cuban Cultural Heritage
  • Oakland Charter School
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Services

Prior Positions

  • Akerman Senterfitt, PA: Partner (1998 to 2006)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Florida, 1993

Education

  • J.D., The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 1993
  • B.A., University of South Florida, 1990

Languages

  • Spanish