Jose Villalobos - City Attorney (1994-Present)

Jose A. Villalobos focuses his practice on legal issues involving land use and entitlements and he counsels clients on a broad array of legal issues, including local governmental operations, municipal law, and regulatory matters. Previously, Jose was appointed as City Attorney for the City of West Miami and has served as Chief Legal Counsel for the City. He has also served as a member of the City of Miami Building and Zoning Board, representing clients in municipal judicial and administrative matters. Currently, Jose also serves as bond and disclosure counsel. 

Mission Statement

Nestled in the heart of Miami Dade County the City of West Miami is home to approximately 5800 residents and 300 business establishments. West Miami is a three quarter square mile City that enjoys quality of life services offered by our various City departments. City Hall opens Monday through Fridays, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. The City of West Miami takes pride in delivering "Efficient City Services" to residents and to the businesses located within our Municipal boundaries. We take pride in our ability to deliver personalized service. 

Representative Experience

Served as disclosure counsel for the $344,690,000 Miami-Dade County, Florida Water and Sewer System Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2007 transaction. 

Awards & Recognition

  • Florida Bar Pro-Bono Awards, Runner-Up.
  • Cuban-American Bar Association, Certificate of Merit.
  • 2014 Legal Legend Award.

Published Work & Lectures 

  • Lecturer and writer for international affairs topics.

Court Admissions 

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida


Professional Memberships & Activities

  • American Bar Association, Member.
  • Cuban American Bar Association, Past President and Member.
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Member.
  • The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Member.
  • Florida Civil Law, Notary.
  • Vizcaya Trust Executive Committee, Chairman.
  • Dade County Committee Relation Board, Vice Chairman.
  • Grievance Committee of the Florida Bar of the Eleventh Judicial Court, Past Chairman and Member.
  • Second Conference with the Law of Lawyers of America, Member.
  • Jay Malina International Trade Consortium, Member.
  • State of Florida, Past Commissioner of Deeds.
  • Court Wheel for the Guardian Ad Litem Program for the Civil and Probate Divisions, Member.
  • Judicial Nomination Committee, Past Chairman and Member.
  • University State Senator Lawton Chiles' Selection Committee for the U.S. Military Academy, Past Chairman and Member.
  • Boar d of Kendall Medical Center, Member.


Related Professional Experience 

  • City of West Miami, City Attorney, 1994-2006
  • Miami-Dade County, Hearing Officer, 1994-2001 

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Associated News, Events & Publications

News: South Florida Business Journal Honors Akerman Senterfitt Attorneys at 2009 Key Partners Awards (Nov. 18, 2009)