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Helio De La Torre

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(305) 442-3334

201 Alhambra Cir 11th Floor
Coral Gables, Florida 33134

Primary Focus and Experience

Helio De La Torre represents community associations throughout the State of Florida in all aspects of the turnover process, including reviewing financial claims, hiring experts, negotiating through the Chapter 558 process, and litigating complex multi-party warranty matters. Mr. De La Torre also represents associations in contested elections, covenant enforcement, contested recalls, administrative complaints, terminations, and construction litigation.

Mr. De La Torre has been designated by The Florida Bar as a Board Certified Specialist in Condominium and Planned Development Law in the state of Florida.

Significant Results
  • $40.6MM jury verdict on behalf of a Miami Condominium Association against its developer for breach of statutory implied warranties due to construction defects and deficiencies with a robotic parking system.
Recognition & Involvement

Mr. De La Torre is a member of the College of Community Association Lawyers for the Community Association Institute (CCAL), an organization established by the Community Association Institute (CAI) for attorneys who have distinguished themselves through contributions to the evolution of the practice of community association law.

Mr. De La Torre maintains an “AV Preeminent” rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized in the Best Lawyers in America peer-reviewed listing. He has also been named to the Super Lawyers and Legal Elite listing. He is a member of the Cuban-American Bar Association and the Miami-Dade County Trial Lawyers Association and is an affiliate of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR) and the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Inc. He also sits on the board of the Brickell Homeowners Association.

Mr. De La Torre is a past president of CAI’s Greater Miami Chapter and was active as chairman of the Chapter’s Florida Legislative Action Committee. He has served as an instructor at many of the CAI leadership training programs and has been a frequent speaker at community association seminars such as the University of Miami’s Institute on Condominium and Cluster Development. He is an approved instructor for community association licensing courses by the State of Florida.

News & Publications

Mr. De La Torre is a frequent speaker at seminars, including “The Nuts and Bolts of Condo Litigation”, “Recent Statutory Amendments Affecting Community Associations”, “Update on the Law in Mold Litigation and Recent Case Laws”, FIU - Legal Studies Institute - Paralegal Program, “Law for Non-Lawyers” for the International Council of Shopping Centers, Common Interest Realty Associations Conference for the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and “Update on the Law in Mold Claims, Issues & Trends” at Ralph E. Boyer Institutes on Condominium & Cluster Development and Real Property.

Education

J.D., Florida State University, 1980
Cum Laude

B.A., English, Florida International University, 1977
Magna Cum Laude

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida