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Shahrzad Emami joins MIAMI Realtors as chief legal counsel

by Kerrie Kennedy

The MIAMI Association of Realtors has named Shahrzad Emami as the association’s Chief Legal Counsel.

In addition to serving as general counsel for MIAMI, Emami will oversee professional standards and grievances, human resources and legal education for members. She will also support the government affairs and public policy team.

“My passion and career focus has always been real estate,” Emami said in a press release. “Having spent the past 13 years as an affordable housing and nonprofit attorney in Miami and statewide, working at MIAMI was truly the perfect fit where I can continue to support and serve our vibrant community.”

Emami graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University where she studied communications and theatre arts and from the University of Miami School of Law where she earned her JD and LL.M. in Real Property Development.

Most recently, Emami was the director of affordable housing and community development at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., a nonprofit law firm serving low-income individuals and qualifying nonprofits and small businesses engaged in economic development activities. While at Legal Services, Emami founded and directed the Florida Community Development Legal Project, a statewide collaborate of other legal aid providers solely committed to providing free legal services to eligible nonprofit organizations and small businesses.

“We are very excited to welcome Shahrzad Emami as Chief Legal Counsel for our 52,000-member organization,” said MIAMI CEO Teresa King Kinney in the press release. “She brings a wealth of expertise, knowledge and experience, which makes her an excellent addition to our MIAMI executive team. In her role as chief legal counsel, she will work to further advance the goals, priorities and accomplishments of our association, particularly in relation to legal education, professionalism, housing and public policy.”

Outside of the office, Emami is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law where she teaches Introduction to Affordable Housing Law and Affordable Housing Law II and Practicum.

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