Ian DeMello


Ian coordinates zoning and entitlement matters for the firm and, with a fluent knowledge of litigation, assists with high-level legal issues related to the firm’s zoning applications. His experience in both disciplines further allows him to advise clients on risk avoidance strategies in their entitlement applications.

Ian focuses his practice on real estate and property rights with an emphasis on the use and development of real property. He represents developers, individual property owners, businesses, and municipalities on issues related to developmental approvals, permitting and zoning for multi-family, commercial, and institutional buildings. He has extensive experience in dispute resolution between property owners and municipalities, including proceedings under the Florida Land Use Environmental Dispute Resolution Act and the Florida Governmental Conflict Resolution Act. His practice also extends to administrative appeals and appellate matters before the Eleventh Judicial Circuit’s Appellate Division and the Third District Court of Appeal.

Prior to moving to Miami, Ian lived in Washington, D.C., where he worked on behalf of private- and public-sector clients, including cities, counties, and economic development corporations, to achieve their business, legislative, and policy goals before Congress and the Executive Branch.


Practice Areas

  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Business Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Constitutional Law
  • Due Diligence
  • Eminent Domain
  • Entitlements
  • Environmental Law
  • Land Use Law
  • Local Government Law
  • Municipal Litigation
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Zoning Law


  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida.


  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of Miami Business Law Review
  • American University, B.A., M.A. International Studies and U.S. Foreign Policy


  • Florida Super Lawyers 2018-2023, Listed as a “Rising Star” for Land Use/Zoning