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Norman C. Powell

Norman C. Powell is an AV Peer Review Rated attorney, which is a testament to the fact that his
legal peers have ranked him at the highest level of professional excellence and ethical standards.
He is a Supreme Court of Florida Certified Circuit Court Civil Mediator. Mr. Powell graduated
from Florida International University in 1987 and received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the
University of Florida, College of Law in 1990. He was admitted to The Florida Bar that year.
During his attendance at the University of Florida, Mr. Powell distinguished himself
academically. He was a member of the Justice Campbell Thornall Moot Court Team and was
selected by the Florida Supreme Court as the Best Oralist in the College of Law Annual
Zimmerman Shuffield & Kiser Moot Court Competition.

Mr. Powell concentrates his practice on civil litigation, real estate transactions, and state and
local government law. He is a member of the City, County and Local Government Law Section
of The Florida Bar. Mr. Powell is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court,
the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the United States
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Powell is a Member of Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund,
Inc; and served as one of its outside claims litigation counsel.

Mr. Powell has a thorough understanding of the diverse issues that arise in civil litigation and in
state and municipal matters. He has successfully represented the Florida Senate in the
redistricting reapportionment of Florida’s state legislative and Congressional Districts. Mr.
Powell’s representation of the Senate included defending the Senate’s Redistricting and
Reapportionment plans before the United States Justice Department and in Federal District Court
before a Federal Three-Judge Panel. He briefed the issues on appeal before the Florida Supreme
Court and the Supreme Court of the United States. See, Johnson v. De Grandy, 114 S.Ct. 2647
(1994); In Re: Constitutionality of Senate Joint Resolution 2G, 601 So. 2d 543 (Fla. 1992); In Re
Constitutionality of Senate Joint Resolution 2G, 597 So. 2d 276 (Fla. 1992); De Grandy v.
Wetherell, 794 F. Supp. 1076 (N.D. Fla. 1992)(three-judge court); De Grandy v. Wetherell, 815
F. Supp. 1550 (N.D. Fla. 1992)(three-judge court); In Re: Constitutionality of House Joint
Resolution 1987, 817 So. 2d (May 2, 2002); In Re: Constitutionality of House Joint Resolution
25e, 2003 Fla. Lexis 2085 (Fla., Dec 4, 2003); and Raul L. Martinez v. John Ellis “Jeb” Bush,
234 F. Supp. 2d 1275 (U.S. Dist., 2002).

Mr. Powell successfully represented the cities of Miami Beach and North Miami in Voting
Rights Act cases. Negron v. City of Miami Beach, Fl., 13 F. 3d 1563 (11th Cir. 1997) and
Celestin, et al. v. Miami-Dade County, et al. (Case No. 86-1820-CIV-HIGHSMITH, U.S. Dist.,
2002), respectively. Notably, Mr. Powell’s representation of the City of North Miami resulted in
Miami-Dade County’s adoption of a Resolution that sets forth specific criteria and factors that
must be used in the County’s redistricting process, including the creation of a redistricting
advisory board and a public hearing review process for the legislative adoption of County
Commission voting districts. The Resolution requires Spanish and Creole materials and
interpreters to assist members of the public throughout the redistricting process.

Mr. Powell represents developers and contractors in complying with federal, state, and local
government procurement procedures. He advises his clients on responding to municipal
procurement solicitations, defending or prosecuting administrative hearings in state and federal
court, quasi-judicial proceedings, and before legislative bodies. See R.N. Expertise, Inc. v.
Miami-Dade County School Board, D.O.A.H. Case No. 01-2663 Bid, March 13, 2002. Mr.
Powell served as a Hearing Examiner for the Clerk of the Miami-Dade Board of County
Commissioners (“Board”) and was responsible for providing the Board with recommended
findings of law and facts for the Board’s consideration in the resolution of procurement and bid

Mr. Powell represents private, commercial, industrial, residential and mixed-use developers
throughout the land development process including; permitting, zoning, concurrency, and
platting. Over the last thirty years, Mr. Powell’s other relevant legal experience has included
representation of a diverse clientele of public sector clients in various areas of municipal law, as
listed below:
BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc. before the Florida Public Service Commission and in the
Miami-Dade County procurement process for the $50 million pay telephone services contract at
Miami International Airport; American Medical Response in Miami-Dade County concerning
the County’s certificate of need ordinance for ambulances and County-Wide Emergency and
Non-emergency Medical Transportation Vehicle Service Contract; Yellow Cab concerning the
Miami-Dade County For Hire Vehicle Ordinance, which included negotiations with the hotel
industry and the Miami Visitors and Convention Bureau; Miami Sports & Exhibition Authority
including compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act at the Miami Arena; Storm
Shutter Association concerning the proposed building code revisions following Hurricane
Andrew; Dollar Rent-A-Car Systems, Inc. in negotiations with Miami International Airport for
concessions space and in litigation matters; GFC Crane Consultants, Inc. and in the Miami-Dade
County Seaport’s procurement process for the contract to manage and operate its gantry cranes;
WH Smith US Travel Retail in the procurement for a retail concession master developer at
Miami International Airport; Sapphire Properties of Florida, Inc. in the request for proposals for
the joint development of the Coconut Grove Metrorail Station; Turner Construction Company in
the selection process for the Miami Arena Development; Pro Player Stadium concerning
annexation issues related to Pro Player Stadium; Comsis Intelitran/Comsis Mobility Services in
the procurement for the Miami-Dade County Paratransit Contract; Subaqueous Services, Inc. in
issues relating to the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) and the Florida
Department of Community Affairs related to FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Program; and in
negotiations with Miami-Dade County and the procurement process for the County’s $200
million Secondary Canal Dredging Project.

Mr. Powell served as Eminent Domain Counsel to the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority. Mr.
Powell has served as a Special Master for the cities of the City of North Miami Beach and North
Bay Village. Since October 2010, Mr. Powell has served as a Traffic Court Magistrate for
Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Miami-Dade County. Mr. Powell served as Village Attorney for North
Bay Village, Florida from November 2017 through February 2019. He also served as Interim
Village Attorney for El Portal, Florida from 2018 to 2020. Mr. Powell is a partner in the firm of
Norman C. Powell

Austin Pamies Norris Weeks Powell, PLLC (“APNWP”). APNWP was appointed the City of
Miramar’s City Attorney in September of 2019. APNWP was named Florida’s Litigation Firm
of the Year 2020 by US Business News.
Community Activities

Mr. Powell is active in Miami-Dade County’s civic community. Mr. Powell takes special
interest in children’s issues. He served on the Conference Committee for the Children’s Bill of
Rights and served as a facilitator with the Honorable Justice Rosemary Barkett on Rights of
Children in the Justice System in 2004. He was a Board member of Voices For Children
Foundation, Inc., the fundraising arm of Miami-Dade County’s highly praised Guardian Ad
Litem Program; and served as its Chairperson from 2002 until 2004. He served on the Board of
Directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Miami-Dade County and was honored as a Miracle
Maker for 2005.

Mr. Powell served on the Board of 100 Black Men of South Florida. He was a Trustee of the
Miami Art Museum from 1992 until 2010. Mr. Powell served as Chair of the Miami Shores
Planning and Zoning Board from 1998 until 2000; and he was reappointed in 2007 until 2009.
Mr. Powell served on the Fundraising Committee for the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Legendary Sports Celebrity Roast from 1996 until 1998. Mr. Powell was the Vice-Chair of the
City of Miami’s Model City Trust from 2000 until 2005. The Model City Trust’s mission was to
revitalize and transform the Model City area with specific projects that included redevelopment
and infill to increase homeownership and streetscape.

Mr. Powell was a member of Miami-Dade County’s Boundaries Commission from 2003 until
2005. The Boundaries Commission was the County board that was responsible for reviewing
municipal annexation and incorporation applications. Mr. Powell served on the City of North
Miami Beach’s Redevelopment Advisory Board. Mr. Powell is also served as a Board Member
for the Miami-Dade County Parks Foundation and Miami Shores Country Club Advisory Board.
He is currently a Board Member of the Miami Shores Men’s Golf Association. Mr. Powell is
also an adjunct professor at Broward College and lectures on civil litigation

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