David Coviello is a partner in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Land Use Practice Group.

David concentrates his practice on land use and zoning matters, and regularly assists developers and property owners in obtaining entitlements for their projects, including site plan and other zoning approvals, as well as handles subdivision and platting, and permitting and construction related matters.  David also has significant experience representing not-for-profit organizations in securing approvals for affordable housing, workforce housing, and mixed-income housing developments throughout South Florida, and has a solid understanding of the unique requirements and incentives for such developments. 

In addition to handling land use and zoning entitlements, David also has significant experience representing lenders and purchasers in connection with land use and zoning aspects of commercial real estate transactions.  That representation includes drafting land use and zoning opinion letters and due diligence associated with loans and acquisitions of commercial real estate throughout the State of Florida.

He has developed strong working relationships with municipal and county staff and officials, and has the unique perspective of having served as a public official as Mayor of the Village of Biscayne Park.

David previously served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Francis M. McDonald of the Supreme Court of Connecticut, and is also a member of the Connecticut Bar.



  • Vermont Law School, J.D., 1999
  • University of Connecticut, B.S., Natural Resource Management and Engineering, 1996

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Connecticut

Professional and Civic

  • Village of Biscayne Park Mayor (Commissioned December 2013 - December 2016)

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