Regine Monestime has over 20 years’ experience as a local government lawyer, as a litigator at the trial and appellate levels, and she is a strategic legal adviser to senior leadership, negotiating deals on wide ranging projects. Regine served as a former Assistant City Attorney for the City of Miami, the largest city in Miami-Dade County; as City Attorney for the City of North Miami and now serves as City Attorney for Florida City and as General Counsel for Florida City’s Community Redevelopment Agency.
Led the legal team negotiating a public-private partnership for a 99-year ground lease for $200 million master-planned community (with $80 million in annual rents) on former Superfund site—which earned her legal team recognition as finalists for Daily Business Review’s Top Dealmaker for 2013.
Led negotiations with the Museum of Contemporary Art on leadership of museum and ownership of museum assets, including intellectual property, $1 million in grants, and nearly 600 works of art. Now a case study.
Initiated partnerships with local business and nonprofits to advance city reputation, economic development, services for at risk populations, and overall community improvement.
Listed in more than 100 reported decisions and dozens of arguments before state and federal trial and appellate courts, including the Florida Supreme Court.
Served as Special Magistrate municipal code violation hearings for several cities throughout Miami-Dade County.
Presided as a Civil Traffic Hearing Officer for 11th Judicial Circuit, Miami-Dade Count, adjudicating traffic and related infractions.
Led the overhaul and redrafting of the City Charter in several cities including Florida City, North Miami and North Bay Village
She also mentors young people and helps them navigate the educational system; pursue and access higher education and other opportunities; and encourages them to consider careers in law and related professions. She is the founder and director of the North Miami High School Law Club.