Leadership Spotlight – Alexander I. Tachmes

Leadership Spotlight - Alexander I. Tachmes


Born and raised in Miami Beach, Alexander I. Tachmes is a top notch lawyer and a dedicated member of our community. Alex is a partner in the prestigious law firm of Shutts & Bowen, which is Miami’s oldest law firm and was founded in 1910. Alex concentrates his practice in the areas of governmental matters, including land use and zoning, competitive bidding and lobbying and has represented dozens of clients throughout South Florida. He also practices in the areas of commercial transactions including real estate and matters pertaining to the hospitality industry. Alex represents numerous hotels and is actively involved in the hospitality industry. He recently co-founded Hospitality for a Better Miami Beach, Inc., which is a political action committee that advocates for the hospitality industry and is comprised of many hotels and other hospitality businesses.

Alex received his undergraduate degree Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Miami and earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Miami School of Law, where he graduated in the top 5% of his class and was a member and published author of the Law Review.

Passionate about the arts, Alex is Vice President of the Board of Governors of the Miami City Ballet. He also serves on the Board of Directors, Finance and Operations Committee and Management Committee of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

“Miami Beach is my home and to witness the incredible growth of this city has been amazing,” says Alex. “I am very excited about the future of our City.”

Alex is a former First Assistant City Attorney for Miami Beach. While with the City, he concentrated his practice in the areas of public-private real estate development and other transactions. Alex served as counsel to the City in connection with the Loews Miami Beach Hotel project, involving the development of a $150 million, 800 room convention center hotel and parking complex on public land. The project is one of the largest public-private transactions, in terms of its overall cost, in Miami Beach history. Alex also served as counsel to the City on the Royal Palm Crowne Plaza Resort project, a $60 million, 422 room hotel on public land, adjacent to the Loews hotel.

Alex is a Governor Emeritus of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce and has been involved with the Chamber for many years. Alex previously served as Chairman of the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors. Alex has been a member of the Board of Governors for many years and has been active in many Chamber projects.

“The Miami Beach Chamber is the most prominent civic organization in our city. It has been active for decades and was actually founded when Miami Beach was first being incorporated as a City,” says Alex. The Chamber plays a vital role in our community and has been an active part of my professional life for years.”

In addition to Alex, other members of the Tachmes family have played a prominent role in Miami Beach over the years. Alex’s father, Dr. Pablo Tachmes, was a surgeon on the staff of Mount Sinai Medical Center for 30 years, was President of the Cuban Hebrew Congregation at 17th Street and Michigan Avenue for 7 years and was also a candidate for Miami Beach City Commission. Alex’s brother, Leonard, is a board-certified plastic surgeon and practices from his offices next to Lincoln Road.

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