At Seyfarth, Juan leads the Zoning practice and is one of the co-chairs of the P3 (Public Private Partnership) practice. He brings experience from high-level positions in the government and more than two decades of private practice. Juan has served as the deputy general counsel of the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, general counsel of the New York City Loft Board, general counsel to the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals, chief counsel and acting administrator to the Federal Railroad Administration, as well as special advisor and counsel to the Build America Bureau in the US Department of Transportation. These experiences gave him the ability to guide clients through all aspects of government, and have them successfully and quickly complete projects.
Throughout his practice, Juan has taken on a wide range of matters. For instance, he doubled the size of several buildings in midtown and downtown Manhattan through zoning variances. Juan also got a Walmart store approved by local government with strong opposition funded by Stop and Shop, and withstood the court challenges all the way up to the Appellate Division in New York. In addition, he rezoned entire portions of Manhattan more quickly and efficiently than any other land use attorney in New York. Juan resolved complicated problems around airport and rail development projects that involved the city, state, and federal government.
Juan’s persistence, innovation, and creativity are always at play. If one way to approach the problem doesn’t work, then he will continue to come up with different solutions. Juan persists until the problem is solved, and the project is delivered with maximum speed and profit.
When asked what he loves most about the firm, he said, “Seyfarth has high-quality attorneys in the most strategic markets in the country. I am able to serve clients in areas of the country for large-scale infrastructure and real estate projects with a strong team of attorneys at the ready to make the project happen.”