Providing each client's individual needs by taking a personalized approach

For over 20 years, the attorneys at Halpern Rodriguez, LLP have served South Florida communities and the real estate industry by providing exceptional legal counseling tailored to satisfy each client's individual need. We strive to become an integral part of every matter or case by taking a personalized approach to legal representation and managing all issues pragmatically.


MARC A. HALPERN


CARLOS X. RODRIGUEZ


ANOUK M. VILLEGAS


CARLOS DE CESPEDES


PRISCILLA ZALDIVAR


JUSTIN TOLLEY

Marc A. Halpern

PARTNER

Marc A. Halpern is a senior and founding partner of Halpern Rodriguez, LLP, a law firm specializing in community association representation, construction, and real estate.

Mr. Halpern is a Board Certified Specialist in Condominium and Planned Development Law. He is widely recognized as a leading expert in the field. Mr. Halpern is admitted to practice before all Circuit and District Courts throughout the State of Florida, The Supreme Court of the State of Florida, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Mr. Halpern has engaged in a significant number of Arbitration proceedings before the American Arbitration Association and the Arbitration Section of the Department of Business & Professional Regulation, Division of Condominium, Timeshares & Mobile Homes.

Mr. Halpern has been a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers, Miami-Dade County Bar Association, American Bar Association and acts a Guardain Ad Litem through judicial assignment. As a registered lobbyist with the City of Miami Beach, Mr. Halpern has appeared before the Miami Beach City Commission, Zoning Board, Historic Preservation Board and Design Review Board. In addition, Mr. Halpern has successfully argued before the Miami-Dade County Board of Rules and Appeals (BORA), and the Special Master Offices for the City of Miami and City of Miami Beach.

Mr. Halpern graduated from The University of Texas at Austin and received his Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. Since receiving his Juris Doctorate, Mr. Halpern has exclusively practiced in the area of community association representation. He has been a speaker at the University of Miami School of Law’s Ralph E. Boyer Institute on Condominium and Cluster Development and a variety of Community Association Manager (CAM) continuing education courses. Mr. Halpern has also been invited by numerous management companies to address groups of onsite managers on topics ranging from hurricane preparedness to responsible oversight of mutli-million dollar renovation projects. Mr. Halpern has chaired and supervised hundreds of community association meetings and has worked with boards of directors in all facets of community association operation.

 

  • Practice Areas
  • Community Association Law
  • Construction and Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Professional Memberships
  • The Florida Bar, admitted 1998
  • Board Certified Specialist in Condominium and Planned Development Law
  • United States District Court for the Southerm District of Florida, admitted 1999
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, admitted 1999
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1999-present
  • Dade County Bar Association, 1998-present
  • Active Guardian Ad Litem through judicial assignment
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Education
  • Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Juris Doctorate 1998
  • The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology 1994

Carlos X. Rodriguez

PARTNER

Carlos X. Rodriguez is a senior and founding partner of Halpern Rodriguez, LLP, a law firm specializing in community association representation, construction, and real estate.

Mr. Rodriguez’ primary areas of practice include advising investors, individuals, financial institutions, commercial banks, condominium associations, and developers on all aspects of residential and commercial real estate, including: residential real estate purchases and sales; commercial real estate purchases and sales; residential and commercial lease transactions; commercial lending, including the preparation of loan closing documentation; mortgage lending regulations; title insurance; condominium law and homeowner’s association law; litigation, including landlord/tenant disputes, contract disputes, debt collection, mortgage foreclosure, and condominium lien foreclosures; and entity formation. He was awarded the “Fund President’s Circle ” award in 2008, 2016, 2017 and 2019 from Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund. Mr. Rodriguez also serves on the 2019 Fund Advisory Council. In addition, he is a licensed title insurance agent with Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, North American Title Insurance Company and First American Title Insurance Company..

  • Practice Areas
  • Residential and Commercial Real Estate
  • Collections and Foreclosures
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Community Association Law
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Professional Memberships
  • The Florida Bar, admitted 1998
  • United States District Court for the Southerm District of Florida, admitted 1999
  • Attorneys' Title Insurance Fund, Member Agent
  • North American Title Insurance Company, Member Agent
  • First American National Title Insurance Company, Member Agent
  • Education
  • Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, May 1998 Juris Doctorate
  • Florida International University, Miami, Florida, May 1994 Bachelor of Business Administration

Anouk M. Villegas

PARTNER

Anouk is a partner at Halpern Rodriguez, LLP and heads the firm's construction group.

She has substantial experience in all aspects of construction law, consulting contractors and owners through each and every phase of construction projects. In addition to many years in private practice, Anouk spent roughly five years serving as in-house counsel to a large general contracting firm in South Florida. During such time, she immersed herself in every facet related to construction from negotiating multimillion-dollar contracts, to site preparation, completion, and construction defect related litigation.

Anouk joined Halpern Rodriguez, LLP in 2009 where she brought her insider’s perspective helping to effectively analyze construction contracts and counsel clients through dispute resolution. Anouk represents contractors, developers, design professionals, material suppliers and community associations in drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts, contract enforcement, defect and warranty claims, and general counseling services.

Anouk attended Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. Anouk eared her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law.

  • Practice Areas
  • Construction and commercial litigation.
  • Professional Memberships
  • Florida Bar, admitted 1999
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, admitted 2001
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Education
  • University of Miami School of Law, Juris Doctorate 1998
  • Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, Bachelor of Arts in International Relations 1995

Carlos M. De Cespedes

PARTNER

Carlos M. de Cespedes has over seventeen years of extensive experience in the Real Estate Field representing financial institutions. Buyers and Sellers in complex real estate transactions.

Since the inception of his career, Carlos has specialized in all forms of real estate transactions, assisting clients purchasing and selling both residential and commercial real estate.

Additionally, Carlos has represented commercial banks, saving banks and capital companies in a variety of real estate and asset-based finance transactions, including commercial real estate lending, construction and development financing transactions, and commercial asset-based loan facilities, as well as representing lenders in loan restructurings, workouts and foreclosures.

  • Practice Areas
  • Residential and Commercial Real Estate
  • Collections and Foreclosures
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Professional Memberships
  • The Florida Bar, admitted 2004
  • Attorneys' Title Insurance Fund, Member Agent
  • North American Title Insurance Company, Member Agent
  • First American National Title Insurance Company, Member Agent
  • Education
  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida, Juris Doctorate 2004
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, Bachelor of Science in Finance and Minor in International Business 2000
  • Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, May 1998 Juris Doctorate
  • Florida International University, Miami, Florida, May 1994 Bachelor of Arts

Priscilla S. Zaldivar

ASSOCIATE

Priscilla S. Zaldivar focuses her practice on general community association and business litigation matters.

Her experience representing condominium and homeowners associations throughout South Florida includes general representation, handling vendor and owner disputes, negotiating and drafting contracts, preparing for and attending Board and ownership meetings, drafting, amending and interpreting governing documents, handling election disputes and assisting both the Board and management with the day-to-day operations of the community. In addition, Priscilla has experience handling many aspects of insurance related matters including insurance defense, coverage and bad faith litigation.

Priscilla is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court of the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. Priscilla earned her Juris Doctor cum laude from St. Thomas University School of Law. While there, she worked as an editor for the St. Thomas Law Review and has published various articles.

  • Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Community Association Law
  • Evictions
  • Foreclosures
  • Collections
  • Professional Memberships
  • Florida Bar, admitted 2014
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, admitted 2015
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Education
  • St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami Garden, Florida, Juris Doctorate 2014
  • Florida International University, Miami, Florida, Bachelors of Arts in Political Science 2011

Justin M. Tolley

ASSOCIATE

Justin attended Radford University where played Rugby and served as Vice President of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. After graduating with honors, Justin accepted a scholarship to attend Florida Coastal School of Law.

After graduating in 2013, Justin began his career as a legal analyst for the United States Secret Service in Washington D.C. Working alongside USSS Special Agents, Justin assisted in seizing millions of dollars in ill-gotten gains acquired through various means of fraud, in order to provide restitution to victims. In 2015 Justin transitioned from the public sector to commercial litigation with a focus on construction disputes. During this time Justin has litigated construction claims of all sizes and exposures, representing owners, associations and contractors alike in various legal challenges in the construction industry, from the analysis and defense of construction contracts, bonds and liens to handling defect, warranty and delay claims.

Justin is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in the U.S. Southern District of Florida.

  • Practice Areas
  • Construction Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Community Association Law
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Professional Memberships
  • Florida Bar, admitted 2014
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, admitted 2015
  • ASSOCIATE
  • Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville, Florida, Juris Doctorate 2013
  • Radford University, Radford, Virginia, Bachelor of Science in Political Science 2010, Cum Laude