Lawyer and Miami Lobbyist Seasoned in Generating Private and Public Sector Value
Luis is an experienced government affairs lawyer and Miami lobbyist serving elected officials, businesses, international clients, and trade associations. He regularly appears before local and state government in order to advance complex objectives for clients against competing interests. He has weathered various competitive processes in Florida including Home Rule Charter Amendments, Recalls, Local, State and Federal campaigns.
Prior to forming Gazitua Letelier – the premier Miami Lobbying Firm. Luis authored the Miami Dade County Strong Mayor Charter Amendment approved by voters in January 2007. He coordinated a countywide signature campaign by hiring and managing a national signature gathering firm, acted as general counsel to the Citizens for Reform (CFR) political action committee, selected and hired legal defense team, consisting of Bruce Rogow and Bob Josefsberg, which represented CFR before the Circuit Court and the 3d District Court of Appeal, see, Citizens for Reform v. Citizens for Open Government, Inc., 931 So.2d 977, (3d DCA 2006), cert. denied, 939 So.2d 92 (Fla. 2006).
As Special Advisor to the Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Luis was a key player in the creation of the South Florida Workforce Investment Board (SFWIB), Region 23, of the State of Florida. The SFWIB is a government instrumentality of both Miami-Dade and Monroe County whose creation required approval of Workforce Florida and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners. The SFWIB, now with a staff of 80, invests over sixty million dollars annually for job training and placement services.
In response to the 2007 FBI Mortgage Fraud Report, Luis assisted the Mayor in establishing a law enforcement and private sector taskforce to develop legislative change while prosecuting offenders. Fl. Stat. 817.545 was drafted, lobbied and passed, which allowed local law enforcement throughout the state to arrest perpetrators of the crime of Mortgage Fraud. A nationwide program was established modeled from it. The Federal Govt. through the Department of Justice and Bureau of Justice Assistance allocated over $20 million dollars in 2009 and proposed 100 million dollars in 2010 (grants & earmarks) for enforcement, prosecution, and training for federal, state and local enforcers.
Luis was the Project Director for Wireless Miami-Dade. Working with the Department Directors of the Enterprise Technology Services Department, the Parks Department, the Transit Department and private vendors Luis developed a viable deployment program for Miami-Dade County residents. In 2010, the service was expanded to rapid transit buses and all metro-rail and mover infrastructure to improve the experience for riders.
Prior to joining the Office of the Mayor, Luis assisted Bob Josefsberg in terrorist litigation against the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization. Where the plaintiff, a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen, was brutally attacked in 2002 by the Al Aqsa Brigades, a Palestinian terrorist organization backed by the Palestinian Authority and the U.S. district court in Miami ruled the Palestinian Authority pay him $16 million. See, Saperstein v. Palestinian Authority, 2006 WL 3804718 (S.D. Fla. 2006).
National Board Board Member and Regional Miami Chairman for Maverick PAC (MAVPAC). MAVPAC is one of the largest and most active conservative political organizations that engages the young professional community in the civic process. MAVPAC is distinguished by the strength of its members and their ability to positively affect the conservative political landscape. The membership represents some of the most politically active young professionals in the country and each year generates impressive fundraising results for individual candidates and the party alike. Through 2011, our distinguished fundraising history and achievements in membership growth have positioned MAVPAC to further develop the future base of the Republican Party and lead a new generation of conservative activists, distinguished young professionals, and future public servants.
SUNPAC Board Member. Hispanics constitute the largest minority group in the United States, with Florida having the 3rd largest population in the Nation, according to the Pew Research Center. Many Hispanics, however, remain disengaged in the political process and are, thus, underrepresented. SUNPAC was formed as an independent organization to counter that unfortunate situation.
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau Board Member. The official sales and marketing organization for Greater Miami and the Beaches.
City Year Miami Board Member. City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to lower the dropout rate in affected communities.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami-Dade County Family Selection Committee Member. The responsibilities are to draft the selection criteria and screen applications, interview prospective families, and recommend families to the Board for approval for home ownership. The integrity of the Habitat affiliate depends upon a fair, objective, nondiscriminatory family selection policy.
South Florida Workforce Board Member. South Florida Workforce is responsible for initiating state and federally funded workforce development programs in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. We assist employers and job seekers with employment services, labor market information, and provide training for economically disadvantaged adults, youth, dislocated workers, individuals transitioning from welfare to work, and refugees.
The Beacon Council – Sustainability Committee. The Mission of this Committee is to review potential funding diversification for the sustained future of economic development in Miami-Dade County.
Children’s Trust Board Member (2005-2011). The Children’s Trust created by referendum in 2002, as a dedicated source of funding to meet the needs of children of Miami-Dade County. The Trust is committed to funding high quality service programs, with the goals of implementing best practices and improving the lives of children and families in our community.
Minority Business Enterprise Advisory Committee (2011-2012) of Miami-Dade Public Schools. Appointed by School Board Member Carlos Curbelo, MBEAC is a standing committee established by the School Board to assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of the Business Development and Assistance Program whose purpose is to strengthen the efficiency and fairness of general procurement procedures and practices to increase opportunities for contracting with minorities and small business.
Juris Doctor, St. Thomas University School of Law (2003). Florida Bar Member. B.A., Magna Cum Laude, in Political Science and Sociology from Florida International University (2000).
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