CORAL GABLES, Fla. – (May, 2010) – Codina Partners, a Coral Gables-based real estate firm led by industry veteran and business leader Armando Codina, today announced the appointment of attorney Larry Gragg as Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Gragg will serve as a key member of the senior management team with oversight of all acquisitions, development projects and day-to-day operations of the company.
Prior to joining Codina Partners, Gragg was partner at White & Case, LLP in Miami where he advised the Codina Group in its merger transaction with Florida East Coast Industries. A board-certified tax lawyer prior to joining Codina Partners, Gragg had a transactional domestic and international practice. Over the course of his career, Gragg has represented many prominent Florida real estate developers and also has been active in the real estate investment trust area, having represented several REITS and structured hundreds of real estate ventures. Additionally, he served as a member of the Tax Advisory Committee to the Finance and Taxation Committee of the Florida House of Representatives and the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights Advisory Committee to the Florida Legislature.
“Codina Partners welcomes our long-term partner and friend Larry to our team,” said Armando Codina, Chief Executive Officer of Codina Partners. “Larry’s impressive track record, professionalism and legal expertise will prove to be a great asset to our company as we strategically expand.”
Gragg has consistently been recognized by his peers as a preeminent tax attorney in “The Best Lawyers in America” directory and as one of nine Florida tax lawyers to receive the highest Chambers USA rating in 2006 – a distinction he has received since the inception of the Chambers USA ratings in the United States. A former professor at the University of Florida’s College of Law and the University of Miami’s Law School Graduate Tax Program, he is a frequent lecturer for various organizations including the Florida Bar and New York University.
Gragg holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and graduated cum laude from the University of Florida’s College of Law. He is a member of the American Bar Association; past chairman of the Florida Bar Tax Section, National Association of State Bar Tax Sections and Council of Sections of the Florida Bar; fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and American Bar Association Foundation; and former board of directors member of the Japan Society of South Florida, National Association of Industrial and Office Parks’ South Florida chapter, New World School of the Arts Foundation and the Beacon Council.
About Codina Partners
Formed in the fall of 2009, Codina Partners, LLC is Armando Codina’s latest real estate endeavor. Codina Partners is a boutique real estate investment and development firm based in Coral Gables, Florida.
e founded the predecessor of the Codina Group in 1980 and served as chairman until 2006 when he merged it with Florida East Coast Industries. He then became chairman of Flagler Development, part of FECI, and remained in that position after FECI was sold to Fortress Investment Group in 2007.