MIAMI – Reed Smith announced today that real estate lawyer Tony Alfonso has joined the firm as a partner in its Miami office. Alfonso, widely known for his experience in applying technology to assist his clients’ real estate needs, joins the firm at a time when demand for real estate transactional advice in the South Florida market is high. He joins Reed Smith from DLA Piper, and is the fourth partner to join the firm’s Miami office over the last two months, following corporate partner Luis Perez and international arbitration and commercial litigators Francisco Rodriguez and Sandra Millor.

In addition to representing U.S. real estate companies, Alfonso assists Asian companies with inbound investments in various types of U.S. assets. His experience in representing both U.S. real estate developers and investors and Asian companies gives him an advantage in helping conclude transactions efficiently and effectively despite diverse cultural and business backgrounds.

Alfonso also works with clients to strategize how they can be leaders in the real estate market of tomorrow by incorporating property technology (proptech), green development and global investments into their development/investment process to maximize their profits and impact to their respective communities.

“Tony is an invaluable resource for real estate developers, owners and investors seeking to maximize returns on their legal spend while reducing the complexities inherent to intricate real estate transactions via the use of technology, which is a real differentiator in the market,” Jimmy Theodorou, global chair of Reed Smith’s Real Estate practice. “Tony brings a unique, yet highly innovative element to our global real estate practice, which we are very excited to share with our clients.”

Alfonso is a co-founder of SeedJura, a legal technology company and creator of the SOW platform. The SOW platform is a cross-border, client-centric innovative legal services platform that manages and streamlines business transactions, including real estate projects, and automates legal documents. The platform helps cross-border clients understand the complexity of legal services while fitting into their budget. The platform also focuses on project management, business development and client management, which are the types of non-billable work that drain the resources of law firms, especially due to the amount of guidance required to service cross-border clients.

“Real estate is in the midst of a transformational period, where emerging technologies – including artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, blockchain, crypto, and Web3 applications – will play an increasingly impactful role in how deals are structured and investments are valued,” said Alfonso. “What attracted me to Reed Smith is that it is a firm with a global platform that has really embraced innovation and technology to help clients meet their most critical needs, and is very well positioned to advise and guide clients through the complexities of the transformation taking place across the real estate sector.”

“Once again, we are proving to the market that our Miami office is an attractive destination for top-flight lawyers which thriving practices, and Tony is no exception to that trend,” said Constantine Karides, Reed Smith’s Miami office managing partner. “This year, we have added partners with strong international practices and excellent local reputations in our international arbitration and commercial disputes, corporate, and real estate practices and are always looking at how we can best serve our clients, whether they are based in Florida or are looking to do business in the region.”