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									   CAREER COUNSELOR'S CORNER                                                                                                 1. 800. 973. 1177

Practicing In: Miami
[by Elizabeth Herr]
Latin flavor, late nights, famous people -- and that’s just at the law firms.

There’s more to the Miami legal world than           offers enough bubbly and caviar options to         John Digweed and Victor Calderone (Gwyneth
Don Johnson and hanging chads. Like, for             make you dizzy. And laundry is a lot more          and Lil’ Kim have been known to drop by
example, the 30-odd international firms              fun when you do it at THE LAUNDRY BAR on           the V.I.P. room). Afterwards, head to RUMI,
either headquartered or with a strong pres-          Miami Beach, with a cocktail in hand.              one of many South Beach spots that morphs
ence in the city. Many of them, especially the                                                          from restaurant to club after midnight. If it’s
ones that specialize in litigation, corporate        HOT JOBS                                           classic Miami salsa you crave, you’ll find it at
law, and real estate, are scrambling for new         If you’re looking for high-profile, you can’t      MANGO’S TROPICAL CAFÉ.
recruits to meet rising client demand. As the        beat GREENBERG TRAURIG, which served as
economy limps back to normal in the rest of          lead counsel for President Bush’s campaign         HOT TICKETS
the country, in Miami it’s in an all-out sprint.     in the Florida presidential election litigation.   PRO PLAYER STADIUM is home to the Dol-
The 10.5 million vacationers in 2002 helped,         Meanwhile, HOLLAND & KNIGHT has mined              phins and Florida Marlins, while the Miami
along with full-throttle development in many         diverse talent from Miami’s workforce -- the       “Wait ‘Til Next Year” Heat play at AMARI-
of the chicest neighborhoods. And the lawyers        firm was recognized in a diversity study con-      CAN AIRLINES ARENA. Meanwhile, the CITY
who work at those firms and live in those            ducted by the Minority Law Journal this year       BALLET, under the direction of Balanchine’S
neighborhoods aren’t there for the early bird        for having the most minority partners in the       protegé Edward Villella, and the MIAMI SYM-
specials and pastel-hued stucco. Sure, the           country. And while SHOOK HARDY & BACON             PHONY ORCHESTRA, led by Cuban-American
area’s home to plenty of retirees who play           originated in Missouri more than 100 years         maestro Manuel Ochoa, highlight the city’s
nine holes before you start work and go to           ago, the firm’s five-year-old Miami office         surprisingly diverse cultural offerings. The
bed before you finish. But top-notch shopping,       is just warming up to a slew of Fortune 500        JACKIE GLEASON THEATER OF THE PER-
extravagant restaurants, acres of beaches,           clients. COLSON HICKS EIDSON has carved            FORMING ARTS offers everything from Broad-
and a throbbing club scene make Miami feel           out a huge chunk of the personal injury niche,     way to Elvis Costello (Margaret Cho appears
hotter than its average summer temperature           recently as co-lead counsel for the hundreds       this month). ART BASEL, the renowned Swiss
of 82. Much hotter.                                  of victims in the federal suit against Ford Mo-    contemporary art show, will descend on Miami
                                                     tor Company and Firestone. For in-house gigs,      Beach for three days in December.
HOT RESTAURANTS                                      inquire at the HQs of Hispanic broadcast giant
Power brokers rub shoulders -- and, probably,        TELEMUNDO or ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES.              HOT SHOPPING
knees -- at B.E.D., where diners eat in, yes,                                                           The BAL HARBOUR Shops on Collins Avenue,
bed. GRASS attracts glitterati to the Design         HOT ‘HOODS                                         Miami’s answer to Rodeo Drive, carry haute
District with flavors of Asia by way of Peru.        SOUTH BEACH, home to famous faces and              couture from Versace and Escada. Spend a
And internationally renowned chef Angel Pa-          steep prices, is close to beaches, clubs, and,     Sunday scouting produce at the FARMERS
lacios came all the way from Madrid to put his       sometimes, Madonna. CORAL GABLES is                MARKET on LINCOLN ROAD, a pedestrian-
unique stamp on haute Spanish cuisine (ever          Miami’s business center but also boasts rows       only thoroughfare lined with shops. Furnish
tasted foie gras foam and fried frogs’ legs?) at     of Mediterranean-style apartments; hipsters,       your pad from the DESIGN DISTRICT’s 18
LA BROCHE.                                           meanwhile, are flocking to COCONUT GROVE,          square blocks of furniture.
                                                     where Robert Frost and Tennessee Williams
HOT BARS                                             once had homes.
Saturdays offer plenty of fun at Ian Schrager’s
SKYBAR MIAMI BEACH, at The Shore Club, but           HOT CLUBS
only to those who can get in. PEARL RESTAU-          At CROBAR, on the beach, relieve your
RANT AND CHAMPAGNE BAR in South Beach                workday stress to the electronic beats of DJs


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