(L to R Jessica Buchsbaum, Betsi Cobas, Lucas Pizzutti, Saron Musa, David Jessup, John Trach, Nathifa Parker, Joseph Beguiristain, Joy Spillis Lundeen and Danielle Hall)

Last Friday, the summer associates and I had the honor of meeting Bilzin Sumberg Partner and Construction Group Leader, Joy Spillis Lundeen. Joy, a recent addition to Bilzin Sumberg, is regarded as the reputed go-to person for all things construction and has an impressive roster of clients.

Born and raised in Miami, Joy reflected on the dramatic changes to Miami’s skyline since her childhood and recalled the excitement she felt, and continues to feel, when admiring the City’s continued development. Interestingly, her passion for construction was largely inspired by her upbringing. Growing up, Joy’s family owned a leading, Miami-based architectural firm that contributed to the development of many well-known structures throughout South Florida. This familial backdrop inspired Joy to study architecture in college and when contemplating an area of law in which to specialize, construction seemed to perfectly align with her interests. Since then, Joy hasn’t looked back as she continues to trail blaze through an often male-dominated construction field.

Joy offered several memorable pieces of advice to the summer associates. Notably, Joy mentioned the importance of working hard, owning one’s craft, and building a strong reputation based upon trust and dependability. Also, in spirit with Bilzin Sumberg’s commitment to community involvement, Joy reflected on the benefits of community engagement, both personally and professionally. Lastly, Joy challenged the summer associates and I to build meaningful relationships with people in our community as these contacts will serve us well as future attorneys.

Joy is just one example of the incredibly talented people at Bilzin Sumberg. The summer associates and I will certainly keep her wisdom close with us throughout our summer experience!