Javier Fernandez, a former policy aide and later chief of staff to former City of Miami Mayor Manuel A. Diaz, has joined Holland & Knight as a partner in the firm’s South Florida government advocacy and development group.

Fernandez, most recently a partner at Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, represents clients in all aspects of the land use and zoning entitlement process, including the preparation and approval of planning and zoning applications and other permits required by a variety of federal, state and local agencies. Fernandez joined Stearns Weaver in 2014 from Akerman.

Fernandez said he and his clients will benefit from the deeper pool of resources at Holland & Knight, where he looks forward to working with developers who are increasingly turning their focus from suburbia to building in areas where homes are closer to work or mass transit.

Fernandez has represented clients in administrative and quasi-judicial hearings, code enforcement hearings, and public hearing processes related to the procurement of government contracts and public incentive agreements.