Richard J. Sarafan

Sarafan Richard

Richard Sarafan concentrates his practice on complex commercial, corporate, and real property litigation, as well as local government law. With decades of litigation experience, Richard has been involved in a wide range of matters, including contract disputes, condominium-related litigation, construction litigation, foreclosures, banking law, tort actions, arbitrations, administrative proceedings, partnership disputes, broker litigation, and landlord-tenant matters.

Richard has been litigation counsel to the Town of Miami Lakes and served as the village attorney for Miami Shores from 1998 through 2022. In that position, he has dealt with virtually all municipal issues, ranging from zoning and land use litigation, defense of police misconduct claims, discrimination claims, municipal bond work, code enforcement issues, and other areas of local government law. Richard currently serves as district counsel to the North Springs Improvement District.




  • J.D. with honors University of Florida College of Law 1979
  • B.S. University of South Florida 1976

Bar Admissions

  • Florida 1980

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit 1990
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida 1981
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida 1994
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California 1990


  • South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyer
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Peer Review Rated
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2024