bidding and selection processes. With the exception of the Community Redevelopment Agencies, the rules are supposed to apply for procurements secured by all city entities or boards, including the quasi-independent authorities, departments and trusts.
The city attorney's office, however, is exempted by statute, at 18-72 (b)(16): This article shall not
apply to legal services coordinated by and through the office of the city attorney citywide, including, but not limited to: attorney services, paralegals, expert witnesses, jury consultants, legal support services, legal research, court reporters and stenographers.
The code, at 18-84, Methods of Source Selection, redundantly reinforces this exemption: All
purchases of goods, including but not limited to supplies, materials, equipment, printed materials and all purchases of services, including but not limited to personal, professional, management, technical, contractual and general services needed by the city,
but not including legal services
obtained by contract or through city labor and materials shall be exclusively made in the manner set forth in this article.
Keri Lynda Horvat
(Horvat) is a lawyer with the Miami law firm Trujillo, Vargas, Ortiz & Gonzalez LLC. From March 2011 to September 2013 she was a contract employee at a law
firm that has subsequently come to be known as Alvarez, Carbonell, Feltman & DaSilva PL of
Coral Gables (ACF&D). Horvat is an experienced real estate and commercial litigator, and holds an active title insurance license. Since 2009, she has been the sole proprietor of Horvat Law Firm PLLC, which primarily handles real estate closings connected with that title-insurance license.
On April 7, 2014, Horvat provided sworn testimony to the COE. Multiple e-mails, with records and follow-up contextual explanations from Horvat, will be burned to a disc and added to the file.
(Bustamante), Real Estate Manager, City of Miami Department of Public Facilities and Asset Management. Bustamante was interviewed several times in May-June 2013, largely to secure production of the city's master file on the project to expand the footprint of the former Coral Way NET center and adapt it into a community center and playground with additional parking. A couple of follow-up conversations occurred in 2014, largely for fact-checking purposes and to complete the production of public records related to the successful purchase of two adjacent parcels and the failure to acquire a third. Bustamante was able to provide historic context as the project grew and morphed, how his department routinely seeks legal services from the City Attorney's Office, and detailed
conversations regarding Horvat' s role in helping the city acquire the parcels.