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David Stephen Hope

Practice Areas

  • Commercial, Procurement & Construction
  • Housing, Social Services and Economic Development
  • Land Use & Governmental Operations
  • Real Estate, Facilities, Recreation & Culture
  • Finance & Audit


  • University of Miami, J.D., Cum Laude, 1996
  • The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, M.B.A., 1986
  • Princeton University, B.S.E. Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, 1982

Court Admissions

  • The Florida Bar, 1996
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 1997
  • New York Bar, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2005
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2018
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2018

David Stephen Hope

Joined the Office in 1996
[email protected] 305-375-4220

David Stephen Hope represents Miami-Dade County in a litany of legislative and litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels, in both federal and state court. Since joining the Office of the County Attorney, David's practice areas encompass litigation and appeals, finance and municipal bonds, land use and zoning, aviation, telecommunications, housing, code enforcement, small business development, torts, and personnel.

David was the lead trial attorney for the County in matters such as a facial constitutional challenge of a regulatory ordinance imposing civil and criminal penalties for certain activities, by fourteen (14) adult entertainment establishments; declaratory and injunctive relief sought to invalidate actions of the County, City of Miami, and two Community Redevelopment Agencies pertaining to the redevelopment plan for downtown Miami, which included a new publicly owned baseball stadium for the Florida Marlins; and allegations that the County's provision of telecommunications services at Miami International Airport violated Florida law, Florida Public Service Commission rules, and the County Home Rule Charter.

Prior to joining the office, David had over eight years experience encompassing key aspects of finance related management consulting and commercial banking, with expertise developed in strategic business planning, micro-based financial systems implementation, and marketing.

Selected Cases & Matters

  • University Books and Videos, Inc. v. Metropolitan Dade County, 78F.Supp.2d 1327 (S.D. Fla. 1999)
  • Mary Reese v. Miami-Dade County, 2009 WL 3762994 (S.D. Fla. Nov. 10, 2009)
  • Fiscal Operations, Inc. v. Metroploitan Dade County, 808 So.2d. 1287 (Fla. 3d DCA 2002)
  • Braman v. Miami-Dade County, 2008 WL 4189770 (Fla. Cir. Ct. Sept. 9, 2008)
  • Complaint of BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc. against Miami-Dade County, 2008 WL 704167 (Fla. PSC Feb. 19, 2008)
  • Petition for Approval of Special Gas Transportation Service Agreement, 2012 WL 1142666 (Fla. P.S.C. Apr. 2, 2012)

Prior Experience

  • Barclays Bank PLC (MIS Group, Banking & Technology Unit, and Lease Advisory Group), 1988-1993
  • Legal Research & Writing Instructor, St. Thomas University School of Law, 2000-2006

Community Involvement, Awards, & Recognition

  • Executive Board member and Director, University of Miami Law Alumni Association, 1999-2003
  • Board of Directors, Association of Black Princeton Alumni, 1992-1995
  • Vice President of Concerned Black Men of New York City, 1992-1995
  • Member, Princeton University Alumni Council, 1994-1998
  • Finalist, 2009 Most Effective Lawyers - Complex/Business Litigation