Dana Goldman is Of Counsel to Shutts & Bowen LLP’s Miami Office, where she is a member of the Real Estate Department. She represents national and regional homebuilders, handling matters relating to the development of their condominiums and planned development communities. Ms. Goldman also holds a real estate broker license and a mortgage loan originator license, which allows her better access to real estate and finance opportunities in the market for her clients. In addition to her legal experience, Ms. Goldman has extensive prior experience as a business owner and operator.

Ms. Goldman is a full-time resident of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida and has extensive ties to this community. Born and raised in Miami Beach, she grew up amid the family’s business, Pumpernik’s Restaurant, a virtual historic landmark. She graduated from Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale and went on to distinguish herself with an A.B. from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, magna cum laude with High Honors in History, before obtaining her J.D. from George Washington University in Washington, DC.


Since returning to South Florida in 1994, Ms. Goldman has been actively involved in the community as a contributing member of various organizations, civic boards and associations including the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews (MCCJ), Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) – Miami, the Miami Association of Realtors, and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, Condominium & Planned Development Committee. Most recently, she has served as Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the City of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida where she has been involved in various initiatives, including social media, electronic signage, and the “Condominium Workshop Series” in partnership with the City.

Ms. Goldman is married to Michael Gates and has a daughter, Julia.

Ms. Goldman enjoys power-walks, travel, politics and people.

Dana Goldman was the UNANIMOUS choice to fill a vacancy on the Sunny Isles Beach City Commission. That’s because she is highly qualified, and has demonstrated a real commitment to public service and to our city.

Public Service:

  • SIB City Commissioner (Dec. 2014-present). Appointed unanimously by Commissioners to fill vacant Seat 3.

  • Chair, SIB City Advisory Committee (also served as the Chair, SIB Non-Traffic Safety Sub Committee).

  • Hosted SIB’s popular “Condo Workshop Series.”

  • Deputy Director, First Summit of the Americas, hosted by former President Bill Clinton.

  • Legislative assistant to former U.S. Sen. Al Gore.

  • Legal intern to former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham.

  • Research Assistant at the Helsinki Commission, chaired by former U.S. Rep. Dante Fascell.

  • Former director, Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews (MCCJ).

Professional & Educational:

  • Practicing real estate attorney, focusing on condominiums and planned development communities.

  • Graduate, George Washington University Law School, J.D.

  • Graduate, Brandeis University, B.A. in History.


  • Born and raised in Miami Beach.

  • Family owned and operated the world-famous Pumpernik’s Restauarants.

  • SIB resident since 2001.

  • Married to Michael Gates. They have a daughter, Julia, together.