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, the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, Condominium & Planned Development Committee and Florida League of Cities Transportation & Intergovernmental Relations Policy CommitteeFacing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) and Ruth's List Miami board member. She served as Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the City of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida prior to serving on the commission and she has been involved in various city-wide initiatives, including her famous “Condo Rights Workshop Series” which she hosts monthly as a resource for residents.

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 and has been elected since three times by the majority of Sunny Isles Beach Voters. That’s because she is highly qualified, and has demonstrated a real commitment to public service and to our city.

Professional and Civic:

  • Practicing Real Estate Attorney 

  • City Commissioner, Seat 3, City of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida (2014-Present)

  • Vice Mayor, City of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida (2017-2018)

  • Former Chairperson, Citizens Advisory Committee, City of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida

  • Board of Directors, Miami-Dade County League of Cities (2018-2020)

  • Member, Florida League of Cities 
    -Utilities, Natural Resources & Public Works Legislative Policy Committee
    -Transportation & Intergovernmental Relations Policy Committee

  • Former member Interim Advisory Board, American Flood Coalition

  • Admitted to Florida and District of Columbia Bars

  • Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker

  • Florida Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator

  • Member, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar
    -Condominium & Planned Development Committee

  • Title Agent for Fidelity Title Insurance Company and the Attorneys Title Insurance Fund

  • Member, Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA)

  • 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

  • Board Member, Ruth's List Miami 

  • Board Member, Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE)

  • Member, Kiwanis International

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


  • Creator and Moderator, Condo Rights Workshops, Condominium Topics and Unit Owner Advocacy Series, Sunny Isles Beach, Ongoing

  • Creator and Presenter, Sustainable Living, Environmentalism for the Generations, Interview Series on Environmental Topics

  • Moderator, "Condo Corruption - What is the Municipal Response?", Miami-Dade County League of Cities Best Practices Conference (October 18, 2018)

  • Co-Creator and Presenter, EcoSeahawks Environmental Education and Programming Series, STEAM, Norman S. Edelcup Sunny Isles Beach K-8

  • Thinking Green, What Does it Mean, Norman S. Edelcup Sunny Isles Beach K-8

  • Panelist, Bisnow’s Future of North Miami Beach, Aventura and Sunny Isles, 9/12/2019

  • 10th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit, Municipal Official Roundtable, 2018


  • 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.

  • Sunny Isles Beach resident since 2001.

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