Al Dotson Named DBR Attorney of the Year

Press Release
May 26, 2017

Miami, FL – Bilzin Sumberg is pleased to announce Albert E. Dotson, Jr. was named "Attorney of the Year" at the Daily Business Review (DBR) Professional Excellence Awards ceremony on May 24, 2017. The DBR also honored Managing Partner John C. Sumberg as one of the "Distinguished Leaders in Law" and Land Development & Government Relations Partner Javier F. Aviñó as an "On the Rise" honoree. In addition, Bilzin Sumberg was selected "Top Litigation Department of the Year" in the Antitrust category.

Al was chosen Attorney of the Year from three finalists for the award, which highlights attorneys whose work in 2016 produced a distinct impact on the law and the legal profession in Florida.

Al, a Partner and Bilzin Sumberg’s Land Development & Government Relations Practice Group Leader, has been a driving force addressing many of Miami’s greatest infrastructure and transit challenges through public-private partnerships (P3s). The DBR called Al "a pioneer in diversity in the law" and commended him for being a vocal proponent of P3s.

In the past year, Al has been at the forefront of some of South Florida's largest projects, including the $2.4 billion All Aboard Florida rail system that will connect Miami to Orlando, the $400 million Hard Rock Stadium modernization project, Miami-Dade County's $4 billion Ocean Outfall Legislation contract award to stop all wastewater discharge to the ocean by 2025, and the $300 million-plus Liberty Square Rising public housing P3 project.

John C. Sumberg, Managing Partner of Bilzin Sumberg, has practiced law for more than 40 years and is considered one of the most influential real estate lawyers in South Florida.

Javier F. Aviñó, a Land Development & Government Relations Partner, served key roles in South Florida's Liberty Square Rising and All Aboard Florida development projects this year. He was recognized as one of the top attorneys under age 40.

Bilzin Sumberg's Antitrust Team was recognized for its work on a $300 million settlement in LCD antitrust litigation, one of the largest antitrust litigations in recent history.

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