Albert Dotson, Jr. and Javier Aviñó Named Law Firm Leaders by Lawyers of Color

Press Release
December 8, 2022

Miami, FL – Bilzin Sumberg congratulates Albert E. Dotson, Jr., Managing Partner, and Javier F. Aviñó, Practice Group Leader for Land Development & Government Relations, on being recognized as “Law Firm Leaders” by Lawyers of Color. The inaugural edition of Law Firm Leaders is meant to provide in-house counsel with a comprehensive and readily accessible directory of attorneys of African, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American descent who are legal experts, as well as decision-makers, within their law firms. 

Nationally recognized for his work in government contracting and public-private partnerships (P3), Al leads the firm’s engagement on various multi-billion dollar public-private partnerships, including rail and transit facilities, airports, marinas, sports facilities, convention centers, healthcare/life sciences facilities, educational institutions, water and sewer facilities, parking structures, and various infrastructure developments. Al has been consistently recognized by Chambers USA as an Eminent Practitioner, the highest ranking in the prestigious publication, and by The Best Lawyers in America. Al’s involvement in the community includes his role as Chairman Emeritus and Board Member of 100 Black Men of America.

Javier focuses his practice on land use and zoning, representing domestic and international clients in complex matters including the development approval process, DERM permitting, planning and zoning applications, code enforcement, comprehensive planning and environmental law areas. Javier also has experience representing both private and public sector clients before various state, county, and municipal governments and regulatory bodies throughout South Florida. Deeply embedded in the local real estate industry and regularly sought out by leading real estate investors and developers for counsel on their projects, Javier has been recognized by the legal publications Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America for his work in land use and zoning law.

Committed to advancing and integrating the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) inside and outside the firm, Bilzin Sumberg realizes its DEI agenda through a combination of strategic partnerships, professional development, recruitment initiatives, and social justice advocacy. The firm’s mission is to create a more inclusive culture that nurtures and uses the strength of its diversity to add value in addressing client needs, and seeks to provide an environment where people of all backgrounds are empowered to succeed and excel. Al and Javier’s inclusion in Law Firm Leaders comes on the heels of the firm receiving the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance’s Tipping the Scales award for being among a select group of major law firms whose 2022 class of newly promoted partners was majority female. 

About Lawyers of Color
Lawyers of Color is a 501(c)(3) devoted to promoting diversity in the legal profession and advancing democracy and equality in marginalized communities. It celebrates attorneys of color and conducts research and studies regarding the intersection of the legal profession and social justice.

About Bilzin Sumberg
Bilzin Sumberg counsels clients whose business and legal opportunities and challenges span the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia. The firm’s growth has paralleled that of its Miami home base, a region known for its rich cultural, social, and professional diversity. Bilzin Sumberg stands at the center of virtually every major transaction shaping Florida and is at the forefront of the state’s most pressing economic issues – from infrastructure, transit and mobility, to affordability and the diversification of the state’s economy. Bilzin Sumberg lawyers concentrate on services at the heart of both regional and international commerce, including real estate, land development and government relations, environmental, construction, corporate and securities, finance, joint ventures, domestic and international tax and private wealth planning, antitrust, business litigation, and public-private partnerships. For more information, please visit

Javier F. Aviñó
Practice Group Leader, Land Development & Government Relations
Albert E. Dotson, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner
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