Bilzin Sumberg’s Albert E. Dotson, Jr. Selected as Inductee for YWCA South Florida’s First But Not The Last Honor

Press Release
August 3, 2023

Miami, FL – Bilzin Sumberg is pleased to announce that Managing Partner Albert E. Dotson, Jr. has been selected as one of only seven 2023 Inductees for YWCA South Florida’s prestigious First But Not The Last honor. The First But Not The Last ceremony, held on September 23, 2023, celebrates the achievements of trailblazing leaders in South Florida who have broken barriers in their respective industries. In addition to this recognition, Al is also the 2023 recipient of YWCA’s Jason Jenkins Man-Kind Award, an honor given to only one man a year for their outstanding community leadership.

Passionate about community service, Al has led and been actively involved on the boards of numerous organizations fostering business growth and economic development in South Florida, local institutions of higher learning, and organizations that serve vulnerable community members. Al has served as an active member and as part of the leadership of 100 Black Men of America, an international mentoring organization whose goal is to educate and empower African-American children and teens. He is also a proud member of the Orange Bowl Committee for which he served as the second Black president of the organization, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Baptist Health South Florida boards, Boy Scouts of America, and Miami Dade Beacon Council.

As Managing Partner of Bilzin Sumberg, Al oversees the firm's operations, leveraging innovative technology, and focusing on a multidisciplinary approach to push the envelope of optimizing client engagement and results. As a practitioner, Al is nationally recognized for his work on government contracts and public-private partnerships (P3). As head of Bilzin Sumberg’s P3 team, he has led the firm’s engagement on various multi-billion dollar public-private partnerships in Florida, 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’s extensive list of awards and accolades reflects both his professional accomplishments and his tireless service to the legal profession and wider community. He is named an Eminent Practitioner by leading legal directory Chambers USA, in addition to being recently named as one of Florida's Most Influential Business Leaders by Florida Trend's Florida 500 (2020), and as one of the Top 250 Power Leaders of South Florida by South Florida Business Journal (2022), among other recognitions.

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

Albert E. Dotson, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner
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