Albert E. Dotson, Jr.

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner
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Area of Focus: Public-Private Partnerships, Government Contracting
"He is a major force in the community. When he gets involved, it makes a difference."
- Chambers USA source
Albert E. Dotson, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner

Al Dotson serves as Bilzin Sumberg's Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner. In his role, he oversees the Firm's operations. By leveraging innovative technology and focusing on a multidisciplinary approach, Al leads the Firm's attorneys and professionals to provide a client experience that represents Bilzin Sumberg's pillars of trust, collaboration, preeminence, engagement, and community-mindedness.

In addition to his role as Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner, Al is nationally recognized for his work on infrastructure and public-private partnerships (P3). His experience includes rail and transit facilities, airports, marinas, sports stadiums, public utilities, convention centers, healthcare/life sciences facilities, educational institutions, water and sewer facilities, and parking structures.

Al is known throughout Florida for his work representing local, national, and international clients in responding to government contract solicitations and defending against, or prosecuting, quasi-judicial and judicial bid protests.

In 2021, Al was selected to be a member of the newly formed CEO Ambassador program, which is part of Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava's RENEW305, an economic development plan intended to spark business investment and job growth across the county.

Q & A
What is an important issue to your practice area?
Public-private partnerships are often mentioned as a preferred procurement and delivery methodology. However, there still remains an underappreciation for the importance of political will to efficiently complete the procurement with minimal political interference.  Also, structuring and financing successful P3s turn on government's deliberate and thorough preplanning that results in clearly defined objectives.  Traditional procurement methodologies, restrictions, and concepts, for example, are not well-suited for complex P3 projects, as they often lack the flexibility, forethought, and certainty that justify the millions of dollars that the private sector must invest in pursuing the opportunity.  The more that the public and private sectors learn about how to implement these types of partnerships successfully, the more P3s can maximize its benefits.
Why is being a mentor important to you?
I believe that the success of today's leaders is not just measured by their past or current achievements but must be viewed through the prism of sustainable progress fueled by their commitment to mentor and coach the next generations of leaders.  Our community earns recurring dividends when we collectively invest in our human capital through mentorship. 

As a first-generation attorney, I would not be where I am today without a great number of mentors and coaches who gave me a better understanding of the legal profession and an appreciation for my responsibility to use my law degree to serve the community as well. By the time I became a partner at Bilzin Sumberg, I was able to draw from my many mentors and pay it forward through my involvement in organizations such as 100 Black Men of America and the Overtown Youth Center, as well as in Bilzin Sumberg's own mentorship program for young associates and lateral hires.
  • Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1987
    Dartmouth College, A.B., 1982
  • Judicial Nominating Commission of Florida
    Appointed by Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, 2009 - Present
    Vanderbilt University
    Vanderbilt Law School, Board of Advisors, Member, 2023 - 2026
    Florida Council of 100

    Board Member, 2022 - Present
    Member, 2019 - Present

    FIFA World Cup
    FIFA World Cup 2026 Miami Host Committee, Board of Directors
    President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans
    Appointed by President Barack Obama, 2014 - 2018
    Miami Dade Beacon Council
    Board of Directors, Executive Committee, 2021 - Present 
    Leadership Florida

    Strategic Planning Committee Member, 2018
    Board Member, 2019 - 2021

    Alonzo Mourning Charities
    Board Member, 1997 - 2012
    Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
    President, Theta Zeta Chapter , 1979 - Present
    Ransom Everglades School
    Board Member, 2008 - 2017
    The Orange Bowl Committee
    President and Board Chairman, 2006 - 2007
    Board Member, 1993 - Present
    Super Bowl
    XLI Host Committee, Co-Chair
    The Mourning Family Foundation
    Board Member
    National Bar Association
    United Way Miami
    Trustee, 2011 - Present
    Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association
    1987 - Present
    100 Black Men of America

    Chairman Emeritus, 2012 - Present
    Chairman, 2004 - 2012
    Board Member, 2004 - Present

    Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
    Member, 2023 - Present
    Miami Dade College Foundation

    Board Chairman, 2005 - 2006
    Member, 2003 - 2008

    South Florida Sports Foundation, Inc.
    Board Member, 2016 - Present
    Overtown Youth Center
    Board Chairman, 2000 - 2010
    Member, 2000 - Present
    U.S. Department of Defense
    Joint Civilian Orientation Conference JCOC, Selected by the U.S. Secretary of Defense to participate, 1997 
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
    U.S. Supreme Court
  • Eminent Practitioner, Chambers USA, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, 2007 - present

    Chambers USA, Construction, 2023 - present

    South Florida Business Journal, Power Leaders in Professional Services, 2024

    Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Alumni Hall of Fame, 2023

    YWCA South Florida, First But Not The Last Inductee, 2023

    YWCA South Florida, Jason Jenkins Man-Kind Award, 2023

    South Florida Business Journal, Top 250 Power Leaders of South Florida, 2022

    Florida Trend, Miami-Dade People to Know, May 2022

    American Jewish Committee, Judge Learned Hand Award, 2022

    Florida Trend's Florida 500 - Florida's Most Influential Business Leaders, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023

    Lawyers of Color, Law Firm Leaders, 2022

    Daily Business Review, Attorney of the Year, 2017, Finalist, 2021

    South Florida Business Journal, Diversity & Inclusion Honoree, 2021

    The Best Lawyers in America, Land Use & Zoning Law, Government Relations Practice, 2011 – present

    The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, Government Relations Practice, 2014, 2024

    Florida Super Lawyers, 2007, 2009 - present

    South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers, 2001 - present

    Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2019

    Dade County Bar Association, Legal Luminaries - Lobbying & Government Relations, 2016

    Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Salute to Miami's Leaders Award - Legal/Law, 2015

    Daily Business Review, Most Effective Lawyers - Government Relations winner, 2015; Public Interest finalist, 2015; Real Estate winner, 2009, 2016

    Daily Business Review, Top Dealmakers of the Year - Office finalist, 2014; Mixed-Use finalist, 2014

    Women Works Media Group, Law and Justice Award, 2017

    Legacy Miami Magazine, South Florida's Most Powerful Black Professionals in Business and Industry, 2014

    Miami Today, Best in Miami, Giving Back, 2014

    South Florida Business Journal, Heavy Hitters in Commercial Real Estate, 2013

    National Black MBA Association President & CEO Award for Community and Social Justice Leadership, 2013

    The Miami Herald, Legacy Award, 2013

    The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Spirit of Democracy Award, 2012

    The Education Fund, Public School Alumni Achievement Award, 2012

    The Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association & Legacy Miami Magazine, Legacy Legal Leader, 2012

    Miami Chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, Silver Medallion Award, 2011

    Ebony Magazine, Power 150: Most Influential Blacks in America, 2005 - 2009

    Miami Today, Hall of Fame for Greater Miami, Civic Organizations, 2007

    Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, National Business Leader of the Year, 2005

  • Spanish