Elise Holtzman Gerson
Elise focuses her land use and government relations practice on guiding clients through land use issues and representing clients in all levels of the procurement process. Elise understands how law and policy influence business and development, and her grasp of the political dynamics in South Florida makes her an invaluable advocate on behalf of her clients. This is particularly true when she helps navigate clients through the RFP and/or administrative bid protest process.
Elise is a published author and former Articles Editor for the University of Florida Law Review.
Before joining the Firm, I worked on several political campaigns, both local and national. It was fascinating work because most people who run for office genuinely seek to affect change in their respective communities. I believe the law provides me the same opportunities without certain limitations inherent to politics. Historically, our team has been involved in projects that have shaped South Florida and improved the lives of many. The clients we represent are revolutionizing transit, public housing, and many other industries in ways that bring sustainable improvements to our community while also making Miami a place where cutting-edge firms want to invest and creative people want to live.
My work is rewarding and the Firm's Land Development and Government Relations practice gives me an opportunity to work on innovative and tangible solutions to problems right at home.
Representation of Jacobs Engineering Group, a multinational construction and engineering firm, as lead counsel in connection with Miami-Dade County’s procurement of a program manager for the $5 billion Capital Improvement Program at Miami International Airport in Miami, Florida.
Representation of Brightline, an affiliate of Florida East Coast Industries, Inc., in the procurement, land acquisition, and development of portions of the $2.4 billion high-speed passenger rail project connecting South and Central Florida. Passenger service will be created in central Florida and...
Counsel to 13 Pista LLC, an entity led by a prominent Argentine developer, in connection with a 160-acre public-private partnership on underutilized land owned by Miami-Dade County. Negotiated a 90-year lease and development agreement with the County and handled negotiations with community partne...
Transactional and local counsel to a consortium led by Meridiam and EllisDon in their bid to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain a new civil and probate courthouse in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The project consists of a 600,000 square foot facility and will be delivered under an availa...
Representation of a consortium in connection with the preparation, submittal, and acceptance of an unsolicited proposal to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain a rapid mass transit system between the City of Miami and the City of Miami Beach. Subsequent to the acceptance of the unsolicit...
Representation of Our Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving approximately 3,000 foster children in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, in connection with a $500 million, 5-year state contract bid protest.
EducationUniversity of Florida, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2017University of Maryland, B.A., Government Politics and American History, 2014
InvolvementCommercial Real Estate Women
Sponsorship Committee, ChairTransportation & Expressway Authority Membership of FloridaMember, 2019PACE Center for GirlsYoung Professional's Committee, MemberThe UnderlineThe Underline Collective, MemberUnited Way of Miami-DadeAssociate Legal Mingle Committee, Member
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