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Elise Holtzman Gerson

Area of Focus: Public-Private Partnerships and Government Contracting
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.

Q & A
Why did you decide to focus on land development and government relations?

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.

Outside of your client work, what accomplishments are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the advocacy work I did on behalf of the disenfranchised. While in law school, I successfully represented a victim of domestic violence at trial against her abuser. It was a gratifying experience given what was at stake for my client. In addition, while in law school I was Articles Editor for the Florida Law Review, and as part of that role I read legal scholarship quite regularly. It was a proud moment to have my work, "I am Cait," But It's None of Your Business: The Problem of Invasive Transgender Policies and a Fourth Amendment Solution, included in the publication.
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 wi...
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 partners,...
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 availabil...
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 unsolicited ...
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.
  • University of Florida, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2017
    University of Maryland, B.A., Government Politics and American History, 2014
  • Commercial Real Estate Women

    Sponsorship Committee, Chair

    Transportation & Expressway Authority Membership of Florida
    Member, 2019
    PACE Center for Girls
    Young Professional's Committee, Member
    The Underline
    The Underline Collective, Member
    United Way of Miami-Dade
    Associate Legal Mingle Committee, Member
  • Florida