Eric Singer

Associate
305.350.2354
Area of Focus: Land Development & Government Relations
GET TO KNOW Eric
Eric has focused his practice for the past several years in the areas of government procurement and complex government transactions, including public-private partnerships (P3). Eric combines that practical experience with extensive academic knowledge, gained as a visiting faculty member and research fellow at the New York University School of Law, where he studied P3s across the United States and abroad, in order to further his clients’ goals. Prior to joining Bilzin Sumberg, Eric also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Danny J. Boggs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Eric handles the full spectrum of public-contracting issues, from preparation of proposals through appeals of administrative bid protests, and has represented clients on some of Miami’s most transformative public-private projects. For example, as part of securing a $300-million Metrorail contract for an Italian company, he defended a bid-protest appeal to the Federal Transit Administration.
Q & A
How did your academic experience shape your current practice?

I was a research fellow at NYU Law School, where I studied public-private partnerships and government contracting, both on a national and international level. When a client presents me with a P3 matter, I am able to attack the issue with a broad knowledge of how others have successfully dealt with the same issues in the past and in other jurisdictions. That kind of understanding allows me to quickly identify potential problems and solutions and safeguard my clients from future risks in P3 agreements.

What separates you from other lawyers in your field?

My expertise and skill sets permit me to take more of a soup to nuts approach than is typical for a government relations lawyer and handle all phases of a P3 or procurement matter. Being able to operate outside of most attorneys' comfort zones and understand the whole picture works not only to overcome legal challenges, but also to anticipate and take measures to avoid those challenges before they arise.

How would you describe your legal approach?

I take an approach that permits me to step back and consider problems from multiple contexts: legal, business, and political. In addition to what is written in an RFP or other solicitation document, I consider other applicable legal requirements, including common-law and federal requirements, my clients business goals and competitive advantages, and the relevant public-policy and political issues of the day. By recognizing and accounting for all of those issues, I can help craft and execute an effective strategy.

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Eric's PRACTICES
EXPERIENCE
EXPERIENCE
Representation of CH2M, a global full-service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm, in securing the Owner's Representative contract for Miami-Dade County's $4 billion Ocean Outfall Legislation program. The 11-year Ocean Outfall project, mandated by the Florida legislature, will stop all wastewater discharge into the ocean by 2025. CH2M will manage the program, including the design, procurement, construction, and commissioning of over 25 capital projects. We provided strategy development and implementation, government contracting legal counsel, and advocacy before the County’s agencies, committees, and elected leadership. Our team was recognized as the 2015 finalist in the Daily Business Review "Most Effective Lawyers" Public Interest category for its contribution to the successful negotiation of this contract.
EXPERIENCE
Representation of All Aboard Florida, 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 will continue on Florida's east coast, with new stations planned in Orlando, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. We are also assisting the client with its Miami “Grand Central Station”-like transportation and retail district, to include retail, office, residential, parking, and transit related components.
INSIGHTS
New Miami Blog July 27, 2016
In 2006, the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” hit the theaters. Ten years later, there remains substantial disagreement on the answer to that question, but one truth has emerged: the electric car lives again. As Electric-Vehicles (EV) range steadily increases while both charging times and prices continue to fall, it appears inevitable… Continue Reading
Blog June 25, 2014
South Florida has long been a leading destination for conventions and trade shows, and the convention market is extremely competitive.  As other cities have expanded and modernized their convention centers, ours have remained stagnant. It has been noted that the South Florida region no longer effectively competes for the events that bring the highest… Continue Reading

As a former high school government teacher, I learned how to break down and explain complicated issues in ways that anyone can clearly grasp, and I use that skill whenever I communicate on behalf of clients, from an in-person meeting with government staff to a written brief to the court of appeals

CREDENTIALS
  • University of Chicago, J.D., with high honors, Order of the Coif, 2010
    University of Michigan, M.A., School of Education, 2004
    Cornell University, B.A., College of Arts and Science, 2003
  • The Florida Bar
    Governmental and Public Policy Advocacy Committee
    Urban Land Institute
    Southeast Florida/Caribbean Region, Siting & Redevelopment - City of Riviera Beach, Technical Assistance Panel Member, 2016
    Miami Intermodal Center
    Steering Committee, 2013 - 2014
  • Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Florida Rising Stars, 2013 - present

    Daily Business Review, Most Effective Lawyers - Real Estate winner, 2012, 2016; Public Interest finalist, 2015

    The John M. Olin Prize in Law and Economics, 2010

     

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