Four New Partners Promoted in 2023

Press Release
January 4, 2023

Miami, FL – Bilzin Sumberg is pleased to announce that Ilana Drescher, Manuel Gonzalez, Jake Greenberg, and Erin Stafford have been elected as the firm’s newest partners. Effective January 1, 2023, they became partners across their respective practice groups, which include Corporate & Finance, Litigation, and Real Estate.

“We couldn’t be prouder in welcoming our newest class of incoming partners,” says Albert E. Dotson, Jr., Managing Partner, “They have proven themselves to be valuable advisors to their clients in their own right, while collaborating synergistically with their colleagues across practices to deliver unmatched counsel.”

Ilana Drescher guides clients through complex business litigation and antitrust disputes. Her practice focuses on defending food and beverage companies and other consumer product companies in false advertising, deceptive labeling, and products liability class actions, and representing major opt-out plaintiffs in price fixing antitrust multidistrict litigation. Her recent high-profile class action and antitrust work includes the $350 million Capacitors antitrust litigation against the largest capacitors manufacturers and representing some of the biggest names in the restaurant industry in the landmark Broiler Chicken antitrust litigation.

Manuel Gonzalez focuses his practice on structuring and negotiating commercial real estate transactions on behalf of U.S., European and Latin American owners, developers, funds, and investors, including acquisitions, financings, dispositions and loan restructurings. Manuel regularly advises clients in connection with secured financing transactions, including acquisition, refinancing and construction loans. His practice also incorporates serving as counsel to landlords and tenants in commercial leasing matters. His real estate practice has covered all major asset classes - industrial, multi-family, retail, hospitality and marinas - for transformational deals at the local and national level. 

Jake Greenberg has experience counseling clients on the full spectrum of business disputes, with an emphasis on real estate litigation. His expansive practice includes representation of commercial lenders, mortgage companies, sponsors, developers, commercial landlords, and tenants on matters spanning commercial foreclosures, lender liability, promissory note enforcement, loan guarantees, residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), and regulatory compliance matters involving commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS). Jake’s unique approach to litigation is rooted in his training as a criminal defense lawyer, understanding that it’s often better to solve the client’s problem by achieving the best outcome possible before having others, such as a judge or jury, decide.

Erin Stafford represents publicly traded and privately held companies in connection with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, minority investments, leveraged buyouts, corporate restructurings, joint ventures, and other complex corporate transactions. She counsels clients on both the buy and sell side of transactions and throughout all stages of their life cycles. Erin advises clients across multiple industries, including technology, life sciences, financial institutions and consumer, in addition to representing clients on the corporate aspects of large real estate transactions in connection with industrial and commercial assets.

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

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