Al Dot­son named Bilzin man­ag­ing part­ner

South Florida Times - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Re­port

MI­AMI – Bilzin Sum­berg, a law firm that has grown and thrived as Mi­ami has risen to global promi­nence, re­cently an­nounced it will cel­e­brate its up­com­ing 20th an­niver­sary with a new lead­er­ship tran­si­tion tak­ing place over the com­ing year.

After what will be two decades as the firm’s Man­ag­ing Part­ner, John Sum­berg has an­nounced his de­ci­sion to step down from the role at the end of 2018, and the part­ner­ship has elected Al­bert E. Dot­son, Jr., a mem­ber of the firm’s Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee and Chair of its Land De­vel­op­ment & Gov­ern­ment Re­la­tions Prac­tice Group, to succeed him. Dot­son will serve a 2-year term be­gin­ning Jan­uary 1, 2019.

Sum­berg will re­main a mem­ber of the firm’s Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee and an in­te­gral part of the firm’s man­age­ment team as he as­sumes the role of firm Chair­man. He will con­tinue to lead many of the firm's ini­tia­tives and ac­tively rep­re­sent clients.

“Bilzin Sum­berg’s suc­cess is the re­sult of hav­ing top talent, un­der­stand­ing our clients' busi­nesses, deep com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, and be­ing coun­selors and trusted ad­vi­sors,” Sum­berg said. “Rec­og­niz­ing that a seam­less tran­si­tion to new lead­er­ship re­quires a thought­ful long-term vi­sion, we be­gan our plan­ning for this move sev­eral years ago. Al, who brings re­mark­able judg­ment and a deep knowl­edge of our com­mu­nity, was the firm’s unan­i­mous choice. I am very ex­cited that Al will be the next firm leader, and I am con­vinced his lead­er­ship will keep the firm nim­ble and adap­tive to our clients’ needs.”

Un­der Sum­berg’s lead­er­ship, Bilzin Sum­berg has be­come a for­mi­da­ble force in the Mi­ami mar­ket and beyond. The firm was se­lected as a 2017 Re­gional Pow­er­house Firm by Law360 and has been named by the Na­tional Law Jour­nal to its an­nual Mid-Sized Hot List.

Ad­di­tion­ally, more than half of the firm’s part­ners were rec­og­nized as lead­ers in their re­spec­tive fields in the 2017 edi­tion of Cham­bers USA, one of the most es­teemed le­gal pub­li­ca­tions in the world.

Sum­berg has also led the firm’s in­vest­ment in a host of prac­tice – and knowl­edge – man­age­ment ini­tia­tives that have earned it a rep­u­ta­tion as a law firm that an­tic­i­pates and de­liv­ers what its clients want and value most.

Such ef­forts earned Sum­berg a spot among The Man­ag­ing Part­ner Fo­rum’s six world­wide fi­nal­ists for hav­ing ini­ti­ated the Best Lead­er­ship De­vel­op­ment Program.

As an Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee Mem­ber and Land De­vel­op­ment & Gov­ern­ment Re­la­tions Prac­tice Group Leader, Dot­son is a long-time driv­ing force in the South Florida mar­ket.

He is a rec­og­nized pi­o­neer and leader in the pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ships arena, work­ing with both the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors to help solve the re­gion’s most com­plex in­fra­struc­ture chal­lenges.

This year, Dot­son was rec­og­nized as "At­tor­ney of the Year" by the Daily Busi­ness Re­view. Un­der his lead­er­ship, Bilzin Sum­berg has helped shep­herd more than eight bil­lion dol­lars in P3 projects this year, in­clud­ing waste­water man­age­ment con­tracts, af­ford­able hous­ing con­struc­tion and pub­lic transit ini­tia­tives.

He has also been rec­og­nized by P3 Bulletin as a Le­gal Ad­vi­sor of the Year Fi­nal­ist for the past three con­sec­u­tive years.

Beyond his pro­fes­sional work, Dot­son is also a stal­wart in the com­mu­nity. He is Chair­man Emer­i­tus and Board Mem­ber of 100 Black Men of Amer­ica, and a Past Chair­man/Pres­i­dent and Board Mem­ber of the Orange Bowl Com­mit­tee and Alonzo Mourn­ing's Fam­ily Foun­da­tion.

He cur­rently serves on the Fed­eral Ju­di­cial Nom­i­nat­ing Com­mis­sion of Florida and for­merly served on the White House Ad­vi­sory Com­mis­sion on Ed­u­ca­tional Ex­cel­lence for African Amer­i­cans.

“It is a great priv­i­lege and honor to be cho­sen by my col­leagues to serve as Bilzin Sum­berg’s next man­ag­ing part­ner. I look for­ward to col­lab­o­rat­ing with John through­out the 2018/2019 tran­si­tion and in the years ahead,” said Dot­son. “This is an ex­cit­ing time for Mi­ami and our firm is play­ing a cen­tral role in its emer­gence as a global mar­ket.We will con­tinue to pay close at­ten­tion to our clients’ busi­nesses and the in­dus­tries in which they op­er­ate, and we will con­tinue to evolve in ways that an­tic­i­pate their needs.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF BILZIN SUM­BERG

Al­bert E. Dot­son

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