Managing Partner: Albert E. Dotson, Jr
Number of Partners: 45
Number of other lawyers: 48
Bilzin Sumberg is a commercial law firm dedicated to delivering the highest quality legal counsel to a wide range of domestic and international clients, from high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs, investors, and developers to Fortune 500 companies, comprised of some of the nation’s leading public and private enterprises. Bilzin Sumberg’s clients’ industries vary from financial services to healthcare, hospitality, real estate, manufacturing, transportation, homebuilding, and more. Bilzin Sumberg is the firm of choice for international companies doing business in Florida, and is at the helm of many of the region’s exciting projects and most complex cases.
Main Areas of Practice:
Business Finance & Restructuring:
The business finance and restructuring group at Bilzin Sumberg brings together diverse backgrounds in accounting, finance, and banking to assist clients with commercial finance transactions, corporate restructuring, and insolvency proceedings throughout the United States. Attorneys are highly skilled negotiators and creditors’ rights litigators. The team represents debtors and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, and assists in complex finance structurings, such as asset-based lending and cash flow financings, letter of credit facilities, mezzanine and subordinated debt offerings, intercreditor arrangements, workouts, and recapitalizations.
Bilzin Sumberg’s corporate attorneys — best known for their mergers and acquisitions, joint venture, and financing experience — work with both public and private companies. They represent clients in M&A transactions, including sales and recapitalizations, and in corporate finance and capital markets transactions, such as private equity, venture capital, public and private offerings of equity, and debt securities. The group also handles Securities Exchange Act reporting, corporate governance, and general corporate matters such as non-competition arrangements, executive compensation, and licensing.
Bilzin Sumberg’s environmental group provides innovative solutions to a wide range of environmental issues faced by Florida’s development and redevelopment community. Additionally, the group’s attorneys - many drawing from previous career experience as land use and environmental planners — offer skilled guidance through strategic risk management and responsible growth planning. The team handles all aspects of natural resource permitting, including permit applications, appeals, compliance issues, and enforcement defense.
Fluent in multiple languages and intricately familiar with various business and social cultures around the world, Bilzin Sumberg’s multi-disciplinary international team represents domestic and international clients ranging in size from individual investors to large, privately-held and publicly-traded companies. These attorneys routinely handle complex cross-border corporate transactions, tax and wealth preservation planning, and cross-border litigation matters and international disputes before US courts and international arbitration panels.
Land Development & Government Relations:
Bilzin Sumberg’s land development and government relations group represents both public and private clients on matters securing government contracts, permitting, zoning, and regulatory relief from government agencies. Attorneys are skilled in land use and growth management, platting and replatting, zoning, government contracts, and procurement. They have extensive experience representing clients in all types of regulatory and enforcement actions throughout Florida involving local, state, and federal agencies, and have served as special counsel to several Florida local governments and governmental authorities.
Bilzin Sumberg’s litigation group maintains a national practice in complex commercial litigation, with broad experience in litigation planning and analysis, alternative dispute resolution, trial, and appeal. Attorneys handle antitrust matters, partnership disputes, business torts, breach of contract, construction defects, class actions, insurance coverage disputes, intellectual property, lender liability and banking, products liability litigation, and real property disputes. The group has significant experience representing clients in regulatory disputes before various federal and state agencies, as well as in international arbitration panels.
Bilzin Sumberg’s real estate group provides legal counsel in Florida and nationally across a broad range of real estate practices, including financing, purchases and sales, development, and leasing. The group provides counsel related to all types of matters involving commercial and residential properties, including hotels, mixed-use, marinas, retail, office buildings, industrial properties, entertainment facilities, and undeveloped land. Bilzin Sumberg represents two of the largest special servicers of CMBS loans in the country, which have serviced in excess of 220 pools of CMBS loans totaling more than $299 billion in principal and relating to real property interests in all 50 states.
Bilzin Sumberg’s public-private partnership (P3) team has been the key legal representation on various multibillion-dollar P3s in Florida. These attorneys have extensive experience in P3 projects, including rail and transit facilities, airports, marinas, sports facilities, convention centers, healthcare/life sciences facilities, educational institutions, water and sewer facilities, parking structures, and various infrastructure developments.
Tax & Wealth Preservation:
Bilzin Sumberg’s tax group counsels foreign and domestic corporations on a wide range of state, federal, and international tax issues that arise out of complex corporate transactions. Bilzin Sumberg’s private wealth services attorneys provide highly customized wealth preservation and estate planning services for high-net-worth individuals, families, and closelyheld businesses, as well as family offices, non-profit organizations, fiduciaries, and trustees. The team helps clients achieve familial succession, philanthropic, and asset preservation goals. Bilzin Sumberg serves as counsel to personal representatives, trustees, and beneficiaries with estate and trust administration, and advises fiduciaries and beneficiaries in contested or potentially contested trust and estate matters.