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407.839.4200
407.425.8377
ralfert@broadandcassel.com

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Focus Areas:

Infrastructure
Transportation
Construction Law and Litigation
Commercial Law and Litigation

Practice Areas:

Construction Law and Litigation
Commercial Litigation

Accreditations and Certifications:

Board Certified in Construction Law
The Florida Bar
Construction Arbitrator
American Arbitration Association

Industries Served:

Infrastructure and Transportation
Construction
Public-Private Partnerships (P3)

Bar Membership:

Florida, 1992

Courts:

U.S. District Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Education:

Emory University School of Law
Atlanta, Georgia, 1992
J.D., Juris Doctor

University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida, 1988
B.A., Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

Affiliations:

ADA Tour de Cure at Lake Nona
2016 - 2017 Chairman
American Arbitration Association
Construction Arbitrator
Florida Transportation Builders Association
Member
The Jefferson Society
Law and Architecture Member

Robert Alfert, Jr. P.A.

Partner
Orlando   

Mr. Robert Alfert, Jr. is a Partner at Broad and Cassel. He chairs the Firm's Infrastructure and Transportation Group and the Orlando Commercial Litigation Department, and is a member of the Firm's Construction Law and Litigation Department. Mr. Alfert is also a Florida Bar Board Certified Attorney in Construction Law and a Construction Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.

  • Mr. Alfert’s expertise in construction law derives from his education and prior work experience in architecture, in addition to more than twenty years of handling complex construction matters and other technical litigation matters, including intellectual property and trade secret disputes. Mr. Alfert holds a B.A. in Architecture and has practiced with three different architectural firms.   
  • Mr. Alfert has been actively involved as counselor on some of the State's largest infrastructure, transportation and development projects, including but not limited to:
    • Special Counsel to GOAA on its 2016-2021 Capital Improvement Program involving $3.2 billion in infrastructure development, including a new international airport terminal, All Aboard Florida high-speed rail and terminal, related improvements and transportation infrastructure, providing strategic project planning, development of procurement plans and project delivery methods, contract documents, risk and claims management and insurance/bonding plans, and preparing and negotiating GMP Agreements. Counsel to Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) on its Public-Private Partnership project for a compressed natural gas facility, from conceptual planning to procurement and contracting, preparing all policies, procurement documents and contracts
    • General Construction Counsel to the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) since 2001, presiding over an annual expenditure of in excess of $500 million in design, consulting and construction for local, state and federally-funded projects
    • Counsel to St. Lucie County, Florida, on a New York Mets stadium project, on a public-private partnering relationship, negotiating and drafting all agreements and handling all procurement of trades
    • Eminent Domain and Trial Counsel to the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority on the Western Beltway expansion project, a $500+ million dollar highway system (also represented the Miami Dade Expressway Authority and Osceola Expressway Authority)

    • Counsel to bidding team on Florida's proposed, $2.5+ billion high-speed rail project, providing advice and guidance on all procurement and contract issues (local, state and federal)
    • Counsel to bidding team on the $2+ billion Port of Miami Tunnel project, a Public-Private Partnership Project ("P3") with a design-build-finance-operate-maintain delivery method, providing advice and guidance on all procurement and contract issues
    • Counsel to Developer of Orlando's "Medical City," an approximate $2 billion dollar, 650-acre medical corridor with over $1 billion in ongoing construction, involved in all legal aspects related to development and construction of infrastructure, procurement and contracting, including the multi-party, public-private partnership transaction for the Burnham Institute ($100+ million project)
  • Mr. Alfert's experience as General Construction Counsel to the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) since 2001 is invaluable to public and private sector clients. As counsel to GOAA, Mr. Alfert is actively involved in the day-to-day handling of many of the following issues:
    • Strategic planning and project management;
    • Development of procurement processes and project delivery methods;
    • Preparation, review and approval of construction and professional services contracts and addenda;
    • Preparation, review and approval of change orders;
    • Contractor and professional services selection;
    • Development of alternative dispute resolution procedures and assisting GOAA staff in preparation for dispute review boards;
    • Warranty coverage and construction defects;
    • Insurance and bond coverage;
    • Public bid statute compliance (state and federal law) and bid protests, including developing procurement processes for selection of contractors and consultants;
    • Handling all claims, litigation and DRB proceedings; and
    • General advice and counseling to GOAA construction management
  • Mr. Alfert has significant litigation experience on large capital improvement projects, having served as a lead trial counsel on the Western Beltway project; trial counsel on a $125+ million defect and delay claim arising from a multi-billion dollar airport terminal project; trial counsel on $40+ million claims case arising from a $150+ million airport terminal; contract and trial counsel on $250+ million airport runway project, including handling over $12 million in multi-party claims; and as legal counsel on hurricane recovery efforts on over $75 million in damage suffered by Orlando International Airport during 2004 hurricanes, including involvement on all procurement and contracts for remedial work.
  • Mr. Alfert has extensive bid protest experience, and in 2014, handled two of the largest federal court bid protest suits in Florida, successfully defending Orlando International Airport in a protest over a $220 million dollar automated people system procurement and successfully defended Osceola County Expressway Authority over a $70 million design-build project.
  • Mr. Alfert also has significant large trial, arbitration and DRB experience on major representations, including a ten-week jury trial on approximately $10 million in contract and construction defect claims on a $40 million project, achieving significant recovery on all affirmative claims and avoiding exposure on contract breach claims. He was lead counsel in a three-week arbitration in a multi-party dispute over a luxury garden apartment complex that suffered approximately $17 million in property damages and financial losses arising from severe water intrusion and mold, achieving significant recovery through settlements and verdict.
  • Mr. Alfert also serves the private industry - developers, owner and general contractors - on large-scale development projects ranging from hospitals, high-rise condominium towers, commercial office and retail centers, to multifamily apartment and mixed-use communities.
  • Mr. Alfert was named among the "Top 100 Florida Super Lawyers" in 2011 and 2012 by Super Lawyers magazine. He has been recognized by his peers in Super Lawyers magazine's "Florida Super Lawyers" in 2008-2016, Orlando Magazine's "Orlando's Best Lawyers" in 2007-2016, Florida Trend Magazine’s “Florida Legal Elite” in 2006-2008 and 2013-2016. Mr. Alfert has also been listed in the Orlando Business Journal's "Best of the Bar," Woodward & White's 2007-2017 the "Best Lawyers in America" and Legal 500 legal reference guide for his "excellent, high quality service." Mr. Alfert has achieved an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating with Martindale-Hubbell, which is the agency's highest mark for both competency and ethics.
Mr. Alfert balances a diverse caseload with a strong sense of family, commitment to a broad range of civic responsibilities, while competing in many athletic pursuits, including triathlon and cycling.

Honors and Awards

  • Named to "Top 100 Florida Super Lawyers" in 2011 and 2012 by Super Lawyers magazine 
  • Chambers USA: A Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers - Construction, 2012 - 2016 
  • "Florida Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers magazine, 2008 - 2016 
  • "Best Lawyers" by Orlando Magazine, 2007 - 2016 
  • Recognized in "The Best Lawyers in America®" for Construction Law, Eminent Domain & Construction Law and Litigation, 2007 - 2017 
  • Named "Best of the Bar" by Orlando Business Journal 
  • Achieved AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating with Martindale-Hubbell  
  • "Florida Legal Elite" for Construction, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013-2016 
  • Named in Legal 500 for his "excellent, high quality service" 

Publications

  • "Contract Risk Management for Airport Agreements"
    Article written for the Transportation Research Board (TRB), Airport Cooperative Research Project
    October 2016
  • "Procurement of Airport Planning & Development Projects"
    Presentation to National Institute of Government Procurement
    August, 2013
  • "Procurement of Airport Planning & Development Projects"
    Article written for the Transportation Research Board (TRB), Airport Cooperative Research Program
    September, 2012
  • "How to Compete for and Win Stimulus Package Construction Projects"
    Presentation to Associated General Contractors of Florida
    February, 2009
  • "So the 2007 AIA Contract Documents Grant You a Choice on Dispute Resolution Procedures: Now What?”
    Associated Builders & Contractors
    May, 2008
  • “When a Building Leaks or Has Other Defects: A Step-By-Step Guide to Recovery for the Property Owner”
    Real Estate Finance
    December, 2008
  • “Meeting Diversity Goals in Government Contracts”
    Associated Builders & Contractors
    October, 2005
  • “Mold Remediation Advice for Contractors’'
    Associated Builders & Contractors
    April, 2005
  • “Recovering Stigma Damages in Mold-Related Construction Defect Cases: Making the Property Owner Whole”
    Florida Bar Journal
    June, 2005
  • "Appellate Motions for Rehearing: When is Enough Really Enough?"
    Florida Bar Journal
    April, 1999
  • "Condemnation Blight Under Florida Law: A Rule of Appropriation or the Scope of the Project Rule in Disguise?"
    Florida Bar Journal
    July/August, 1998
  • "Understanding and Limiting Liability Through an Analysis of Statutes of Limitation and Contract Rights"
    Florida Architect
    Spring, 1997
  • "Architects' Relief Act of 1993: The Legacy of Casa Clara Condominium Association, Inc. v. Charley Toppino & Sons"
    Florida Bar Journal
    May, 1995
  • "Further Thoughts on Professional Malpractice Liability for Architects"
    Florida Architect
    Winter, 1994
  • "Effective Use of Demonstrative Exhibits in Appellate Practice"
    Williams' Inns of Court Presentation
  • 'Writ Practice in Florida Law"
    Williams' Inns of Court Presentation

Press Releases

Date

Press Release

8/16/2016

45 Broad and Cassel Attorneys Named 2017 Best Lawyers® in America, Four Selected as Lawyers of the Year

6/22/2016

Broad and Cassel Attorneys Honored as Florida Legal Elite

6/9/2016

34 Broad and Cassel Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers, 12 Honored as Rising Stars

5/27/2016

23 Broad and Cassel Attorneys Named to Chambers USA 2016