“Great to deal with – he gets work done to very tight schedules.” – Chambers USA, 2015
Robert Alfert, Jr. chairs the Firm’s Infrastructure and Transportation Group and is Co-Chair of the Construction Law and Litigation department. Alfert is also a Florida Bar Board Certified Attorney in Construction Law and a Construction Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.
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. Alfert holds a B.A. in Architecture and has practiced with three different architectural firms.
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 $3.65 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)
“He understands the intricacies of construction better than any lawyer I have worked with, combining the practical with the legal.” – Chambers USA, 2016
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, 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
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 is perhaps the most knowledgeable individual I have ever met as relates to architecture, engineering and construction industry relationships.” – Chambers USA, 2017
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.