George Burgess is the Chief Operating Officer for Becker & Poliakoff, one of the largest law Firms in South Florida with offices across Florida and in New York, New Jersey, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. He is responsible for oversight and guidance of the Firm’s business operations, including all administrative, financial, human resource, information technology, customer service and marketing activities. Mr. Burgess works closely with the Managing Shareholder and members of the Firm’s Management Committee to guide the overall operations of the Firm.
Mr. Burgess co-chairs the firm's Public Private Partnerships Practice (PPP) team. Governor Rick Scott appointed Mr. Burgess to the Partnership for Public Facilities and Infrastructure Act Guidelines Task Force which will recommend guidelines for creating a uniform process for establishing public-private partnerships as directed by Florida’s P3 law which took effect in July, 2013.
His vast experience in the public sector and leadership in managing PPP projects for Miami Dade County adds value and insights to clients seeking such opportunities. Prior to joining Becker & Poliakoff, in October 2011, Mr. Burgess was one of South Florida’s most experienced public administrators. He served as Miami-Dade County Manager from 2003 to 2011, one of the longest tenures in County history. In that capacity, he managed the day-to-day operations of one of the largest and most sophisticated metropolitan regional governments in the United States, with nearly 30,000 employees and a budget of over $7 billion and oversaw one of the country’s most diverse local and metropolitan government service product lines in America.
Under Mr. Burgess’ leadership the County experienced an unprecedented level of public infrastructure improvements. Mr. Burgess was the driving force behind numerous signature projects including the launch of the new state-of-the-art retractable roof baseball stadium for the Florida Marlins in Little Havana, the Port of Miami tunnel, and completion of the internationally acclaimed Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. He also conceived, developed and led the campaign to secure voter approval for of the $2.9 billion Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond Program, which has and will continue to fund literally hundreds of vital public infrastructure projects. Mr. Burgess also guided the development of the South and North Terminals at Miami International Airport, as well as the elevated people mover system and Metrorail extension connecting the airport to downtown Miami.
Prior to his appointment as County Manager, Mr. Burgess held senior roles with both the County and Miami-Dade Public Schools, the fourth largest school district in the United States.