Joined the Office in 1995
First Assistant County Attorney
Geri Bonzon Keenan is the First Assistant County Attorney. In addition to her supervisory duties, Geri provides legal counsel to each of the County Commissioners, the County Mayor, the Board of County Commissioners, and the County's adminstrative departments, boards and agencies. Prior to holding the position of First Assistant, Geri served as the Lead Attorney for the Real Estate and Commercial Transaction section of the office and as a member of both the Commercial and Construction Litigation section and the Tax and Finance section.
Geri joined the County Attorney's Office in 1995. Throughout her tenure as an Assistant County Attorney, Geri has served as counsel in a number of different practice areas, including complex commercial transactions, real estate, municipal finance, tax increment financing, social services and procurement. She also worked for a number of years at the County Attorney's Miami International Airport satellite office, where she served as counsel to the Miami-Dade Aviation Department on its financing, procurement, real estate, airport security and labor matters as well as its Capital Improvement Program.
Geri has an extensive transactional practice with particular emphasis on complex commercial development projects and public private partnerships. For instance, she has represented the County with respect to the development, design, construction and financing of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, the American Airlines Arena, the new Marlins ballpark, the Port Tunnel, and the Sunlife Stadium modernization. Serving as lead counsel on those projects she handled the preparation of documents, including, development and construction contracts, professional service agreements, operating and management agreements, guaranty agreements, interlocal cooperation agreements with other governmental agencies, ordinances and resolutions, and financing documents related to the issuance of municipal debt, and participated in the litigation, mediation and arbitration of disputes resulting therefrom.