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Steve Bass

Practice Areas

  • Transportation
  • Commercial & Construction Litigation


  • University of Miami, J.D., 1988, Cum Laude
  • University of Florida, B.A. in Political Science, 1985, with High Honors


  • Law Clerk, Hon. Stanley Marcus, 
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1988-89

Court Admissions

  • The Florida Bar, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2013

Steve Bass

Joined the Office in 1989
Assistant County Attorney
[email protected] 305-375-5224

Steve Bass has served as chief counsel to the PortMiami since 1990, having also served in the commercial litigation, transportation, and tort sections of the office.

As chief counsel to the PortMiami, Steve represents the County's Seaport Department in a broad variety of transactional, administrative and litigation matters and appeals, from construction and commercial litigation, to bankruptcy and antitrust, to administrative and constitutional law.

Steve has extensive commercial and construction litigation background, having served as lead counsel in numerous multi-million dollar commercial and construction cases, in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, involving such projects as the development of a County owned cogeneration power plant, construction of the County's Police Headquarters Complex, a prior expansion of the People Mover System, and the dredging of PortMiami's channels, among others.

He also has extensive transactional experience, having negotiated various types of contracts, leases, and cruise and cargo terminal agreements, and served as lead counsel in the negotiation of the American Airlines Arena development contracts.

Prior Experience

  • Legal Research & Writing Instructor, University of Miami School of Law, 1990-92
  • Law Clerk, Southern District of Florida, 1988-89
  • Summer Associate: Steel Hector & Davis, 1988; Stearns Weaver & Miller, 1987; Powell Goldstein, 1987
  • Articles & Comments Editor, University of Miami Law Review, Harvey T. Reid Scholar

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

  • Steve has lectured in the areas of construction, procurement, and port development.  He has also served for many years on the Law Review Committee of the American Association of Port Authorities.
  • Publication: Comment,  The Impact of the Superfund Amendments & Reauthorization Act of 1986 on the Commercial Lending Industry, 41 U. Miami L. Rev. 879 (1987). reprinted in 2 Distressed Real Estate Law Alert (Feb. 1989)
  • He has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Community Involvement, Awards, & Recognition

  • President, Keystone Point Homeowners' Association, 2007-2009, 2012-2014
  • Prior Chairman ABA Legislative Action Committee
  • United Way Commendations, 1995-1997