Bruce H. Giles-Klein - Greenberg Traurig LLP

Bruce H. Giles-Klein

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

Bruce Giles-Klein has broad experience in virtually all areas of municipal finance, including transportation, industrial development, resource recovery, airport, electric power, single family housing, multifamily housing, water and sewer, sports facility, university, health care, and traditional municipal finance, as well as the municipal finance aspects of tax-exempt money market funds, credit enhancement and synthetic securities.

Bruce has wide-ranging experience working with derivative products and hedge devices, and in particular interest rate "swap" transactions, as well as with transportation issues at the local, state and federal level, particularly with issues related to the financing of transportation infrastructure. Bruce also has broad experience on tax exempt financings to develop facilities for 501(c)(3) arts, educational, cultural, community and health care organizations.

Brandeis UniversityBA 1977University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolJ.D. 1980
Transportation and Expressway Authority Membership of Florida (TEAMFL)National Association of Bond LawyersInternational Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike AssociationAmerican Bar Association

Case History

Areas of Concentration
  • Public finance
  • Transportation
  • Local government law
  • Community redevelopment and tax increment finance
  • 501(c)(3) organizations

Significant Representations
  • Represented MAT Concessionaire, LLC and its sponsors as a member of the team that Meridiam Infrastructure Fund and Bouygues Travaux Publics, S.A., in the Port of Miami Tunnel project, one of the first greenfield public-private partnerships in the United States.
  • Participated in hundreds of municipal financings as bond counsel, underwriters' or disclosure counsel, borrower's counsel, lender's counsel, credit enhancer's or liquidity provider's counsel and trustee's counsel in many states and localities.
  • Served as bond counsel to Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority (MDX) from 1996 through 2010. Served as general counsel to MDX from 1996 through 2007.
  • Served as bond counsel to the Florida Turnpike Revenue Bond program of the Florida Division of Bond Finance (DBF) since 1988.
  • Served as bond counsel to DBF on financings for transportation right-of-way acquisition and bridge construction (aggregating $2.4 billion to date).
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  • Acted as co-general counsel to the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority and acted as co-general counsel to its predecessor, the Tri-County Commuter Rail Authority (a.k.a Tri-Rail).
  • Acted as one of the primary bond counsels for Miami-Dade County, traditionally one of the largest municipal bond issuers in Florida; in this capacity has handled numerous financings for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department.
  • Served as bond counsel for the cities of Ormond Beach, Davie, Sunny Isles Beach and Hollywood.
  • Served as bond counsel on tax increment financings by the city of Hollywood, Florida Community Redevelopment Agency and the City of Ormond Beach, Florida Redevelopment Agency.
  • Acted as bond counsel on each appropriation-backed financing undertaken by DBF for the State of Florida Department of Management Services' facilities pool revenue bond program since the inception of the program in 1986.
  • Served as bond counsel to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation and its predecessor, Florida Housing Finance Agency, on more than 70 bond issues since 1992.
  • Served as bond counsel to Orange County Housing Finance Authority in Orange County, Florida.

Office Location

333 SE Second Avenue, Suite 4400
Miami, FL 33131
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Public Finance Law of the Miami Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Public Finance Law of the Miami Metro Area
Bruce H. Giles-Klein has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Bruce H. Giles-Klein has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Public Finance Law (Economic Development, Health Care, Municipal, Project Finance, Public and Private Partnerships)