George H. Nickerson, Jr.
Areas of Practice
Local Government Law
Special Project Financing
Mr. Nickerson represented the Board of County Commissioners of Alachua County from 1974 through 1981, dealing with the full range of local government legal issues arising in an active Florida county. As County Attorney, he also served as counsel or co-counsel to the following organizations and officers: Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Electric, Water and Sewer Utilities Board, the Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Transportation Board, the Alachua County Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization, the Clerk of the Circuit Court, the Sheriff, the Property Appraiser, the Tax Collector, the Supervisor of Elections, the Alachua County Health Facilities Authority, the Alachua County Housing Finance Authority, and the Alachua County Research and Development Authority. During this period, Mr. Nickerson served as Secretary of both the Florida Association of County Attorneys and the Local Government Law Section of The Florida Bar. Following his tenure as County Attorney, Mr. Nickerson joined a regional investment banking firm. For a period of four years, he served as managing director of the firm's public finance department and was active in Florida as an investment banker and financial advisor licensed by the National Association of Securities Dealers.
Since joining the Firm in 1985, Mr. Nickerson has served as bond counsel for a variety of local governments and as underwriter's counsel for a number of regional and national investment banking firms. More recently, Mr. Nickerson, as head of the Firm's Capital Finance Group, has been responsible for a wide variety of projects involving the development and implementation of special revenues for local government, such as special assessments, impact fees and specialized legal projects for local government, including contract negotiations for public service privatization and various public-private partnership projects.
- Assists counties, cities, and other local government entities in the development and implementation of capital projects, including ordinances, resolutions, development of special assessments, tax increment options and other special revenue alternatives.
- Represents local governments in contract negotiations for public-private partnership projects, including economic development, redevelopment, transportation and other infrastructure.
- Serves as bond counsel and disclosure counsel.
Professional, Civic & Community Involvement
- The Florida Bar, Member.
- The Florida Bar: Local Government Section, Member and Secretary (1980).
- Florida County Attorney's Association, Vice President (1980).
- Instructor for various educational programs sponsored by:
- The Florida Bar
- Florida Association of Counties
- Florida League of Cities
- Florida City and County Managers Association
- Florida Government Finance Officers Association
- Florida Association of Court Clerks
- Florida Association of Certified Public Accountants
- Florida Engineering Society
- Florida Advisory Council on Intergovernmental Relations
- National Federation of Municipal Analysts
- American Waterworks Association
- J.D., University of Florida (with honors), 1973.
- B.S. in Chemistry, University of Florida, 1971.
Prior Professional Experience
- Alachua County Attorney.
- Partner, Williams, Castello & Nickerson, Gainesville, Florida.
- Vice President and General Counsel, Arch W. Roberts & Co., St. Petersburg, Florida.