Infante Zumpano Breaking Up; Most Lawyers Move To Roig Tutan

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Emil R. Infante
Emil R. Infante

With the breakup of Coral Gables-based law firm Infante Zumpano, most of its lawyers are heading to another minority-owned law firm, Roig, Tutan, Rosenberg, Martin & Stoller, to create a nearly 100-lawyer Florida firm.

The new firm will be called Roig, Tutan, Rosenberg, Martin, Stoller & Zumpano and be headquartered in Deerfield Beach with other offices in Miami, Coral Gables, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Tampa and Tallahassee.

Michael Rosenberg, managing partner of the old and new Roig Tutan firms, said the new firm, which is adding 18 of 22 Infante Zumpano attorneys, will be the largest minority- and Hispanic-owned law firm in the state if not the country.

Infante Zumpano shut down Friday. Co-founder Emil Infante and two other firm lawyers, Daniel Diaz Leyva and Carlos Abarco, are joining Foley & Lardner to boost its Latin American practice in Miami.

The co-founders of the 10-year-old Coral Gables firm say the breakup is amicable. Infante said he needed a larger platform for his energy deals, which are now approaching $1 billion.

Carlos Zumpano, for his part, said he started talking with the Roig firm about merging a few months ago. It will take effect late next month.

"We kept talking and talking, and all of a sudden I realized we could take this to the next level," Zumpano said. "They gave us the ability to grow the practice under a statewide platform. It allows us to expand throughout Florida instantly."

Rosenberg said the merger will allow his firm, which primarily focuses on insurance defense, to become more full-service with practices in litigation, labor and employment, real estate, entertainment, immigration and family office services providing legal services to wealthy Latin American families.

"It brings in new practice areas," he said. "As a firm, we were primarily focused on insurance defense. Those clients needed employment work. They needed other help we were not able to provide to them. Carlos brings great litigators with him. We're thrilled."

Latin American Practice

Foley & Lardner's Miami managing partner, Bill Davis, also is excited about taking on Infante and his team. The international law firm, which has been boosting its Latin American practice in recent years, will now have about 30 lawyers in its Miami office.

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